An in-depth conversation with former Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman. She shares the mood inside the cabinet during the first months of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, her regrets over care homes, and the difficult decisions made on restrictions over Christmas. Freeman also discusses the ongoing public inquiry into safety at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and a second independence referendum in 2023.
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Whip Up A Storm
24:21Accusations of intimidation are made, as the Prime Minister remains under scrutiny. The row over alleged parties held in Downing Street continues, with a Tory MP defecting to Labour ahead of PMQs on Wednesday. With the Government whips now under the spotlight after MP William Wragg accused them of threatening those suspected of plotting against Boris Johnson with the removal of government investment in their constituencies, what next for the Conservative Party and the premiership of Boris Johnson ahead of Sue Gray's report?
Beginning Of The End?
29:12What next for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he faces calls to resign? While his cabinet rallies around him, Scottish Conservatives including leader Douglas Ross and some Tory backbenchers have called on the Prime Minister to tender his resignation. After admitting to attending a drinks party during the 2020 lockdown, Boris Johnson has asked for the results of civil servant Sue Gray's inquiry to be released before decisions are made by his party, but as rows erupt amongst his own MPs and MSPs, plus with opposition parties calling on him to step down, will he face a motion of no confidence and a potential end to his time in Number 10?
The Year That Was 2021
35:14The team look back at and analyse the biggest political stories of the year, from the Salmond Inquiry and the mammoth evidence sessions given by the First Minister and her former mentor Alex Salmond, to the recent pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson as discontent in the Conservative backbenches builds. What had the biggest impact on Scotland and the UK's political landscapes, and what can we expect from 2022?
Ghost of Christmas Past?
21:40What does the Omicron variant mean for festive plans across the UK? As further guidance to stop the spread of the new Covid-19 variant is issued, the team discusses the similarities to December 2020, and what makes this year different. This week Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced one of the biggest Conservative rebellions in Westminster over further rules, and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced guidelines for businesses over the festive period. Has Covid-19 turned more political than ever?
30:38Did parties at Downing Street last year breach Covid-19 rules? BBC political correspondent Chris Mason joins the team to discuss, as the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an inquiry after a video emerged of government staff joking about a "cheese and wine" party which took place on December 18th last year. Government spokesperson Allegra Stratton, who appeared in the leaked footage, has resigned, and now other Downing Street parties during that period are being investigated. Will this latest row blow over or is the scandal here to stay?
Jeane Freeman: Inside The Pandemic
44:33An in-depth conversation with former Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman. She shares the mood inside the cabinet during the first months of the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, her regrets over care homes, and the difficult decisions made on restrictions over Christmas. Freeman also discusses the ongoing public inquiry into safety at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and a second independence referendum in 2023.
22:21Have problems and pressure been growing for Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon this week? From flip-flops on vaccine passports to speeches mentioning Peppa Pig, the team discusses leadership. They chat through the differences and similarities on the situation the Prime Minister and First Minister find themselves in, and analyse BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg's interview with Nicola Sturgeon, including indyref2 and the handling of the pandemic. Why is there speculation over the political longevity of these two leaders, and is there any merit to it?
BONUS: Interview with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
29:34Listen to the full interview by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg speaking to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the speculation about her future, a second Independence Referendum, and the handling of Covid-19 in Scotland.
Money on the Side
23:54There’s been weeks of political pressure on No10 over the Owen Paterson row.
Now Or Never?
23:45Climate journalist Shreya Jai joins the team to talk COP26 from an outside perspective. How does Glasgow's climate change conference look to the rest of the World? The team discuss the political roles played by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, as well as the importance of not just the pledges made by big polluters such as the US, China, EU, and India, but the ways in which we could enforce these promises.