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Politically Speaking: Scotland’s flagship political podcast

Politically Speaking: Scotland’s flagship political podcast

By Holyrood Communications

Welcome to Politically Speaking, Scotland’s flagship political podcast brought to you from the editorial team of the award-winning Holyrood magazine. Whether you are more interested in what politicians do to relax than what they actually do in the parliament, this is the podcast where you will get the full skinny on politics, policy, and pure nonsense.

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The case for independence

Politically Speaking: Scotland’s flagship political podcastOct 06, 2021

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Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

Holyrood's Chris Marshall talks to Sean Duffy, chief executive of the Wise Group, and SNP MSP Rona Mackay, a member of the Scottish Parliament's Criminal Justice Committee, about Scotland's stubbornly high prison population and the effectiveness of community-based alternatives to incarceration.

This podcast is sponsored by the Wise Group.

Mar 31, 202250:18
Keeping it human

Keeping it human

After a bruising week in which the statutory regulator, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, found itself in the eye of the Gender Recognition Act storm, Mandy Rhodes interviews its chair, Baroness Kishwer Falkner.
Feb 10, 202251:16
Questioning the question

Questioning the question

After a paper written by the former SNP policy lead, Chris Hanlon, on ‘devo max’ sparked an almighty row about what question or questions should be asked in any future Independence Referendum, Mandy Rhodes speaks to SNP President, Mike Russell, former Labour MSP Neil Findlay, and academic, Professor James Mitchell, on why it mattered.
Jan 14, 202257:37
Labour of Love

Labour of Love

Scottish Labour’s Richard Leonard talks to Louise Wilson about his political career and why he decided to step down as party leader earlier this year. Elsewhere, the Holyrood team discuss the coming Omicron wave and whether the controversy over Downing Street parties has made it less likely that people will follow guidelines this Christmas.
Dec 16, 202158:25
COP26: Where are the Global South?

COP26: Where are the Global South?

In this special COP26 edition of the podcast, Louise Wilson hears from Alistair Dutton of SCIAF about who is feeling climate change first and worst, the missing $100bn climate finance, and the achievements of COP so far.
Nov 10, 202117:08
COP26: Can we be cautiously optimistic?

COP26: Can we be cautiously optimistic?

In this special COP26 edition of the podcast, Louise Wilson speaks to WWF Scotland’s Fabrice Leveque about cautious optimism, how Scotland can prove it’s a climate leader and the work still to be done.
Nov 05, 202113:35
All Eyes on Scotland

All Eyes on Scotland

In the latest edition of the podcast, Mandy Rhodes speaks to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford about the latest push for independence and the UK Government’s decision not to award a carbon capture plant to Scotland. Elsewhere, the team discusses the upcoming COP26 climate summit and asks – does Glasgow really have a rat problem?
Oct 29, 202155:31
An Attack on Democracy

An Attack on Democracy

Following the murder of Sir David Amess MP, there is renewed focus on the growing level of threat and intimidation politicians face, particularly online. In this edition of the podcast, journalist Margaret Taylor speaks to SNP MP Carol Monaghan about what it was like to receive a death threat. Elsewhere, the team discuss whether Sir David’s death will lead to a tightening of security for elected officials.
Oct 25, 202135:36
Joking aside

Joking aside

Former Scottish Conservatives leader Jackson Carlaw is the guest on this week’s edition of the podcast, fresh from being named Wag of the Year at the Holyrood Political Awards. He reflects on a career in politics and what really happened when he stepped down as leader last year. Elsewhere, the team discuss Nicola Sturgeon’s comments about having “time on her side” when it comes to a second independence referendum, and why the First Minister and Tory leader Douglas Ross are so keen to show off their working class credentials.
Oct 13, 202159:46
The case for independence

The case for independence

In this edition of the podcast, Mandy Rhodes speaks to former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars about his life in politics and why he believes the current party leadership is failing to articulate the case for independence. Elsewhere, the team discuss a landmark legal ruling by the Supreme Court and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speech to the Conservative party conference.

