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

In this ,the final, podcast of 2017 we return to some old favourite topics and hae a wee keek at what we're looking forward to in 2018.

Lesley kicks off with the latest reports from Business for Scotland on how Scottish industry and commerce is reacting to the Brexit shambles. Is this, almost, solid unionist block coming round to independence? And is the UK government willing to sell out Scotland"The Brand" in pursuit of trade deals?

The Brexiteers claim that leaving Europe will mean that we're free of so called red tape. I examine the possibility( probability) that the European Working Time Directive may be the first casualty of this policy and what it might mean for workers' rights.

The saga of the empty Inchgreen dry dock in Greenock and the importance of the Scottish government getting the much needed Compulsory Sale Order legislation drafted and passed is subjected to the Riddoch gimlet gaze.

It's numbers all the way for me with questions being raised about Tom Gordon of the Herald's maths when it comes to Baby Boxes and why Murdo Fraser should tak tent on where Scottish tax payers' cash is actually being wasted.

As usual we frame everything within the framework of the drive towards Scottish independence and we also meander down some unexpected by ways.

 

 

Direct download: Dont_look_back_in_anger.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:58am UTC

Brexit,Budget,BBC, and Bolton are the bees on oor bunnits this week.

However we buck the trend and begin,not with yesterday's Draft Scottish Budget, but the annulment and rerun of the election for Aberdeen University's rector.Trust me folks it's of more importance than we might think at first glance.

However the budget can't be ignored and Lesley examines not only the facts and figures but what the reaction to, and coverage of, it says about Scotland. Plus we examine the performance of the key players during after the Parliamentary debate.

This leads us neatly into our thoughts about BBC Scotland and does it live up to its pledge of not only entertaining but informing and educating?

No week is complete without our two go to topics of Brexit and Trump( I could have slipped another B in there but fill in the blank yirsels).

Adam Bolton's "You Irish" comments and flag issues frame our chat on Brexit and we heave a sigh of relief at Trump's pal Roy Moore's loss in the Alabama Senate election.

Just when they thought it was all over we enter extra time as Lesley cuts loose on the barriers to community buy outs, focusing in particular on recent attempts by local folk to purchase redundant Church of Scotland kirks.

No mentions of Dundee United this week( still top of the Championship btw) , but we digress on BBC NI's The Blame Game and cinema travelogues.

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We return to podcasting as Lesley recuperates from her recent hip replacement and I venture down the Tay coast to record this week's episode.

Stuck at home Lesley tuned into "Call Kaye",normally a cue to hurl the wireless oot the windae, but the discussion on the use of medicinal cannabis meant a stay of execution for the radio and food for thought for us.

You'd think at my age and with my experience nothing would shock me about the behaviour of politicians but David Davis's brass neck on the 50 odd Brexit impact assessments leaves me stunned.

As Finland's celebrates 100 years of its independence  Lesley reflects on Finland's journey to become a world leader in health, education, technology and happiness and what Scotland can learn from our northern neighbours.

All of the above plus much more including , a radical Aberdonian bus driver, bats, sea eagles,eccentric Fifers and my mentioning the baby box- as Lesley reminds me gently- yet again.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

We return after a two week break due to my "man flu" to  a joint reaction to the last two week's events of "Ye whit!".

The overthrow of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe kicks us off and Lesley focuses on the diaspora of Zimbabwe's talented women.Will they return and  what will their country be like post Mugabe?

I prove I'm no George Kerevan, as if that needed doing, as I get to grips with Hammond's Budget and its impact not just on the UK but Scotland.

Lesley picks up on the Chancellor's "new technology" mantra and reflects on last week's Arctic Circle Forum in Edinburgh.

We cannot resist the siren call of the jungle and we get stuck into Kezia Dugdale's I'm a Celebrity adventures.

All of this plus, politicians  "jokes", Harris Academy alumni,the glories of Dundee by night and the great Rodney Bewes.

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In this week's extended podcast we kick off with the resignation of Priti Patel as Secretary of State for International Development.

Lesley speculates on the potential implications for beleaguered Theresa May and asks has she actually been lucky despite all her recent setbacks ?

We discuss the shadowy role of Lord Polack of the Conservative Friends of Israel in Patel's fall from grace and could this be the moment for Penny Mordaunt to stake her claim for the Tory leadership?

