Holyrood Sources

Holyrood Sources

The Holyrood Sources podcast analyses Scottish politics through the experiences of those who have lived and breathed it as Special Advisers to the Scottish Government, SNP and opposition parties. Join hosts Calum Macdonald, Geoff Aberdein (Chief of Staff to the First Minister, 2007-2014) and Andy Maciver (Former Head of Communications for the Scottish Conservatives) as they take you inside Scottish politics. Their insight is second to none - they've been there, lived it, and maintain remarkable connections to Scotland's politicians and the world of Scottish politics. Join our mailing list and check out our latest live events: click holyroodsources.com Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/holyroodsources. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

May 23, 2024 26 mins
A general election has been called for the 4th of July. We discuss the strategic decisions and execution of the announcement. There are questions about the rationale behind the chosen date and the decision to hold the event outside in the rain. We also discuss the potential impact on the Conservative Party and the Scottish Tories in particular. The conversation then shifts to the SNP and the suspension of Michael Matheson for breac...

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Calum, Andy and Geoff weigh up the latest polling data, the role of special advisors in Scottish politics, and the comments made by Wes Streeting on the NHS: that "all roads lead to Westminster". Plus, the co-Director of Future Economy Scotland, Laurie Macfarlane, joins to discuss progressive taxation, in light of Andy's view from the last episode.

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Calum, Geoff and Andy discuss John Swinney's first week as First Minister, Anna Sarwar's plans for regional mayors, and Rishi Sunak's comments on Scottish nationalism.

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May 8, 2024 49 mins
Kate Forbes is John Swinney's Deputy First Minister, but what does that mean for the SNP, the election and for Scotland? Calum, Andy and Geoff discuss it all.

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We reflect on John Swinney's announcement to run for SNP leader and the potential role of Kate Forbes in the new government. They also address concerns about Forbes' past statements on social issues and the need for unity within the party, as raised by you on email. The emphasis, as far as the SNP is concerned, is on the importance of bringing together different factions and talents within the SNP to ensure a strong and competent g...

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LBC's Scotland Political Editor Gina Davidson joins Calum, Andy and Geoff to discuss who will take the reigns of the SNP following Humza Yousaf's departure. Plus, your questions are answered.

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Humza Yousaf's resignation as First Minister of Scotland has sparked discussions about the future of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and the leadership contest that will follow. The conversation explores the personal and political reactions to Yousaf's resignation, the mistakes made during his tenure, and the need for change within the SNP. The potential candidates for the next First Minister, including John Swinney and Kate Forb...

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Scottish Green Party MSP Ross Greer joins us for an extended conversation about the termination of the Bute House Agreement, the Greens' time in Government and how the party plan to vote in the votes of no confidence being brought against Humza Yousaf and The Scottish Government.

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April 25, 2024 25 mins
The Bute House agreement between the SNP and the Scottish Greens has ended, leading to a minority government in Scotland. We discuss the reasons for the end of the agreement including policy challenges and frayed relationships. Humza Yousaf, the leader of the SNP, will now have to chart a new course and focus on issues that have public support.

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In this episode of Hollywood Sources, Calum, Geoff and Andy are joined by Kathleen Nutt, Political Correspondent, The Herald, to discuss various topics including the charging of Peter Murrell, former chief executive of the SNP, with embezzlement, the approval of the Green Volt offshore wind farm project, and the Scottish Government's decision to abandon its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2030. The conversatio...

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Calum, Andy and Geoff discuss the relationship between SNP MSPs and its MPs at Westminster, the representation of rural areas in government policy-making, and the need for rural MSPs to caucus together. They also touch on the upcoming local and mayoral elections and the impact of dissatisfaction with the Conservatives. The conversation ends with a discussion on the importance of rural areas in Scotland's future prosperity. We refle...

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April 12, 2024 54 mins

Susan Deacon was Labour MSP for Edinburgh East and Musselburgh (Constituency) from 1999 - 2007 and Scotland's first health minister. We spend more time with one of the stars of our live podcast recording event.


Calum, Andy and Susan discuss the 25-year anniversary of devolution in Scotland and reflects on the successes and challenges of the Scottish Parliament. We highlight the need for constructive reflection and improvement ra...

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This week Calum, Geoff and Andy are joined by Michael Foran, a lecturer in public law at the University of Glasgow, to pick apart the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act. What does it mean? What does it say? Your (and our) questions are answered.


Plus, Labour leads the SNP for the first time in a decade, according to new polling by YouGov, and Scottish new builds will no longer be allowed to have wood burners. All on toda...

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April 3, 2024 49 mins
The Hate Crime And Public Order (Scotland) Act is now in force, and more Police Scotland is logging yet more complaints, so what happens next? Calum, Geoff and Andy discuss JK Rowling's comments - which are not being treated as criminal - as well as a new MRP poll predicting a Conservative wipeout to less than 100 seats across the UK after the General Election, but the SNP holding onto 41 seats. Plus, as discussion continues from o...

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First Minister Humza Yousaf has defended police after Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser threatened to take them to court for keeping a record of a hate incident made against him, despite concluding he had not committed a crime. Calum, Andy and Geoff assess the political fallout. Plus we reflect on last week's 25 Years of Devolution live recording. Plus, should MPs and MSPs keep talking about potholes, and is the First Minister rig...

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March 23, 2024 73 mins

Join Calum Macdonald, Geoff Aberdein and Andy Maciver for a Holyrood Sources podcast special. We’re bringing together guests who have been at the heart of the story of devolution over the last 25 years to reflect on how devolution happened, what’s happened since and what should happen next. As part of the night, we’ll reveal the results of exclusive polling assessing how people across Scotland view devolution, 25 yea...

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March 22, 2024 95 mins

Join Calum Macdonald, Geoff Aberdein and Andy Maciver for a Holyrood Sources podcast special. We’re bringing together guests who have been at the heart of the story of devolution over the last 25 years to reflect on how devolution happened, what’s happened since and what should happen next. As part of the night, we’ll reveal the results of exclusive polling assessing how people across Scotland view devolution, 25 yea...

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BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR OUR 25 YEARS OF DEVOLUTION SPECIAL


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John Lamont is the Conservative MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk since 2017, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland since 2022. He joins Calum to discuss devolution, the shift from Holyrood to Westminster, how to balance being a minister and constituency ...

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March 13, 2024 45 mins

BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR OUR 25 YEARS OF DEVOLUTION SPECIAL


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This week Calum, Andy and Geoff discuss the big question for the SNP: what is the electoral strategy? Plus should SNP MPs walk out of Westminster? As murmurings of a Boris Johnson return to politics make waves around Westminster and beyond, could Nicola Sturgeon follow suit and come back? And ho...

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March 6, 2024 45 mins

BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR OUR 25 YEARS OF DEVOLUTION SPECIAL


Announced guests so far: Jack McConnell, Alex Salmond, Henry McLeish


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After weeks of speculation, briefings and headlines the Chancellor's budget is here. And with it the windfall tax on profits for oil and gas firms has been extended for another 12 months, despite opposition from Scottish Conservatives. The former Political Edit...

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