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

There's nothing happening with Brexit but there's nothing else we can talk about.

Well, Lesley and I hope to prove that wrong and we begin by......talking about Brexit.

We reflect on the impasse at Westminster and how the log jam might be broken by the series of amendments placed for next week.

It's been a struggle to try and understand why support for a hard Brexit is so popular, particularly in working class areas of Northern England. Lesley's conversations recently at the "Think Anew, Act Anew" Convention in London highlighted the democratic deficit these communities face.

Our attention turns back to Scotland, the Green Party and its pivotal role in any future Holyrood elections and any subsequent mandate for Indyref2.

The BBC has just published its roster of flagship programmes for the new BBC Scotland channel. Are we impressed?

Finally, as the Oscar nominations are announced, it's our version of Film 2019 after visits to the flicks to see The Favourite, and Stan and Ollie. There's controversy over Monty Python, the Goons, and Buster Keaton.

 

Direct download: The_B_word.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:39pm UTC

It's the morning after the night before and as the light at the end of the Brexit tunnel looks increasingly like the No Deal express thundering down the track we try and make sense of it all.

Lesley wonders just where Theresa May can now go to get some sort of parliamentary consensus and is this time for the Commons to step in and create that temporary cross-party coalition.

As Nicola Sturgeon flies down to London to meet with Ian Blackford and the SNP MPs we inevitably speculate on where this crisis of the British state takes the campaign for Scottish independence.

Along the way we discuss the Northern Irish backstop, Section 30 orders, and compare the Prime Minister to those Weebles who wobble but don't fall down (one for the kids there).

Direct download: A_majority_of_contradictions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:18pm UTC

We make our first appearance of 2019 and it's our longest edition ever. I leave it you to decide if this is a good thing....

Lesley spent the last week in London and we begin by looking at her appearance on the BBC's Politics Live. I'm giving no secrets away by revealing in advance that she didn't enjoy it.

However, in stark contrast to this, Lesley spent Friday speaking and chairing sessions at "Think Anew, Act Anew", an emergency Convention on the need for a second EU referendum. The Convention was designed to draw on new voices from within and outside Parliament, with a focus on fresh thinking, and featured high profile speakers such as Caroline Lucas, Joanna Cherry, James O’Brien, and Fintan O'Toole. The big question is, should the SNP get drawn into this type of cross-party cooperation and possibly lose focus on the prize of Scottish independence?

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons, broke with Parliamentary convention earlier this week by allowing an amendment of a government business motion which lead to a defeat for the executive. He was brutally attacked for this "unconstitutional" behaviour in the Tory press. I try and give a wee bit of context.

In addition to all this there's chats about Andy Murray, Winston Churchill, Gary Lineker and Gary Mackay-Steven.

Direct download: Common_cause_and_conventions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC