Politics chat with the latest goings on at Holyrood and Westminster through the eyes of BBC Scotland journalists. More
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The former Scottish Labour leader candidly surveys the political landscape from the sidelines. Kezia Dugdale discusses Labour leaders past and present, and the challenge of moving politics in Scotland past the constitutional debate. She gives her verdict on controversial recent adverts from Labour, and the "lads, lads, lads" culture that exists. The former politician also has a revealing assessment of so-called progress at Holyrood, compared to Westminster, and shares exclusive information about a review project to mark the 25th anniversary of the Scottish Parliament.
Speculation around a potential by-election is heating up. Will it be a contest in Rutherglen and Hamilton? Is it ok to say we're missing election fever? We look ahead to the next General Election and where the parties might be concentrating their efforts. The team is joined by polling expert Mark Diffley to give trending insights, polling analysis and informed speculation on the elections ahead.
Independence, Annibyniaeth, Independència
How does the Scottish independence movement compare to those in other countries? Where do independence campaigns share similarities, and where do they differ? The team is joined by journalist Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid, and Will Hayward, Welsh Affairs Editor for WalesOnline, to compare and contrast the Catalan and Welsh independence movements with Scotland, and get a sense of the political and public sentiment for the movements.
Do coalition governments work for the parties involved, and do they benefit the voters? As talk of potential future coalitions with Labour continue in Westminster after their local election gains, Lucy is joined by political editor Glenn Campbell and political correspondent Kirsten Campbell to look at Scottish and Westminster coalitions and power sharing agreements. Have coalitions, both past and present, typically helped or hindered the parties involved? What does it mean for voters when the policies they may have voted for are used as tools of compromise?
Ahead of the Coronation of Charles III, the team looks at UK attitudes to the monarchy. Lucy and Phil are joined by Professor Ailsa Henderson of the University of Edinburgh, to look at how Scotland and the wider UK feel about King Charles and the monarchy. How do people's views vary by area, party, and constitutional belief, and how have opinions changed since the death of Queen Elizabeth?