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Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

Well chums, guess what this week's podcast is all( well nearly all) about.

Lesley takes a wee break from her round of national and international media appearances to go over yesterday's events.

It's a mad dash through Nicola Sturgeon's announcement of Indyref2( any ideas on names other Scoxit are most welcome) and much,much  more referendum speculation.

Is the postponement of activation of Article 50 a sign that May has been outflanked?

What can we expect from the press and broadcasters this time?

We reflect on the reactions to the First Minister's statement from independence supporters.

 

There's also a passing reference to the Donald and disappearing climate change data; the decency of Stephen Daisley and a not half bad attempt at an Aussie accent by someone.

Direct download: It_wisnae_a_bluff.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:50pm UTC

Thanks to the "kindness of strangers" and their driving skills we bring you this week's podcast.

Theresa May's appearance at the Tory Party conference in Perth kicks us off and Lesley's predictions about the reining in of the powers of the Scottish Parliament post Brexit seem to be coming true.

We touch briefly on the , now infamous, Melanie Phillips Times article, before moving on to consider the recent election in Northern Ireland.

It was both Budget and International Women's day and I examine the impact of Hammond's changes to National Insurance and taxation for the self employed and their particular impact on women.

Finally, do Lesley and I actually disagree? St Patrick's or Paddy's day? The public wait with bated breath!

Direct download: Devolution_9.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:57am UTC

This week sees the return of the Fife twa after Lesley's op.

Lesley pays tribute to the larger than life, late Paddy Bort ,doyen of the Edinburgh folk scene and powerful advocate for local democracy.

You know when you ask someone a question and they actually give you the answer!

Well, stand by for Lesley's forensic dissection of the BBC's proposals for a new Scottish channel, in particular the news at nine.

We try and get to grips with the Sadiq Khan speech at the recent Scottish Labour Party conference in Perth and I , in particular, just don't understand Labour's strategy.

Back in Westminster the Tories seem to be prevaricating over the details of the  transfer of powers back from Europe to Holyrood. Can Mundell's "guarantees" be trusted?

In addition to all this there's more than a passing mention of Antonio Gramsci and I make another startling confession  this time involving a Hillman Imp and a dry stane dyke.

 

 

Direct download: Six_appeal.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:33am UTC

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dwgbz

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.

 

 

 

Direct download: Secrets_and_lies.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:28am UTC

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.

Direct download: Its_just_not_cricket.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:13am UTC

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.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:59pm UTC

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.

Direct download: A_Whole_Lotta_Lesley.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:52am UTC

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.

 

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:46am UTC

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.

Direct download: Soft_snow_and_soda_bread_1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:32am UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:37am UTC

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.

Challenge accepted.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:21am UTC

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!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:40am UTC

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?

Direct download: A_mass_of_contradictions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm UTC

This week Lesley and I ask lots of questions.

Who rules after the High Court verdict on activating Article 50? Parliament? The Executive? The People?

Drawing on the experience of the Nordics is the EU actually the best option for an independent Scotland post Brexit?

Is the UK government deliberately sabotaging Scotland's renewable energy programme for its own political gain?

And finally, the big one. Why are chocolate biscuits so much smaller and less chocolatey than they used to be?

Direct download: Controlling_Power.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley returns refreshed and optimistic from her trip to Eigg. She reflects on the plight of the Paterson family on Arran facing eviction because of flawed legislation and asks for your support. We revisit the need for local government reform and and I get all nerdy about the lessons to be taken from the Walloons'  successful opposition to CETA. As for intestines and umbrella...well you'll need to listen to solve that riddle.

Direct download: Intestines_and_Umbrella_Mixdown_1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:36pm UTC

If a week's a long time in politics, is two weeks an eternity? Lesley returns after her sojourns at the Arctic Circle Assembly and the IdeaSpace fringe event at the SNP conference. I chip in with a defence of men in "locker rooms" and we both grapple with some interesting technical issues.

Direct download: Arctic_Circle.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:54pm UTC

This week's episode shows what happens to two normally rational folk who only got through the Tory Party conference by consuming copious amounts of coffee. Lesley examines UKIP infighting, the return of the Nasty Party,British jobs for British workers, and Nordic Horizons by way of a failed rectorial campaign, and the importance of the number 87 to local government. We also have our first on air disagreement. 

We're away next week as I channel my inner Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride as my Jenni gets married.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:32pm UTC

This week Lesley reflects on , the Mither tongue, the potential for a Scot's 7, and whither goest newly autonomous Scottish Labour. While I , due to popular demand, sit  a wee bit further away from the mic and wonder if Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate not to be sniffed at.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:23pm UTC

This week sees the return of the podcast . Lesley tells all about ,her visit to the Faroe Islands , the significance of the number 49000, and why bigger ain't necessarily better . I, on the other hand fumble my big introduction but do manage to pronounce Caithness correctly.

Direct download: Lesley_Riddoch_Faroes.mp3
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Two  big themes today are the role of honours and what do we mean when we say 'local' ?

We also manage to include  David Cameron, the Saltire Society, marching in Leith and a warning about spam texts.

Direct download: Honours_and_Local.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm UTC

This week Lesley talks foot operations, getting ready for the next referendum and the perils of 'Brexit Lite'. There is  a new wager, and lots of news of forthcoming events.

Direct download: Best_Foot_Forward.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:40pm UTC

This week saw the first meeting of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. Whatever they talked about is the start of this week's speculation. We also manage to discuss the value of Cyprus to the Brexit debate, the terrible events in both Nice and Turkey and the leadership contests in Labour and the SNP.

Direct download: Stylish_Meetings.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:58pm UTC

This week , we arrive late to the leadership contests to find one all over and the next one , barely started. We talk Ireland, Berlin and everything in between.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:21pm UTC

The week we talk about the various demonstrations which have been happening from gatherings to safety pins. We also touch on the various leadership contests and their contrasting styles from SNP to Labour via Tory.

Direct download: Demos_and_Leadership_Contests.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:09pm UTC

After the European referendum result on Thursday , there seems to be turmoil everywhere. Lesley tries to make sense of what is happening as a result.

Direct download: More_unintended_results.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm UTC

Towards the end of Europe

This week we reflect on two big topics; testing in Primary Schools and Europe. The Scottish Government is introducing 'assessment' in primary schools - is this a good idea?

After the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, we turn our attention to Europe.

Direct download: Towards_the_end_of_Europe.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

This week Lesley flies back from Belfast. She has spent a week filming in Northern Ireland and is full of stories of pipers, bands and the Irish Language. We also manage to touch base about Europe, Hillary and have a bet.

Direct download: Back_from_Belfast.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

Andy Wightman MSP was our special guest this week. Lesley was away wrangling with her PhD and Andy popped into the pod. We talked about fracking, Europe, land reform and what was it like to be a MSP.

Direct download: Andy_stands_in_for_Lesley.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:18pm UTC

This week we are talking about the latest dietary advice and Lesley interviews Sion Parkinson of the Dundee Design Festival. And we take in Vital Spark at Dunoon, Men's Sheds and the challenge of local democracy.

Direct download: Diet_and_Dundee_Design.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:22pm UTC

Sometimes it feels like Scotland gets into reverse gear. The recent decision by Muirfield Golf Club not to admit women seems retrograde. Lesley picks this topic up and develops a theme about gender imbalance across the new media, the BBC, and the ways it can be addressed. We also touch on local campaigns including the Cupar postie. Note to our listener, it is recorded outside and there is ambient noise.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:28pm UTC

This week the topics could not contrast more. Eurovision turned up all sorts of interesting observations...especially Australia's involvement for the second year running. But the fallout from this week's BBC Question Time question around the Scottish Government's policy of 'Named Person' was remarkable. We have opinions.

Direct download: Eurovision_and_Named_Person.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:32pm UTC

This week the topics could not contrast more. Eurovision turned up all sorts of interesting observations...especially Australia's involvement for the second year running. But the fallout from this week's BBC Question Time question around the Scottish Government's policy of 'Named Person' was remarkable. We have opinions.

Direct download: Eurovision_and_Named_Person.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm UTC

This week the topics could not contrast more. Eurovision turned up all sorts of interesting observations...especially Australia's involvement for the second year running. But the fallout from this week's BBC Question Time question around the Scottish Government's policy of 'Named Person' was remarkable. We have opinions.

Direct download: Eurovision_and_Named_Person.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:17pm UTC

This week Lesley talks through the Scottish Election results; the "we wuz robbed", "the Tories are back" and who were the winners and losers.

Direct download: The_Results_Service.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:29pm UTC

This week we manage to record in two parts. The first is a meander through the week.  The big news is the Hillsborough verdict and its implications. We also briefly touch on 'Ken', Jackie the musical , and a hustings in Dundee. 

And the lack of vision in this election....then we come back after watching the last leaders' debate...what was it about ?

Direct download: Two_Parts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley talks about her encounter with Huw Edwards on the TV. She also recounts the Electoral Reform Society meeting and its aftermath. She also mentions Affa Sair, and  a forthcoming ball in Fife. Oh, and Obama too.

 

Direct download: Huw_and_predominant_party_system.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:27pm UTC

Lesley is just back from filming outside the Old Firm and describes her reaction. We also touch on the ability of Brexit suits to bore Scots. The story of Paul and his  three year sanction is sure to touch everyone. And finally, we talk Wick and the importance of tights.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:14pm UTC

This week we talk about the  Panama Papers and discover an interesting segue in land reform. How's the progress of LGBT doing in Scotland? And we have to mention schools and also a tangetial meander around bridges; old and new.

Direct download: Panama_LGBT_schools_and_bridges.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm UTC

After a brief hiatus, we are back in the pod. The Scottish General Election campaign has started and we are all underwhelmed...slightly.

Is the debates, the formats or the politicians ?

We have some thoughts...also the National Living Wage - the untold story.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm UTC

Trying to keep up with the European negotiations, it was going to be an English breakfast, then delayed to be an English brunch, an English lunch and then an English tea. However, there is still no news. So, we talk about it anyway and discuss Apple and the Greens.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:05pm UTC

This week we try and update where the Land Reform legislation is. We also touch on the National ( the newspaper ) Debate and what is happening to the Tories ; north and south.

Direct download: Land_the_National_Debate_and_Tories.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:52pm UTC

After a month of travel, music and news, we are back in the pod and talking about everything. This is a long podcast, 7 shirts, and covers a lot of ground and emotions.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:21pm UTC

Chris is back with a voice and Lesley has a good news story, a few opinions about the #FRB , David Mundell and localism and the SNP Budget.

Direct download: Wandering_Star.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

In this week's podcast we talk about the Paris Summit on Climate Change, the result of the Carmichael court case, the 'Donald' and then the passing of two great writers; William McIlvanney and Ian Bell. We also touch on the campaign to put Dr Elsie Inglis on the  new bank notes.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm UTC

This week there is a theme of bridges in the podcast. Whether it is the land owners offering land to communities, Jeremy Corbyn needing to build some, the Forth Road and that Nordic TV series; bridges seem to be the idea of the week.

Direct download: Different_Bridges.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:26pm UTC

This week we manage to talk about the proposed bombing in Syria, more Labour problems, tax credits , the Scottish Climate Chaos march, Mary Barbour, Andrew Stoddart and Shooglenifty.

Direct download: The_Untied_Knot.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:35pm UTC

This week we follow up on Lesley's National column on the BBC and the pool of talent; including Nick Robinson. We stray in Alex Bell's comments about the White Paper.

There is a lot of good news from Applecross and the success of the fund raising for their hydro scheme.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

This week, it is difficult to see beyond the events in Paris. But we try to make sense of it all.

To change the mood, we also report on the news from the LibDems and then update the Andrew Stoddart campaign.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:12pm UTC

This week Lesley talks about the sale of Channel 4, the Swedish Union of Tenants and updates everyone on the status of the current campaign about the eviction of East Lothian tenant farmer Andrew Stoddart and family.

Direct download: For_Sale_and_Rent.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC

This week in a chilly kitchen , Lesley talks about her visit to the Scottish Labour Conference fringe where Land Reform was on the agenda as the main conference counted votes about Trident and TTIP. She has a few comments about that video and the House of Lords. Belfast and Nesca Robb also featured in her thoughts this week as she was filming 'over by'.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

Lesley is back from the mining town of Kiruna and has been musing about steel and ore extraction. She also had some things to say about Tony Blair and his recent comments about Iraq. 

And she reveals why she is rushing off to Belfast again...it's a very busy week. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm UTC

Lesley spent a few days at the SNP Conference and hosted a fringe meeting on 'Land reform'. But here was a lot more action that happened in the main conference, as she relates.

She also wrote about child poverty in the National and explains her frustration with the inertia in action to combat this growing issue.

Direct download: SNP_Conference_and_Land_Reform.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:21pm UTC

Lesley spoke at the Scottish Greens conference today and heard two amazing speakers ( and doctors) ; Harry Burns and Jack Monroe. She also wrote about the Tories and immigration. Is it a case of bad cop, badder cop? Lesley takes a cab and gets introduced to Uber. In a sporting weekend, we also manage to include Jim Spence's analysis of why Scotland's footballers aren't so great anymore. And finally, we talk about Northern Ireland for the craic.  

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:02pm UTC

Whilst Lesley was down at the Ardfern at a Blossom event, she met Mandy Hampton. They had a long and interesting conversation about Mandy's planning, building and green energy experience in rural Scotland. It's an insight into the challenges of living in a remote rural community and the real world challenges.

Direct download: Mandy_talks_rural_housing.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:29pm UTC

This week's podcast reflects on the 'Corbyn' Labour Party Conference. It looks like it is going to be 'interesting' with more debate and dissent than usual. Will others emulate this ? Lesley has also been roaming around Scotland and has tales from Arran, Rothesay and Oban to relate. We also touch on a new 'City Link Festival and it's not about transport.

Direct download: Corbyn_Conferences_and_Touring_Scotland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC

 In front of a live audience at the "Leith Said Aye - Pilton Said It Mair" event on Friday 18 September 2015. Organised by Yes Edinburgh North and Leith, this was a great way to spend the anniversary...stories, questions and contributions. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:41am UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch podcast covers a lot of ground. Lesley talks about a day in the STV studio watching the 'live' court case relating to Alistair Carmichael and then meeting the House of Lords in Edinburgh.

She also talks about the recent changes in the perceptions of Germany following the sudden rise in refugees and the German response.

We also rave about the Dundee Rep production of "The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Oil". Naturally, we are right across the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour Leaders too.

 

And we round things up with a couple of upcoming events to mark the anniversary of the referendum.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:39pm UTC

Lesley jumps off a train and rounds up all the news of this week and talks about legal actions to come next week. Topics include, Gordon Brewer, Alistair Carmichael, the refugee crisis, appeals, Nordic House, the Nairn Book Festival and a whole lot of other stuff. And it being brain dead, Chris manages to leave his mobile on during the recording . Sorry.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:17pm UTC

This week we are talking about the House of Lords, #ourland demonstrations in Arbroath, #beachbusk in Portobello, the BBC, welfare benefit sanctions. We also look forward to next week.

Direct download: Arbroath_to_Portobello.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:10pm UTC

This week Adrian Sinclair of ChapelFM joins us in the pod. He is the director of a Leeds basedcommunity radio station, a recent returnee to the labour Party and a long time friend with opinions. It was Saturday night and we sat down around the kitchen table and started to talk about the Corbyn effect, the Labour Party and devolution of power amongst a number of things.

Direct download: Adrian_joins_in.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:59am UTC

Gordon Brown makes a major speech intended to influence the Labour Leader's election. The #ourland campaign kicks off this week and there is plenty to talk about there.. Lesley visits Islay and reports back.

And the big news this week; we recorded the podcast in a polytunnel.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm UTC

We are back in the pod after Lesley's return from North Uist. There seems to be little going on and the silly season is upon us. However, we can still find interesting things to blether about. The topics this week include, John Rae, Bruce Fummey island life and the technology challenges of Scotland.

Direct download: Deep_in_the_silly_season.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC

This week we tackle the HoL and explore what Andy Burnham is up to. The race for the UK Labour leadership is throwing up new proposals all the time...is it a case of the 'Corbyn' effect? Also we have to mention the opening of the Nordic House Exhibition. 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm UTC

The question is , when do we get back to domestic politics and stop this Westminster firework display?

