Podcast: In British politics, the chaos plays on


So, two English by-elections. Labour lose a safe seat to the Tories but fight off UKIP to retain another one. Jeremy Corbyn lives to fight another day, before his seemingly inevitable defeat at the hands of Theresa May.

Is that the real scenario? Where are the Lib Dems? And what does it all mean for Scottish politics, if anything? Kezia Dugdale is in Perth cajoling her party into readiness to fight the SNP in a second independence referendum.

One of Scotland’s keenest academic observers of politics, Glasgow University’s Professor  Murray Pittock, dropped into the Newsnet studio to consider the week’s events with podcast host Derek Bateman. The result is a crisp analysis of where we stand right now, within the context of Brexit, the collapse of Scottish Labour, the independence campaign and Westminster’s imperial mindset.

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  1. That was one of the best Podcasts I’ve listened to …… thanks Derek and to your learned Guest, Murray Pittock.

  2. britsh politics is heading fast in the direction of the US, it will be dirty, obnoxious and increasingly more alarmist right wing.

    Scotland has the chance to avoid this decent into the mire, this weekend should have convinced many decent people in Scottish labour that labour is nothing more than a fan club with no reason to believe that or entitlement to a comeback.

    Scotland fre or a desert is becoming truer every day,

  3. Thanks for getting someone other than the usual (ex-Labour) people on the podcast.

    Frankly your podcasts were headed down a narrow left-wing tunnel (no doubt Haggerty-driven) and were becoming of little interest to anyone other than people mourning SLAB or pushing RISE.

    +1 for something a bit different. Pittock is right on the money with comparisons with Ireland – I have a horrible suspicion that the end-game for Scotland to extricate itself from English “imperialism” will require the same level of violence. I hope I’m wrong but the list of countries who got independence from “Britain” without recourse to violence is very small indeed 🙁

  4. Agree with the other comments that this was really insightful. Particularly his point about Scottish Unionism now being opposed to Scottish culture as ‘it would be giving in to an SNP agenda’. Following on, his point about Scottish Unionists having nothing positive to say about modern Scotland was right on the money. Stu Campbell has often made this point too, but Pittock can point to historic examples of Unionists being proudly Scottish and proudly British in the past, but no longer. Their whole Scottish narrative is now negative. But they are cutting off the branch on which they are sitting, surely?

    What sticks in my craw especially about these Unionists is the extent to which Scottish Toryism has found a lifeline in the Scottish Parliament, as proportional representation has given them a foothold that the first past the post system would have denied them. It’s thanks to the Scottish Parliament that they have any representation at all. Parasites.


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