Thu, 10 August 2017
This week sees the return , by "popular" demand , of our theme music.
We begin by saying that we won't talk about Trump and North Korea but then go on to talk about....you can fill the rest in in yirsels!
The rest of the podcast is taken up with the two major issues Lesley addressed in her columns.
We ask is the one size fits all, top down command structure of Police Scotland working and what , if anything, will be done to resolve its all too apparent problems?
Our attention then turns to the meeting between Mike Russell, Damian Green and you know, that other guy, him, the Secretary of State for Scotland, to discuss what new powers may be granted to Scotland post Brexit.
Although Lesley focuses on fishing, particularly after Michael Gove's recent conversations with Denmark, the implications for the continuing role and importance of the devolution settlement are profound.
In the process we manage to name drop some gie interesting fowk and I slip in gratuitous references to Peanuts and Lawside Academy.
Thu, 3 August 2017
In a week which saw fractious infighting and criticisms within the independence camp Lesley stresses the need for inclusion and tolerance and highlights the pitfalls of our tendency towards tribalism.
I question whether anyone outside of the online bubble either knows or cares about these disputes.
Lesley uses the very different approaches between the Scottish and English prison systems to highlight the progressive nature, across party political divides, of Scottish society.
And in the midst of these pleas for peace,love and understanding I, once again, deny being a hippy. Doth I protest too much?
Thu, 27 July 2017
Lesley returns refreshed from her holiday on Uist and is (almost) unbearably smug about how sunny it was.
We kick off with her reflections on the break and then slide into that complex set of relations between the SNP , the broader Yes movement, and the SIC .However, dinnae fash yirsels chums we tap into that 1967 summer of love vibe and explore the importance of fun ,community, culture and disco in rediscovering and reinventing not only ourselves but Scotland.
All that plus inflated hedgehogs, bear attacks in the Italian Alps,Bjork's dad, and, wait for it, a wee mention of cricket.
Thu, 13 July 2017
This week we focus entirely on the BBC's plans to restructure Radio Scotland creating two new stations.One dedicated to speech and the other, on DAB, to music.
However us being us we manage to introduce thoughts on the male and female brain; why young women give up sport; a Ray McKinnon impression( by Lesley); revelations on Lesley's football career and the extremely healthy state of the Scottish traditional music scene.
All this at the second time of asking.I did press that record button.....Honest guv!
Wed, 5 July 2017
In this week's extravaganza I set in motion a series of appalling puns before we settle down to discuss rail nationalisation and how the Scottish government could be genuinely transformative even within the union.
Lesley looks at two pieces of "SNP good" news on the economy and the NHS and how they might just have caught out the commentariat.
Almost inevitably we return to Grenfell Tower and the amazing fortitude of that local community in not giving up or in to establishment pressure.
All this with some wee references to the DUP's financial deal, the Catalonian independence referendum and the Scot's language.And not forgetting a bout of coughing , or two, frae the bold Riddoch!
Wed, 28 June 2017
Having regaled you with a lang ane last week yir back on rations wi this half hour podcast .
After discovering my shady past we focus on Nicola Sturgeon's " reset" speech on indyref2 on Tuesday.
There's questions on just what might be the "Al Capone"tipping moment to get folk on board with voting Yes next time around; what the SNP's bold and radical policies might be and could they just stand back and let the hash of a Tory Brexit play out?
We finish with startling revelations on our dubious eating habits!
Thu, 22 June 2017
Lesley returns from Denmark rejuvenated, revitalised and any other "r" words you can think of after her stay on Bornholm - a Danish island which has just hosted the biggest act of political engagement in Europe and maybe the world.
Not following Norman Tebbit she also got on her bike in Copenhagen, you pronounce it any way you fancy.
I chip in around the edges on the state of Scottish FE colleges ( the unincorporated colleges are Argyll College, Newbattle Abbey College, Orkney College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Shetland College and West Highland College by the way)and essay a Portadown accent for no good reason.
We finish with thoughts on the health not of the body politic but that of the nation.
Fri, 16 June 2017
As the full horror of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower reveals itself we ask if this was not an accident but the inevitable outcome of the state of UK society.
A society which promotes civic neglect, has contempt for the poor, places profit above people , and silences dissent.
Lesley reflects on the continuing aftermath of last Thursday, Tommy Shepphard's abortive bid to become Leader of the SNP in the House of Commons ,Common Weal's six ideas to revitalise the Scottish Government and if any kind of "soft" Brexit can be achieved.
We also have a wee bit of chat on the Corbyn Effect.
Fri, 9 June 2017
It's the morning after the night before and Lesley, fortified by at least six coffees and lashings of chocolate, unleashes herself on the election results.
That "bloody difficult woman"; the SNP campaign; the Tory deal with their " friends" the DUP; the Corbyn effect ; the significance of the votes in Scotland for indyref2 are all subjected to our , hopefully informed, if slightly manic, analysis.
On the way we also manage to cover the Giant's Causeway museum, the perils of postal voting, and banning Ouija boards.Trust me, if you listen, it all makes sense.
Lesley also pays tribute to Angus Robertson and ,in particular,Alex Salmond as they both leave Westminster.
Thu, 1 June 2017
After a two week break where Lesley journeyed round Orkney and Shetland and I grappled with internet technology ,we're back.
For my sins I've been watching the leaders' debates and interviews trying to make sense of this strangest of General Elections.
Meanwhile Lesley has not only been sampling the musical delights and high kicking dancing of the Orkney folk festival but also following the local battle to be elected MP next week.
In the midst of this I'm reminded of the failure of my beloved Dundee United( cheers chum!) and Lesley extols the virtues of the Hardanger fiddle.