Fri, 22 December 2017
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.
Fri, 15 December 2017
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.
Fri, 8 December 2017
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.