Boris Johnson is next in Lesley's gimlet gaze as the full impact of his ill thought and poorly prepared statements give spurious legitimacy to the imprisonment of UK journalist Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by the Iranian government.

We go into extra time for Lesley's reflections on last Saturday's Build Conference.

All this plus The Gruffalo in Scots , baby boxes,and feral cats.

 

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We unashamedly spend the vast majority of this week's podcast on the continuing crisis in Catalunya.

Lesley was a first hand witness to last week's momentous events and gives a fantastic insight into what it was like on the streets of Barcelona as the drama unfolded.

She also, tells tall Castilian tales, recounts her experiences with anarcho-syndicalists and , most importantly, lets the world into the dark secrets of Brian Taylor's dancing.

I pitch in here and there but inevitably finish up talking about the fitba. Dinnae let on tae the Wee Ginger Dug!

There's also a plug for the Build:Bridges to Indy event this weekend in Edinburgh.

http://www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/build-bridges-indy

Direct download: Visca_Catalunya.mp3
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Lesley returns after  her bout of the lurgi and it's Riddoch in full righteous wrath mode as the injustices and human costs of Universal Credit are dissected mercilessly,and it's shown for the cruel shambles that it is.

I lurk on the wing and chip in on yesterday's debate in the House of Commons on Universal Credit and the lack of understanding of the plight of ordinary folk on the government benches.

Lesley reflects on last week's Arctic Circle Assembly ,Nicola Sturgeon's starring role, and exciting prospects for joint Icelandic Scottish cooperation on post fossil fuels energy supply.

Finally it's back to the SNP Conference, the mood of delegates , the fringe events, and are there signs that the party is slowly coming around to a more collegiate approach to its leadership allowing Nicola to "get on with the day job"?

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:53pm UTC

In this week's extended podcast we delve into the ongoing crisis of democracy in Catalonia and the Tory Party conference in Manchester.

Lesley strips away the "playing for sympathy" card of the Conservative apologists and focuses on May's  policies and the reaction to them amongst delegates. 

I fling in my midgie magnet analogy and we both speculate on Boris and Ruth's ambitions.

By way of Nick Robinson's moan on the role of new media outlets undermining trust in the BBC we try and make sense of what's happening in Catalonia. 

Lesley previews her upcoming trip to Iceland for the Arctic Circles conference.

I shamelessly plug Dundee Wanderers Hockey club.

And we both take credit for Scotland's last gasp win v Slovakia.

Direct download: Catalonia_and_Conference_Special.mp3
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We kick off this week by going back to one of last week's topics as Lesley follows her journalist's nose to investigate the issues surrounding standing at work.

This leads to our considering the pros, and some wee cons, of trades unions.

The ongoing saga of the  twelve year equal pay fight by women workers and the hypocritical attack on the new SNP Glasgow City Council by Joanna Baxter speeds us neatly into the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

While Corbyn inspired his audience is he a hollow man when it comes to Scotland?

And if unity broke out on the conference floor, even Tom Watson chanted "Oh Jeremy Corbyn", it was gloves off in the fight for the leadership of Scottish Labour.

In addition to all this there's a flag inspired rant from me, Lesley wonders if Ruth Davidson has been found out, and I quote Cicero.

All this and a Riddoch bonus at the end,You lucky people( a prize for knowing the source of that catchphrase- no peeking at Google).

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:17pm UTC

It's our first anniversary and we hit the ground running with dramatic scenes at today's FMQs as  Alex Rowley comments that when it comes to tax the SNP always sides with the millionaires against the millions. An Alex own goal ,as Nicola pounces, or something far more interesting in the struggle between Sarwar and Leonard for leadership of Scottish Labour?

Lesley returns to the state of Scottish local government and examines how the sparkle of fantastic community projects could be harnessed to radical reform to achieve the best of both worlds.

I focus on the case of asylum seeker Samim Bigzad and the complete disregard for the law displayed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Is this yet another example of creeping Conservative authoritarianism?

A less than happy flight experience at Stansted airport leads Lesley to thoughts on ,not only ,modern travel but also the nature of the modern workplace.

