Politics Weekly podcast: the Scottish pound; school holidays and the local elections


George Osborne visited Glasgow this week with a message to supporters of an independent Scotland: don't assume that you'll keep the British pound as currency. Osborne argued that if Scotland were to leave the UK, it would have no automatic right to remain as part of a UK currency union. Joining Tom Clark in the studio to discuss this: Guardian writers Libby Brooks, Martin Kettle and Richard Adams. Also this week: teaching unions are fuming over the latest policy idea from the Department of Education. Michael Gove has suggested that in order to keep pace with pupils in the far east, English schools should consider longer working days and shorter holidays. Plus we hear from John Curtice, professor of politics at the University of Strathclyde, on next week's local government elections. The seats being contested are mostly in Tory strongholds and analysts will be watching closely for the impact of Ukip's vote in heartland Conservative country. Tom Clark Martin Kettle Libby Brooks Richard Adams John Curtice Phil Maynard

May 02, 2013, 04:05 PM
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