Oct 06, 202101:13:34
Where now for Labour?

Where now for Labour?

As the Labour Party meets for its annual conference in Brighton, journalist Andrew Learmonth talks to recently elected MSP Michael Marra on how the party can get back into government both at Holyrood and Westminster and how it heals itself following the division of the Jeremy Corbyn era. Marra also reflects on being named One to Watch at the recent Holyrood Political Awards. Elsewhere, the team discuss the fuel crisis and whether there is finally some cause for optimism when it comes to the pandemic.
Sep 29, 202159:49
Deal or no deal

Deal or no deal

After striking an historic Green deal and announcing its 12-bill programme for government, has the SNP run out of steam or is it ready to power forward to independence? Mandy Rhodes interviews Professor James Mitchell.
Sep 10, 202156:43
A Leap of Faith  

A Leap of Faith  

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the cooperation agreement is a “leap of faith,” but which party has more to gain, the SNP or the Scottish Greens? Join the Holyrood team as they discuss all the latest developments, as well as the prospect of vaccine passports amid rising Covid cases and Michael Gove’s unexpected appearance in an Aberdeen nightclub.
Sep 03, 202128:54
Captured by the Taliban

Captured by the Taliban

The guest on the podcast this week is journalist Yvonne Ridley, who was taken hostage by the Taliban while reporting from Afghanistan after 9/11.

Also on this episode the team discuss the deal between the Greens and the SNP and the prospect of a "circuit breaker" due to the worrying rise in Covid cases.

Aug 27, 202155:42
Endgame in Afghanistan

Endgame in Afghanistan

Amid political recriminations following the Taliban's seizure of Kabul, the Holyrood team talks to Afghans living in the UK, a former soldier and ex-International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander about whether the two-decade conflict was worth it.
Aug 20, 202102:11:08
Code Red for Humanity

Code Red for Humanity

Environmentalist James Curran joins Holyrood editor Mandy Rhodes to discuss the publication of the IPCC’s report on climate change, which was described as a “code red for humanity”. Also in this episode, the Holyrood team discuss the growing row over the Cambo oilfield in the North Sea and the possibility of a deal between the SNP and Scottish Greens.
Aug 13, 202101:02:32
Roddy Dunlop QC

Roddy Dunlop QC

Roddy Dunlop QC, one of Scotland’s leading lawyers and dean of the Faculty of Advocates, joins deputy editor Chris Marshall to discuss recent political attacks on the legal profession, the Scottish Government’s controversial new hate crime legislation and the future of the not proven verdict. Also in this episode, the Holyrood team discuss the lifting of COVID restrictions and what can be done to tackle Scotland’s drug-death emergency.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy, Chris, Louise, Jenni and Andrew on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by the Holyrood Editorial Team and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Aug 06, 202138:05
Picture perfect

Picture perfect

Scottish Lib Dem leader bows out leaving a gap in the political photo opportunity market.  

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy, Chris, Louise, Jenni and Andrew on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by the Holyrood Editorial Team and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jul 29, 202101:06:06
Pam Duncan-Glancy

Pam Duncan-Glancy

Glasgow MSP Pam Duncan-Glancy, the first permanent wheelchair user elected to the Scottish Parliament, joins deputy editor Chris Marshall on the podcast to talk about some of her struggles growing up and her determination to make Scotland a better place for people with disabilities. Elsewhere, the Holyrood team discusses the easing of COVID restrictions and the stuttering attempt to vaccinate Scotland’s young adults.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy, Chris, Louise, Jenni and Andrew on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by the Holyrood Editorial Team and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jul 23, 202144:26
Penalties, Politics, and home goals

Penalties, Politics, and home goals

The Holyrood team chew over a week in politics and the editor, Mandy Rhodes, interviews Professor Linda Bauld, chair of public health at the University of Edinburgh about where we are with the pandemic and where we are heading.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy, Chris, Louise, Jenni and Andrew on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by the Holyrood Editorial Team and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jul 15, 202143:40
Taking a break.

