Thu, 28 September 2017
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).
Thu, 21 September 2017
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.
Thu, 14 September 2017
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.
Thu, 7 September 2017
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.