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

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
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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
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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.

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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
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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.

 

 

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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
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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
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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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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.

Direct download: Ranty_at_Aunty.mp3
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.

Direct download: Stromness.mp3
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.

Direct download: Puffins_To_Intolerance.mp3
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.

Direct download: Its_no_fair.mp3
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.

Direct download: Bank_Holiday_Special.mp3
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

Direct download: Getting_down_to_business.mp3
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.

Direct download: Things_out_of_our_control.mp3
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.

Direct download: Updates_Energy_Defence.mp3
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.

Direct download: Kokar_Coop_and_the_Big_Beasts.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Renewables_Tory_Bingo_ScotLab.mp3
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.

Direct download: Europe_the_BBC_and_Renewables.mp3
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.

Direct download: Unmerited_awe.mp3
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.

Direct download: The_Rammy_and_Farms.mp3
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.)

Direct download: Everything_is_awesome.mp3
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.

Direct download: Currency_Union_Special.mp3
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.

Direct download: No_wooing.mp3
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. 

Direct download: Supermarkets.mp3
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.

Direct download: Board_Women_and_500_Pounds.mp3
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.

Direct download: Energy_Shares_Wood.mp3
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.

Direct download: Pick_a_day.mp3
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

Direct download: Are_we_invisible.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:02pm UTC