Thu, 22 June 2017
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.
Fri, 16 June 2017
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.
Sun, 11 June 2017
Lesley recorded this wee podcast as a memory of the buy out.
Fri, 9 June 2017
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.
Thu, 1 June 2017
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.