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Week 8, 2021: Sturgeon’s popularity drops, and Salmond gives evidence

Week 8, 2021: Sturgeon’s popularity drops, and Salmond gives evidence

February 26, 2021

It’s the week in which Alex Salmond gives evidence at his own inquiry, and in which a new poll shows both a lessening in support for independence and a 16-point drop in First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s usually bulletproof popularity. We also got details this week on Scotland’s route map for exiting lockdown, and can compare it to the UK government’s. The P&J’s Westminster Correspondent and the Evening Express’s Political Reporter join David Mac Dougall to help you understand what’s happening in politics, and why it matters.

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Week 7, 2021: Will Salmond give evidence?

Week 7, 2021: Will Salmond give evidence?

February 19, 2021

It’s the week in which… well, for once, comparatively little happened, and after the last year, we’ll take it! We’re awaiting a statement next week on the roadmap out of lockdown from the Scottish government, and all eyes are on whether Alex Salmond will give evidence at his own inquiry. But there’s still plenty to discuss: the political judgements, what’s at stake, and how things might shake out. 

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Week 6, 2021: Hotel quarantine – yeah, you can’t even check in

Week 6, 2021: Hotel quarantine – yeah, you can’t even check in

February 12, 2021

It’s the week in which the Salmond inquiry was rocked by further drama, in which the introduction of Scotland’s mandatory quarantine for inbound travellers had a bumpy launch, and in which the unevenness of support for Covid was laid bare. 

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Week 5, 2021: Disunion in the Union Unit

Week 5, 2021: Disunion in the Union Unit

February 5, 2021

It’s the week in which Ochil and South Perthshire MP Luke Graham was ousted from Number 10’s “union unit” after a bitter row over strategy, in which we saw Scotland as the UK nation slowest to roll out vaccines, and in which we got to see how the sausage was made in local democracy.

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Week 4, 2021: The PM in Scotland, and an MP in the wrong part of Scotland

Week 4, 2021: The PM in Scotland, and an MP in the wrong part of Scotland

January 29, 2021

It’s the week in which the Prime Minister visited Scotland in a controversial bid to clasp a country more firmly to his bosom which opinion polls have shown time and again is becoming more pro-independence. Did it work? Should it have happened? Plus, how women’s rights groups were ‘fobbed off’ when they tried to get involved with the Brexit negotiations, to protect hard-won rights, and, with Courier Political Editor Paul Malik back in the chair, there’s a small matter of a Stoosh of the Week to be awarded.

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Week 3, 2021: Schools closures extended, Scottish Labour leader hopefuls, and disinformation

Week 3, 2021: Schools closures extended, Scottish Labour leader hopefuls, and disinformation

January 22, 2021

It’s the week in which schools in Scotland were confirmed as staying closed for longer, two candidates threw their respective hats into the ring for the leadership of Scottish Labour, and, as Donald Trump leaves the White House, disinformation and fake news comes under the spotlight on this side of the Atlantic. 

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Week 2, 2021: 10 points if you can name the just-resigned Scottish Labour leader

Week 2, 2021: 10 points if you can name the just-resigned Scottish Labour leader

January 15, 2021

It’s the week in which the Scottish Labour leader has resigned, Brexit reality bites for fisherfolk, and we see some encouraging signs in both the vaccination and the infection data for Covid-19. It’s also the week in which our new Head of Politics, David Mac Dougall, takes the reins, and we have an unscheduled appearance from his snoring labrador. Everyone’s a critic.

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Week 1, 2021: NHS Tayside scandal, Brexit reality check, and revolting Trump supporters

Week 1, 2021: NHS Tayside scandal, Brexit reality check, and revolting Trump supporters

January 8, 2021

It’s tough to criticise the NHS just now, but the latest scandal to hit NHS Tayside – and, in particular, chiefs’ stonewalling in the aftermath – is an important story to tell. Find out the details, hear of the Brexit reality biting at ports, dig into a potential Donald Trump visit to Scotland, and more, on this first episode of the new year. 

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Week 51, 2020: What Christmas really needs is a buncha confusing rules

Week 51, 2020: What Christmas really needs is a buncha confusing rules

December 18, 2020

It’s the final episode of 2020, and like everyone, the Stooshie team are trying hard to understand the different rules in effect across the country about mixing over the festive period. Plus, we have the latest revelations from the Salmond inquiry, and news of a new suspect in the Lockerbie bombing.

The Stooshie will be taking a short break over Christmas, but we’ll be back in the new year. From everyone on the team, and across DC Thomson, if you’re celebrating we wish you a happy, peaceful Christmas, and if you’re one of the legions of key workers helping keep the country running, a huge thank you from all of us. Here’s to a happier 2021!

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Week 50, 2020: Brexit looms (again), plus SNP chief exec speaks at Salmond inquiry

Week 50, 2020: Brexit looms (again), plus SNP chief exec speaks at Salmond inquiry

December 11, 2020

It’s the week in which Brexit crashed towards its final deadline (and if it feels like you’ve read that sentence a million times before, imagine how it feels writing it), in which the Scottish government came in for criticism over its handling of ferries and Bifab, and in which SNP CEO Peter Murrell, husband to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, appeared before the Salmond inquiry.

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