Politics chat with the latest goings on at Holyrood and Westminster through the eyes of BBC Scotland journalists.
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Seven Deadly Bins
What does the Prime Minister's shakeup of green commitments mean for Scotland? Following a leak to the BBC, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced a shift in net zero greenhouse gas emission targets, pushing the timeline to replace fossil fuel burning cars and boilers further back. While Sunak claims he's still committed to reaching net zero by 2050, First Minister Humza Yousaf has said it would be "unforgivable" for the UK to row back on its climate commitments - but what does it actually mean for Scotland? The team discuss the implications, and question whether this bombshell announcement is a sign an election is closer than we think.
Interview: Meghan Gallacher MSP
The Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservatives on her career, motherhood, and GRR. Lucy Whyte and Georgia Roberts sit down with Meghan Gallacher MSP, and discuss her beginnings in North Lanarkshire, how she developed conservative beliefs, and her rise to become deputy leader of the Scottish Conservative party. The team discuss Gender Recognition Reform and the late night vote last year, as well as what she thinks of the UK Government using a Section 35 order to veto the cross-party legislation. What does she think of the Conservatives prospects in the next election, and does she see herself as a future Scottish Tory leader?
Dress For The Job You Want
A drug room pilot gets the go ahead, and Labour's Starmer promises to "smash the gangs". The team discuss the week's top political news, including the UK Government saying it won't block plans for a drug consumption room pilot in Scotland, in an attempt to reduce drug deaths. In Westminster, Prime Minister Sunak faces problems with UK-China relations after alleged spying claims emerged, while opposition leader Keir Starmer heads to The Hague to talk about tackling small boat gangs with the EU, and First Minister Humza Yousaf goes to New York City for Climate Week.
Interview: Lord Jack McConnell
The former First Minister on his chats with Humza Yousaf, and how politics became "petty". The team sit down with Lord Jack McConnell, the Labour First Minister for Scotland from 2001 - 2007, where he reflects on his time in power and the state of political discourse today. Lord McConnell talks about how he sees parties lose touch with voters, how politics moved from class-based to identity-based and its consequences, and whether or not he'd accept a role in a Starmer Government if Labour is successful at the next general election.
RAAC To The Future
From crumbly concrete to conferences, Holyrood and Westminster are back from recess, but did politics ever really go away? As parties gear up for by-elections including the potential bellwether seat of Rutherglen and Hamilton West, and conference season approaches, the team discuss the events over the summer and what comes next. What do the next few months have in store for Holyrood and Westminster? With First Minister Humza Yousaf announcing his programme for government, and the UK Government grappling with RAAC concrete problems, the term is already off to a busy start.