Tue, 17 December 2019
It's the last podcast of 2019 and the new Westminster Parliament reconvenes with Boris Johnson's election pledge to "Get Brexit done"still ringing in our ears.
And we begin with discussing Johnson's latest moves on the EU Withdrawal Bill and what attitude the EU might take to the prospect of an independent Scotland. Lesley asks what impact an unequivocal welcome from someone so outspoken as Michel Barnier might have.
Just when you think you've heard all you can take of EU jargon,I chip in on "Level playing fields" and "Dynamic alignment".
Civil war on several fronts has broken out in the Labour Party, north and south of the border. Can Labour find a place in the completely reshaped Scottish political landscape? Can it survive as a single, unitary party?
But it's not just Labour how have to react to the SNP's stunning electoral victory.Nicola Sturgeon's anti Tory, progressive alliance throws the gauntlet down to not only Labour but the Lib Dems.
As for the Tories they too will have to decide just how Scottish they are.
We also look back on the highs and lows of 2019 and Lesley breaks some fantastic news on a brilliant new film project.
Fri, 13 December 2019
It's the afternoon after the late night before and Lesley and I try to make sense of the results of the General Election.
Lesley,unashamedly, starts by looking at the tremendous showing by the SNP, and, in so doing,gives me the telling off I deserve.
The rest of the podcast is taken up with attempting to explain just what happened and examining the impact of the election on all of the main parties across the UK.
Naturally we also focus on what it all means for the Scottish independence campaign.
I'll let you judge how successful we are, given our late, late night, and very early morning.
Tue, 10 December 2019
It's two days until polling and we kick off with trying to work our way through yesterday's big stories around gaffes,punches, and gaming the media.
However we move on to go behind the headlines and question if this focus is obscuring the real issues, and if the resulting loss of public trust in the BBC and other institutions is fuelling the apparent drift towards the Tories in England.
Lesley was up in Cromarty where she spoke with Jon Snow of Channel 4. The London media seem to think that the next big story is Scottish independence. But Lesley asks what if the Tories win on Thursday, where can we go if Westminster says no to indyref2? Some surprising voices, including us, are saying that non violent civil disobedience would be justified.
We've championed Emma Barnett of the BBC but did she "jump the shark" on the BBC QT under 30s debate with her "nationalised sausages", and last minute "7% deficit" questions to Angela Rayner and Humza Yousaf?
Nicola Sturgeon has continually been grilled on the Scottish government's record during the campaign.Boris Johnson has tried to paint himself as an outsider hamstrung by a "Remoaner" Parliament. Lesley wonders who he'll blame if/when he wins on Thursday with an entirely Brexiteer set of Tory MPs.
I chip in on how can this new, reactionary Conservative Party, keep its northern English, working class base onside.
Tue, 3 December 2019
Lesley took a few days out in Rotterdam to recharge her batteries at a Sibelius concert. She also attended a service at the Scots Presbyterian Church. Though not a practising Christian, she didn't realise how much spiritual sustenance she needed.
She also spent time with former Labour minister,Les Huckfield, who's now campaigning vigorously for Pete Wishart.
These two, seemingly, contrasting but actually complementary experiences take up the first part of this week's podcast.
As the polls still, despite recent shifts, show the likelihood of a Tory majority government we ask, yet again, what next for the independence movement in that scenario.
Jackson Carlaw appeared on the Call Kaye Show yesterday, and my spirits, which definitely needed raising, were lifted by the incredible "Mo from Glasgow".
I have a wee pet theory about the impact of Nicola Sturgeon's performances on TV and I try it out on Lesley.
The Brexit Party were campaigning in Dundee last Saturday, and Lesley manages to make something quite noble and rational from my less than diplomatic reaction to them.
It's PISA time,again, and once again Scottish education comes under scrutiny for our standings in the league table.Lesley looks at the outstanding Estonian system, and I question not only PISA itself but the validity of its results and methods.
There's all the usual highways and byways plus a plug for the Oor Wullie musical at Dundee Rep.