Taking a break.

As the parliament goes into recess for the summer, we explore the rise in holidays at home with Amanda Cupples, the general manager for Northern Europe with Airbnb. 

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy, Chris, Louise, Jenni and Andrew on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by the Holyrood Editorial Team and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jul 08, 202130:45
Policy Matters.

Policy Matters.

Mandy Rhodes interviews public policy analyst, Lisa Mackenzie, about how public policy has been affected by the conflation of sex and gender.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.


Jul 01, 202101:01:05
With Pride

With Pride

With Pride: Mandy Rhodes interviews Lady Rampant, Scotland's Best Political Queen at the Glasgow Drag Awards 2020 about sex, gender and the stalled GRA reforms.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jun 24, 202155:35
Taking Pride

Taking Pride

Pride Month was always going to be a scaled down affair this year because of the pandemic but with the role of the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ charity, Stonewall, in shaping public policy under the spotlight, the debate around women’s rights and trans rights has captured the headlines. Mandy Rhodes interviews a founder of Stonewall, Simon Fanshawe.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jun 10, 202101:02:30
COVID-19 and clinical trials

COVID-19 and clinical trials

Holyrood's Jenni Davidson talks to Scotland's chief scientist, Professor David Crossman, about Scotland's contribution to COVID research and the future of medical research in this country.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Jun 03, 202143:27
Picking over a pandemic.

Picking over a pandemic.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

As Dominic Cummings lays into the UK health secretary for how he dealt with the pandemic, Mandy Rhodes talks to Scotland's former health secretary Jean Freeman, about being in the eye of the pandemic storm.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

May 27, 202101:11:10
In the name of justice.

In the name of justice.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

The now former justice secretary, Humza Yousaf talks about a Scottish approach to immigration policy and the shame of sectarianism.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

May 19, 202157:25
Plus ça change
May 13, 202153:22
A vote for the future.

A vote for the future.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics. 

As the country goes to the polls, the Holyrood magazine team discuss the election campaigns and the most likely outcomes. Note: we are not professional gamblers! 

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

May 06, 202146:08
Election 2021 Special: Health Hustings
May 04, 202101:00:53
Election 2021 Special: Education Hustings
May 03, 202157:16
Election 2021 Special: Environment Hustings
May 01, 202159:56
Election 2021 Special: Finance Hustings
Apr 30, 202101:02:57
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

On the 28th anniversary of the death of Stephen Lawrence and the conviction in the US of the policeman that killed George Floyd, Scots lawyer, Aamer Anwar, tell Mandy Rhodes that institutional racism is alive and kicking in Scotland.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Apr 29, 202159:14
The Business of Politics

The Business of Politics

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

In the latest of our End of the Era episodes, Coca Cola's head of public affairs, Jim Fox, and outgoing MSP Linda Fabiani discuss the importance of building relationships for the good of business, politics and the people.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Apr 27, 202146:52
Scotland's drug shame.

Scotland's drug shame.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

Following Nicola Sturgeon's admission that her government took its 'eye off the ball' over drug deaths, Mandy Rhodes interviews an ex-addict about his pioneering work with drug users and his attempts to get elected as an MSP. Peter Krykant is standing for election as a non-party independent candidate for Falkirk East. 

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Apr 22, 202101:14:01
When rights collide

When rights collide

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

With political debate so polarised and people forced into either 'for' or 'against' positions, Mandy Rhodes interviews the former leader of Scottish Labour, Johann Lamont, in a long and emotional interview that explores how a politician with her pedigree for championing equality can end her 20+ year political career being branded a bigot.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Apr 15, 202101:20:55
Up close and personal.

