Episode 12 - Tommy Sheridan

#12: Tommy Sheridan

In Episode 12 of apolitical we speak with Tommy Sheridan, Co-convener of the Solidarity Party and a former MSP. We chat about his grounding in activist politics; his role in the anti-poll tax movement; Donald Dewar’s secret, last-ditch attempt to retain warrant sales; the rise and fall of socialist politics in the Scottish parliament; the fallout from his courtroom battles; and his hopes for the future.



Amongst the topics we discuss with Tommy on the podcast are:

• The political example his mother set to him as a child;

• His early forays into activism at Stirling University;

• His favourite Miliband;

• Experiences from the anti-poll tax movement;

• His greatest achievement as a Parliamentarian;

• Donald Dewar’s secret efforts to retain warrant sales and poindings in Scotland;

• Concerns about swearing an oath to the crown;

• The reasons behind the SSP’s loss of all six MSPs at the 2007 Holyrood elections;

• The effect his court cases had on that decline;

• Why a public pharmaceutical service could make a big difference to Scotland;

• The platform Solidarity are standing on at next year’s Scottish Parliamentary elections;

• Trusting the Scottish electorate; and

• His hopes for the future of Scottish politics.


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