 

However, we start this week's podcast with the celebration of Evelyn Gillan which Lesley was part of and the remarkable legacy. We also touch on Chapel FM, what English students are saying, the Labour Party, the Flying Pigs, Ally Bally, and what's happening in the Nordic House this week.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:31pm UTC

This week we talk about the row about the handling of Mhairi Black MP's maiden speech by the BBC. We also examine Jeremy Corbyn as the potential next leader of the Labour Party. Lesley also pays a heartfelt tribute to Evelyn  Gillan who sadly passed away this week. We also manage to fit in a trip to Kirkcaldy and the paintings arriving for Nordic House exhibition.

Direct download: Mhairi_Jeremy_and_Evelyn.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

After this week's terrible news from Stirling M9 accident, it's difficult to talk about anything else. Clearly, Police Scotland are going to be under scrutiny but before we rush to judgment , are their other factors to take into account?

 

We also touch on holidays, the budget and EVEL. It's our first week back in the home pod.

Direct download: Mainly_Police_Scotland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:40pm UTC

On Sunday, we sat down and did our usual weekly podcast. However, Lesley felt she had more to say following the astonishing ‘No’ vote in Greece. Recorded outdoors on a balmy Cretan evening, this extra @lesleyriddoch podcast tries to tell the story of meeting some extraordinary people in unusual  circumstances as Greece decided it’s path. We also talk about the Cretan wildlife. And if you are wondering; the sound of ‘plastic bags flapping in the background? They are palm trees buffeted by the brisk evening breeze.

Direct download: A_Tribute_To_An_Island.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:51am UTC

Still on holiday in Crete on the day of the big referendum and the results start to come in...they said 'no'. As you will hear, this was not the result we had been anticipating from talking to people and watching the media.

This week's podcast is slightly shorter thn usual - we are on holiday , after all. Next week normal service resumes.

Direct download: They_said_no.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm UTC

Will they go ...or will they stay? Lesley is on holiday in Crete and talks to local Cretans as to what they think about the Greek Euro Crisis. We also manage to have an interesting discussion about local wild life before plunging back into our own, in the form of 'clypegate'. And we finish on Obama and Castle Toward.

Direct download: Will_They_Go.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:56pm UTC

This week Lesley travelled down to Huddersfield to speak at the #NorthernCitizens Convention to talk devolution. We also briefly touch on that Daily Record story again and wonder aloud about the  focus - Holyrood or Westminster, as bits of Scotland get sold off. Are we following Holyrood 'blow by blow'?

 

On a lighter note, we talk West Fife SNP lupins, lost property at weekends, food on trains, the success of Uffie Elbæck and the challenges of securing the rights  to display Icelandic art.

Direct download: What_Northern_Citizens_Think.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:26pm UTC

This week we manage to respond to the cyclical David Starkey on the SNP, David Cameron and Kristina Lemon of the Swedish Election Authority on elections,Norwegian councillors on childcare costs, the Daily Record on chairing poverty conferences, and the latest news from our favourite Scottish council. Lesley also reveals details about a new Nordic House Exhibition which opens in July in Edinburgh

Direct download: Starkey_Elections_and_An_Exhibition.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:38pm UTC

This weekend, we were in Oban for the People's Council event. In this podcast we try and relate all the issues which were covered in this gathering of activists. From the way it was organised through to the speakers and the insights, there is a lot to share about the moves afoot in local democracy. As usual, we also try and catch up on the week and bring in other detours.

Direct download: Just_the_Peoples_Council.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

It's all TV appearances, football, Paisley, Porty and PR this week.  It's time to talk about the unasked questions of 'Question Time'  and Michael White's moustache. We also talk about the possibility of Scots boycotting the forthcoming football friendly with Qatar. There are also some startling revelations about PR from the Electoral Reform Society.

 

Direct download: Qatar_and_PR.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:26pm UTC

This week's podcast sees the retiral of the Alistair Carmichael megaphone of mirth. But will the big man follow? Opinions in the pod are divided. Other topics include more guidance for labour ( north and south), the Irish and referenda, some Eurovision and Land Reform.

Direct download: Ali_Out.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:18pm UTC

Jim Murphy resigned this week and now we have the spectacle of the UK and Scottish Labour parties looking for a leader. In this week's podcast we discuss the various names being offered as potential leaders. What role will the trade unions have? 

Direct download: Runners_and_Riders.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:35pm UTC

The 2015 General Election delivered some surprises, an exit poll out of the blue, a Tory majority and party leadership changes.

Lesley tells us what it was like to be on the STV couch for 4 hours and then what the rest of the election night was like for her.

 

She also outlines her thoughts on a Tory majority, a single party Scotland and the new community initiatives which are springing up.

 

Direct download: A_beginning_a_middle_and_more_midd.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:47pm UTC

In this final podcast before the votes are cast in the 2015 General Election, we talk about heckling in all its forms. We also talk about what we have liked about the campaigns and those things we have been less than keen about...there have been a lot.

Direct download: Taking_it_to_the_streets.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:31pm UTC

This week is slightly different. After all the acivity of the General Election so far, we pause to reflect on where we have got to. Ed Milliband seems to have suggested 'No Deals' with the SNP, but what does that mean? Are Scottish votes second class? How are things shaping up as we contemplate the post #GE2015 UK?

We recorded very late on Friday night/Saturday morning after Lesley had finished talking to the excellent ( as ever ) Stephen Nolan. We touch briefly on events, name drop and recommend a good TTIP education  resource ( thanks - Kenny )

We will be recording again on Tuesday night...before the last hectic day of the election campaign.

Direct download: The_Problem_With_Staying.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:56pm UTC

It's about "Holding the Microphone" this week on the @lesleyriddoch podcast. Whether it's 'Project Fear', SNP manifesto launches or Mediterranean migrants ; the key question seems to be who is holding the microphone.

 

We manage to talk about columns in the National, the Guardian and the Scotsman. There is another gratuitous wager, and we attempt to answer a listener's question.

Direct download: Holding_the_Microphone.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:01pm UTC

This week Lesley swears she's got laryngitis...it's hardly surprising with the packed week she's had. From a dawn demo at Faslane through to packed meetings at Haddington, North Berwick and Duns. She also commented on the BBC about the Leaders' Debate...and passes on news about the People's Council. And more.

Direct download: Lesley_Loses_Her_Voice.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:02pm UTC

This week's podcast picks up after the mid week 4 leaders debate...there was another one and then Lesley headed down to London and the Andrew Marr Show...so there is probably a tale or two to tell. And Lesley reveals what's on her crib sheets written out on cards...Trident, Cuba, Hilary, PR...and what did Lulu say?

Direct download: On_the_cards.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:47pm UTC

Tonight on STV, the four  leaders of the main Scottish political parties went head to head. Ruth, Nicola , Willie and Jim took on Bernard Ponsonby and an invited audience in Edinburgh. Fresh from our Berlin trip, we sat down to watch and recorded this podcast straight afterwards. We did not have a chance to be swayed by any other opinions. This was our verdict. And we are sticking to it.

Direct download: 4_Leaders.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

This week's podcast is from Berlin. Lesley tackles the big news of the week which seems to be summed up in one name; Nicola. We talk through the 7 leaders' debate and the aftermath. There are some lessons and some warnings in recent events.

 

Naturally enough, we also share a some forthcoming publications from Stewart Bremner and Greg Moodie ...and also details of an unique walking tour of Cabaret Berlin from Brendan Nash.

Direct download: Berlin_Calling.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:28pm UTC

Lesley is on a mini tour of the Highlands and Sunday saw her sitting in the Sligachan Hotel and reflecting on discussions in Strathpeffer, Farr, Cannich and Skye. Using the available technology, we discussed these topics and Milliband/Cameron, the bogey man and Mrs Sturgeon.

Direct download: Skype_from_Skye.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:44pm UTC

This week's podcast is like a meeting trying to cram in reports from Keith, Elgin, Dunoon, Strathaven, Perth and Carnoustie. The topics include the Peoples' University, 'Join the Dots', allotments, women only short lists and  the monkey in the sidecar. As we touch on the subject on the subject of the eclipse; listeners are advised to don sunglasses whilst enjoying this week's pod.

Direct download: Matters_Arising.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:39pm UTC

It's Saturday night and the pod beckons. More tales of Oslo and social enterprises, a personal story from the Western Isles, the numbers behind immigration, and today's happenings at an eventful Women for Independence meeting in Perth and Radical Independence Campaign in Dundee.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:53pm UTC

This week we are in Oslo and recording in a Norwegian kitchen. After a walking tour of Oslo, Sarah Prosser joins us to explain some of the realities of the city. The talk is of social entrepreneurial skills, and what Norway and Scotland can share. We also touch on issues closer to home about equality and what Labour does next.

Direct download: The_Oslo_Pod.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:42pm UTC

It has been quite a week for people, including politicians, to say incredible things. Whatever it's the stars of "Meet the UKippers", through to Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind, Natalie Bennett; everyone had something to say.

 

Lesley also thinks Scotland needs to become a participatory community focussed democracy and explains why.

Direct download: Things_People_Say.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:13pm UTC

This week, we tackle the energy companies and customer loyalty. Greener Kirkcaldy also hosted an interesting presentation by Prof Stuart Haszeldine who talked through the potential of underground coal gasification. With the current background of 'fracking', could gas ever be green? And Lesley spent her birthday with the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association - how did she get on? You'll have to listen to find out.

Direct download: Is_Gas_Green.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:47pm UTC

This week's podcast covers why there is no buzz in the general election campaign so far. We also consider the various tactics people are considering about how to biff the established order and generate the buzz. Naturally enough, this includes an update on the 'community bank' ...and Portobello. Booze and the latest welcome statistics on tee totallers prompt a limp down memory lane.

Direct download: Buzz_Biffing_and_Boozing.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:30pm UTC

This week we delve into Lord Ashcroft's latest polls and also talk about a variety of 'community' projects ( some good- some problematic ) including 'Castle Toward' which seems to exemplify something that needs to change.

Direct download: Polls_and_Castles.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:05pm UTC

We are back from our brief hiatus and we have a lot to catch up with...Jim Murphy on Women's Prisons and fracking , the Greek election result, the Daily Express and how the SNP are doing as they select candidates and some entertainment recommendations. It also means this is a big podcast ...or should that be a long listen.

Direct download: Back_and_Big.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:05pm UTC

This week's podcast was delayed for some personal reasons . We try and get some perspective on the delay of the Chilcot Report, how Scottish Labour is picking up issues and running with them and the impartiality of the Civil Service. Naturally enough, as Lesley launches her latest edition of 'Blossom' in the Empire Bingo hall, we talk bingo.

Direct download: Chilcot_and_Bingo.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:08pm UTC

In the light of the terrible events last week in Paris, we have a few words about the Charlie Hebdo attack. Difficult to say anything new but we try.

Jim Murphy has also been explaining at length his strategy for the Scottish Labour Party. Lesley has some views on the details as they arise.

As promised, we also broadened our reading this week and dipped into the 'What Doctors Don't Tell You' publication. 

As mentioned on 'Question Time', TV Leaders' Debates - Lesley Wrote about it in the Sunday Post and explains a little bit more

Finally, we finish a windy podcast with a review of 'From Scotland With Love'.

Direct download: Nous_Sommes_Charlie.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:52pm UTC

Happy New Year to everyone.

In the first podcast of 2015, we talk Michael Marra tribute nights , @AMWWFmusic , hogmanay travels, the lore of Australia for young Scots, honours, and our plans for the 2015 podcasts.

 

Chris talks to the Director of the Glasgow School of Sport.  And Lesley explains the appeal of 'Frozen'.

Direct download: Frozen.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:29pm UTC

In the final part of our podcast review of 2014, we tackle 'T to Z'. From tourism through to the crowd sourced 'Z',  we also salute our listeners, 'Yes' shops ( various )  and the joys of Wiston Lodge and much more besides.

 

Although, this has been a four part series, there have been many people, places, events and topics which we could have mentioned but sadly, there wasn't enough time. However, the archive material is there for everyone to enjoy - please listen to what interests you.

 

And on the subject of 2015 - we will be back in the swing of things by Monday 12th January.

Direct download: 2014_Review_T-Z.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm UTC

In the third of the series of 2014 Reviews, we travel from M to S. We start with an example of 'M' and touch on politicians, newspapers, 'Question Times', boat festivals , TV stations and programmes as we finally land on 'S'.  As you can imagine, there is a fair bit of referendum but more happened. It is also worth pointing out that all the Lesley Riddoch podcasts are still there in the archive for you to download and listen to. So, if there is a topic you want to hear more about from 2014, please search the archive, it's bound to be there.

 

The final part of the 2014 Review will be posted on New Year's Day 2015, when we surface. So have a a happy Hogmanay and all the best for 2015 from us to you.

Direct download: 2014_Review_M-S.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:30am UTC

In the second 2014 Review podcast, we tackle G to L. From Gordon to Land Reform via Norway, huts and 'everything is awesome'. We discover why musicians vote the way they do and the problems with brothers.

Direct download: 2014_Review_G-L.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:06pm UTC

This special series of  @lesleyriddoch podcasts tries to cram the year into A to Z. This one concentrates on A to F; from MPs in boiler suits to villages with big impacts. We also learn why Brian Cox is a sweet heart and which MEP Lesley went to school with. Alloa, Bella Caledonia, Commonwealth Games, Co-op Farmers and more are here in the first of this series of holiday break podcasts. 

Direct download: 2014_Review_A-F.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:24pm UTC

This week's podcast reflects on a week of 2 Common Weal meetings in Aberdeen and Leith and 2 Women for Independence meetings in Dalkeith and Edinburgh. The topic of the new women's prison in Inverclyde was raised and Lesley wrote about it in the Sunday Post.

The petition started by the Edinburgh Women for Independence Group is here.

 

Finally we talked briefly about the changes to the BBC Radio Scotland schedule. There are some interesting local and international opportunities .

Direct download: Womens_Prison.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:59am UTC

This week, a new Scottish Labour leader is elected, Lesley speaks in an Alloa charity shop and a shed project in Easterhouse closes. Elsewhere Nigel Farage and Russell Brand trade verbal blows and the Amazon review crowd deflate some hot air.

Direct download: Jim_Shops_and_Sheds.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:55pm UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch podcast muses on women's quotas  following a Nordic Horizons event and ponders the return of Alex Salmond.We also manage to cover Aye shops , Stirling Women for Independence, more Land Reform, and describe the arrival of 'Wee White Blossom'.

Direct download: Womens_Quotas_and_Alex_Returns.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:09pm UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch podcast looks at the latest Scottish Government proposals on 'Land Reform' and the immediate reactions to the Smith Commission Report. We also  talk about East Coast railways.

Direct download: Land_and_Smith.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:19pm UTC

In this week's @lesleyriddoch podcast we discuss the new 'National' newspaper, fracking, marine energy, Radical Independence, 50:50 cabinets and round up the week's speaking engagements.

Direct download: The_National.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:28pm UTC

Lesley reports back from the SNP Conference which said farewell to Alex Salmond and welcomed its new leader; Nicola Sturgeon. What was the vibe? There was also a lot of talk about who might stand "under the SNP banner" in the 2015 UK General Election - Lesley's name is mentioned - what does she think? And finally, after numerous requests, more details of the community banks are revealed.

Direct download: Goodbye_Hello_Rock_Star_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:01pm UTC

This week we tackle TTIP and try to wrap our brains around it. Is it as bad as everyone seems to think it is? And is there any rationale for it?

 

Lesley spoke at the Rural Parliament and found a raft of issues to address. Also, there are updates on Restaurant Day, Nordic Horizons, Women's Quotas and 'White Blossom'' 

Direct download: TTIP.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:23am UTC

This week's podcast tries to keep up with the various leadership contests. Scottish Labour seems to be having the media attention and if it is to be believed; it's a foregone conclusion. Is Jim Murphy the answer? Really? Lesley thinks not. She explains her reasoning. Also a quick round up of the week's events and more news about 'Blossom'.