Up close and personal.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

With the emergence of a new pro independence party led by the former first minister and ex SNP leader, Alex Salmond, is the election about to get more about the personal than the politics? In this edition of Politically Speaking, Holyrood journalists, Chris Marshall and Andrew Learmonth review the week in politics and Mandy Rhodes interviews Professor James Mitchell about what the Alba Party means for the election and for Nicola Sturgeon.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Apr 08, 202159:31
In the Eye of the Storm: Alex Cole-Hamilton on being part of the harassment committee

In the Eye of the Storm: Alex Cole-Hamilton on being part of the harassment committee

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

Lib Dem MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton speaks to Holyrood editor Mandy Rhodes about being part of the Scottish Parliament’s harassment committee, while journalists Andrew Learmonth and Chris Marshall discuss the re-emergence of Alex Salmond as a political candidate.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Mar 31, 202149:19
Hostile environment

Hostile environment

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

With politics at ground zero, we take a moment to reflect on some of the big policy areas that have advanced during this 5th session of the parliament and for the environment, it's all been about Net Zero. Mandy Rhodes is joined by Roseanna Cunningham, Environment Secretary, Chris Stark, CEO of the Climate Change Committee and James Close, Head of Climate Change, NatWest Group.

This episode is brought to you in partnership with The NatWest Group.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Mar 24, 202158:36
Making a difference to people’s lives

Making a difference to people’s lives

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

Public Health Scotland launched last year amid a public health crisis, Mandy Rhodes interview Claire Sweeney, Director of Place and Wellbeing at PHS, about how the organisation responded and it's plans for the future. 

This episode is brought to you in partnership with Public Health Scotland.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Mar 17, 202142:21
Protect the future of nursing

Protect the future of nursing

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.
Lockdown was all about protecting the NHS but a year on from the first lockdown, the superhuman efforts of the nurses in the NHS have been 'rewarded' with a risible 1% pay increase offer. The RCN Scotland's new Director, Susan Aitkenhead, joins Mandy Rhodes to discuss.
Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.
Mar 11, 202138:04
Money Matters

Money Matters

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

To mark International Women's Day, we talk to two of our Holyrood Magazine's 50 women at 50, Angela Constance SNP MSP, minister for drugs policy, and Rachael Hamilton Scottish Conservative MSP, who both turned 50 in the last year, along with Jackie Leiper from Scottish Widows, about why women should plan for the unexpected.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Mar 08, 202146:58
Counting on the Future

Counting on the Future

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

Counting on the future: Convenor of the finance committee, Bruce Crawford, MSP, Finance Secretary, Kate Forbes, MSP, and Stephen Blackman, principal economist, NatWest Group, talk the business of politics. The Royal Bank of Scotland partnered with us to bring you the latest instalment of our End of an Era series.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Mar 03, 202138:28
Kicking around the political football - End of an Era interview series.

Kicking around the political football - End of an Era interview series.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.

As so many MSPs prepare to stand down in May, Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins, tells Mandy Rhodes about what he thinks the parliament needs.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Feb 17, 202151:48
Cherry picking: The SNP turns on itself.

Cherry picking: The SNP turns on itself.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics. 

In her first interview since losing her front bench role at Westminster, the Edinburgh South West MP, Joanna Cherry, tells Mandy Rhodes about the horrific abuse she has suffered since.

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.

Feb 10, 202151:30
Tampon Lady, Monica Lennon, on keeping politics real.

Tampon Lady, Monica Lennon, on keeping politics real.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics.
Keeping politics real. As the 20th opinion poll in a row shows majority support for Scottish independence, can the contenders in the Scottish Labour leadership contest find their place in the constitutional argument? Mandy interviewed Anas Sarwar in last weeks show and this week we can hear from Monica Lennon, who is she, and what is her vision for Scottish Labour.
Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, with artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2021.
Feb 05, 202159:16
You’ll have had your greens

You’ll have had your greens

Mandy & Gemma look back at the year and discuss the good, and bad moments. Andy Wightman sits down with Mandy in an exclusive discussion surrounding his resignation from the Green Party. 

The episode ends on our hopes for 2021, what we want to see and where we want to end up.. and to all of you wonderful listeners, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy and Liam on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, and artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2020.

Feb 04, 202152:26
Dis-United Kingdom

Dis-United Kingdom

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics. 

