Feisty Productions (The Lesley Riddoch Podcast)
Podcasts and programmes from Feisty Productions

After a busy period of activity; there are updates to deliver and comments to be made. The e-petition from Carolyn Leckie has clearly influenced a decision not to demolish the Red Road Flats as a part of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. There was a public meeting in Blairgowrie to discuss how to proceed with the Co-operative group and their sale of Rosemount Farm.

After a brief visit to Easdale on the Blossom Tour, the whole topic of ‘energy’ came up. Lesley wrote about the subject in response to Brian Wilson amongst others. If you want to understand the role of renewable energy in the constitutional debate, Lesley does a master class here in this week’s pod.

And after interventions from former military figures, the International Development secretary and Polly Toynbee; we try and pick facts from the fear.

 

And as the SNP wheel out new female cabinet members, Lesley has a few thoughts on the historic role of women in this debate.

Direct download: Updates_Energy_Defence.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:21 PM

In a packed Podcast this week, Lesley talks about the Anti-trident rally in Glasgow and reflects on the passing of Margo MacDonald.

Moving along to the Aye Write debate, Lesley locked horns with Rory Stewart the Tory MP about ‘modernity’ amongst other things.

All of which took place in Glasgow which is set to ‘wow the world’ by blowing up the Red Road tower blocks – is this a good idea and a fitting way to open the Commonwealth Games?

 

Finally we explore some of the issues around today’s Scotsman column; including the comments.

Direct download: Rally_Rammy__Roads.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:09 PM

Lesley is travelling this week in the Aland Islands and reports back on the big international debate which is facing Finland. A hint; it’s about NATO and Putin.

Back home Lesley has blogged and written about the Co-op but now there is a campaign involving the potential community purchase of Rosemount Farm near Blairgowrie ( @rosemountcoop ) which she explains in some detail.

And over the last weekend, there have been calls for the big hitters, the big beasts of the Labour Party to get stuck into the constitutional debate. Tavish Scott was the voice of the concern and Lesley reacted in print. Here she explains why “the day of the wee, once timorous beasties has finally arrived.”

And, Lesley had a few words for the R&A in the Sunday Post.

 

Finally, apologies for the sound quality, but it was a long VOIP call. Lesley will be back home next week.

Direct download: Kokar_Coop_and_the_Big_Beasts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:01 PM

This week’s @Lesleyriddoch podcast picks up on the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s presentation to the Scottish Renewables Conference. On the basis of what he said and hasn’t done; it’s a continuing surprise that renewables and renewable energy don’t feature more prominently in the current constitutional debate. 

It’s a similar picture as we turn to Grant Shapps’ current problems; #ToryBingo. Lesley wrote about this in the Sunday Post and here we speculate more about the Budget and its implications. 

Lesley shared some late night radio magic with the irrepressible @stephennolan at the Scottish Labour Conference. Lesley gets a mixed reception from delegates. She also has good things to say about @keziadugdale and some mixed views about the leaders’ speeches. 

Finally – there is plea for Nordic Horizons’ neutrality. Please enjoy this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast responsibly and share generously. 

Direct download: Renewables_Tory_Bingo_ScotLab.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:16 PM

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast, we reflect on an interesting event  with The European Movement in Scotland and 5 Million Questions; a lively debate about Europe and the Scottish Referendum. Which leads onto the current spat  about Andrew Marr and Barroso…and thence to the BBC and its current take on the Referendum.  And the demise of the ‘Headlines’ programme. And the Vikings in England.

 

And finally, with the Scottish Renewables Conference this coming week, we talk TESLA, batteries and the Westminster hold on renewable progress.

Direct download: Europe_the_BBC_and_Renewables.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:19 PM

This week, we discuss the continuing discussion of ‘bad news business’ which Lesley wrote about in her Newsnet Scotland blog . What is the mystique of business which seems to invoke an unmerited awe for business leaders? Especially when the Co-op are the latest to announce big problems in their core business model.

In a similar vein, Gordon Brown seems to have made another maiden speech in his intervention in the constitutional debate. Likewise, Sir Menzies Campbell has launched the ‘Campbell ll’ report. Is there a consensus growing in the Union.

 

Finally, Lesley pays her own personal tribute to the late Professor Alisa McKay and Bob Crow.

Direct download: Unmerited_awe.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:18 PM

This week Nicola Sturgeon and Johann Lamont met in the latest STV debate and talked over each other. This has been termed ‘the stairheid rammy’. Lesley thinks there is more to it than simple disagreement.

In business news this week, the Co-op are about to sell farms and won’t split them up, Holyrood are about to look at farming subsidies and Standard Life are uncertain. Lesley thumps the table.

 

Finally, Aberdeen and Lesley have a wonderful ‘Blossom’ experience.

Direct download: The_Rammy_and_Farms.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:03 AM

The lore of the Lego Movie, peripatetic Cabinets and their meetings, Sovereign Funds, the ‘Top Islands’ ,curling and what Jackie Bird did when she visited . As ever, Lesley manages to weave a narrative in between this varied range of topics. ( She wrote about the Trip Advisor awards for Lewis and Harris in the Sunday Post and the meetings of the UK and Scottish Cabinets in Aberdeen in the Scotsman.)

Direct download: Everything_is_awesome.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:25 AM

In the #indyref ping pong match, does the way you deliver your messages count? Lesley thinks there may be something to it. And does it matter how you treat Bernard Posonby? And is the EU membership question new?

It’s the week where Donald Trump stopped loving Scotland and its’ wind turbines. Are we going to miss him and do you think he has checked Ireland for turbines?

 

All these questions and others, in this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast

Direct download: The_Osborne_The_Donald.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:15 PM

The Guardian, late last night, led with a story about George Osborne coming north later this week to dash the chances of a currency union. It’s a topic we’ve not really covered in the podcasts over the recent past. So George, Ed and Danny prompted Lesley to clear the pod studio and assemble a few thoughts in response.

Is this a ‘special’ pod or a ‘dinghy’ pod trailing after the main @lesleyriddoch podcast; it’s up to you. Certainly, Lesley sees this intervention as a potential gamechanger in the flow of the #indyref debate.  

 

And, there are some new ways of accessing the podcast; there is a ‘Lesley Riddoch Podcast’ page over at Facebook . You can get the Lesley Riddoch Podcast on a free subscription on iTunes here.  And, if Android is your platform of choice, we hear good things about ‘Pocketcasts’  - any listener feedback on this one would be appreciated. As ever, we make these podcasts from scratch each, so it’s delivered fresh, straight from the Feisty Studios to you each week-ish.

Direct download: Currency_Union_Special.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:02 PM