Podcast: Westminster intrigue and what it means for Scotland


Jim Murphy’s political nemesis returned to the Newsnet Radio podcast studio to reflect on her first few months as the MP for East Renfrewshire, one of the most fiercely contested seats of the 56 won by the SNP last May.

Kirsten Oswald last spoke to podcast host Derek Bateman in the run-up to last year’s general election. At the time few gave her much chance of taking the seat. Her victory was among those to underpin the sheer scale of the SNP gain and Labour’s staggering defeat in Scotland.

She joined Glasgow businessman Paul Fee to discuss the ongoing tussle between HM Treasury and Scottish Government over the fiscal arrangements involved in the implementation of the Smith Commission proposals to increase the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

Are both sides playing with a straight bat? What are the implications for the future of Scotland and the UK? Is there an agenda, and if so what is it? All this and more as our guests attempt to unravel Westminster’s Scottish intrigue…

The Newsnet campaign podcast will run every weekend until the Scottish elections in May, and you can help ensure that happens by subscribing, or making a one-off payment. This helps us to maintain the podcasts’ high technical standard, and to introduce video podcasts to the service. Please help if you can. Thank you for your continuing support.