This Dis-United Kingdom As the 20th opinion poll in a row shows majority support for Scottish independence, can the contenders in the Scottish Labour leadership contest find their place in the constitutional argument? Mandy interviews Anas Sarwar and questions his outfit of choice at Christmas...


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Jan 27, 202152:30
Tackling the big one.

Tackling the big one.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, as she brings you insightful interviews with political players and key figures relevant to the latest goings on in the world of Scottish Politics. This week Mandy is joined by Professor Devi Sridhar as they talk about the pandemic, politics and finding peace in cake.


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Jan 20, 202146:55
Launch the gunboats, the French are reeling in our fish!

Launch the gunboats, the French are reeling in our fish!

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

Good week for Boris... got you there... of course it isn't!

Bad week for swimmers on the English Channel as Naval vessels seek to block their paths

This week's interview is with SNP MP Amy Callaghan. But this interview goes beyond the politics, as Mandy and Amy discuss what makes her who she is, and how did she get there.

A recent not so controversial Bill with the aim to ensure women are given the right to be examined by a female physician following a rape has caused an unlikely debate when the word 'gender' was replaced with 'sex' to ensure no legal hiccups later down the line... Mandy and Jenni discuss the issues behind this and much more in this weeks rant.


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Dec 16, 202042:27
Flat-packs, fishing and furry animals

Flat-packs, fishing and furry animals

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

Good week all around, especially for Mandy's dog who joins this weeks show to defend the Holyrood office against unwanted intruders
Bad week for Brexit, but possibly a good week but probably bad... who knows anymore?
IKEA's head of sustainability for the UK and Ireland, discusses what her organisation is doing to work with consumers on making the green revolution work for them. Bringing down costs, increasing buy-back recycling and ensuring that whilst the company goes green, it remains profitable. Quite the feat, but she explains why IKEA must be the ones to lead the charge.
Liam puts up with one last rant from Mandy in today's show as she takes a JAB at anti-vexers (get it?). And this is Liam's final episode hosting Politically Speaking. So make sure you tune in... be nice. 

Farewell Liam and good luck on your new journey (two doors away)! Thanks for helping to make the podcast a roaring success in its debut year!

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Dec 09, 202051:02
Labour Pains...

Labour Pains...

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

Mandy and Liam discuss the highs and lows of political messaging from the past week... the good weeks and bad weeks are one?!

Jackie Baillie, Labours longest singing MSP, discusses the challenges Labour has faced, what they have achieved in opposition at Holyrood, and what they are aiming for come May's election.

Liam manages to get a rant out of Mandy this week, and the SNP's internal workings are a talking point yet again, but, for a more interesting reason.

Oh, and Mandy doesn't like certain types of geeks. Liam said... so it must be true?


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Dec 02, 202001:02:39
Breaching Blackford's Border

Breaching Blackford's Border

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

GOOD WEEK: A very British vaccine has been ordered by First class mail!  BAD WEEK: Scotland has a new border patrol officer...  Any Maciver is this weeks guest. A former Tory spin doctor and now head of a lobbying and PR consultancy, Message Matters discusses the current constitutional conundrum  Mandy and Liam end the show discussing the nations Christmas plans

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Dec 01, 202001:05:14
Polling, jabs and Johnson's jibes!

Polling, jabs and Johnson's jibes!

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

Another new vaccine is on it's way and Boris blunders, busting trust north of the border.
Mark Diffley, pollster and founder of the Diffley Partnership, discusses the challenges opposition parties face on the run up to May's election.
Liam discloses a real handicap of his... he struggles to discern clocks from a compass'. We should all feel for him.

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Nov 18, 202001:00:24
Trump is 'Spitting' mad!
Nov 11, 202055:26
Scotland: The Recovery, with Jason Leitch and Benny Higgins

Scotland: The Recovery, with Jason Leitch and Benny Higgins

In Politically Speaking's final special of the last two weeks, we explore Scotland's recovery in partnership with Leidos. 


Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine as she is joined in conversation with Jim McNair of Leidos, Benny Higgins, and Jason Leitch. The conversation is centred around the economy, our way of working, and what really goes on behind closed doors when fighting a pandemic?