We finish on the tale of L'Oreal v The Naked Soap Co. Why? Because they're worth it.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:41pm UTC

After Lesley and I ruminate on our low tech methodologies of checking whether we're recording an interference free podcast- my nipping ben the hoose at its heart- Lesley examines the Arctic Circle's October Assembly in Iceland and the Scotland and the New North Conference taking place in Edinburgh in November.

I chip in on Radio 4's short series,"The English Fix".In particular the final episode featuring Sir Roger Scruton.

Lesley goes back to the future and reflects on Tony Blair's latest Brexit intervention and I chip in on the Common's debates on the EU Repeal Bill.

The alert among you, and that means all of you, will note the rustling of paper and my confusion during some of Lesley's contribution. This is accounted for by my accidentally flicking back to notes covering Brexit from some months ago resulting in an almost out of body state of confusion as I went back to the future.

Lesley masterfully covers my blushes.

All this and the Scottish Independence Convention Build 2 Conference.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:46pm UTC

This week we return to our peripatetic ways and record in the , well appointed, basement of Gillis Mclean.

My waxing lyrical about Galway's victory in the All Ireland hurling final leads us to explore the nature of place, culture and community. Honestly it's not as worthy as it sounds.

Returning to home ground Lesley explores and dissects Ruth Davidson's plans for New Towns.

We move on to the Scottish Government's ambitious new programme and will the action live up to the idea.

I can't escape my political past when I look at the state of the Labour Party leadership contest.

And , by the way, you can play spot the Pat and Lesley getting names wrong game.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:57pm UTC

This week we spend most of our time on the sudden resignation of Kezia Dugdale as leader of Scottish Labour.

Lesley considers the remaining runners and riders for the poison chalice of Scottish politics and which of them, if any, can restore Labour's fortunes.

I chip in on the sad lack , not just in the Labour Party, of outstanding political personalities.

The recent special on the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival presented by Jack Whitehall leads us into the metropolitan mindset of not only the chattering but political classes.

All this plus meanderings on walking to school as kids, dancing for independence, and holidays in Ireland.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:24pm UTC

The latest in our continuing series of podcasts from exotic locations features Lesley's thoughts on the "National" in Scottish National Party and BBC Scotland's reply to her critique of its management structure.

I weigh in on elites , diversity and the demise of local newspapers.

However the biggy is the continuing Brexit shambles. Just what does it tell us about whose voices are listened to and whose are ignored?

There will be no surprises in what Lesley's answers are.

This plus, fleeting references to Daily Telegraph headlines and the suddenly reappearing Ruth Davidson all to the accompaniment of rattling coffee cups and thirties jazz.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm UTC

Andrew O'Hagan's powerful statement on his journey from No to Yes kicks off the first part of this week's podcast.

This allows Lesley and I to consider the siren song of a return to a mythical ,unified Britain of the past, if we leave the EU.

The recent resignation of BBC Scotland commissioning and scheduling  supremo Ewan Angus raises the question of the potential for radical change at the national broadcaster.Will it be taken?

We also reflect on the tragic events of Charlottesville ,the courage of the Heyer family and the moral vacuum in the face of fascism of Donald Trump.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:51pm UTC

This week sees the return , by "popular" demand , of our theme music.

We begin by saying that we won't talk about Trump and North Korea but then go on to talk about....you can fill the rest in in yirsels!

The rest of the podcast is taken up with the two major issues Lesley addressed in her columns.

We ask is the one size fits all,  top down command structure of Police Scotland working and what , if anything, will be done to resolve its all too apparent problems?

Our attention then turns to the  meeting between Mike Russell, Damian Green and you know, that other guy, him, the Secretary of State for Scotland, to discuss what new powers may be granted to Scotland post Brexit.

Although Lesley focuses on fishing, particularly after Michael Gove's recent conversations with Denmark, the implications for the continuing role and importance of the devolution settlement are profound.

In the process we manage to name drop some gie interesting fowk and I slip in gratuitous references to Peanuts and Lawside Academy.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:59pm UTC

In a week which saw fractious infighting and criticisms within the independence camp Lesley stresses the need for inclusion and tolerance and highlights the pitfalls of our tendency towards tribalism.

I question whether anyone outside of the online bubble either knows or cares about these disputes.

