LISTEN: The Scotsman launches new politics podcast The Steamie

The Scotsman has launched launching a new weekly politics podcast as part of our expanded coverage in the countdown to the Scottish election on May 6.

The Steamie will analyse every angle of political debate happening in the corridors of Holyrood and Westminster, offering a balanced, informed take on the events and commentary shaping Scotland and beyond.

The first episode has been launched today and is available here. The episode features an in-depth interview with Savanta ComRes associate director Chris Hopkins, who discusses the ins and outs of the latest polling results produced in partnership with The Scotsman.

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The first episode of The Steamie is now live. Picture: JPI Media/Shutterstock

The podcast’s title is a nod to The Scotsman’s original politics blog, with much of the ‘talk o' the steamie’ now happening online as the country starts its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scotsman’s political reporter Conor Matchett said: "Too much of Scottish politics takes place on Twitter and other social media with the loss of nuance and respectful debate.

"The Steamie will hopefully provide listeners and those with an interest in the goings on in Holyrood and Westminster a fresh, less fervent way into the issues.

"This is particularly important ahead of an election like no other and at a key juncture in Scotland's history where often issues are skimmed over rather than examined in depth.

The Scotsman is launched a new politics podcast, The Steamie, on Tuesday. Picture: PA

"We will try our best to provide you with unrivalled insight, fantastic guests and high-profile interviews throughout the Holyrood election campaign and beyond."

The Scotsman is separately launching an eight-part virtual hustings series at 6:30pm on Tuesday, with the first hour-long livecast focused on the regional list area of the Lothians.

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