 

Direct download: Leadership.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:07pm UTC

This week we recap the book festivals at Lismore and the Radical Book Fair. It is also saw the shock resignation of Johann Lamont the leader of the Scottish Labour Party and a fair few folk had something to say about that. Lesley had a slightly different take on the various commentators. Nordic Horizons also hosted Timo Santala , the co founder of 'Restaurant Day' and there is plenty to share about this event. We also construct an interesting new radio programme which is modelled on unlikely combinations. 

Direct download: Johann_and_Timo.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:57pm UTC

This week's podcast takes its title from something Lesley saw in Denmark, which she reveals at the tail end of the podcast. We also manage to talk around gender, equality, the nature of devo whatever and infrastructure. It also includes a number of meanders and shout outs.

Direct download: Good_Enough.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:41pm UTC

Just back from Swansea for the first time in 30 plus years, Lesley finds Wales ‘different’. This week’s topics in the pod include; Gordon Brown, the Smith Commission, the Devo Max slate, the best kept secret about alcohol sales and the books we are supposed to read.

Direct download: Brown_Booze_Books.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:50pm UTC

We are back in the pod after a week’s break. Even though we were on holiday, Lesley still managed to keep across all the news stories. This included Alex Salmond on a phone in, Human Rights, Angela Constance and Women For Independence meeting in Perth. Lesley is pretty forthright about all these topics and reveals some of her plans for the next wee while.

Direct download: Back_From_Holiday.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

This week’s podcast starts with Lesley’s appearance on BBC’s Question Time. Lesley talks through the questions which ranged from the consequences of the Referendum, the Labour Party, and bombing IS. We also manage to tackle some thoughts about the new media rising in Scotland.

Direct download: QT_Plus.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:57pm UTC

It is difficult to categorize this podcast. It’s about the polling day and then the aftermath of the Referendum. We cover the media hype, the role of Alex Salmond  and the rise of 45. It’s a long listen and very emotional and “the referendum is over but the energy persists.” It is one of the most uplifting podcasts we’ve done    

Direct download: Aftermath.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:23pm UTC

In a quick follow up to the ‘Stories’ podcast this week, Lesley runs through the other stories that happened below the radar.  If you were worried that other countries are not interested in this referendum; then listen to whom Lesley has been talking to. Hint – it’s Australian TV and radio and 20 plus Norwegian students 

 

We also talk to retired Lt Colonel Andrew Parrott who explains all the defence issues; simply and without panic.

 

And finally, we have tales from the front line to relate about broadcasters and balance. We also try to name check all the stars of the week.

 

 

Direct download: Stories_2.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49am UTC

Here we are 3 days away from the referendum Vote and the pace has picked up. Lesley has been on the road constantly; Helmsdale, Portgower, Strathpeffer, Ardrishaig, Shawlands and the Glad Café. She was on the Radio 4 World Tonight Debate and watched the Big Big Debate. We talk about the lost purse, signs, the hunt for tshirts , flash mobs and ‘love’ in the campaign. There are lots of stories to tell.

Direct download: Stories.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast comes from Orkney. Lesley has been talking about housing at the Orkney Science Fair and opening the Yes Shop in Kirkwall.  Ed Miliband has been in the news as well…but probably not in a good way. And there has been a YouGov poll which puts ‘Yes’ at 51% for the first time.

Direct download: 51_Breakthrough.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:27pm UTC

Just back from a visit to Sweden, Lesley explains Radio Sweden, immigration and their upcoming general election. Turning to matters at home, pensions have been an issue raised in this phase of the Referendum Debate and Lesley expands on her thinking in her Scotsman column. Finally, she rounds up her experience on more meetings and watching the Big Debate alone abroad.

Direct download: Sweden_and_Pensions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:17am UTC

This week sees the last episode of Referendum TV and Lesley reflects on some of the highlights and unexpected aspects of working with fellow journalists and presenters. We also manage to squeeze in Scotland’s visibility, Leith Says Aye, Sarah Beattie Smith of the Green Party on ‘Citizen’s Income’, George Foulkes on Lords Reform, Otters For Yes, the West Midlands Police Commissioner  by-election and more besides. Finally, before the next  big ‘Salmond versus Darling’ debate; we tell you what the result is- this is a spoiler alert.

Direct download: Ref_TV__Visibilty.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm UTC

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast, we sweep up some of the big issues which have been mentioned in the newspapers. Lesley starts with her Sunday Post article “Let’s Do The World A Favour And Ditch Trident” – which has proved popular on Twitter.  We also touch on the current NHS role in the debate; “health is more than hospitals”.

Finally we round up the vibe from various meetings and Referendum TV.

Direct download: More_Big_Issues.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:39am UTC

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast,  Lesley expands on the reasoning in her recent Scotsman column “Let’s Concentrate on the Real Debate”. The whole referendum seems to have got snagged on the consequences of a vote rather than examining the rationale for independence. We also recorded the views of a number of tourists and visitors to Edinburgh who share their insights.

Direct download: Consequences_Before_Everything.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:03pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast talks about the STV Debate.  The debate itself kicked off more debate, analysis and polls. Referendum TV had its first transmission and we get a view from behind the scenes. We also review “The Pure, The Dead, and The Brilliant”. And finally, Alyn Smith MEP explains how Europe works and the missing issue in the campaign MSM debate.   

Direct download: The_debate_about_the_debate.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:30am UTC

This week we are talking the unexpected bonuses of the Commonwealth Games and the return of football. We also heard from Bruce Fummey with his unique take on the referendum. Lesley reveals a new media outlet; “Referendum TV’.

Direct download: Games_and_Voices.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:51pm UTC

The Commonwealth Games

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast and following Lesley's Scotsman column this week, we turn the Commonwealth Games upside down and give them a good shake. Men’s emotions, rugby support, the strength of TV pictures, the ‘new’ Glasgow kiss, amongst other things, get a good airing. We also talk cycling and badges.

Direct download: Commonwealth_Games.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast is an outside broadcast from the Western Isles, recorded in the ‘Mediterranean’ swelter of Luskentyre. Lesley has touring the Western Isles with Angus Brendan MacNeil MP as part of the “Blossom and Bu Choir’ tour.

Together they cover the topics of remote communications on islands, including an interesting insight into how UK telecoms works and what 4G could do. Both are learning Nordic languages and are taking different things away from that experience.

With 8 weeks to go; what’s the temperature of Westminster about the #indyref ? Will the Commonwealth Games have an effect ?

And finally, the role of boiler suits in politics?  This podcast is full of the craic.

Direct download: Heb_Med.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:14am UTC

We are trying to catch up on a busy week which included appearances on the Daily Politics , ‘Any Questions’, a hutting rally and some powerful writing about national security and child abuse at Westminster.

Lesley takes us behind the scenes and explains what it’s like to prepare for these types of political programmes and offers an insight as to why some panels are more amenable than others and why you need panda jokes.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:03am UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast starts by trying to unpick BBC2’s “Scotland:For Richer or Poorer?”  and Channel4’s “The Great British Break-Up?”.

Both programmes seem to illustrate a couple of problems which are leading to ‘debate fatigue’. There is also a mention of intimidation which Lesley wrote about and we examine that in a bit more detail. Lesley also offers a few thoughts about how this malaise in the #indyref could be addressed.

Which in turn leads to some views about transport infrastructure priorities and Glasgow Airport Rail Link.  

We also talk about  “Time To Dump Trident For Good" and Lesley reveals more of the  background to why the polls don’t always reflect the reality of Scots’ opinions about nuclear weapons.

Direct download: Intimidation.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:08am UTC

At the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, we met up with Kay and Brian. Both are keen 'skiffers' and involved in the local Portsoy community. It was good to get them into the pod to talk about the Festival, skiffs and, inevitably politics. If this referendum debate is about anything, it’s about understanding ourselves and listening to different voices.

 

 

We hope you enjoy this ‘special podcast’ and we’ll be back around the kitchen table momentarily.

Direct download: Kay_and_Brian.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:12am UTC

Lesley spent a few days in Belfast with academics and wrote about how a commentator said  “Whatever the result, Scotland has already won.” Here she explains a bit more detail behind the headlines.

We also manage to squeeze in references to Farr, Newtonmore, Mark Cousins and the forthcoming ‘Words from the Wild ‘ Book Festival on Knoydart. There is also a quick review of ‘A Dangerous Game’ , Anthony Baxter’s follow up to ‘You’ve Been Trumped’.

 

We also will be releasing a wee treat mid week; a short interview Chris did in Portsoy with some skiffers. Watch out for that.

Direct download: Belfast_and_Portsoy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:19pm UTC

John Major comes north and seems to be the latest heavyweight to offer advice as an opinion. And who should be the next poster person to appear?  Lesley also reflects on what it takes to talk to farmers at the Royal Highland Show. Surprisingly, it’s not all subsidies.

And we had to talk about it. BBC Radio Scotland’s new programme; Crossfire.

There were a number of opinions expressed and Lesley explains her thinking about the shortcomings of the format and more problems in the MSM.

Direct download: Major_and_Crossfire.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:08am UTC

Lesley is back from the Geiteberg Folk Festival just outside Oslo. Whilst there, she managed to grab a few words with one of the Directors; Brian Ó hEadhra. Both share a love of all things Norwegian and Scottish for different reasons.

Arriving back home, as the row over JK Rowling seems to continue to rumble along; Lesley has a few thoughts.

Finally, this is a short 'start the week' podcast; we will be back at longer length later this week to catch up on more of the week's topics and issues.

Direct download: Geiteberg_and_Rowling.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:30pm UTC

It’s ‘100 days until’ and we’ve had ‘hope to nope’ from Obama, glorious leader jibes and the inevitable countdown to 18 September .We discuss these topics along with ‘Devo More’ and how the Queen deals with fainting. 

Lesley is also frustrated by the media coverage and we learn which European country has the highest IT workers per capita.

Direct download: 100_Days.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

Popular BBC Scotland presenter Gary Robertson  is about to leave  and ‘Scotland 2014’  arrives – Lesley has written about her concerns. In this podcast, she explains why she thinks things have been going wrong.

We also touch briefly on Blair and Bush and Tory tax proposals. And oddly enough, end on some good news …yes , you will have to listen to the very end.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:04pm UTC

Stromness

This week we are in Stromness on the ‘Blossom trail. In the light of the European election results, does this shed any light on Scottish politics? And you would have noticed that the Land Reform Review Group has reported and Lesley has blogged and written about it, but here she talks through some of the issues. Finally, there is a new proposal for a ‘national council’ – what is that all about?

 

Lots of questions and some answers in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:02pm UTC

This week’s big themes are; relating to nature, energy companies mis-selling and the role of the ‘ethnic arguments’ in the constitutional debate.  

 We also manage to weave in seeing puffins and gannets at the Bass Rock, Carrying the Fire , St Johnstone, the language of Labour,  the new BBC referendum programmes, wrestling and the Atlas of Productivity.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:31am UTC

This week’s podcast is framed and named by William McIlvanney , who “observed at the Ullapool Book Festival this weekend, the Scottish slogan is not ‘wha daur meddle wi me’ but ‘wait a minute, that’s no’ fair’.”

We talk through the week’s events; the Grove Community Garden opening in Fountainbridge Edinburgh, the rise of competitive gardening, the Radical Independence gathering in Inverness and the calls for ‘reconciliation’ and nearly everything else in between; including the role of 12 year olds to educate the world.

 

To keep up to date and interact with us; you can follow us both on Twitter ; @lesleyriddoch and @chrisg_smith …where we try and keep things moving right along.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:56pm UTC

Bank Holiday Special

Whilst the rest of the country enjoys the May Bank Holiday, we are hard at work tackling the issues. Lesley thinks David Cameron should try a ‘zero hours’ contract.The whole issue of land reform bubbles up again with news about the Coop sale  and a hard hitting Scotsman column from Lesley.  We discuss the question; land reform and a referendum campaign – how do they fit together?

 

We also discuss Fintry’s FRESh community awards and the Big Ref Debate… ideas and lessons from both, it would seem.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

As the CBI changes its mind, is Lesley conducting a witch hunt?

Renaissance man Icelander Halldór Guðmundsson  came to call about Harpa at the latest Nordic Horizons meeting. He did talk about Harpa and a number of other fascinating Icelandic topics in a way which prompted a lot of thought.

 

Finally, Lesley is just back from Dunoon, Arran and Islay where she had a great time talking about ‘Blossom’. There were a lot of people who helped on the way to a great series..but she also discovers local issues around land and planning. She also outlines the differences between ‘events’ and ‘community meetings’…and the artist was Jan Ferguson

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:57pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast is still reeling from the cyber attack at our Typepad blog hosts.

So we started to speculate on other things outwith our control. The list starts with the BBC Referendum debate in Orkney. Was this a format not suited to a debate? A debate not suited to the format. And how did this contrast with the Science Festival Energy Referendum Debate ; ‘The Perfect Mix’ ?

Lesley doesn’t write the headlines in the Sunday Post either and has a few things to say about Eck and subs.

 

Finally we wrap up with the challenges of islands, explore ‘inalienable’, ‘Our islands, our future’ and discuss the good news from Community Land Scotland.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:46pm UTC

After a busy period of activity; there are updates to deliver and comments to be made. The e-petition from Carolyn Leckie has clearly influenced a decision not to demolish the Red Road Flats as a part of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. There was a public meeting in Blairgowrie to discuss how to proceed with the Co-operative group and their sale of Rosemount Farm.

After a brief visit to Easdale on the Blossom Tour, the whole topic of ‘energy’ came up. Lesley wrote about the subject in response to Brian Wilson amongst others. If you want to understand the role of renewable energy in the constitutional debate, Lesley does a master class here in this week’s pod.

And after interventions from former military figures, the International Development secretary and Polly Toynbee; we try and pick facts from the fear.

 

And as the SNP wheel out new female cabinet members, Lesley has a few thoughts on the historic role of women in this debate.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:21pm UTC

In a packed Podcast this week, Lesley talks about the Anti-trident rally in Glasgow and reflects on the passing of Margo MacDonald.

Moving along to the Aye Write debate, Lesley locked horns with Rory Stewart the Tory MP about ‘modernity’ amongst other things.

All of which took place in Glasgow which is set to ‘wow the world’ by blowing up the Red Road tower blocks – is this a good idea and a fitting way to open the Commonwealth Games?

 

Finally we explore some of the issues around today’s Scotsman column; including the comments.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:09pm UTC

Lesley is travelling this week in the Aland Islands and reports back on the big international debate which is facing Finland. A hint; it’s about NATO and Putin.

Back home Lesley has blogged and written about the Co-op but now there is a campaign involving the potential community purchase of Rosemount Farm near Blairgowrie ( @rosemountcoop ) which she explains in some detail.

And over the last weekend, there have been calls for the big hitters, the big beasts of the Labour Party to get stuck into the constitutional debate. Tavish Scott was the voice of the concern and Lesley reacted in print. Here she explains why “the day of the wee, once timorous beasties has finally arrived.”

And, Lesley had a few words for the R&A in the Sunday Post.

 

Finally, apologies for the sound quality, but it was a long VOIP call. Lesley will be back home next week.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:01pm UTC

This week’s @Lesleyriddoch podcast picks up on the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s presentation to the Scottish Renewables Conference. On the basis of what he said and hasn’t done; it’s a continuing surprise that renewables and renewable energy don’t feature more prominently in the current constitutional debate. 

It’s a similar picture as we turn to Grant Shapps’ current problems; #ToryBingo. Lesley wrote about this in the Sunday Post and here we speculate more about the Budget and its implications. 

Lesley shared some late night radio magic with the irrepressible @stephennolan at the Scottish Labour Conference. Lesley gets a mixed reception from delegates. She also has good things to say about @keziadugdale and some mixed views about the leaders’ speeches. 

Finally – there is plea for Nordic Horizons’ neutrality. Please enjoy this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast responsibly and share generously. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm UTC

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast, we reflect on an interesting event  with The European Movement in Scotland and 5 Million Questions; a lively debate about Europe and the Scottish Referendum. Which leads onto the current spat  about Andrew Marr and Barroso…and thence to the BBC and its current take on the Referendum.  And the demise of the ‘Headlines’ programme. And the Vikings in England.