Lesley uses the very different approaches between the Scottish and English prison systems to highlight the progressive nature, across party political divides, of Scottish society.

And in the midst of these pleas for peace,love and understanding I, once again, deny being a hippy. Doth I protest too much?

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:28pm UTC

Lesley returns refreshed from her holiday on Uist and is (almost) unbearably smug about how sunny it was.

We kick off with her reflections on the break and then slide into that complex set of relations between the SNP , the broader Yes movement, and the SIC .However, dinnae fash yirsels chums we tap into that 1967 summer of love vibe and explore the importance of fun ,community, culture and disco in rediscovering and reinventing not only ourselves but Scotland.

All that plus inflated hedgehogs, bear attacks in the Italian Alps,Bjork's dad, and, wait for it, a wee mention of cricket.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:51pm UTC

This week we focus entirely on the BBC's plans to restructure Radio Scotland creating two new stations.One dedicated to speech and the other, on DAB, to music.

However us being us we manage to introduce thoughts on the male and female brain; why young women give up sport; a Ray McKinnon impression( by Lesley); revelations on Lesley's football career and the extremely healthy state of the  Scottish traditional music scene.

All this at the second time of asking.I did press that record button.....Honest guv!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:06pm UTC

In this week's extravaganza I set in motion a series of appalling puns before we settle down to discuss rail nationalisation and how the Scottish government could be genuinely transformative even within the union.

Lesley looks at two pieces of "SNP good" news on the economy and the NHS and how they might just have caught out the commentariat.

Almost inevitably we return to Grenfell Tower and the amazing fortitude of that local community in not giving up or in to establishment pressure.

All this with some wee references to the DUP's financial deal, the Catalonian independence referendum and the Scot's language.And not forgetting a bout of coughing , or two, frae the bold Riddoch!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:52pm UTC

Having regaled you with a lang ane last week yir back on rations wi this half hour podcast .

After discovering my shady past we focus on Nicola Sturgeon's " reset" speech on indyref2 on Tuesday.

There's questions on just what might be  the "Al Capone"tipping  moment to get folk on board with voting Yes next time around; what the SNP's bold and radical policies might be and could they just stand back and let the hash of a Tory Brexit play out?

We finish with startling revelations on our dubious eating habits!

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:10pm UTC

Lesley returns from Denmark rejuvenated, revitalised and any other "r" words you can think of after her stay on Bornholm - a Danish island which has just hosted the biggest act of political engagement in Europe and maybe the world.

Not following Norman Tebbit she also got on her bike in Copenhagen, you pronounce it any way you fancy.

I chip in around the edges on the state of Scottish FE colleges ( the unincorporated colleges are  Argyll College, Newbattle Abbey College, Orkney College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Shetland College and West Highland College by the way)and essay a Portadown accent for no good reason.

We finish with thoughts on the health not of the body politic but that of the nation.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:36pm UTC

As the full horror of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower reveals itself we ask if this was not an accident but the inevitable outcome of the state of UK society.

A society which promotes civic neglect, has contempt for the poor, places profit above people , and silences dissent.

Lesley reflects on the continuing aftermath of last Thursday, Tommy Shepphard's abortive bid to become Leader of the SNP in the House of Commons ,Common Weal's six ideas to revitalise the Scottish Government and if any kind of "soft" Brexit can be achieved.

We also have a wee bit of chat on the Corbyn Effect.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:01am UTC

It's the morning after the night before and Lesley, fortified by at least six coffees and lashings of chocolate, unleashes herself on the election results.

That "bloody difficult woman"; the SNP campaign; the Tory deal with their " friends" the DUP; the Corbyn effect ; the significance of the votes in Scotland for indyref2 are all subjected to our , hopefully informed, if slightly manic, analysis.

On the way we also manage to cover the Giant's Causeway museum, the perils of postal voting, and banning Ouija boards.Trust me, if you listen, it all makes sense.

Lesley also pays tribute to Angus Robertson and ,in particular,Alex Salmond as they both leave Westminster.

Direct download: Ye_Whit__General_Election_Special.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:46pm UTC

After a two week break where Lesley journeyed round Orkney and Shetland and I grappled with internet technology ,we're back.

For my sins I've been watching the leaders' debates and interviews trying to make sense of this strangest of General Elections.