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Nov 04, 202040:36
U.S. Election Special

U.S. Election Special

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This episode of Politically Speaking takes a step towards understanding what this year's United States election means for Scotland, U.S. citizens living in Scotland and, of course, what it means for Scotland's relationship with the United States will look like regardless of who wins. 


Timestamp: 0:00:49 - One of Holyrood's Magazine's journalists, Ailean Beaton, takes us on a journey to better understand what this election looks like for U.S. citizens living outside of their home country. He helps us to understand the rise of mail-in-ballots and the optics that President Trump has created surrounding this rise in absentee voting. He asked experts some of the questions that have surfaced during this highly contested campaign period on the run-up to November's polling day. Is this election rigged? Does Trump speak truths about mail-in votes? Will this election be decided by the Supreme Court, where the Republicans now hold a supermajority following the appointment of Justice Amy Coney-Barret? 

Timestamp: 0:22.16 - Mandy interviews former First Minister of Scotland, Henry Mcliesh, and lets him discuss why he thinks a Democrat victory will allow America to heal following four years of division. He suggests that Scotland, and indeed, the U.K.'s relationship with America go back to the way it looked under eight years of President Obama. Most importantly, he lets us know what his drink of choice will be on election night... Mandy always asks the important questions for you, the listener. 

Timestamp: 0:47.40 - Lastly, Liam makes a miraculous appearance at the end to recap his favourite (or most notable) moments of Trump's last four years in the White House with Mandy. But will this section of this very podcast be the reason why Trump wins in November? Did Liam jinx it?


Politically Speaking is a podcast brought to you by Holyrood Communications. This show is hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, narration and scripting by Ailean Beaton. This episode was produced by Ailean Beaton and Steven Perrie-Clyde. The artwork was designed and produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde (Spotify & Anchor) and Aimee Watchel (all other services). Leave a review on Apple Podcasts and share this show on your social media channels. 

Oct 28, 202053:58
The SNP, a 'New Labour' tribute act?

The SNP, a 'New Labour' tribute act?

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

 Is Nicola Sturgeon is hurting her own reputation?  Was Liam the brains behind Jacinda Ardern's re-election?  James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy at Edinburgh University discusses the current state of the Scottish Government It would appear that England has a new king... THE KING IN THE NORTH?!

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Oct 21, 202057:00
Let the train take the COVID strain

Let the train take the COVID strain

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

What do you do if you are the President and Immune to COVID?
This week's interview is Labour MP Dianne Abbot
Mandy rants... and Liam chips in as well?!

**You can read the latest version of Holyrood Magazine here: Digital**

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Oct 15, 202043:40
COVIDiots abound

COVIDiots abound

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

We know about the SNP's debacle with MP Magaret Ferrier. However, there are more controversies that Mandy and Liam wish to discuss.
Labour. Down with the young vote?
This week's guest is ScotlandIS CEO Jane Morrison-Ross. Jane talks about Scotland's technological recovery and digital revolution. How an industry must have broad shoulders in the coming months to come.
Mandy's rant is positively positive this week...

**You can read the latest version of Holyrood Magazine here: Digital Special**

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Oct 07, 202048:31
Puppies, p*sh and politics

Puppies, p*sh and politics

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

Students are locked up... but who, or what, will they blame?

Chris Stark is this weeks interview. Liam and Chris discuss Scotland's Green path forward and what COP means to Glasgow and the future

Mandy rants about p*sh, but she isn't referencing what comes out of Liam's mouth!



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Sep 30, 202048:23
The Tories fought the law and the law won

The Tories fought the law and the law won

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

This week's episode is brought to you in partnership with Salix Finance. You can read more about them and their work here. 

It is the first time Ed Miliband has had a good week as far as we can remember.
It would seem that the party of law and order got a beat down from the law.
This week's guest is Annie Shepperd, CEO of Salix Finance. She and Mandy discuss how the climate crisis needs to become 'sexy' in order for the masses to take full notice and much more.
This week's rant? People who ignore public health messages... there was a super spreader that Mandy has it in for!