 

And finally, with the Scottish Renewables Conference this coming week, we talk TESLA, batteries and the Westminster hold on renewable progress.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:19pm UTC

This week, we discuss the continuing discussion of ‘bad news business’ which Lesley wrote about in her Newsnet Scotland blog . What is the mystique of business which seems to invoke an unmerited awe for business leaders? Especially when the Co-op are the latest to announce big problems in their core business model.

In a similar vein, Gordon Brown seems to have made another maiden speech in his intervention in the constitutional debate. Likewise, Sir Menzies Campbell has launched the ‘Campbell ll’ report. Is there a consensus growing in the Union.

 

Finally, Lesley pays her own personal tribute to the late Professor Alisa McKay and Bob Crow.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:18pm UTC

This week Nicola Sturgeon and Johann Lamont met in the latest STV debate and talked over each other. This has been termed ‘the stairheid rammy’. Lesley thinks there is more to it than simple disagreement.

In business news this week, the Co-op are about to sell farms and won’t split them up, Holyrood are about to look at farming subsidies and Standard Life are uncertain. Lesley thumps the table.

 

Finally, Aberdeen and Lesley have a wonderful ‘Blossom’ experience.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:03am UTC

The lore of the Lego Movie, peripatetic Cabinets and their meetings, Sovereign Funds, the ‘Top Islands’ ,curling and what Jackie Bird did when she visited . As ever, Lesley manages to weave a narrative in between this varied range of topics. ( She wrote about the Trip Advisor awards for Lewis and Harris in the Sunday Post and the meetings of the UK and Scottish Cabinets in Aberdeen in the Scotsman.)

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:25am UTC

In the #indyref ping pong match, does the way you deliver your messages count? Lesley thinks there may be something to it. And does it matter how you treat Bernard Posonby? And is the EU membership question new?

It’s the week where Donald Trump stopped loving Scotland and its’ wind turbines. Are we going to miss him and do you think he has checked Ireland for turbines?

 

All these questions and others, in this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:15pm UTC

The Guardian, late last night, led with a story about George Osborne coming north later this week to dash the chances of a currency union. It’s a topic we’ve not really covered in the podcasts over the recent past. So George, Ed and Danny prompted Lesley to clear the pod studio and assemble a few thoughts in response.

Is this a ‘special’ pod or a ‘dinghy’ pod trailing after the main @lesleyriddoch podcast; it’s up to you. Certainly, Lesley sees this intervention as a potential gamechanger in the flow of the #indyref debate.  

 

And, there are some new ways of accessing the podcast; there is a ‘Lesley Riddoch Podcast’ page over at Facebook . You can get the Lesley Riddoch Podcast on a free subscription on iTunes here.  And, if Android is your platform of choice, we hear good things about ‘Pocketcasts’  - any listener feedback on this one would be appreciated. As ever, we make these podcasts from scratch each, so it’s delivered fresh, straight from the Feisty Studios to you each week-ish.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm UTC

This week Lesley talks about the ‘Wooing the undecided voter’ which she wrote about for Newsnet Scotland. At the same time, David Cameron was urging the English, Welsh and Northern Irish to woo the Scots to ‘No’ by showing and sharing the love.

At the weekend, Lesley also crossed swords with David Aaronovitch over the contention ‘English, Scottish? Too close to separate over a range of attitudes’. Wings Over Scotland provided a summary and the audio; but here Lesley outlines her thinking and the background to their clash.

And, finally, as the Scottish Labour Party prepares to unleash its proposals for devolution post ‘No’, the rumours are not setting the heather alight or so Lesley thinks.

And a timely reminder, you can get the Lesley Riddoch Podcast on a free subscription on iTunes here. It’s delivered fresh, straight from the Feisty Studios to you each week.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:04pm UTC

This week Lesley has been prompted to think about the role supermarkets have in educating our youngsters. If you follow Lesley on Twitter, you will know this is a hot topic. But are all corporate bodies bad?

The interventions of Alistair Carmichael, Tom Hunter and Mr Bean all get woven into the latest state of the #indyref debate.

As Lesley also tackles the petty side of immigration, following emails from those affected by a distressing anomaly in policy. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:09pm UTC

This week Lesley wrote about the Scottish Government’s “backing a quota to enforce 40 per cent representation of women on all public and company boards – after a Yes vote.  She also talks through the background to this article which includes the exchanges on twitter of Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Kezia Dugdale and Jenny Marra as they worked through the policy or not on a wet Sunday afternoon.

And could you get the Scots to change their mind for £500 ? Apparently so, if you believe the latest polls.

In the week where humour raises its head in the referendum debate; we worry about the panto stars, Jim Murphy and cybernats.

And Lesley has been swimming. Rant alert. Was it Michael Jamieson, the Olympic Silver Medallist, who was her source of annoyance or inspiration in the crowded lanes? You will need to listen to find out.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm UTC

This week, Lesley reveals how she has bought shares for the first time. Naturally, it’s in a community energy scheme ; Garmony Hydro on Mull. She explains some of the reasons and muses about wood, community energy and even, scavenger licences from the Forestry Commission.

We manage to bring Bain and Co, Newburgh coffee mornings and building societies into the equation. And we almost finish on marine energy; Lesley explains the difference between wave and tidal.

However, this week, you must listen to the end, because there is a wee clarification.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm UTC

After Fat Cat Wednesday and Groundhog Day, it was obvious we needed to talk about days.

But soon we were on to the plight of Premiership Football managers, Commonwealth Games sponsors, #indyrefski, why Lesley is saying no to ‘Yes’, whether ‘facts is facts’ and the excellent Ruter.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:19pm UTC

Scotland is the midst of a constitutional debate and our near neighbours seem to have no opinions, according to Lesley in Newsnet Scotland. We discuss some of the reasons.

One of the ideas to enliven the debate was a TV Debate. If David Cameron won’t face Alex Salmond for a variety of reasons, are there better choices? How about lining up celebrities? Eddi Reader, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Bridges, Jim Davidson, Brian Cox and George Galloway are the names in the frame.

We also touch on a great piece by Pat Kane  in the excellent Bella Caledonia ( as ever ) and discover a new leftish movement out there; Mair nor a rock wind

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:02pm UTC

In the last @lesleyriddoch podcast of 2013, we try to dodge around and corral the issues of the season. These include the ‘big’ events for 2014, food and drink, honours, and how they fit in Scotland today.

We start by attempting to consign a series of expressions, tropes and memes to 2013.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:42pm UTC

Nigella Lawson of cooking fame has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast considers the fall out of the case and tries to make some sense of it all.

In a week when Lesley was being whisked around Helsinki by trams, we stop to ponder the latest European Commission survey on the public opinion on trains.

The Scotsman also revealed this week it was to move premises. This simple statement provoked an interesting ‘twitter’ storm with some surprising tangents. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

 In this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast, we discuss the Douglas Alexander intervention into the referendum debate. Lesley’s approach is to try to be ‘not snarky’ as she gets stuck into the arguments.

The topic of supermarkets and future food price gets a good chewing. Is it a real worry?  Some, like Dig In Bruntsfield and the Fife Diet folks might see this as an opportunity. And we also touch on the positive ideas out of recent Lighthouse exhibitions.

And then, there is Oslo. Lesley has been on another field trip, eventful as ever. And she comes back full of stories of bread, trams and transport. There’s also advance notice of the next Nordic Horizons meeting which promises to be very good on integrated public transport a la Ruter.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast; ‘Scotland’s Future’ – the White Paper gets released, childcare gets discussed or not, and there’s a lot of television about.

There are mentions of Alan Little’s excellent ‘Our Friends in the North’, Scotland Tonight’s use of ‘heng oots’, the riveting spectacle of Eddi Reader on Question Time and that debate between   Nicola and Alistair . And Chris explains what it is like to meet the Ice Queen, Irene Macdougall of Dundee Rep who is in this year’s Christmas show, “The Big Friendly Giant”.

(And thanks to Chris Cook for the inspirational title of this week’s Pod ) 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:19pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast has Lesley fresh back from the WEA in Sheffield and the Radical Independence Campaign event in Glasgow on November 23. Two very different experiences as she describes them.

Looking forward, this week will see the long anticipated White Paper which will answer questions. Lesley will be spending some time this week talking about this document; rumoured to be 700+ pages. We discuss if it’s all the possible answers or none – or somewhere in between. We also briefly talk about the role of negotiations in key policy areas. Especially, in the light of the recent Iranian Nuclear agreements; would it be possible to avoid a ‘McWeimar Republic’?

And, it wouldn’t be a @lesleyriddoch Podcast without gratuitous mentions of things Nordic, music of the 70/80s and Volvos. They are all there.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:10pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast develops some of the themes about health visitors and the continuing debate about ‘early years’.

And after a dander around Assynt and Ullapool; the importance of community cinema, head torches, Dundee rep becomes clear. The Blossom audience in Lochinver is filled with the folk from the early evening screening of ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and a helpful member of the audience offers to illuminate the stage with a head torch. Saturday night in the Ceilidh Place hosts a fantastic production of ‘Promises, Promises’ with Ann Louise Ross.

And finally, after a Mike Vickers suggestion and a Borgen episode, could there be the need for a new party; a ‘Community Action’ party?

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:36pm UTC

In a week where elections to NHS Health Boards are being wound up as ‘a good idea’, we discuss whether there is too much democracy. Is the NHS too difficult to engage with, anyway?

If there is too much democracy, is the referendum too serious? Lesley spots a new feature from her last speaking engagement; there might be hope.

And finally, Borgen returns. So why are we so in love with long running complex TV series? It’s all to do with Saturday night , apparently.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:10am UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast is full of lectures. From Kirkintilloch; where Lesley reflected on the legacy of Tom Johnston and the community spirit to Govan and the latest news about shipbuilding. In common with a lot of bloggers, like Derek Bateman, Lesley has a different view of the proceedings, unlike the MSM.

If you didn’t make it along to the excellent Nordic Horizons event; ‘Nordic Cooperation with Mary Hilson and Johan Strang, Lesley gives you the highlights about how the Nordic nations are practically working together. (Still worth listening to a recording of the event…it’s lively and thought provoking.)

And …finally, there’s news of another insight into Copenhagen, coming in December at the next Nordic Horizons meeting.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC

Lesley arrives hotfoot from a literary Dundee and a wind blasted London. In Dundee, she meets the family that reads together and has an AL Kennedy moment.

In London, she had been taking part in a debate at the Institute for Government. Her verdict; a different type of question and questioner.  

And, what about energy? Is there anything new to say? Well, you can always rely on Dundee to delight. And so it does, with tales of community energy.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:55pm UTC

Fresh from an appearance on ‘Any Question’ on BBC Radio 4 from Rothbury, Lesley still has points and observations to make about her fellow panellists. Energy came up as a topic and Lesley has more to say on the subject in response to David Willetts’ assertions. Lesley also reveals what local people said to her following the recording and the audience’s surprising reaction to the Scottish independence debate.

She also had occasion to use a machine in London which would not take Scottish notes. The resulting twitterstrom threw up some interesting points.

Lesley also managed to have an eventful time at the SNP Conference in Perth and has a tale to tell.

And, on the road with ‘Blossom’, there was a very interesting meeting at the Centre for Human Ecology which prompted lots of questions. Some of which we discuss.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:22am UTC

This week Lesley talks about giving the keynote at the Moray College graduation ceremony and gets a good view of the local issues which are niggling folks in Moray. It’s libraries mainly. And how does that link back to being a guest speaker at the Yes group in Moray? And is ‘Vaping’ real smoking or not?

Finally, guess what Lesley thinks about ‘Sunshine On Leith’. This week’s podcast contains all the answers.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:04pm UTC

Scotland Women's Football team put 7 past Bosnia but it's Tam Cowan's comments that make the news. Equally, Lesley visits  the Wigtown Book Festival and finds as ever; feisty conversations, women who lend watches and a whole different spin on the independence debate. And then there was the Green Party Conference in Inverness, Lesley reports back from the front line.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:56pm UTC

Back after an extended lay off, the Lesley Riddoch Podcast is back.  Lesley launched a book, and has been busy with being a writer. This includes reading reviews.

With a year to go before the big vote; Lesley casts her eye over the debate so far and wonders aloud; ‘is this the best we can do?’

Finally, as every tourist does, we speculate about how an economy could be turned around.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:31am UTC

As we come up to the Scottish Parliament's summer recess, a lot has happened in the last week or so. Topics include the passing of Allan Macrae and Tommy Riley, Govanhill Big Noise, Alex Salmond and Muirfield, one year of ‘Better Together’ and the Saltire Housing Design  Award.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:44pm UTC

It seems everyone spotted @lesleyriddoch on last week’s ‘Question Time’. It was a lively programme for a number of reasons as Lesley will explain. Equally, a 40 minute journey to Eigg turns into an adventure and an opportunity for new discoveries.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

Derry/Londonderry is the UK’s City of Culture this year, Lesley paid a visit and reports back. The Kirkcaldy Galleries have hosted a series of events as they re-open after renovation; we talk about what happens when celebrity Fifers, Ian Rankin and Jack Vettriano  meet. And finally, in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast, the US and UK have been snooping and Edward Snowden wants you to know.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:25am UTC

Lord George Robertson warns of 'Balkanisation' in the independence debate. Lesley was a panellist in a very energetic meeting at Adam Smith College  and understands some of the background to the recent Edinburgh University survey into young people's attitudes to the independence debate.  The High Streets across Scotland are failing, whilst radical cycling plans for Edinburgh are being proposed ( and opposed ). What is the solution?

We cover a lot of ground in this week’s podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm UTC

This week, it's the turn of wind energy and cycling to feature in the @lesleyriddoch podcast. Concepts like 'wind crofters' and 'strict liability' will be explored in the light of the 'Land Reform Review Group' interim report and Emma Way and the #bloodycyclist affair.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:57am UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast starts with Lesley at Radio 4’s ‘Leader Conference’, takes in Nigel Farage and 70s direct action, Norman Tebbit and gay marriage, Gary Tank Commander and skiffs.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:48pm UTC

UKIP’s recent election results stirred things up down in England. Lesley was keen to point out the differences between UKIP and the SNP after parallels had been drawn in her Scotsman column.

After an event “Who Runs Culture in Scotland?” in the Tron with a packed panel, including Alasdair Gray, the answer is a bit clearer.

The ‘Poverty in South Lanarkshire’ conference and some biological explanations from the Chief Medical Officer prompt some out loud thinking.

The long overdue recognition of the Arctic Convoy  heroes  is something we also touch upon respectfully  in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:54pm UTC

There’s a lot on the menu this week. A recent YouGov Poll suggests the Scottish public is unconvinced by Alex Salmond’s arguments for independence – are the wheels coming off ?

Lesley was at the ‘Future is Local’ event at the Scottish Parliament and comes back with a few insights , including  Angus Macmillan of Storas Uibhist.

And finally, Barack Obama was a top performer at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Leadership and comedy – is this possible ?

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:15am UTC

Lesley went to Belfast and watched Margaret Thatcher's funeral from there. News of the Boston Marathon bombing came through during her visit and these topics feature in this week's Lesley Riddoch podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch Podcast was recorded on April 1st, in the afternoon. The combination of the date and Easter meant amusement and questions about both. Similarly, the appointment of Paolo di Canio prompted questions. Finally, it's not the Bedroom Taxed; they are the 'Bedroom Blockers'. The implications of this new benefit cuts are starting to emerge.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

Alex Salmond addresses the SNP on the subject of child care, Ed Davey talks through the UK's commitments and Lesley goes to the movies. Her reactions, as ever, are livley and insightful.


Lesley chaired sessions at the 2013 COSLA  Conference in St Andrews. She reports back from a conference where the architect of the ‘Bedroom Tax’, Lord Freud delivered a presentation and where Nicola Sturgeon ‘debated’ with Alistair Darling; in the first clash of the political heavyweights. She gives you some of the colour and atmosphere of these particular sessions. You may well get annoyed as Lesley by some of the attitudes. Finally, Lesley and Andy Wightman were invited to take part in a ‘Comrie Conversation’; a community that came together to talk about ‘independence’ at the grassroots.


