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apolitical - a Scottish politics podcast

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Apolitical is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with people involved in Scottish politics. The show will be taking a non-partisan approach and we'll be speaking with politicians, activists, journalists and others about their political backgrounds and influences.

Apolitical is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with people involved in Scottish politics. The show will be taking a non-partisan approach and we'll be speaking with politicians, activists, journalists and others about their political backgrounds and influences.
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Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Apolitical is a weekly podcast featuring interviews with people involved in Scottish politics. The show will be taking a non-partisan approach and we'll be speaking with politicians, activists, journalists and others about their political backgrounds and influences.

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English


Episodes

#45: Leave: EU Referendum Special

6/21/2016
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In Episode 45 of Apolitical we discuss the case for Leaving the European Union with Tom Harris, the former Scottish Labour MP who is heading up Vote Leave Scotland. Amongst the topics we discuss with Tom on the podcast are: • His personal reasons for supporting a Leave vote; • The infamous £350m per week figure and what it means; • Whether people can really expect any savings resulting from a Leave vote to be invested in the NHS; • Additional powers that would accrue to Holyrood...

Duration: 00:26:18


#44: Remain: EU Referendum Special

6/21/2016
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In Episode 44 of Apolitical we discuss the case for Remaining in the European Union with Ross Greer MSP, the Scottish Greens' spokesman on Europe and external affairs. Amongst the topics we discuss with Ross on the podcast are: • His personal reasons for supporting a Remain vote; • Whether the EU's treatment of Greece has damaged it; • How comfortable he is with standing for the same objective as senior Westminster Conservatives; • Whether the EU can be reformed; • How the EU...

Duration: 00:25:01


#43: Libby Brooks

5/31/2016
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In Episode 43 of Apolitical wewelcome the Guardian's Scotland Correspondent, Libby Brooks, to the show.Libby is an established part of the Guardian team and has been based in Glasgow since the 2014 Independence referendum. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Libbyon the podcast are: • The women who inspired her to get into journalism; • Herperceptions of political life in Scotland compared to London; • Recollections from writing her 2006 book,The Story of Childhood: Growing Up in Modern...

Duration: 00:42:25


#42: Pat Kane

5/25/2016
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In Episode 42 of Apolitical wewelcome musician and writer Pat Kane to the show.A long-term supporter of Scottish independence, Pat- best known to many as halfof the successful duoHue & Cry - has been a prominent voice in the constitutional debate before, during and since the referendum campaign. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Paton the podcast are: • The politics he was exposed to as a child; • His relationship with party politics; • Winning the role of Rector of the University of...

Duration: 01:02:38


#41: Jordan Daly

5/17/2016
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In Episode 41of Apolitical wewelcome Jordan Dalyfrom the TIE Campaign. After chatting with Jordan's co-founder Liam Stevenson last year, we get an update on the campaign's progress in 2016. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Jordanon the podcast, recorded shortly before the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, are: • Developments in the campaign's work since the start of the year; • The commitments made by various political parties to work with TIE; • What form that collaboration might take;...

Duration: 00:46:02


#40: Election Review with Steven Purcell

5/10/2016
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In Episode 40 of Apolitical weare joined bySteven Purcell, formerly the Leader of Glasgow City Council, to discuss the outcomes from last week's Scottish Parliament elections. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Stevenon the podcast are: • Where do Scottish Labour go from here; • What are the causes of the Scottish Conservatives' success; • Should the SNP be satisfied or disappointed with the outcome of the election; • Did the Scottish Greens have a good night or an underwhelming one; •...

Duration: 00:40:26


#39: Holyrood Election Preview – Part 2

5/4/2016
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In Episode 39 of Apolitical wewelcome backCarolyn Scott, James McEnaney and Ian Dunn for more discussion ofthe parties contesting this year's Scottish elections. In this episode welook at some of our preferredpolicies and the best-case electoral scenario for each of the parties. Amongst the topics wediscuss on the podcast are: • Who is going to be the official opposition in the next Parliament; • Which policies we would like to see implemented; • What outcomes the parties can dream of...

Duration: 00:37:52


#38: Holyrood Election Preview – Part 1

4/28/2016
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In Episode 38 of Apolitical wewelcome former guestsCarolyn Scott, James McEnaney and Ian Dunn to discuss the parties contesting this year's Scottish elections. In this episode we consider each party's policy platform and look for the problems and challenges they are likely to face. Amongst the topics wediscuss on the podcast are: • The highlights of the fourth Scottish Parliament; • How the 2016 campaign has been going; • Policy platforms for all of the parties contesting the election; •...

Duration: 01:26:12


#37: Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey

4/20/2016
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In Episode 37 of Apolitical wewelcome Darren McGarveyas our sixth guest of Season 2. Darren, also known as 'Loki', is a musician, activist and political writer from Glasgow. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Darrenon the podcast are: • How his politics and outlook were affected by the Independence Referendum campaign; • His early activism; • The response to his recent STV article on not voting SNP; • His concerns with the SNP's pragmatic political approach; • Why he holds the SNP to a...