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Sep 23, 202050:43
Boris Johnson turns outlaw

Boris Johnson turns outlaw

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

This week's episode is brought to you in partnership with The British Heart Foundation. You can read their latest article in Holyrood Magazine here as they discuss case prevention. You can also visit the BHF website here. We at Holyrood would like to thank the BHF for the work they do and for partnering us on this week's episode. 


Mandy has had a good week it would seem?  Liam shares his early review of the new hit blockbuster LABOUR: Infinity War  This week's guest is British Heart Foundation's David McColgan (Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager) - He delves into the role that BHF plays during this crisis and the Prevention Agenda... Has it been sidelined by Government? "This week's rant is great because lasts weeks weren't very good... " That's right, it is all about 'whataboutery'

**You can read the latest version of Holyrood Magazine here: Health of The Nation**


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Sep 16, 202050:27
Labour begins election bid against themselves

Labour begins election bid against themselves

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award-winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this week's episode of Politically Speaking?

Labour decides to go head to head with their arch-nemesis... Labour themselves
Humza Yousaf and his wife Nadia, share their story so that others may learn from their heartbreaking experience
The rant this week consists mainly of Laim licking rats... maybe? and Mandy gives us the umpire's decision on Novak Djokovic

**Don't forget to read our Annual Review, our in-depth portfolios and exclusive interviews are not ones to be missed this fortnight: https://library.myebook.com/holyrood/holyrood-annual-review-2019-2020/2726/ **

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Sep 09, 202048:28
Party Politics

Party Politics

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

We look over the last week in politics
Henry McLeish is this weeks intervie and does a deep dive into the independence question
This weeks rant: An interview and an article... reasonable or unjust?

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Sep 02, 202001:04:33
Rock ‘n’ Roll Politics

Rock ‘n’ Roll Politics

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

It’s a great week for Liam! But not Boris Johnson? The Civil Service is not so Civil this week... Donald Macleod is this weeks guest as he discusses the current state of Scotland‘s live music venues And Mandy has a guest co-host for this weeks show who swims in the sea it would seem? But is she on to something?


**Don't forget to read our Annual Review, our in depth portfolios and exclusive interviews are not ones to be missed this fortnight: https://library.myebook.com/holyrood/holyrood-annual-review-2019-2020/2726/ **

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Aug 26, 202049:22
Humza, hate crime and hullabaloo

Humza, hate crime and hullabaloo

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Mandy brings us a good good week... or is it just a reasonably mediocre week from inside of Holyrood...?



Liam details the return of Holyrood Magazine with the 2019/20 Annual Review. Who do the cabinet secretaries wish they spent lockdown with? and much much more!



Humza Yousaf is this weeks interview. Mandy shares an exclusive interview with the justice secretary in leu of his pushing for GRA reform and a new hate crime legislation (excuse the background noise, Humza was kind enough to take this interview close to home).



Finally we get an insight into a younger Mandy Rhodes and details of how she gathered so many nicknames!


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Aug 19, 202042:48
Pupil power, polling... and penalties!

Pupil power, polling... and penalties!

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Mandy discovers a footballer with a unique name...
Tough times ahead for John Swinney
and John Curtice features in this weeks interview

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Aug 12, 202058:07
Back to business with Benny Higgins

Back to business with Benny Higgins

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Liam and Mandy discuss some interesting twists in the last week of politics!
Liam protests Spanish Lidl thieves... sort of   
Benny Higgins is this weeks interview and details the ins and outs of the current economy in Scotland and Mandy delves deeper into Mr. Higgins’ personality!
The rant has been hijacked, by Mandy?

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Aug 05, 202050:02
Testing time for Trump

Testing time for Trump

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Bad week for Trump but good week for crabs...? strange times we live in
What will happen to the younger generation now that the job markets are in turmoil?
Rachel Hamilton is this weeks interview, learn how she ventured into conservative politics.
This weeks rant is all about........... better tune in to find out!

