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

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".

 

 

Direct download: A_whisper_of_wind.mp3
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.

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