Thu, 16 February 2017
First a shameless plug. Lesley's terrific series on the links between Ulster and Scotland ends this Sunday and if you want to see the final episode or catch up on previous ones, follow this link
We return to the podcast after a week on the sick and Lesley reflects on her off again , now on again upcoming op and the state of the NHS.
I continue the medical theme , with a sporting twist. The recent revelations over dementia and heading footballs lead me to the Frank's Law campaign.
We wonder what the Scottish Government could/should do in the light of the UK's seeming roll back from the Dubs plan to rescue refugee children.
No week is complete these days without mentioning the Donald and we don't disappoint as 45 meets Netanyahu and complains about leaks.
Closer to home Lesley looks at the report on reform of the 1989 Official Secrets Act and what the resounding silence in most of the media over this says about the state of our surveillance society.
Lesley rants, justifiably, about the £21million pound nuclear industry archive to be created in Wick.
All this in addition to radio ventriloquism,"T2",spoiler alerts for "Lion" and my mum phoning mid podcast.
Thu, 2 February 2017
The meat in this week's podcast is the plan to pilot the Universal Basic Income in Glasgow and Fife and Lesley's appearance on BBC's The Big Questions .
We also partake in the full English, Brexit that is, sink our teeth into the planned Trump state visit and ruminate on the dog's dinner that's Labour response to them both.
There are also startling revelations on both our parts which lead to recollections of school ,university, wide boys and Hooray Henries.
Thu, 26 January 2017
Following my startling revelations over Burns' suppers Lesley reflects on this most Scottish of institutions.
I, moving swiftly on, consider just how important the Scot's language is to our national culture.
However it wouldn't be a podcast without Brexit and this week's no exception as we pull apart the Supreme Court's decision concerning the Sewel convention. Lesley wonders if this nit picking parliamentary approach is the right path to take to securing independence and shouldn't we be mapping out the kind of country we want to be rather than engaging in navel gazing.
Finally, there's no show without Punch, or Trump, and the prospect of our so called independent nuclear deterrent being under the effective control of the Donald is less than pleasant to consider for this pair of lefty peacenicks.
Thu, 19 January 2017
Welcome back to the first( or is it the second?) podcast of 2017.
This week Lesley is in fine form as she dashes through a packed past seven days.
There's her wee stushy wi' the man frae Brexit Central on Scotland tonight.
Theresa May's 12 point plan for( you guessed it) Brexit.
And the Scottish Independence Convention's conference in Glasgow.
I do a lot more listening and asking questions than normal( sighs of relief all round) as we wonder if the Scottish conversation has moved beyond the single market and free trade areas.
However I do manage to slip in some references to my football team.
Wed, 21 December 2016
In the final podcast of 2016 it's hold the front page as we grapple with the , just released, Scottish Government's Brexit plan.
Lesley takes a vital phone call from the Faroes as she girds her loins for an appearance on the PM programme.
There's a fair degree of caution as we navigate the murky waters of Scotland's defamation laws.
I make a startling revelation about my Saturday night viewing and why cartoons are what socialism is all about.
And we wish all you folks all the best for this season of joy....well , sort of.
Wed, 14 December 2016
This week we reveal the meticulous technical preparation that goes on before each podcast.
Lesley returns from Belfast and reflects on the impact of Brexit on Ireland both North and South and I chip in on the Supreme court hearing.
In the light of the PISA results we discuss the state of Scottish education and what relevance , if any, these results should have in shaping its future.
On the way we meander through the highways and byways of motoring in the Arctic, the hunter gatherer diet, reindeer and just who is Captain James T Kirk's evil alter ego.
Thu, 1 December 2016
On this St Andrew's day Lesley heroically battles through a stinking cold.
We celebrate The National's second birthday and its vital role in Scottish domestic politics.
Next January's re-launch of the Scottish Independence Convention sets us off not only into the future of the Yes movement and the SNP but also Scottish Labour.
In the light of recent polls just how can the , seemingly inevitable, Indy Ref 2 be won?
Is Labour on a slippery slope to another humiliation in next year's local elections and will this signal another leadership struggle? And will this fight not only be left v right but independence v unionism?
Amidst this speculation Lesley keeps her cough in check until the final moments and I bemoan my lack of cuddles.
Wed, 23 November 2016
This week Lesley looks at Landseer's Monarch of the Glen and considers how its particular vision of Scotland could be re presented in the 21st century.
As the deadline for the eviction of the Patersons of Arran by Charles Fforde heads ever nearer we ask what ,if anything, the Scottish Government could, and indeed should, have done.
I ponder echo chambers, safe spaces ,free speech , and no platforming.
And Lesley agrees to check out the mighty Horslips but only if I listen to Bjork.
Wed, 16 November 2016
Lesley returns to the fight to stop tenant farmers the Patersons of Arran being evicted. This despite the Scottish Government's "radical" land reform act. Is this the test of the SNP's progressive credentials?
I focus on the Brexit debate in the Scottish Parliament as we all try and find out where the parties stand on membership of the single market and whether the EEA is the Scottish Government's new preferred option.
Lesley asks will Scotland's 32 huge councils become just 14 massive ones and why is Scotland the only European nation without truly local government?
And finally we reveal our favourite driving music. Be prepared to be shocked and awed!
Wed, 9 November 2016
It's the afternoon after the long night before and Lesley and I ruefully consider the election of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
Who voted for him? Why did they vote for him? Where did Hillary and the Democratic Party go wrong? What will his foreign and domestic policies look like?