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Jul 29, 202057:59
Taking politics by the short and curlies...

Taking politics by the short and curlies...

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?


Liam and Mandy discuss a rigged election that was still lost and ended in a Tory backlash! Are we excited for a haircut? John McNally is in this weeks interview! He discusses his journey from barber to parliamentarIan... This weeks rant is all about........... better tune in to find out!

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Jul 22, 202042:41
Dishy Rishi, Mr Covid and all hail Mrs America...

Dishy Rishi, Mr Covid and all hail Mrs America...

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Rishi Sunak gives the UK a meal deal to long for!
Boris Johnson slaps carers after he claps for them...
Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government is this weeks guest
Mandy goes from rant to TV recommendactions!

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Jul 15, 202051:24
Pubs, polls, and patriotic pints

Pubs, polls, and patriotic pints

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking? 

 Mandy has a good week lined up... maybe even two!  There seems to be a border crisis on the British Isles  Labour MSP Neil Findlay is this weeks interview... he looks back on his Time in parliament before he steps down Mandy’s rant leads to a workers sacking!

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy and Liam on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, and artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2020.

Jul 08, 202056:04
Women in mid-life with a crisis

Women in mid-life with a crisis

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Liam and Mandy digest the news of Labour in Good week Bad week
We take a deep dive into 50 women at 50 during this crisis
MSP Angela Constance is this weeks interviewee talking all things that you would once you hit the big half century
And Liam has a rant as well this week?! These are trying times...
Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy and Liam on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, and artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2020.
Jul 01, 202047:56
School’s out for summer, School’s out forever?

School’s out for summer, School’s out forever?

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics...
What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Dominic Raab causes controversy... like that hasn‘t happened before

Football has a good and bad week this time around...

Mandy interviews former First Minister Jack McConnell

Mandy has had a calm week believe it or not... does she have a rant for us this time around?

Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy and Liam on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here.
This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, and artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2020.
Jun 24, 202044:49
Dealing with our past, present and future.

Dealing with our past, present and future.

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics...
What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking?

Liam has a greyfriars boaby statue conundrum
Mandy and Liam try to disseminate what our street statues really mean, does it represent our past?
We have a deep dive into this weeks magazine edition, will we have the ‘wellbeing economy’ soon?
Mandy interviews the Cabinet Secretary for the Economy Fiona Hyslop
This weeka rant!? .....isn‘t a rant.....


Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy and Liam on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here.
This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, and artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2020.
Jun 17, 202042:31
Calling Order, the Presiding Officer cancels summer
Jun 10, 202050:35
Cummings, Mental Health and...the MAN-opause?
Jun 02, 202049:20
Tatties, Tantrums and Titles

Tatties, Tantrums and Titles

Join Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood Magazine, and Liam Kirkaldy, award winning political journalist, as they review the week that was in Scottish Politics... What is on the menu for this weeks episode of Politically Speaking? Liam kicks off a discussion of the good, and of-course, the bad news spilling out of the last week in politics Mandy heads for glory in an upcoming awards ceremony  Liam uncovers a mystery surrounding potatoes... More communications blunder by Government  Mandy interviews Mike Russell MSP & Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs... From Brexit and COVID to our ability to scrutinise Government decisions... But can Mike also solve Liams mysterious potatoe mystery? Remember to Follow and Subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts. You can follow our hosts, Mandy and Liam on Twitter, and you can keep up to date with the latest news from Holyrood online at Holyrood.com, or on our Twitter @HolyroodDaily. Lastly, remember to read the last issue of Holyrood Magazine online here. This show was hosted by Mandy Rhodes and Liam Kirkaldy, produced by Steven Perrie-Clyde, and artwork designed by Aimee Wachtel. This show is brought to you by Holyrood Magazine, ©Holyrood Communications 2020.
May 27, 202046:09
Herd mentality and the cow factor in politics
May 20, 202038:19
Welcome to Politically Speaking: Scotland's Flagship political Podcast.
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