We tried this week to round up the highlights from a Nordic Horizon event 'Beyond NATO' ( fascinating ), the departure of Cardinal O'Brien ( thought provoking ) and the all the cross border issues thrown up with the current state of the independence debate ( perplexing ). There is a lot to pack into this week's @lesleyriddoch podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:03pm UTC

This week’s podcast is full of discussions about inappropriate behaviour, unanswered questions and AAA ratings or should we concentrate on the Commonwealth? Behaviour in the Roman Catholic Church and theLib Dems has been put under the microscope and there seem to be a number of questions hanging in the air…not all posed nor answered. But this @lesleyriddoch podcast will have a go! 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:35pm UTC

Between the constitutional debates being largely male,  graduates being ‘too posh to stack’ and councils being cheap; this week’s Lesley Riddoch podcast is on the look out for heroes. We think we may have found them. Step forward, Cait Reilly, Stephen Jardine and Mike Small.

Direct download: Gender_Poundland_Iceland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:15pm UTC

In this week's podcast, we try to unpick all the challenges which surround EVs, that's electric cars to you and me. We also mention the Pope in passing. In the continuing long running independence debate, there have been developments which centre around what happens after the referendum. Finally, last weekend, Lesley chaired a discussion at Falkland with the folks from the Centre for Stewardship and there were unlikely revelations.

Direct download: Electric_Cars_Devo_Falklands_Art.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:05pm UTC

Sidse Babett Knudsen, Mike Dailly, Pamela Duncan, David Laws and Chris Huhne are all in the 'names to be used this week' folder. With the final episodes of the second series of Borgen being shown at the Filmhouse Edinburgh, it was time to sign off this remarkable political drama, for now. And with that, Lesley dives straight into unpicking the impending 'Bedroom Tax' and what does the latest Lib Dem resignation mean?

Direct download: More_Borgen_Bedroom_Tax_and_Resignations.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:37pm UTC

After a blustery weekend in Skye and a Burns Supper to boot, this week's podcast reflects on the latest UK moves on Trident and Burns and those suppers. It is also impossible not to mention the Celtic Connections concert " All will be well - A celebration of Michael Marra". As you will hear, if you listen closely, Lesley was affected by the whole experience.

Direct download: Trident_Burns_Marra.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:26pm UTC

Between meetings that never took place in the snow and a night talking Dundee regeneration, there is a lot going on in the Lesley Riddoch podcast this week. Add another referendum and it's suddenly - it's action packed.

Direct download: Snow_Dundee_EU_In_Out.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:52pm UTC

A bit late this week and a bit shorter than usual. Lesley is just back from Reykjavik and didn't find exactly what she had expected.

But a concert hall and a film caught her eye.

Direct download: Just_Iceland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:48am UTC

Well actually, it is Borgen, teenage mothers and a brief discussion of 'economics' at the local level. After a Christmas and Hogmanay break, Lesley is back bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on all comers.

Direct download: Borgen_and_Teenage_Mothers.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:20pm UTC

A brief look back at 2012...topics include the economy, independence, the Olympics and some thoughts about the coming year.

It is not a best of, or a review of , just a meander with Lesley. 

Direct download: A_sideways_look_at_2012.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:30pm UTC

This week's podcast was recorded after the terrible shootings in Connecticut. Lesley reflects on the wide ranging debate that now must take place in America. It is also clear that the Scotland in the EU debate rumbles on and we learn some interesting things about the man in the thick of it. And finally, Alasdair Gray seems to have stirred up things with his comments about the English.

Direct download: Newtown_Barroso_and_You_English.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

This week, we try and sum up the National Landscape Policy Conference, an exciting new coop in Owenstown, what Leveson means for Scotland and reflect on the 'Top Scot' by popular acclaim ( It's not a cyclist or a comedian.). Busy, busy , busy.

Direct download: LandscapeOwenstown_McLeveson_Trumped.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:09pm UTC

This week's podcast is recorded after Lesley spent Saturday in a hotel with 800 people at the Radical Independence Conference. She also muses about Kenny MacAskill's thoughts about local authorities and finally we touch on banking.

Direct download: RICLocal_and_Public_Banks.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm UTC

The missing commas give the clue. This week Lesley is back from a flying visit to Copenhagen where she was looking at bikes, finding out about food and asking about Sarah Lund. This week's podcast will give some answers.

Direct download: Copenhagen_bikes_food_jumpers.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:53pm UTC

This week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast has a single subject; just the BBC. With scandals, ‘stepping asides’ and the resignation of the DG; there is a lot to talk about.

Direct download: Just_the_BBC.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:10pm UTC

To recycle or incinerate; these were some of the choices outlined in the recent Nordic Horizons meeting with Kim Olsson of NSR from Helsingborg Sweden. Lesley reflects on the key points and potential lessons for the Scots. Equally, she has some sage advice for the women of the opposition after some FMQ clashes.

Direct download: Recycling_opposition.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:57am UTC

Not the usual podcast this week, Lesley talks frankly about three people; the late Michael Marra, Jean Urquhart and Kathleen from Dundee. Three different tales which have emotional resonances. This is probably the most personal podcast, we have done.

Direct download: Michael_Jean_and_Kathleen.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:34pm UTC

In this week's podcast, Lesley relates her reflections about some of the proceedings at the SNP Conference in Perth last week.

The big topic was the paasionate debate around Nato and Lesley was there in the hall. 

Direct download: Really_Just_Nato.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:14pm UTC

Between BBC Radio 5Live and Al Jazeera TV this week, Lesley has been a busy journalist. She also wrote about Devo ( Max or Plus )  and offers some thoughts of the historic 'Edinburgh Agreement' before a theatrical review of 'Guid Sisters'.

Direct download: Al_Jazeera_Devo_and_Guid_Sisters.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am UTC

Back from holiday and up for her thoughts on the  'Universal Benefits' debate, Lesley and her podcast are back from holiday.

Direct download: Universal_benefits_MND_and_cycling_huts..mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:56am UTC

Lesley is back from travelling around Oslo on their public transport bike scheme. In the light of the triumphs of the Paralympics, there is a 'spirited' discussion about the current benefits cuts. Finally, Boris Johnson makes it along to the podcast, as well.

Direct download: Oslo_bikes_disability_and_Bojo.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:42pm UTC

Lesley was away this weekend at the Development Trusts Association Scotland annual conference and has come back with a tale or two. Everything you needed to know about what is happening amongst communities organising themselves – it is here...

Direct download: Development_Trusts_and_the_High_Streets.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:47pm UTC

 'The Scottish Six' has ended it run at the Edinburgh Fringe. In this week's podcast Lesley talks through some of the lessons and insights. We also briefly touch on communities, ahead of the annual Development Trusts Association Scotland conference, and NATO.

Direct download: What_happens_next._Communities_and_NATO.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm UTC

In the pod this week, Lesley explains some of the background to a 'discussion' raging out there in 'blogistan'. It has been mostly about the role and number of women featuring in the 'constitutional' debates in the Scottish media. A list of notable Scottish women was produced and it provoked comment from different quarters. She also talks through the travails of being a fringe performer.

Direct download: Wimmen_and_that_list.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:10am UTC

It's been hard to miss the impact the Olympics have had. In this week's, Lesley Riddoch relates a World Services experience , reflects on the Olympic gender issues and helmets. For cyclists.

Direct download: Lympics_Leg_C.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:43am UTC

Andy Wightman and Lesley sat down in a sunny Edinburgh garden to chat through the themes and topics they will be covering in their show; the Scottish Six. From Vitamin D, bubbles, land reform, the sexism of 'shovel ready, opening ceremonies and equality are just some of the topics covered in this podcast.

Direct download: Previewing_the_Scottish_Six_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:26pm UTC

If you didn't make it along to the Big Tent Festival at Falkland then don't worry, Lesley was there for you. She took part in a number of the talks, panel discussions and blethers that make up this uniquely Fife festival.

Direct download: The_Big_Tent_Special.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:12pm UTC

Between Devo Max, Margo MacDonald and Donald Trump, this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast touches all of the bases...and some.

Direct download: Devo_Donald.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:38am UTC

Lesley is just back from a number of different speaking engagements. There have been a series of issues which have 'surfaced'; 'gender balance', the role of experts, constitutional change ahead of votes and the climate in London. We cover a lot of ground in this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: The_Gender_Thing_and_Deals.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:12pm UTC

In a week where the Honours' List is published, there was a spat between Alastair Campbell and Armando Iannucci. As the holiday season approaches, more deaths on the major road linking lowlands and highlands prompts Lesley to a few choice words.

Direct download: Honours_and_the_A9.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:37am UTC

Between the warmth of the west coast, the jubilee, Ed and Englishness and Olympic flames, there are plenty of subjects to get into.

Lesley needs no encouragement to get stuck in.

Direct download: Eigg_Weather_British_Flames.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:29pm UTC

After being hyped as the most important event for 300 years, Lesley attended the launch of 'Yes Scotland'.

Direct download: The_Yes.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

A quick tour of the issues arounfd the Scottish Government latest inaction or action, depending on your viewpoint. Lesley also talks about the new kid on the block in late night current affairs Scottish TV.

Direct download: Mojo_Minimum_Pricing__and_Scotand_Tonight.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

Lesley comes hot foot from the Nordic Horizons meeting which featured Pasi Sahlberg talking about the Finnish education system. It was an amazing meeting and there's lots to report.

Direct download: Pasi_Sahlberg_and_Finnish_Lessons.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:28pm UTC

Between attending a meeting about "Community Councils" and the arrival of Donald Trump, it's a welcome return for Lesley to the pod this week.

Direct download: The_Last_of_The_Donald.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:39pm UTC

In a week where petrol, pasties and George Galloway's victory in Bradford were in the headlines, Professor Thor Gylfason from Iceland came to the Scottish Parliament to talk aout their 'crowd sourced' constitution.

Direct download: Thor_and_George.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:19pm UTC

Back in December 2011, Lesley wrote about Vitamin D, MS and clinical trials. Helga Rhein, an Edinburgh GP got in touch. She had a long standing interest in Vitamin D and its deficiency in her patients. It made a lot of sense to get together and talk through this issue. More information is posted on the Lesley Riddoch web sites .

Direct download: Vitamin_D_and_Helga_Rhein.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:11am UTC

This week Lesley meets up with Andy Wightman and the talk turns to land reform, land ownership, land usage and generally...well...land. It is a frisky encounter and well worth the listen. Recorded outside on Skye, this is the first Lesley Riddoch Podcast outside broadcast!

Direct download: Who_Owns_Scotlands_Land_Reform_Roadshow.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

Lesley was a panelist at a couple of the political party onferences. She has blogged about her experience and has written about the marathon that is the referendum. Now she goes into a little more detail. Enjoy!

Direct download: The_Fringe_andTimetables.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm UTC

Lesley is just back from Norway and on her way to a couple of party conferences. And that's just the start of this week's podcast.

Direct download: Sea_Eagles_Eric_plus_Plus.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:08pm UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley examines david Cameron's speech, Alan Sinclair's report and readers' letters.

Direct download: Whose_side_are_you_on__1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:02pm UTC

As promised, here is the recording made of the Nordic Horizons meeting on February 7.  This section features contributions from Professor Mike Danson, Paddy Bort, Rob Gibson MSP and Sarah Boyack MSP. 

Direct download: McKommunes_Part_1.mp3
Category:Nordic Horizons -- posted at: 9:27pm UTC

This week Lesley wrote about the challenges of the islanders and their battles with SNH. It's mostly about seals, scallops and localisation.

Direct download: BarraSNH_Scallops.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

After a busy media week, Lesley explains the behind the scenes action and 'atmos' of last Burn's Night televised debate. It's a pretty straightforward dissection. And then there's Iceland and writing a constitution to discuss. A wide ranging Lesley Riddoch Podcast is here for everyone to enjoy.

Direct download: TV_versus_Radio_CrowdSourced_Constitutions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm UTC

It has been a funny old week and the topics have not been obvious. Daylight savings knocked back, social media lectures and dear old Simon Hughes.

Direct download: Clocks_trending_Simon_says.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm UTC

This week, there has been one developing story all week; the referendum. Who can call it? How many questions? Has David Cameron been out of line, has Alex Salmond been too smart for his own good? Or is this just old news for Scotland? Lesley has some thoughts.

Direct download: Neverendum_referendum.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:28pm UTC

Youngsters 'huckled' off trains, Dave gets huckled out of Europe and Johan is a new leader. Lots to get into and catch up on as Lesely gets stuck inrto the week's main happenings.

Direct download: Merry_Christmas_Big_Man.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:52pm UTC

Back in the saddle and full of vim and historical vigour, Lesley has been blown away by historians in unusual settings and the acoustics of awards ceremonies. And she casts an eye over the whole renewable scene.

Direct download: History_Festivals_and_Green_Awards.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm UTC

Sorry for the break in services, but we are back with a corker.  Lesley has been doing stuff with the "Previously ...Scotland's History Festival" and got the opportunity to speak to historian and author; John M MacKenzie. The conversation ranges from the Scots and the British Empire through Rae and Livingstone to independence. 

Direct download: Scots_Empire_Alyth_and_History.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm UTC

Back from a break and with a lot to say; this week's podcast thumps the table at a coupleof points. There is quite a bit of pushing and shoving, especially when it comes to the nation's health.

Direct download: Gaddafi_Health_Strictly.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:48pm UTC

Lesley says everyone can get degrees in three years, credit unions are braw and communities may be the way forward. Or does she? You will need to listen to the podcast to find out.

Direct download: Students_Credit_and_Communities.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:02pm UTC

If you have been checking out Lesley's Facebook pages lately, you will have seen a set of photos of downtown Hammerfest. These included wildlife. Lesley explains how lemmings, owls and Scotland are related. For audiophiles, this is the last Skype based podcast for a week or two. Enjoy.

Direct download: Reindeer_lemmings_and_the_New_York_Times.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

Lesley has strong words about the Kiwis' ban on bag pipes and is vexed about how we look to the rest of the world with kids cage fighting. Oh, and there's the euro crisis. All good fun at the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: Bag_Pipes_Cage_Fighting_and_the_Euro.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:09am UTC

In a packed podcast, Lesley backs up her arguments about the opposition, reveals bill paying problems and finds out English is not universal. We meander all over the place but you know that anyway! Enjoy.


It was hard not to talk about the Vickers' Report on Banking. Equally the moves of the Scottish Labour Party seem slightly strange. However, Lesley has a thought or two to share.

Direct download: Vickers_Banks_and_Scotlands_Labour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm UTC

Being overweight and getting divorced are terrrible life experiences. Lesley wrote about the latest Lancet warning about obesity and contrasts with what she finds in Oslo. Equally, the Scottish Conservatives seem to be going through a sticky patch. All gist to the mill for this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: Fat_and_Tories.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:44pm UTC

Let's be honest, if we didn't talk about the Edinburgh trams; you'd be asking for your money back. Equally, after a super session at the Festival of Politics with Rune Rafaelsen and Anna Kireeva; you would like to hear the feedback.

Direct download: Trams_Redux_and_battling_Nordics_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm UTC

It's a game of two halves. Lesley touches on Alex 'surely she's got to get an award for this reporting' Crawford, whose coverage of the Libya end game has been superb. And then moves on to cyclists, in a week where the LSE puts the economic benefits of cycling to be around £2.9billion. The class warfare of bikes and their usage is explored inside a spirited rant.

Direct download: Alex_Crawford_and_Socially_Inept_Cyclists.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

Against a background of riots and their aftermath, Lesley was off ot Malta. She has much to share and seems to have found the good folk of Malta a cheery bunch with a tale or two to tell.

Direct download: Malta_and_the_Boy_Scouts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:11pm UTC

Lesley is just back from a flying visit to Norway and was able to see, at first hand, how the Norwegians are reacting to the recent tragedy.

Direct download: Reflections_on_Norway.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:48pm UTC

Tramping around Scotland, you pick up a lot of stories about Scottish Water. Lesley wrote a column based on a few. Here she explains a bit more.

Direct download: Scottish_Water_Carbeth_Huts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:56pm UTC

After the terrible shootings in Oslo this week, Lesley gives her view of the Norwegian pysche in this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast. Just back from the Western Isles, she also reports on ferries and midges.

