Feisty Productions (the lesley riddoch podcast)
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

On this  St Andrew's day Lesley heroically  battles through a stinking cold.

We celebrate The National's second birthday and its vital role in Scottish domestic politics.

Next January's re-launch of the Scottish Independence Convention sets us off not only into the future of the Yes movement and the SNP but also Scottish Labour.

In the light of recent polls just how can the , seemingly inevitable, Indy Ref 2 be won?

Is Labour on a slippery slope to another  humiliation in next year's local elections and will this signal another leadership struggle? And will this fight not only be left v right but independence v unionism?

Amidst this speculation Lesley keeps her cough in check until the final moments and I bemoan my lack of cuddles.

Direct download: Ca_canny_and_shoogly_pegs.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:37am UTC

This week Lesley looks at Landseer's  Monarch of the Glen and considers how its particular vision of Scotland could be re presented in the 21st century.

As the deadline for  the eviction of the Patersons of Arran by Charles Fforde heads ever nearer we ask what ,if anything, the Scottish Government could, and indeed should, have done.

I ponder echo chambers, safe spaces ,free speech , and no platforming.

And  Lesley agrees to check out the mighty Horslips  but only if I listen to Bjork.

Challenge accepted.

Direct download: Ways_of_Seeing_Mixdown_1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:21am UTC

Lesley returns to the fight to stop tenant farmers the Patersons of Arran being evicted. This despite the Scottish Government's "radical" land reform act. Is this the test of the SNP's progressive credentials?

I focus on the Brexit debate in the Scottish Parliament as we all try and find out where the parties stand on membership of the single market and whether the EEA is the Scottish Government's new preferred option.

Lesley asks will Scotland's 32 huge councils become just 14 massive ones and why is Scotland the  only European nation without truly local government?

 

And finally we reveal our favourite driving music. Be prepared to be shocked and awed!

Direct download: Matters_foreign_and_domestic.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:40am UTC

It's the afternoon after the long night before and Lesley and I ruefully consider the election of Donald J Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

Who voted for him? Why did they vote for him? Where did Hillary and the Democratic Party go wrong? What will his foreign and domestic policies look like?

Direct download: A_mass_of_contradictions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm UTC

This week Lesley and I ask lots of questions.

Who rules after the High Court verdict on activating Article 50? Parliament? The Executive? The People?

Drawing on the experience of the Nordics is the EU actually the best option for an independent Scotland post Brexit?

Is the UK government deliberately sabotaging Scotland's renewable energy programme for its own political gain?

And finally, the big one. Why are chocolate biscuits so much smaller and less chocolatey than they used to be?

Direct download: Controlling_Power.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley returns refreshed and optimistic from her trip to Eigg. She reflects on the plight of the Paterson family on Arran facing eviction because of flawed legislation and asks for your support. We revisit the need for local government reform and and I get all nerdy about the lessons to be taken from the Walloons'  successful opposition to CETA. As for intestines and umbrella...well you'll need to listen to solve that riddle.

Direct download: Intestines_and_Umbrella_Mixdown_1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:36pm UTC

If a week's a long time in politics, is two weeks an eternity? Lesley returns after her sojourns at the Arctic Circle Assembly and the IdeaSpace fringe event at the SNP conference. I chip in with a defence of men in "locker rooms" and we both grapple with some interesting technical issues.

Direct download: Arctic_Circle.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:54pm UTC

This week's episode shows what happens to two normally rational folk who only got through the Tory Party conference by consuming copious amounts of coffee. Lesley examines UKIP infighting, the return of the Nasty Party,British jobs for British workers, and Nordic Horizons by way of a failed rectorial campaign, and the importance of the number 87 to local government. We also have our first on air disagreement. 

We're away next week as I channel my inner Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride as my Jenni gets married.

Direct download: the_Power_of_Place.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:32pm UTC

This week Lesley reflects on , the Mither tongue, the potential for a Scot's 7, and whither goest newly autonomous Scottish Labour. While I , due to popular demand, sit  a wee bit further away from the mic and wonder if Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate not to be sniffed at.

Direct download: 3.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:23pm UTC

Two  big themes today are the role of honours and what do we mean when we say 'local' ?

We also manage to include  David Cameron, the Saltire Society, marching in Leith and a warning about spam texts.

Direct download: Honours_and_Local.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:55pm UTC