Mon, 31 March 2014
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.
Mon, 24 March 2014
This week’s @ 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 ’ current problems; #. 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 @ at the Scottish Labour Conference. Lesley gets a mixed reception from delegates. She also has good things to say about @ and some mixed views about the leaders’ speeches.
Finally – there is plea for Nordic Horizons’ neutrality. Please enjoy this week’s @ Podcast responsibly and share generously.
Sun, 16 March 2014
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.
Tue, 11 March 2014
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.
Mon, 3 March 2014
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.