This week I’m delighted to be joined by one of Scotland’s best known actors and a stalwart of the independence movement – Elaine C Smith. Elaine talks about the effects of the pandemic on the performing arts, the woeful support that is being given to this vital sector by the Conservative Govt, and the mental health effects on performers of no longer being able to perform. We also chat about how this crisis has boosted support for independence and how the SNP needs the wider Yes movement and the wider Yes movement needs the SNP.
And of course, much more besides.
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