Meanwhile Lesley has not only been sampling the musical delights and high kicking dancing of the Orkney folk festival but also following the local battle to be elected MP next week.

In the midst of this I'm reminded of the failure of my beloved Dundee United( cheers chum!) and Lesley extols the virtues of the Hardanger fiddle.

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Lesley returns refreshed and invigorated from Croatia. I on the other hand am hot foot frae Kirkcaldy. Oh the glamour of it all!

The launch of the Conservative Party manifesto, north and south of the border;that ITV leaders debate, minus May and Corbyn and the post Brexit position of the  Scottish fishing industry give us plenty to chew over. By the way yon EU spokesperson neither of us could remember is Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.You , of course, good listeners knew that!

Ruth Davidson's Orwell lecture on nationalism and patriotism also turns up some surprising stuff on the sainted George.

 All that and more plus  tales of Balkan sea swimming.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC

This week's podcast was recorded live at the Butterfly Cafe in Dundee.

Lesley was just about to jet off to sunny Croatia and we took advantage of the cafe's good auspices to podcast from the children's play area( highly appropriate I hear you cry!).

So, not only will you hear herself and me but ,to the background of happy coffee drinkers ,you'll meet the bold wee Felix and his mum enjoying themselves with the Lego( other plastic building bricks are available).

In the midst of all this Lesley manages to chat about the leak of the Labour manifest, and the exclusion of the Greens from much of the General Election coverage both north and south of the border.

I cover the ongoing Tory election expenses scandal.

And we both try and get our heads round the "You're fired" moment featuring Donald Trump and the erstwhile head of the FBI. 

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This week we rush headlong into the stramash of the local elections.

Are rumours of the Tory Scottish tidal wave over exaggerated?

Just what is going on when swathes of solid Labour areas suddenly turn blue?

Have we reached peak SNP?

Is it the constitution stupid?

Lesley dashes hot foot from PM and I try and decipher my hastily scribbled notes as we bring our caffeine fueled brains to bear on these questions.

I also chuck in a gratuitous Duke of Edinburgh anecdote. Friend to the famous me!

Direct download: Its_the_locals.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:20pm UTC

After the excitement of last week we return to "normality".

Lesley has been haring round the country and we chat about the Yes walk across the Tay Bridge for the rally last Saturday and the perils of speaking after the Wee Ginger Dug and his pal Paul.

I'm given 30 seconds to explain the STV voting system for the local elections.Judge for yourselves my success!

Lesley reflects on defensive and aspirational nationalism and  Tory local election strategy. 

This and opinion polls lead us to discuss whether the constitutional question now permeates and frames all Scottish elections.

I give my personal perspective on the FE college strikes and the answer to the burning question," Who are the two most popular westerners in Vietnam?".

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm UTC

This week we concentrate entirely on May's decision to call a snap General Election on June 8th.

Lesley reflects on her appearance on BBC Newsnight and what this may say about future coverage.

I chip in here and there .

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:28am UTC

On the day that Theresa May finally triggered article 50 we , inevitably, focus on this.

What is Nicola Sturgeon's "cunning plan"? Is Scotland merely Maidenhead, no offence to Maidenhead, in May's Brexit strategy?

Lesley recovers from her appearance on "Call Kaye" and reflects on what, if anything, the BBC has learned from its coverage of Indyref1.

As the Scottish Labour Party takes a leaf out of my favourite time traveller's book, Sam Beckett if you're interested but others are available, and returns to 1979, I crack the myth of the SNP ushering in Thatcherism.

The  almost under the radar Scottish local elections round up this episode but not before I display my linguistic, or otherwise skills.

I should have said Tam Biet by the way. You're going to have to listen now if only to figure out what the ruddy heck I'm on about.

Direct download: The_Brexit_Club.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:51am UTC

We return to home base this week and for Lesley it's all the B's.

Belfast, Brexit, borders, boring , and baltic as she runs through her recent travels. 

There are reflections on the life and legacy of Martin McGuinness. The futures post Brexit of Ireland, north and south, and the implications for Scotland. That Section 30 debate in Holyrood and the indyref2 campaign.

I kick in with GERS and possibly the Gers lowering the tone with my well crafted "jokes".

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:19pm UTC

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.

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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!

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:52am UTC