Wed, 19 April 2017
This week we concentrate entirely on May's decision to call a snap General Election on June 8th.
Lesley reflects on her appearance on BBC Newsnight and what this may say about future coverage.
I chip in here and there .
Thu, 30 March 2017
On the day that Theresa May finally triggered article 50 we , inevitably, focus on this.
What is Nicola Sturgeon's "cunning plan"? Is Scotland merely Maidenhead, no offence to Maidenhead, in May's Brexit strategy?
Lesley recovers from her appearance on "Call Kaye" and reflects on what, if anything, the BBC has learned from its coverage of Indyref1.
As the Scottish Labour Party takes a leaf out of my favourite time traveller's book, Sam Beckett if you're interested but others are available, and returns to 1979, I crack the myth of the SNP ushering in Thatcherism.
The almost under the radar Scottish local elections round up this episode but not before I display my linguistic, or otherwise skills.
I should have said Tam Biet by the way. You're going to have to listen now if only to figure out what the ruddy heck I'm on about.
Fri, 24 March 2017
We return to home base this week and for Lesley it's all the B's.
Belfast, Brexit, borders, boring , and baltic as she runs through her recent travels.
There are reflections on the life and legacy of Martin McGuinness. The futures post Brexit of Ireland, north and south, and the implications for Scotland. That Section 30 debate in Holyrood and the indyref2 campaign.
I kick in with GERS and possibly the Gers lowering the tone with my well crafted "jokes".
Tue, 14 March 2017
Well chums, guess what this week's podcast is all( well nearly all) about.
Lesley takes a wee break from her round of national and international media appearances to go over yesterday's events.
It's a mad dash through Nicola Sturgeon's announcement of Indyref2( any ideas on names other Scoxit are most welcome) and much,much more referendum speculation.
Is the postponement of activation of Article 50 a sign that May has been outflanked?
What can we expect from the press and broadcasters this time?
We reflect on the reactions to the First Minister's statement from independence supporters.
There's also a passing reference to the Donald and disappearing climate change data; the decency of Stephen Daisley and a not half bad attempt at an Aussie accent by someone.
Thu, 9 March 2017
Thanks to the "kindness of strangers" and their driving skills we bring you this week's podcast.
Theresa May's appearance at the Tory Party conference in Perth kicks us off and Lesley's predictions about the reining in of the powers of the Scottish Parliament post Brexit seem to be coming true.
We touch briefly on the , now infamous, Melanie Phillips Times article, before moving on to consider the recent election in Northern Ireland.
It was both Budget and International Women's day and I examine the impact of Hammond's changes to National Insurance and taxation for the self employed and their particular impact on women.
Finally, do Lesley and I actually disagree? St Patrick's or Paddy's day? The public wait with bated breath!
Thu, 2 March 2017
This week sees the return of the Fife twa after Lesley's op.
Lesley pays tribute to the larger than life, late Paddy Bort ,doyen of the Edinburgh folk scene and powerful advocate for local democracy.
You know when you ask someone a question and they actually give you the answer!
Well, stand by for Lesley's forensic dissection of the BBC's proposals for a new Scottish channel, in particular the news at nine.
We try and get to grips with the Sadiq Khan speech at the recent Scottish Labour Party conference in Perth and I , in particular, just don't understand Labour's strategy.
Back in Westminster the Tories seem to be prevaricating over the details of the transfer of powers back from Europe to Holyrood. Can Mundell's "guarantees" be trusted?
In addition to all this there's more than a passing mention of Antonio Gramsci and I make another startling confession this time involving a Hillman Imp and a dry stane dyke.
Thu, 16 February 2017
First a shameless plug. Lesley's terrific series on the links between Ulster and Scotland ends this Sunday and if you want to see the final episode or catch up on previous ones, follow this link
We return to the podcast after a week on the sick and Lesley reflects on her off again , now on again upcoming op and the state of the NHS.
I continue the medical theme , with a sporting twist. The recent revelations over dementia and heading footballs lead me to the Frank's Law campaign.
We wonder what the Scottish Government could/should do in the light of the UK's seeming roll back from the Dubs plan to rescue refugee children.
No week is complete these days without mentioning the Donald and we don't disappoint as 45 meets Netanyahu and complains about leaks.
Closer to home Lesley looks at the report on reform of the 1989 Official Secrets Act and what the resounding silence in most of the media over this says about the state of our surveillance society.
Lesley rants, justifiably, about the £21million pound nuclear industry archive to be created in Wick.
All this in addition to radio ventriloquism,"T2",spoiler alerts for "Lion" and my mum phoning mid podcast.
Thu, 2 February 2017
The meat in this week's podcast is the plan to pilot the Universal Basic Income in Glasgow and Fife and Lesley's appearance on BBC's The Big Questions .
We also partake in the full English, Brexit that is, sink our teeth into the planned Trump state visit and ruminate on the dog's dinner that's Labour response to them both.
There are also startling revelations on both our parts which lead to recollections of school ,university, wide boys and Hooray Henries.
Thu, 26 January 2017
Following my startling revelations over Burns' suppers Lesley reflects on this most Scottish of institutions.
I, moving swiftly on, consider just how important the Scot's language is to our national culture.
However it wouldn't be a podcast without Brexit and this week's no exception as we pull apart the Supreme Court's decision concerning the Sewel convention. Lesley wonders if this nit picking parliamentary approach is the right path to take to securing independence and shouldn't we be mapping out the kind of country we want to be rather than engaging in navel gazing.
Finally, there's no show without Punch, or Trump, and the prospect of our so called independent nuclear deterrent being under the effective control of the Donald is less than pleasant to consider for this pair of lefty peacenicks.
Thu, 19 January 2017
Welcome back to the first( or is it the second?) podcast of 2017.
This week Lesley is in fine form as she dashes through a packed past seven days.
There's her wee stushy wi' the man frae Brexit Central on Scotland tonight.
Theresa May's 12 point plan for( you guessed it) Brexit.
And the Scottish Independence Convention's conference in Glasgow.
I do a lot more listening and asking questions than normal( sighs of relief all round) as we wonder if the Scottish conversation has moved beyond the single market and free trade areas.
However I do manage to slip in some references to my football team.