Duration: 00:55:49


#36: Robin McAlpine

3/1/2016
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In Episode 36 of Apolitical wewelcome Robin McAlpineas our fifth guest of Season 2. Robin is the Director of Common Weal and has written for a variety of publications, including Bella Caledonia and CommonSpace, on a wide range of topics. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Robinon the podcast are: • His introduction to politics and political activism; • His time at Westminster, working for the Labour Party; • Losing his faith in the New Labour project; • The independence referendum campaign...

#35: Naomi McAuliffe

2/23/2016
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In Episode 35 of Apolitical wewelcome Naomi McAuliffe as our fourth guest of Season 2. Naomi is the head of Amnesty Scotland and has written for the Guardian and other publications. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Naomi on the podcast are: • Her history in political activism; • How the Scottish Government's approach to Human Rights differs from the UK Government; • Whether Amnesty Scotland has noticed or benefitted from increased political engagement in Scotland; • The refugee crisis and...

Duration: 00:39:45


#34: Cat Boyd

2/16/2016
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In Episode 34 of Apolitical wewelcome Cat Boydas our thirdguest of Season 2. Cat is the first candidate on the regional list for Glasgow for RISE, is a co-founder of the Radical Independence Campaign and writes regularly for The National, CommonSpace and many other outlets. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Caton the podcast are: • Her early introduction to politics; • What inspired her activism and how it developed during the referendum campaign; • Her political icons; • What RISE isand...

Duration: 00:51:14


#33: Cllr. Monica Lennon

2/9/2016
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In Episode 33 of Apolitical wewelcome Councillor Monica Lennonas our secondguest of Season 2. Monica is a councillor for Hamilton North & East and is placed second on Scottish Labour's list for the Central Scotland region at the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Monicaon the podcast, which was recorded prior to the results of Scottish Labour'sregional list selection being announced, are: • Her work as a councillor in Hamilton; • The high and low...

Duration: 00:42:44


#32: Angela Haggerty 2

2/2/2016
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In Episode 32 of Apolitical wewelcome back Angela Haggerty as our first guest of Season 2. Angela was also a guest early in Season 1 and joins us to discuss the fallout from her recent sacking as a Sunday Herald columnist. Magnus Llewellin, Editor-in-Chief of the Herald Group of newpapers, was offered an opportunity to contribute to the show and his response is referenced during the interview. He alsoasked that we refer to this article in the Guardian, which reflects his position. Amongst...

Duration: 00:40:09


#31: Liam Stevenson

12/22/2015
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In Episode 31of Apolitical we speak with Liam Stevenson, a co-founder of the TIE Campaign which seeks to ensure that all schools in Scotland are offering an LGBTI+ inclusive education.We chat about how he came to be involved in the campaign; why TIE is necessary; and what lies ahead for the campaign. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Liamon the podcast are: • The aims of the TIE campaign; • Liam's thoughts on the inspiration behind thecampaign; • Hisintroduction to politics and thoughts on...

Duration: 00:34:16


#30: Iain Bartholomew

12/8/2015
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In Episode 30of Apolitical welook back on 2015 and forward to the new year in a special mini-episode. If there are any guests you want to see on the show please let us know, but more importantly letthem know! We’re keen to speak to people from all of the political parties and from the Scottish […] The post #30: Iain Bartholomew appeared first on aPolitical Podcast.

Duration: 00:02:17


#29: Jeane Freeman OBE

11/24/2015
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In Episode 29 of Apolitical we speak with Jeane Freeman OBE, a co-founder of Women for Independence and the SNP’s candidate for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley in the 2016 Holyrood elections.We chat about her journey from the Labour party to the SNP; the potential impact of tax credits reform; TTIP; and the election campaign […] The post #29: Jeane Freeman OBE appeared first on aPolitical Podcast.

Duration: 00:44:06


#28: Jen Stout

11/10/2015
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In Episode 28 of Apolitical we speak with Jen Stout, a co-ordinator of the Scottish Land Action Movement.We chat about her interest in land reform, what it could mean for the people of Scotland and try to understand what constitutes a “Mugabe-style land grab”. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Jenon the podcast are: […] The post #28: Jen Stout appeared first on aPolitical Podcast.

Duration: 00:29:42


#27: Steven Purcell

10/27/2015
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In Episode 27 of Apolitical we speak with Steven Purcell, formerly a Labour Councillor and the Leader of Glasgow City Council.We chat about his time as Leader, the present situation faced by Scottish Labour and what an SNP-led council would mean for the city of Glasgow. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Stevenon the […] The post #27: Steven Purcell appeared first on aPolitical Podcast.

Duration: 00:43:48


#26: Anas Hassan

10/20/2015
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In Episode 26 of Apolitical we speak with Anas Hassan, apharmacistand writer who recently missed out on selection to the SNP regional list forfor Mid Scotland and Fife. In a chat recorded prior to that vote we discuss Anas’ political background and his views on SNP policy. Amongst the topics wediscuss with Anason […] The post #26: Anas Hassan appeared first on aPolitical Podcast.

Duration: 00:47:06

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