Direct download: Norway_American_debt_and_Lochmaddy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm UTC

We keep waiting to record this podcast later and later in the light of continuing revelations around 'phone hacking'. So, we are branding it everything-gate ( as suggested by Charlie Brooker ) and talking foreign invaders.  So, it's scandal and rhodendrums this week on the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: Everythinggate_and_invasions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:30pm UTC

It's been a  tough week and after all the ups and downs of the phone hacking scandal; what is left to say? We try and find something new. And as schools are out and the Scottish Government is looking for a new digital network, Lesley wades in with some thoughts and an appeal for information. Equally, Scottish Water has made a frequent topic of conversation in recent rural travels...so can you help out with a contribution?

Direct download: Hacking_Glow_and_water.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

This week , Lesley is in catch up mode. The Edinburgh Trams situation seems to have reached a conclusion or has it ? The news of the World is in the news for all the wrong reasons. And England isn't  sure about Scotland leaving. A number of different opinions are expressed and not the usual ones.

Direct download: TramsNOW_and_England.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:55pm UTC

This week, Lesley looks at the new legislation about football/sectarianism and the Alex Salmond versus the Supreme Court rammie. And we also gaze in our navels about podcasting and this one in particular.

Direct download: Football_Laws_Lawyers_and_Podcasts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm UTC

This week's podcast tiptoes past the recent 'superinjunction' stooshie. Lesley also talks through her Scotsman column about rape. It's an adult discussion and maybe one you wouldn't want to play in the car on the school run. It's the theme not the language. Finally, there has been a royal visit to Ireland and it's been a strange triumph, in many ways.

Direct download: Superinjunctions_rape_and_Ireland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:51am UTC

So, the Sottish Football season is all but over and independence is in the air. Lesley spent some time in Edinburgh filming for a 'Newsnight' appearance. Thereby falls a tale.

Direct download: The_End_of_the_Season_and__Independence_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:34pm UTC

The Scottish Election is over and the result was surprising. Around the kitchen table, Lesley tries to unpick it and on the way, it does get a bit heated. You'll get repatriation, independence, and relaxing Iain Gray

Direct download: The_Well_that_was_an_election_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm UTC

Just back from Colonsay, Lesley watches back to back Leaders Debate so you don't have to ! And after a number of different conversations this week, renewables, renewable energy and the like get a good airing. But you would expect that, wouldn't you?

Direct download: The_TV_Debates_and_Renewables.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

Lesley is back from Mull and has written a Scotsman column that seems to have got lots of SNP supporters hot and bothered. She explains the background and the rationale. And as we turn to things on the football pitch...there is a sparrow attack. The perils of outside broadcasts.

Direct download: The_Sparrow_Attack.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:28pm UTC

We're back...after recording the Rotterdam Rap, Lesley was straight out on the Election Trail and in this podcast, reports back from the front line. Judy Murray also has been hitting the headlines with her thoughts about more sport for kids. Luckily,  Lesley seems to agree or does she? Only you can be the judge in this week's installment from the kitchen table.

Direct download: The_Hustings_and_Judy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC

It's been a busy week and Lesley is back with some thoughts about nuclear and Japan, Libya and Hague, Nordic municipalities and confidence, bikes and buses! All will be revealed.

Direct download: The_Nuclear_Libya_Nordic_Bikes_Station_Podcast.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm UTC

In the coming weeks, the census form will be thumping through our letterboxes. In it, Scots will be asked if they can write, read and understand Scots. Lesley sits down with a special co-presenter this week to mull the subject over. He is Ian Miller, farmer and Scots speaker. 

Direct download: Scots_Language.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:11pm UTC

The thorny subject of second homes comes up as Lesley returns from Norway, chairs conferences, thinks about Libya, argues with Chris about Facebook and generally worries about foreshore ownership.

Direct download: Second_homes_The_Scottish_Parliament_and_Libya.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:15pm UTC

Wendy, Hammerfest, AV and Land Giveaway

Lesley is in Norway up at the Arctic Circle. Over a crackling Skype connection, we explore Wendy Alexander's departure, what about AV and Hammerfest and briefly more land issues.

Direct download: Wendy_Hammerfest_AV_and_Land_Giveaway.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm UTC

Egypt, Elections and Norwegian News

This podcast was recorded on Friday afternoon as Lesley prepared to run out the door and fly to Oslo. The events in Egypt were "developing" and this podcast reflects that.

Direct download: Egypt_elections_and_the_Norway_trip.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:24pm UTC

Lesley has had a busy week. The Scotsman column about Glentress has been the subject of some debate on the blog. Mountain bikers have been very vocal. Across in Norway, it is the year of Nansen and Lesley is full of this incredible story. Finally, Egypt and a movie get the Riddoch treatment. There is a spoiler alert...if you are going to see "Black Swan". And if you are curious about the logo here; it's the new Nordic Horizons think tank/community of interest...check it out at NordicHorizons.org

Direct download: Bikes_Nansen_and_swans_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm UTC

Huts, music and football scandals

It's been a tough week and this podcast reflects it all. Lesley reveals a little about her current studies and a lot about an amazing Bonnie Rideout concert and our current crop of scandals. Tough opinions are expressed, as you would imagine from the MD of Feisty Productions.

Direct download: Huts_music_and_football_scandals.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

This week, Lesley talks through the most recent bout of filming marine devices for the EquiMar project and demonstrates an unequalled grasp of facts and figures. Jonathan Woss makes a brief appearance and it's all downhill to social change as evidenced by Angry Birds.

Direct download: Marine_Miranda_and_Apps.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm UTC

Award winning broadcaster, journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch casts her eye over this week's news.

Direct download: Floods_food_and_Obama.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm UTC

The Clearances are a subject for discussion when Scots gather. When Michael Fry, Andy Myles and Lesley Riddoch met to discuss the week's current affairs; the Clearances came up but didn't get an airing. This subsequent recording is of the discussion that happened after the red light went off in the studio.

Direct download: Clearances_-_Copy.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:40am UTC

Michael Fry and Andy Myles join Lesley in the pod to dissect the budget. They go on to discuss the state of the parties, the trams and the role of history in current affairs. And then they stay on for a very special discussion - see the next podcast for details.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_250610tx_mixdown.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 9:05am UTC

Gerry Hassan and John McTernan join Lesley to dissect the Labour Party Leadership contest as evidenced by hustings. As a former special adviser, John has strong opinions and insights. In a lively discussion, Labour's record gets examined. The Bloody Sunday report is commented on and there is no talk of the World Cup.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_160610tx.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 8:10am UTC

This week, Joyce McMillan, Tiffany Jenkins and Lesley dissect the Labour Party Leadership race, the public sector cuts, foxes and the footie ( obviously ) .

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_090610tx.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 9:36am UTC

Peter MacMahon, George Kerevan and Lesley met and recorded this podcast on Wednesday lunchtime as the tragic events in Cumbria were unfolding. They concentrated on the rise of Danny Alexander, Calman, the tallest MP and the troubles of Israel and BP.

Direct download: The__Danny_Boy_and_austerity_-_no_thanks__podcast.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 9:02pm UTC

In this week's podcast, Christine Grahame MSP and James McCormick think tank adviser joins Lesley to unpick the Queen's Speech. Full of pithy comment, insight and unorthodox analysis...we await your comments.

Direct download: The_Pocket_Money_public_service_and_poverty_podcast.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 3:07pm UTC

Apologies ...but the gremlins were in the Feisty works...this podcast with Gerry Hassan and Kenny Farquharson entitled the "obviously intelligent" podcast seems to have disappeared. So here it is back with all its talk of 'policy wonks' and others in the Scottish political life.

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Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 12:01pm UTC

In the pod this week, Michael Fry and Andy Myles join Lesley to pick over an exciting week in Scottish politics. Naturally, enough, with a former Tory historian and a former LibDem CEO, topics included the perilous state of Scottish Conservatives, coalitions and leadership. And the F word - federalism appears fleetingly.

Direct download: The__brain_dead__the__deal_makers___and_the__F__word.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 11:21am UTC

In this Scotsman podcast, Michael Kelly joins Joyce McMillan and Lesley in the pod. The subjects for discussion include; beards, knees and the heart of the Labour Party. Recorded on the eve of the General Election 2010; it is surprisingly prophetic.

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Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm UTC

Eric Milligan and Peter Jones join Lesley in the Scotsman pod. Eric is a former Provost of Edinburgh and a self confessed Labour man. This makes for an interesting half hour as they all pull apart 'the Clegg Bounce' and 'the Brown Effect'. Everyone in this podcast is known for their straight talking and you will be left in doubt as to the state of the nation after this one.

Direct download: The__Quality_Mince__episode.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 9:03am UTC

Andy Myles joins Scotsman Podcast regulars; Joyce McMillan, Peter MacMahon and Lesley Riddoch. To say, it's a robust display of fireworks is an understatement. Andy Myles is the former Chief Executive of Scottish LibDems and has some issues about the current "Nick Clegg" bounce and the media treatment.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_21042010tx.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm UTC

On the day after the Tories launched their election manifesto, Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser joined George Kerevan and Lesley in the pod. They started by looking at co-operatives, the emasculation of local government and the Scottish General Election. Detouring via the Leaders' Debate, they managed to pull apart the current campaign without a reference to Gene Hunt. Remarkable.

Direct download: Scotsman_Podcast_Number_9.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 3:14pm UTC

This week in the pod, Kenny Farquharson and Joyce McMillan join Lesley Riddoch talk through how the election announcement was actually handled, what Coalition Government really means and the role of SamCam. As ever, strong opinions are expressed and if you listen carefully Lesley makes an appeal at the end that you could help with.

Direct download: Scotsman_Podcast_Number_8.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 11:39am UTC

This is the recording, in its entirety, of the Caithness Debate or the Gaelic Debate. It is a continuation of the first part, without interruption, and plunges back into the discussion.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:37pm UTC

This is the recording, in its entirety, of the first half of the Caithness Debate or the Gaelic debate. This was a public meeting held at Mackay's Hotel in Wick in March 2010.

Direct download: Caithness_Debate_Part1_.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

This week, Peter MacMahon, Joyce McMillan and Tiffany Jenkins join Lesley Riddoch in the pod. It all starts with 3 billion pounds cut from the Scottish Government, goes on to Tony Blair signing off, Tommy Sheridan stepping up and Alex Salmond standing down. As ever, good craic, some unusual opinions and more from Scotsman columnists.

Direct download: Scotsman_Podcast_Number_7.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 10:10am UTC

Northern Horizons is an informal campaign group which aims to rejuvenate Scotland by examining the more rational, balanced and equal thinking and practice that’s contributed to the success of our Nordic neighbours. Our first “sell-out” event at the Scottish parliament on March 16th was a great success. Here NH co-founder, journalist and broadcaster, Lesley Riddoch discusses kindergarten, human capital, active citizens and truly local councils with two of the meetings feistiest contributors Dr Ingela Naumann and Eberhard (Paddy) Bort.

 

Direct download: Northern_Horizons_Podcast_1.mp3
Category:Northern Horizons -- posted at: 4:56pm UTC

Lesley is joined by George Kerevan in the pod to discuss the budget. At the time of the recording, the Budget had just been delivered and the discussion centers on the political implications rather than the price of cider. 

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_2432010tx.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 9:32am UTC

Lesley is joined by two new voices in the pod; Lee Randall and Kenny Farquharson. Topics include; the Pope, trams, marine energy and drug du jour, mephedrone. How do they manage to connect these up ? You will have to listen to find out.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_17032010tx.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 12:05pm UTC

In this week's podcast; Tiffany Jenkins and Peter MacMahon join Lesley to to dissect subjects as diverse as; immigration, banks harassment, exports, voting and the Commonwealth Games logo.

Here at Feisty, we trust you are enjoying this series of podcasts and any feedback would be appreciated.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_1032010tx.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 9:15am UTC

In this week's podcast, recorded on 3 March 2010, Joyce McMillan, Bill Jamieson and George Kerevan join Lesley in the pod. Topics for consideration are canvassing, the latest polls and resignations and the usual revelations aplenty.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_332010.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 2:03pm UTC

Recorded at the Scotsman, the subjects of bullying, fat czars and literacy are all subjects that the panel of Peter McMahon, Joyce McMillan and Bill Jamieson pick over with Lesley this week.

Direct download: Scotsman_podcast_240210.mp3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 2:50pm UTC

Get opinionated writers in a room and get'em talking about the week's issues. This is the simple mission of the Scotsman podcast. This week, as the series kicks off, Lesley Riddoch is joined in the pod by 5 Scotsman columnists. Peter MacMahon, George Kerevan, Joyce McMillan, Bill Jamieson and Tiffany Jenkins.  There are some very interesting revelations.

Direct download: The_Scotsman_Podcast_Number_1.MP3
Category:Scotsman Podcast -- posted at: 11:10am UTC

Lesley took herself off to Sweden to write a book and think.However, we did tempt her to come up to the microphone via Skype to record some thoughts about Steig Larsson, Corton Vale, equality and some other issues. Keep coming back there will be more.

Direct download: Lesley_from_the_Nordics.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:14pm UTC

Lesley reflects on the epic journey and reveals the glamourous and not so glamourous world of recording a radio programme on a bike. There are some surprises.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_2009_Wrap_Up.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 1:54am UTC

Lesley finally arrives in Stornoway and it is a mad dash around...mobile phones, festivals and some spectacular singing. Stay tuned for more next week.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Ness_Gospel.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

After the late night at Callanish, Lesley heads off to meet people who want to talk Gaelic with her and share some of the experiences of the islands...kit houses...supermarkets...
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Butt_of_Lewis.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

UIg beckons and so does a moon light encounter at the Callanish Stones with pagans, Christians and shamans. This is a memorable On the Bike for so many reasons.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Uig.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:25am UTC

Lesley cycles off to Scalpay, home of sea captains and posh houses, but starts with sheep.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Scalpay.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 2:39pm UTC

In this extra episode of On the Bike recorded in October 2009, Lesley talks through how the series was originally commissioned and her reflections to this stage in the journey.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_Mid_Way_Catch_Up_2009.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 1:48pm UTC

Lesley meets weavers,tourists and incomers in this week's repeat of 'On the Bike'. This programme was recorded in 2006 but it feels like it could have been recorded only last week.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_North_Harris.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 8:44am UTC

In this episode, Lesley ventures out from Lochmaddy. Norman MacLeod explains Lochmaddy, Neil Nicholson explains designer thatching and the MacKillops discourse on the Brahan Seer, geese and seal oil.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_-_North_Uist.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:50am UTC

In this week's episode, Lesley meets fellow cyclists, gets advice about tourism, and learns about seals. All round and about Benbecula.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Benbecula.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 12:49pm UTC

In this week's episode of 'On the Bike', Lesley is on South Uist and encounters Gaelic musicians, dancers, a marina, buy outs and the need for a road. As ever, Lesley finds the characters who will make you smile.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_3.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 10:26am UTC

After Barra, Tavish Scott joined Lesley on the bike. Tavish, a keen golfer and cyclist enjoyed a rare day out in the sunshine. Golf courses and Gaelic featured in this very good humoured day in the saddle with Lesley.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_2.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

Lesley starts her epic cycle from Barra amidst tales of Twin Otters, Mingulay and boats. The craic starts as a variety of characters, local and visitors, put her right about things.

Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_1.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 10:32am UTC

With a stellar cast of Stewart Stevenson Climate Minister, Patrick Harvie, Howard Liddell and George Monbiot, the final Riddoch Questions dealt with climate change. Finally, thanks to everyone who listened and got in touch...all 100 programmes will remain on iTunes for the foreseeable future.
Direct download: The_last_Riddoch_Questions_Ever.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week were: Charles McGhee, former editor of The Herald; Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism & Communication at the University of Strathclyde, and Pete Wishart, MP and the SNP’s culture and media spokesperson. They discussed the result of the Norwich North by-election – how much does the press shape public opinion on Labour?; swine flu – is unnecessary panic being whipped up by the media?; job cuts – there’s concern about a lack of journalists at Westminster reporting for Scottish newspapers; and the future for Scottish media in the age of Google and Twitter.
Direct download: Charles_McGhee_Brian_McNair_and_Pet.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16pm UTC

Lesley’s back in the hot seat for this week’s Riddoch Questions. She was joined by Stewart Hosie, Dundee East MP; David Pratt, foreign editor for the Sunday Herald and Rev David Robertson from St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee. The stories making the headlines this week, included: Afghanistan and a report from MPs which claims a lack of helicopters is costing soldiers’ lives; controversial Sunday ferry sailings in the Western Isles – the first boat is due to sail this weekend; Blair for President of Europe? And the return of the wrinkly rockers – Bruce Springsteen versus Chrissie Hynde.
Direct download: Stewart_Hosie_David_Pratt_Rev_Davi.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55pm UTC

David McLetchie, Henry McLeish and Mike Daly get together with Derek Bateman to discuss bugging, privacy and mobile phone directories, Climate change targets and Afghanistan. Lesley is away this week and will be back the following week.
Direct download: David_McLetchie_Henry_McLeish_and_M.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

In a week where Swine Flu, 10 years of Devolution and Andy Murray dominate the news agenda; Stirling MP Anne McGuire, security expert Clive Fairweather and Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper join Lesley to work out what is really going on.
Direct download: Anne_McGuire_MP_Clive_Fairweather_a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56am UTC

This week saw comings and goings....new Green Targets, a new speaker, more expenses with the BBC involved in a row...Alan Cochrane of the Daily Telegraph, Patrick Harvie Green Party MSP and Neil Baxter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects joined Lesley to dissect it all in Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Alan_Cochrane_Patrick_Harvie_MSP_N.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33am UTC

As part of an investigation for BBC Radio Scotland, Lesley travelled to Norway to look at the provision of outdoor activity in nursery education for Norwegian children. The contrast with Scotland,as you can hear, is stark.
Direct download: Killing_with_Kindness.mp3
Category:Lesley in the Baltics -- posted at: 12:46pm UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are: Councillor Ewan Aitken, former leader of Edinburgh city council; Mark Perryman, editor of the book ‘Breaking up Britain: Four Nations after a Union’; and Christine Grahame MSP. They discussed the stories making the headlines this week, including the Calman Commission, the Digital Britain report, the de-selection of Labour MP Jim Devine and the SNP’s long-awaiting school building programme. Mike Russell, the Scottish Government's Culture Minister joins in to give a view of Calman.
Direct download: Ewan_Aitken_Mark_Perryman_and_Chris.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are: newly re-elected SNP MEP Alyn Smith; author, journalist and Tartan Army member Ian Black; and Tory MSP for North East Scotland Alex Johnstone. European elections, parliamentary reform and swine flu are amongst the subjects the panel mull over.
Direct download: Alyn_Smith_Ian_Black_and_Alex_Johns.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:21am UTC

When former Labour Provost Michael Kelly, former Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party Bob Thomson and Independent journalist Bruce Anderson met Lesley on 5June 2009; there was only one subject hogging the headlines. The state of the Labour government with all its resignations, reshuffles and talk of voter rebellion. Recorded after the local English election results were known, but before the European election results were in; this is a fascinating Riddoch Questions. 
Direct download: Bruce_Anderson_Bob_Thomson_and_Mich.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:57am UTC

MPs' expenses and the current problems within the Church of Scotland over a gay priest are centre stage. It's a very lively programmes as the Tory blogger, the distinguished academic and environmental leader ( and Lib Dem ) all getting stuck in. Vintage Riddoch.
Direct download: Iain_Dale_Prof_John_Curtice_and_And.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02am UTC

In this special Riddoch Questions recorded in front of an audience at Hillhead Library on 28 May 2009, Lesley chaired an old fashioned hustings meeting. The sponsors, Amnesty International and the Federation of Small Businesses put together a panel of all the main political parties seeking election in the forthcoming European elections. A packed audience posed all the questions and the result is recorded here in a slightly longer than usual format.
Direct download: Riddoch_Questions_-_Euro_Husti.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

Recorded in front of a live audience at a conference organised by the Hansard Society of Scotland, the panel includes Bruce Crawford, MSP and Minister for Parliamentary Business; Iain Gray, MSP and Scottish Labour leader; Sir Tam Dalyell, former Labour MP and ‘Father of the House’ and Joyce McMillan, columnist and chair of the Hansard Society Scotland Working Group.
Direct download: The_Hansard_Debate.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12am UTC

Derek Bateman stood in for Lesley and guess what ? MPs' expenses was the hot topic.
Direct download: Lord_Falconer_Pete_Wishart_and_G.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30am UTC

Joining Lesley on this week’s panel: from Iceland, Halla Tomasdottir, chairman of Audur Capital and the banker through whom Bjork is channelling funds to the Icelandic government. From Ireland, Paul Sweeney, economic advisor for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and author of the book “Ireland’s Economic Success”; and the Scotsman’s business editor Peter Macmahon
Direct download: Halla_Tomasdottir_Paul_Sweeney_and.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15pm UTC

 Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk, Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire and Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands MSP and the Scottish Conservatives’ spokesperson on health join Lesley to talk about gurkhas, equal pay and MPs' expenses.
Direct download: Eric_Joyce_Mary_Scanlon_and_Jo_Swin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:47am UTC

Recorded in front of a live audience of social entrepreneurs at the S2S Trade Fair at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, the panel includes Laurie Russell, Chair of the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition; Andy Kerr, Shadow Finance Minister and Labour spokesman on sustainable growth; Fraser Doherty, creator and owner of SuperJam at the tender age of 14 and now at 20 a top entrepreneur.
Direct download: The_Social_Enterprise_Debate.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01pm UTC

This week it's cabinet meetings, G20 and MPs' expenses as the team grapple in this episode of Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Nicholas_Jones_Christine_May_and_Jo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:39pm UTC

After a short break for Easter, the Riddoch Questions crew are back in the Aftermath business. Lesley worries about the recession, Sean plays some interesting art from Croatia and Jules plugs next week's outside broadcast which sounds like a great event with millionaires and Dragons' Den and stuff.
Direct download: The_Zadar_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:52am UTC

Joining Lesley for Riddoch Questions this week are Dr Richard Simpson, Labour MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for the South of Scotland and Joyce McMillan, columnist for the Scotsman.
Direct download: Richard_Simpson_Aileen_Campbell_and.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm UTC

This special edition of Riddoch Questions was recorded before a live audience at Peebles High School. Scotland’s Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop and her opposite number, Labour’s Rhona Brankin were in attendance, along with Ken Cunningham, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland and Judith Gillespie from the Scottish Parent Teacher Council.
Direct download: Fiona_Hyslop_Rhona_Brankin_Ken_Cun.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC

Agnes is not your typical entrepreneur.  She's 84 and suffers from tendonitis.  When she couldn't find a trolley to help her with household tasks, she decided to invent one herself.  She's spent a small fortune on it but is still nowhere near getting it to market.  Lesley gets on the case and finds out why Agnes has been led a merry dance by so-called advisers and Old Hand patent expert Gilbert Perry, puts Agnes on the right path
Direct download: new_hands_episode_6_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Joining Lesley on Riddoch Questions this week are actress and comedy entertainer Elaine C Smith, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University Pamela Gillies and the Daily Telegraph’s Scottish Editor Alan Cochrane.
Direct download: RQ_27-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:52pm UTC

After the Education Debate in Peebles, the crew kept the tapes running and recorded an Aftermath. More educations, more voices and more young students. Enjoy !
Direct download: peebles_aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 1:52pm UTC

 Andrew and Will are graduates from Abertay University's Games Technology course and they're desperate to come up with the next Grand Theft Auto. They're not short of ideas but they're short of cash.  To give them the leg up they need, Lesley introduces them to games supremo Chris Wright who shares some valuable trade secrets with them.
Direct download: new_hands_episode_5_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 11:51am UTC

Lesley explains Twitter to Sean, Sean explains Google and the rest of the crew Gill, Blake and Roger plead for creative writing. Myself, I have a small cameo walk on role at the emnd of this week's Aftermath.
Direct download: Aftermath_27-03-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 6:14pm UTC

Broadcaster and journalist Malachi O'Doherty, Green MSP Patrick Harvie and former Labour MSP Allan Wilson discussed nuclear power, Northern Ireland, University funding, unemployment and airports - how to improve them.
Direct download: RQ_20-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm UTC

What does Anthony, a 7th generation tanner, do to diversify and, hopefully, save his company?  He sets up a business making deerskin handbags, of course. But how does he brand them?  Lesley calls on the services of marketing guru Suzanne George to offer her pearls of wisdom.  Will Anthony take her advice?
Direct download: new_hands_ep_4_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 10:45am UTC

The team sit down, scratch their chins and talk about missing flights, broadband and the first place in Europe to have street lights. There is a scary start to this Aftermath...be warned.
Direct download: Aftermath_20-03-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 5:18pm UTC

Recorded at Giffnock Synagogue, this Riddoch Questions dealt with issues of Gaza, Israel, faith schools and other related topics. The panel was;

 

Ephraim Borowski  - Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. Vice-Convener of BEMIS.

Ian Galloway – Church of Scotland minister of Gorbals in Glasgow. Convener of the Church and Society Council.

Magdalen Lambkin – Roman Catholic PhD Candidate in Inter-faith studies. Member of Scottish Inter-faith Council.

Ruzwan Mohammed – Sunni Imam Educational and Curriculum advisor to Muslim organisations in Scotland.


Direct download: RQ_13-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42pm UTC

Gary Burns is on a mission to save the world's carpets from burn marks with his docking station for hair straighteners.  But the business advice he's been given in the past has been contradictory. Should he find a manufacturer or license his product to a major company?  Lesley tracks down Old Hand Ron Hamilton who's been there and sets out Gary's options.
Direct download: new_hands_ep3_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

Riddoch Questions was on the road at Giffnock Synagogue. The panel stayed on for an additional set of questions and comments from the audience. Here's the result...
Direct download: faith_aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 3:55pm UTC

Independence, Brown and Obama first get-together, minimum pricing for drink and who'll pay to see Jacko are the topics for this week's Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: RQ_06-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52pm UTC

Iain Gillespie runs the Sottish Graduate website and seems to have problems dealing with partners and staff. Lesley Campbell brings in Old Hand Heather Sims for some tough love advice in an extraordinary New Hands programme.
Direct download: New_Hands_Ep2_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 10:29am UTC

Roger, David, Kim, Sean and Lesley reflect on a programme without Labour but manage to consider the role of barter and poverty in the world. Be warned; there are a number of heavy metal references.
Direct download: Aftermath06-03-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:03am UTC

This week's Riddoch Questions danced around the pension arrangements of Sir Fred Goodwin, Edinburgh trams and why councils work the way they do.
Direct download: RQ_27-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:23pm UTC

In the face of adversity, Denise Purdie set up her own business making soaps and toiletries and she still manufactures her products at home in the wilds of Argyll.  Can she expand and still retain her cottage industry ethics? Lesley brings in Old Hand Elie Chilton to give her much-needed advice but can she bear to let anyone into the family business to lend a hand?
Direct download: new_hands_ep1_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 3:56pm UTC

The 13 year old father, fast food advice and Iain Hamilton all pop up in this edition of Riddoch Questions. The head of the Scottish TUC , a satirist and a comedian all join a lively discussion.
Direct download: RQ_20-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:55pm UTC

After a packed Riddoch Questions, Bevan, David, Laura, Sean and Lesley talk around the bank crisis, youth protest and newspapers. There is a clear divide between young and old in this Aftermath....
Direct download: aftermath_27-02-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:12pm UTC

After a packed programme and on the eve of a birthday, the Riddoch Questions crew slipped into the Rotunda to eat birthday cake and sing. Everyone has something to say and you can listen in for the usual irreverent banter about the issues raised in the day's Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Aftermath_20-02-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 2:36pm UTC

The subjects of this week's Riddoch Questions were the continuing discontent with bankers, council tax and the Scots language.
Direct download: RQ_13-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14pm UTC

In this week's Aftermath, Billy Kay, Susan Morrison and the Glenrothes posse pull their seats up close to the microphone and talk about Scots the language. As ever, the Riddoch Questions crew goes all over the place and reaches no conclusions.
Direct download: aftermath_13-02-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 1:07pm UTC

This Aftermath features a vox pop that didn't make the Riddoch Questions programme with Jim Murphy. And a bit more.
Direct download: 02-06-09_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 7:54pm UTC

Recorded at Adam Smith College, this was a classic Riddoch Questions where everyone got stuck into the Budget and a good debate was had by all.
Direct download: RQ_30-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm UTC

In the cosy confines of Adam Smith College, the Riddoch Questions crew are made welcome to their new home by Fifers. New voices, old friends,  and how Bradford and Paris are the same; all feature in this Aftermath.
Direct download: aftermath_30-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 10:41am UTC

This week’s Riddoch Questions was recorded before an audience at Pitlochry Festival Theatre with Environment Minister Mike Russell and his opposite number, Labour’s Sarah Boyack together with representatives of the Scottish Wildlife Trust,Community Woodlands Association and Confederation of Forest Industries.
Direct download: RQ-23-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

Immediately after the recording of the Riddoch Questions Environment Debate at Pitlochry, everyone on the panel relaxed. Lesley gave them all 5 minutes to relax and ...this is the resulting Aftermath.
Direct download: Aftermath-23-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 12:38pm UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are the former Observer editor and author of ‘The State We’re In’ - writer and commentator Will Hutton, right-wing political columnist for the Independent, Bruce Anderson, and former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party in Parliament – now their national spokesman, Colin Fox.
Direct download: RQ_16-01-09-64k.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm UTC

Will Hutton, what have you done ? By the time, Lesley and the crew got together for the last time in Abertay; everyone was buzzing about the economic debate following the day's Riddoch Questions. So, why not a conspiracy theory ?
Direct download: aftermath_16-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

This was the Riddoch Questions that went awry. Technical difficulties meant a short programme where the Finance Secretary was probed by Lesley and his Labour Shadow John Park.
Direct download: RQ_09-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46pm UTC

Cycling in Finland After two weeks cycling around Finland in August 2008, Lesley and her companion for the trip dissect this fabulous adventure. Recorded in a windy location in Zante, this is a meandering recollection of people, places and unexpected pleasures.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_in_Finland.mp3
Category:Lesley in the Baltics -- posted at: 3:46pm UTC

There’s a big SORRY from the Riddoch Questions team this week after a variety of technical difficulties prevented us from getting on air for 25 minutes. Which meant Lesley’s interview with Finance Secretary John Swinney and the subsequent analysis of his budget had to be somewhat curtailed. Many thanks and abject apologies to all – guests and listeners - who bore with us until the problems were sorted. And sorry to those who emailed and texted in with their comments, as problems prevail with our email system, and the ones which were received we were unable to read out.
Direct download: Aftermath_09-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 3:08pm UTC

The Leader of the Scottish Labour Party joined Lesley in the studio for the last Riddoch Questions for 2008. There were some remarkable revelations.
Direct download: RQ_19-12-08.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:54pm UTC

Halla Tomasdottir is  the executive director and co-founder of Audur capital - the only financial company left in Iceland currently recruiting staff. They set up in 2007, recruiting women, and committed to invest only in products they could understand. As a result, their clients are almost the only people in Iceland with savings intact. This is the full interview part of which was played on Women’s Hour in November. Here is the Scotsman column that made me decide to head north and see for myself how Iceland was responding to economic meltdown and here is the column that followed this visit.
Direct download: Lesley_and_Halla_Tomasdottir.mp3
Category:Riddoch in Iceland -- posted at: 6:57pm UTC

This recording starts with angry punters at a demonstration outside the Icelandic parliament. Then I met up with Gudni Johannesson who  is a historian at Reykjavik University, Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir, a writer with Iceland Review and Alda Sigmundsdottir, the woman behind the cult website www.icelandweatherreport.com. And here are some photos as well.
Direct download: Lesley_and_the_Icelandic_Banks.mp3
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As part of this Snow Queen end of year extra I recorded this half hour programme from Skalanes in East Iceland in June. This is where activists opposed hydro electric dams and lost – but realized the enormous dam-building drill could also force a tunnel through the mountains and connect their isolated communities. In other words, inspiring conservationists and very quick thinkers! For some context before you listen check out Scotsman Column I emailed over from Skalanes.
Direct download: Lesley_at_Skalanes.mp3
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Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are Anne McGuire, Labour MP for Stirling and former Minister for Disabled People; Christopher Harvie, SNP MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife and Honorary President of the Scottish Association for Public Transport; and Mike Dailly, principal solicitor at Govan Law Centre.

