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Ungagged! presents:

Janis and Graham Ungagged Episode 3 – “Extremists!”



The SNP Socialists Co-Convenors on: Richie Sunak’s “Extremist” comments regarding the Scottish Electorate; the imminence of new Scottish nuke power stations -according to Alister Jack – under an imagined ”return of a unionist regime,” and what this statement says about British politics; Why Andy Burnham WANTS what we have; The gradualism of Swinney and a reply to Jonathan Shafi’s article in The National…

New! Richie Venton Ungagged! Episode 2 – “Where IS the Centre Left?”

Richie Venton on Starmer and Swinney’s claims to be “Centre Left.” What does that mean for working class people when 1 the Labour right winger, Neil Kinnock says Starmer “has gone too far,” and 2 Swinney’s inclusion of Kate Forbes and her economic and social views, into his Cabinet..

Latest Holyrude Ungagged – Season 7 Ep2 – My only note is Cat Piss

David McClemont @DavoMc82 is joined by Debra Torrance @HealthPeaPict and Connor Beaton @cdbeaton as they discuss:-
– The sudden departure of Humza Yousaf as First Minister and the appointment of John Swinney as his successor.
– Reaction to the English Local Elections.
Holyrude Archive HERE

NEW Podcast! Janis and Graham Ungagged, Episode 2

On the new Scottish cabinet and their changing priorities. Does this new Cabinet unite the SNP coalition for Independence and the Scottish electorate, or will it alienate the majority progressives across Scotland? How far is compromise with centrists too far?

Richie Venton Ungagged!

Richie Venton, The SSP Trades Union Organiser, with a message to the SNP and Greens.

Janis and Graham Ungagged!

SNP Socialists Co-Convenors, Janis Wilson and Graham Campbell discuss the SNP Leadership conundrum…



Holyrude Ungagged – Season 7 Ep 1 – “Jeanie, I’m On The Podcast”

This week Host David McClemont (@DavoMc82) is joined by Holyrude O.G. Debra Torrance (@HeathPeaPict) to discuss;

– The Potential Ban on Smoking for Anyone Born After 2009

– The (Ahem) Potential End of The Green/SNP Bute House Agreement

– The Tory Plan To End Sick Notes

– The Believe In Scotland Independence March

Music: The Wakes

Holyrude Archive HERE

Richie Venton on the lessons of the Miners Strike – 40 Years on…

 Ungag the Choons!

 Ungag the Choons! – Season 1 – Ep 2 – “First People.”



Ungag the Choons! – Season 1 – Ep 1 – “It’s sugar coated, it’s accepted…”

Neil Scott (@nwScotty) talks about a song that helped radicalised him as a teen in Troubles torn Northern Ireland.

Ungagged Presents: Worldbeat with George Collins.

Worldbeat With George Collins – George interviews Kathleen Siminyu Parts 1 and 2

Joining George Collins on WorldBeat is Kathleen Siminyu. Ms. Siminyu is an AI Researcher who focuses on Natural Language Processing for African Languages. She works at The Mozilla Foundation as a Machine Learning Fellow and prior to that was the Regional Coordinator of AI4D Africa. She has vast experience as a community organizer having co-organised the Nairobi Women in Machine Learning and Data Science community for three years. Part 1 – link to part two on page.

Worldbeat Archive HERE

RiC Meets SNP Socialists

Brilliant conversation from two progressive Scottish socialists and regular Ungagged contributors; Connor Beaton RiC & Graham Campbell SNP Cllr. Independence and the left. This is a discussion all serious Scottish lefties need to listen to. What kind of Scotland are WE fighting for?

Short Pod: Raging Not Hating, by Val Waldron

Short pod version of Val’s superb piece: Val differentiates between the feelings of rage and anger that drive us forward to effect change, and the gathering clouds of hatred that threaten to destroy us. See below for written version.

Ungagged Scottish Independence Special!

With contributions from our own Val Waldron (Twitter: @scribblingval) and David McClemont (@DavoMc82), plus the Scottish Green Councillor, Martha Wardrop (Twitter: @MarthaWardrop), David Peutherer of Scottish CND (Twitter: @scottishCND), SNP Councillor Graham Campbell (Twitter: @ceeGraham1) and a view from the USA from our George Collins – All held together (and edited by) Neil Anderson (@BikerNeil).

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Latest Writing

A New Social Contract – Reforming The SNP Into A Genuine Peoples Party

I think it would be helpful for Independence and the promise of a more egalitarian Scotland if a certain archetype of SNP member took their blinkers off for a minute and had a deep think about what is going to make our party electable and popular. – Eilidh McIntosh

Jackie Baillie, 5 Gallons of Chicken Gravy and a Straw… Willie Miller’s Moustache has an idea how we can heal the indy movement… 


Entitlement by Val Waldron…

When will the penny drop that noone is entitled to our votes, that we need politicians with an ear to the ground, not the right wing?

Hoyle’s Hubris and the Hackery of the Britpol Old Firm… by Willie Millar’s Moustache

A Charter for Transphobes – By Damien Donnelly

“With soaring hate crime rates… the real danger is not from treating trans people the way they wish to be treated.”

Dreaming in Green – By Val Waldron

Not a week goes by in Scottish politics when the decision to vote No in 2014 does not rear its ugly head.

Do You Embrace the Era of Genocide? – By Sam Hamad 

Sam Hamad’s interpretation of the current situation in the middle east.

Independence And The Cost Of Westminster Crisis – By Mhairi Hunter

The SNP team at the Rutherglen and Hamilton West count

In the wake of the Rutherglen & Hamilton East by-election, SNP conference delegates prepare to meet in Aberdeen.

In My Booze Induced Delirium, I’ve Come Up With Plan B For Indy… – By Willie Miller’s Moustache

Willie Miller’s Moustache shares his drunken plans for gaining independence.

Indyref Anniversary – By Val Waldron

Val Waldron discusses the situation nine years on from the independence referendum.

Don’t Vote Labour – By David McClemont

David McClemont discusses the disappointing seeming return to the era of New Labour under Starmer and Sarwar.

The Queue – By Val Waldron

Val Walrdon remembers the death of the Queen and the devotion shown by her loyal subjects.

Autoimmunity Within the Independence Movement – By Val Waldron

The obstacles to our independence are not all about media-led rabid unionism, or floating voters. By Val Waldron.

Back to School – By Scott Bevan

Poetry. The end of the summer means young people head “Back to School”.

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