Mon, 17 December 2018
I had, as is my wont, my wee notebook with a plethora of end of year topics for us to discuss. However, Lesley has just come back from down south where she met up with supporters of Lexit. Folk on the left who are in favour of Brexit, and there are more of them than we up here would think.
All this meant that we threw the notebook, metaphorically, oot the windae and let this take us to some quite surprising places.
Rather than try and encapsulate this I'll let you embark on the voyage of discovery without a map, much as we did.
As this is the last podcast of 2018, we reflect on the year that's gone and the year to come, and I preview this Friday's big fight on Radio 4's Any Questions, featuring oor ain Joanna Cherry v Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Mon, 10 December 2018
It will come as no surprise to you that we begin with, and spend most of the podcast on, Brexit.
The ECJ's ruling on the "Scottish Case" has suddenly sent the media into a frenzy on something that they've been dismissing as fringe nonsense for the past year. Lesley considers the shining light of cooperation across party lines as Labour, SNP, and Green politicians fought the good fight with the support of Jolyon Maugham QC.
Just to prove that there is political life beyond Brexit, the Scottish Budget is due this week. Will Derek MacKay be able to reach an agreement with the Greens on the replacement of the Council Tax to get it through Holyrood?
Revive, the campaign to reclaim and rejuvenate Scotland's grouse moors, has produced its "Back to Life" report with stunning findings on the social and economic potential for alternative uses of this "wilderness" land.
Lesley's appearance on Sunday Morning with Cathy McDonald was terrific stuff ( https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001gqp).
Her interview leads both of us to reflect, unashamedly, emotionally, on our land, our heritage, our music, and the influence of our mothers.
All of the above plus the usual highways and byways chums.
Mon, 3 December 2018
It's been a week of touring. Lesley visiting the four corners of Scotland with her film on Norway, and Theresa May punting her Brexit deal to her "precious union".
We try and get our heads around just what the PM was trying to achieve with her carefully managed charm offensive.
The National, of course, was barred from the Bridge of Weir extravaganza, a genuine own goal as the decision was roundly condemned by journalists of all persuasions. But was this yet another example of Scotland's voice being marginalised over Brexit?
Gordon Brown, yes, it's that man again, emerged from the mists of his Fife haven to lambast the Scottish government's handling of the NHS.
I, as is my wont, chip in with a few wee reminders of the PFI burden Gordon and his pals have saddled the Scottish public sector with. (Yes, I know I ended that sentence with a preposition).
Finally, we consider the recent sightings of Tory politicians at local foodbanks. Here's a hint, we're not best pleased.
All the above plus digressions for sightings of windsurfers, payment of window cleaners and memories of 1970s pro-celebrity golf. Prizes, as usual, for spotting the musical allusion in this week's title.