Direct download: RQ_12-12-08.mp3
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The crew meet after a Riddoch Questions much influenced by a German theme. So naturally enough, the posse meander from drug counselling to Christmas shopping with detours via Germany and the high street.
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Joining Lesley on Riddoch Questions this week are Derek Mackay, leader of Renfrewshire Council, Stephen Curran, treasurer on Glasgow City Council and Geoff Mawdsley, Director of public services think-tank Reform Scotland. Council finances get a robust airing.
Direct download: RQ_05-12-08.mp3
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After a packed Riddoch Questions which concentrated on the Councils; the crew waxed lyrical about the good things their local councils did. And the conversation turned to pantos. Oh yes, it did. And will next week's Riddoch Questions reflect this? Listen and find out. Also you might not want to play this Aftermath in the car on the school run; some terms used are of an adult venacular nature.
Direct download: Aftermath_05-12-08.mp3
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This special edition of Riddoch Questions was recorded at Scotland’s Philanthropy Debate – a live event in Edinburgh, organised by the Scottish Community Foundation.
Direct download: RQ_28-11-08.mp3
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Laura guides the crew through the Philanthropy Outside Broadcast touching on Dame Steve, Bono and tazers.
Direct download: The_Dame_Steve_Skypecast_Aftermath.mp3
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This week’s Riddoch Questions is a special programme looking at banks, national confidence and the battered cause of independence in Iceland and Scotland.  The programme includes interviews recorded by Lesley in Iceland with ordinary people affected by the collapse of their economy.  And in the studio for a live discussion are SNP MSP and independent HBOS supporter Alex Neil and Labour MSP and former adviser to Donald Dewar, David Whitton.
Direct download: RQ-21-11-08.mp3
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Lesley and crew reflect on a bruising Riddoch Questions around Iceland and their banks. You can expects jokes, insights and the Information Diet explained.
Direct download: Aftermath_21-11-08-01.mp3
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Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are Councillor Martin Ford - the man who said no to Donald Trump as former Head of Planning in Aberdeenshire; Zin Craig, American social commentator and staunch Republican; and Iain Macwhirter, the political journalist and broadcaster.
Direct download: RQ_07-11-08.mp3
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After the elections in both America and Glenrothes, the crew picked over the amount the press got it wrong. Donald Trump still sparked a good discussion over golf courses, economic troubles and sustainability. Pretty good, considering none of the team play golf
Direct download: Aftermath_07-11-08-01.mp3
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Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week were Johann Lamont, the Scottish Labour deputy leader and Glasgow Pollok MSP, Pete Wishart, the SNP MP for Perth and North Perthshire, David McLetchie, the Conservative Edinburgh Pentlands MSP and Jeremy Purvis, Lib Dem MSP for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale. The issues were HBOS, Brand and Ross and independence.
Direct download: RQ_31-10-08.mp3
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Lesley and the gang are back 'in studio' after a few weeks doing 'outside broadcasts'. To the evident relief of everyone, the discussion turns to the programme, chocolate cookies and other important matters. All this in a week when the Beeb finds itself in hot water with two of its more independent presenter/comedians; Brand and Ross. What does young Sean think ? You'll have to listen to this week's Aftermath to find out.
Direct download: Aftermath_31-10-08.mp3
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This 'Riddoch Questions' was recorded at Kirklands School Methil at an event organised by the Fife Gingerbread Group. All the political parties contesting this crucial by election were at this meeting on October 23. As you will hear, it was a very live audience !
Direct download: RQ_24_10_08.mp3
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Riddoch Questions travelled to Jedburgh for a live debate in front of a live audience. The panel included Cllr Martin Ford - the man who said 'no' to Donald Trump as former Head of Planning in Aberdeen, Professor Jane Bower - a leading wind- sceptic, Duncan McLaren - Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth Scotland, Patrick Harvie - Scottish Green MSP, Dr Sian McGrath - from Aqua Marine Energy, and Bob Graham - chairman of the Highlands Against Windfarms
Direct download: RQ_17_10_08.mp3
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Pennie Taylor’s sitting in for Lesley this week, and joining her on Riddoch Questions are Scottish Daily Mail columnist Katie Grant, Scotsman columnist George Kerevan and sociology expert Stuart Waiton. And making a very early morning ( for him ) appearance; American comedian Will Durst. The end of capitalism, strikes and the American election all feature in Riddoch Questions
Direct download: RQ_10_19_08.mp3
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The new Scottish Secretary, David Cameron's Conference Speech, under age drinking, and  free school meals were the topics. Michael White of the Guardian joined in to pummel the issues of the week in Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: RQ_03-10-09.mp3
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The Riddoch Questions of 3 October talked briefly about the proposed ban on under 21s buying drink. Needless to say, the young crew of Laura, Sean and Julianne took the opportunity, in Lesley's absence, to give this whole issue a good talking about.
Direct download: Aftermath_03-10-08.mp3
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Lesley is joined by Michael Connerty MP, Christine Grahame MSP, and Bill Jamieson of the Scotsman after the Labour Conference, HBOS takeover and nuclear power all figured in the week's news. As ever, three strong personalities and a Riddoch Questions that answers all of the questions.
Direct download: RQ_26-09-08.mp3
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After a fairly spiky Riddoch Questions, the crew discuss politicians having a go at each other, car lights and Lesley makes a plea to anyone holding a 'Question Time' type event. We can come and record you and you get Lesley Riddoch.
Direct download: Aftermath_26-09-08.mp3
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In front of a live audience at the Edinburgh University Students' Association, the panel of 4 MSPs and an ex-MSP tacked some big issues. HBOS, the credit crunch, under age drinking were discussed. Fiona Hyslop announced that the banning off sales to under 21s ( - it made the news!) And the audience were an articulate vocal bunch - we will be hearing more from these young people in the future !
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In the first Riddoch Questions after the summer break, the panel took on Gordon Brown's demise, chain gangs, a Scottish Channel together with the runners and riders for new Scottish Labour leader. It was action packed and full on.
Direct download: RQ_12-09-08.mp3
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For the first Riddoch Questions, the talk starts with tans and meanders through prisoner builders, ID cards, the Tory bounce and cycling into the hood. Welcome back crew, we missed you.
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In this investigation for Radio Scotland, Lesley looks at the role of Historic Scotland in preserving or conserving the 47 thousand listed buildings in Scotland. This portion of the broadcast lays out a series of 'challenging' stories; starting with two sisters and their windows.
Direct download: Historic_Scotland_Investigation.mp3
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The big topic for the Riddoch Question panelists was the Labour Leadership; norht and south. There were differing views as to whether Gordon Brown should remain in his present situation. Equally, the runners and riders in the Scottish Labour Leadership race were appraised.
Riddoch Questions and the team are taking a short break and will be back live on September 12th and here in cyberspace, a week later.
Direct download: RQ_01-08-08.mp3
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The Riddoch Questions crew were allowed to bring in videos and games for this Aftermath before the summer break. So the discussion turned, naturally,  to those leaving, holiday plans and child birth.
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These three journalists join Lesley in this week's Riddoch Questions and dissect the Glasgow East bye election result.
Direct download: RQ_25-07-08.mp3
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Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are the Scotland Office Minister and Inverclyde MP David Cairns, Shadow Scottish Secretary and MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, David Mundell , Robert Brown MSP  and Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and MSP for Glasgow Govan, Nicola Sturgeon.
Direct download: RQ_18-07-08.mp3
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Scott is mum for the day as Julianne and Sean discuss elections, hot signals and the role of doughnuts in broadcasting.
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The Channel 4 documentary "The Great Global Warming Swindle" has been in the news again. Ofcom has published its adjudication of its investigation of complaints. Martin Durkin, the documentary's director and producer, was interviewed for Riddoch Questions, broadcast on 30 May 2007. Here you can hear the extended interview with Martin as Lesley probes the issues.
Direct download: Martin_Durkin_Interview_May_2007.mp3
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Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are SNP MP for Moray, Angus Robertson, Green MSP for Glasgow, Patrick Harvie and London-based Political Editor for the Scotsman, Ross Lydall.
Direct download: RQ_11-07-08.mp3
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In this week's Aftermath Sean has been watching TV again and brings up an old 9/11 story. There is a spooky intervention that allows Jules, Scott and Lesley to get back to multiple jobs for our leaders and the other staple fare of Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Aftermath_11-07-08.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 8:08pm UTC

In a week of resignations and Scottish tennis triumph, ex Labour MSP Christine May, Scotsman writer Joyce McMillan and development guru, Robert Crawford joined Lesley to unpick the week's news.
Direct download: RQ_04-07-08.mp3
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Sean talks trains, Richard loves the colour of mints, Greg explains what he will be doing on Fridays and Lesley reveals her holiday plans. It's the Murray Mint Aftermath.
Direct download: Aftermath_04-07-08.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:49pm UTC

Riddoch Questions went on the road to the Outer Hebrides. Panelists included David MacLennan of SNH, Lionacleit S6 student Kevin Donkers, Jane Farmer of UHI, Gaelic columnist Angus Peter Campbell, Storas Uibhist Chairman Angus MacMillan, and Lochboisdale Community Council chairman Ronald MacKinnon. The subject; "do the islands have an economically viable future ?"
Direct download: RQ_27-06-08.mp3
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It's starting to be a regular feature here; but this week's Aftermath is a bit of a departure. Riddoch Questions on June 27 was the broadcast of an island debate recorded earlier that week in Benbecula. After the 'BBC' programme was recorded, the microphone stayed on as the audience and panel relaxed to continue the "not for broadcast" discussion. The topics were education, gaelic and depopulation.
Direct download: Islands_Debate_Aftermath.mp3
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Pennie Taylor will be sitting in for Lesley on this week’s Riddoch Questions and she’ll be joined by Minister for Public Health Shona Robison, Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Mary Scanlon and Scottish Editor of the Daily Telegraph, Alan Cochrane. Health is on the agenda big time.
Direct download: RQ_20-06-08.mp3
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The Iceland Aftermath This is a departure from the usual format of 'Riddoch Questions Aftermath" Over at Riddoch Questions, Pennie Taylor stood in for Lesley as Ms Riddoch tramped around Iceland. However, Lesley took her trusty recorder and in this podcast; Elfa Hlin Petursdottir, Sharon Webb, of Kilmartin Museum in Argyll, Mia Scott of the Highland Buildings and Preservation Trust and Annie MacSween of Lews Castle College in Stornoway all join in a round table discussion. The theme is tourists and the wild.
Direct download: Iceland_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 10:57am UTC

David Davis, underage sex, drugs, and Europe all featured in this "robust" conversation/discussion about the week's big topics.
Direct download: RQ_13-06-08.mp3
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David, Sean, Scottie and Lesley sit down and discuss whether Riddoch Questions is too tough on participants. The regional wrangle about the BBC and the 'Holyrood versus Westminster' relevance discussion get a good airing.
Direct download: Aftermath_13-06-08.mp3
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Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Henry McLeish former First Minister, and Fraser Nelson of the Spectator join Iain McWhirter in dissecting the week's news which ranges from the US Election, the PM's troubles analyzed by Paddy Power the bookmaker, Scotland's oil through to BBC remuneration for its stars.
Direct download: Aftermath_6-06-08.mp3
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Oil Funds, Paddy Power, codec, Ian, Jules Sean and Richard are all here. Lesley wasn't and does she listen to the Aftermath anyway ?

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With a robust panel of an ex Labour Energy Minister, a seasoned Scotsman Executive Editor and a Chief Constable, the programme flew. Topics like oil, energy, and knifes all got a good airing.
Direct download: RQ_30-05-08.mp3
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Lesley is joined by Alison, Gregor, Alex and Sean who rattle through what happened on Riddoch Questions. Alison is visiting with young students from Blairgowrie High School and makes a shocking observation. Oh and Sean storms out.
Direct download: Aftermath_30-05-09.mp3
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The day after the Crewe and Nantwich by election, the studio is packed with Labour MSP Malcolm Chisholm, Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, agony aunt/journalist Joan Burnie and journalist/banker Alex Hastie. The result, the economy and  fags all make appearances as the panel sift through the news stories of the week.
Direct download: RQ_23-05-08.mp3
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George Foulkes, Alex Neil, Jim Spence and Philip Campbell join Lesley in the studio in a new format Riddoch Questions. The panel examine the news in a week where Rangers fans trash Manchester, Burma gets worse and the Prime Minister can't get a break.
Direct download: RQ_16-05-08.mp3
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In this week's Riddoch Questions, Duncan Simpson and MSP Mike Pringle are at opposite ends of the 'Plas Tax' debate. Should plastic bags be banned ? It was a fairly emotive debate where compromise seemed impossible.
Direct download: 9_May_2008_Plastic_Bags.mp3
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After a frenetic Riddoch Questions with political heavy weights, there is a much more diverting conversation about  codec ( the importance of )  and accents  ( the  importance of ) .  The team, Pat, Alex, Sean and Lesley mull over what the new format programme is  like. As ever,  there are opinions and humour in equal  measure.
Direct download: Aftermath_16-05-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 3:18pm UTC

Cllr Willie Young of Labour and Neil Fletcher of the Lib Dems on Aberdeen City Council are divided over the current budget deficit which threatens services in the city. In a packed Riddoch Questions, there are plenty of callers and some  'spirited' questioning as to how  it got so bad.
Direct download: RQ_02-05-08.mp3
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Martin joins Lesley, Scott and Jules in the pod for a rummage around plastic bags. After a Riddoch Questions that visited some of the 'Plas Tax' issues, this Aftermath was a more scathing discussion about bags, junk and " what are we like ?".
Direct download: The_Plastic_Aftermath_May_9_2008.mp3
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The Riddoch Questions struggle with recounting the detail of the Aberdeen programme. Jules gets a critique for her first production outing and there is an explanation for Germaine Greer when you least expect it.
Direct download: Riddoch_Aftermath_02-05-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:24am UTC

The subject of dual language provoked a huge storm when it was proposed in Caithness.This week's Riddoch Questions reflected the debate with heated discussion and everyone had a 'square go'.
Direct download: April_25_2008_Gaelic_Roadsigns.mp3
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The team had to handle red hot phone lines with lots of people wanting to express their support for dual language road signs. In an Aftermath that detours through language, Latin and 'false friends'; Lesley will make a startling revelation...who is the funniest person on radio....
Direct download: The_Gaelic_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:09pm UTC

With the Food Standards Agency questioning 'the organic label' as the only natural choice, Mike Small of Fife Diet fame had a lot of explaining in this Riddoch Questions. Iain Mcwhirter was in the chair as farmers, conventional or otherwise, got wellied in.
Direct download: The_Organic_Debate.mp3
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Riddoch Questions on 18 April was a serious treat for foodies everywhere. Iain, Jules and Pat sat down in the pod to reflect on the guilt of food.
Direct download: The_Organic_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 3:36pm UTC

George Monbiot and Nicola Sturgeon lock horns in a debate that had the telephone switchboard glowing red hot with callers. Would it make sense for GP surgeries to be open in the evenings or at weekends ? Everyone had an opinion and lots were expressed in this heated Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: RQ_11-04-08.mp3
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Tom Brown asked for the Labour Party to come back. This week's Riddoch Questions started by examining the state of the Labour Party in Scotland.
Direct download: RQ_28-03-08.mp3
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Riddoch Questions examines the continuing fascination with Scotland and Tartan as the annual Tartan Week gets under way in the New York.
Direct download: RQ_04-04-08.mp3
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The programme was about GPs and the conversation got very heated. What did the Riddoch Questions crew make of this ? Listen and find out.
Direct download: riddoch_aftermath_11-04-08.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:29pm UTC

As the strains of 'It's my party" fade away, the crew sit down to discuss Tartan week related issues; clans, the Irish, prisons and presenters.
Direct download: riddoch_aftermath_04-04-08.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 6:46pm UTC

Linda Fabiani...extra Due to technical difficulties, it was not possible to get the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Linda Fabiani on today's Riddoch Questions programme about 'Tartan Week'. However, Lesley was able to catch up with Ms Fabiani and put some of the questions and issues raised in the programme.
Direct download: Linda_Fabiani.mp3
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