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

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.

 

 

 

Direct download: EU_Jimmy.mp3
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.

Direct download: Ca_canny_and_shoogly_pegs.mp3
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.

Direct download: Ways_of_Seeing_Mixdown_1.mp3
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!

Direct download: Matters_foreign_and_domestic.mp3
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.

Direct download: the_Power_of_Place.mp3
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.

Direct download: 3.mp3
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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm UTC

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.

Direct download: You_Have_Got_The_Country_Back.mp3
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.

 

Direct download: Scotland_In_Reverse.mp3
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.

Direct download: Its_a_battlefield.mp3
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.

Direct download: Theres_an_election_on_-_were_back..mp3
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.

Direct download: English_Tea.mp3
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.

Direct download: We_are_back.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:21pm UTC