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

We're back after our three week break and unashamedly spend the first part of the podcast singing the praises, with a few caveats, of the brand-new V&A Dundee. Many thanks to Jenny, V&A Dundee press officer for her help in organising our visit.

However, we get back to grim reality with the recent controversy over P1 assessments, yesterday’s defeat for the Scottish government over them, on a Tory led motion, and the reaction to it among independence supporters. Lesley's thoughts, as always, are well worth a listen.

Ruth Davidson's revelations concerning her mental health issues and her lack of desire to become UK PM have definitely caused controversy and we give our, different, perspectives on them.

Theresa May's recent comments to EU leaders on the Irish border question provide the ideal introduction for Lesley to reflect on her recent visit to Belfast and the mood of both nationalists and unionists over Brexit.

All of this plus fire-raising suffragettes, Bobby Gillespie, and McVities Rich Tea Biscuits (other brands are of course available).

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:40pm UTC

If a week's a long time in politics the past two have seemed like an eternity and it should be no surprise to anyone that we begin and end this podcast focusing on the ongoing controversy surrounding Alex Salmond.

The majority of our time is spent trying to unpick the story and reach our own conclusions on its importance to the SNP, the broader Yes movement, and the rights of folk, in particular women, at work.

Lesley's trip to Finland reignited her commitment to the reform of the current toxic Welfare state and the introduction of Universal Basic Income. We explore how it might release so much potential for so many people and just how it might be funded.

In between times I manage to slip in references to the BBC series "Rip It Up", the legendary Dundee band St Andrew and the Woollen Mill, and my granny

Direct download: Haud_yir_wheesht.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:56pm UTC

After a shock opening, where Lesley blows my cover as the essence of cool by revealing my in-depth knowledge of Friends, we get down to this week's business.

As we get ready for this Saturday's AUOB march in Dundee, Lesley’s been out and about at showings of the first two movies in her Nation series and loves the feeling of almost religious solidarity folk get from sharing these communal events.  

Me being me, an RC (Recovering Catholic) I cast a somewhat sceptical eye over where an overzealous attachment to SNPGood v SNPBad may lead us.

Lesley also visited the fantastic Re Use Hub in Dunbar and as well finding some great maps may have unearthed the future of recycling.

Keith Brown announced that the SNP was launching its own fact check account and we, respectfully, question whether this should be left up to independent organisations like the Ferret Fact Check Collective.

Finally, can we learn lessons from Don Jorgensen's of the Danish SDP’s gentle, witty, riposte to Fox News's Trish Reagan's attack on Denmark's social democracy?

After a shock opening, where Lesley blows my cover as the essence of cool by revealing my in-depth knowledge of Friends, we get down to this week's business.

As we get ready for this Saturday's AUOB march in Dundee, Lesley’s been out and about at showings of the first two movies in her Nation series and loves the feeling of almost religious solidarity folk get from sharing these communal events.  

Me being me, an RC (Recovering Catholic) I cast a somewhat sceptical eye over where an overzealous attachment to SNPGood v SNPBad may lead us.

Lesley also visited the fantastic Re Use Hub in Dunbar and as well finding some great maps may have unearthed the future of recycling.

Keith Brown announced that the SNP was launching its own fact check account and we, respectfully, question whether this should be left up to independent organisations like the Ferret Fact Check Collective.

Finally, can we learn lessons from Don Jorgensen's of the Danish SDP’s gentle, witty, riposte to Fox News's Trish Reagan's attack on Denmark's social democracy?

Direct download: Facts_are_chiels_that_winna_ding.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:11pm UTC

We're back after our two week break where Lesley had a braw time on Barra and I struggled with my less than stellar DIY skills.

It's results time for our senior school pupils but Lesley examines whether it makes any sense at all to conduct national tests on five year olds and asks what, if any, evidence exists for doing it.

As deadlines approach on Brexit deals and the wave of All Under One Banner marches goes from strength to strength is it time for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP to embrace the groundswell of popular opinion and go for Indyref2 before it's too late?

After his recent controversial article in the Daily Telegraph is this the end of Boris Johnson or another step on his way to becoming leader of an overtly reactionary Tory Party?

All of the above plus daft twitter nonsense and dark days at Tannadice.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:27pm UTC

Lesley's latest  Scotsman article on berries rotting in the fields sparked some controversy among its readership. But just what are the causes of this farming disaster?

Talking of controversy, Tommy Sheppard became headline news with his reply to Labour MP Ian Murray that, in retrospect, he would vote to bring down the Labour government of 1979 just as his SNP colleagues did back then. For those of you too young or too sensible  to get the symbolic nature of that exchange I launch into a history lesson. Feel free to fast forward!

As the "dark money" scandal continues to rumble on just what are the connections between the think tanks which appear constantly in the media and what, if anything, can be done to increase transparency over their funding?

After a flurry of thoughts on the new batch of Tory ministers, Brexit chaos, and the threat of a No Deal, Lesley shines a laser like light on climate change, the real headline issue.

All of this plus, a story I spotted you'll all go and google, the great raspberry v strawberry debate, and the pleasures of getting out of the car.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:01pm UTC

We begin with the stushy that Lesley's latest article in the Scotsman commenting on Nicola Sturgeon's stance on Donald Trump's visit caused.  Never read the comments section is our sage advice.

Hard on the heels of the Donald's departure for his infamous Helsinki meeting with Putin our very own populist wannabe, Boris Johnson, made his resignation speech in the House of Commons. Lesley reflects on just why this wasn't a Geoffrey Howe moment and what the former Foreign Minister's behaviour says about the state of present day political discourse.

I chip in on the pairing scandal before escaping to the world of women's sport, the career of Billie Jean King, and des Elles au velo in particular.

Lesley has been spending time among the chilled out Buckfast bees which gave me the opportunity to drop in the pub rock referencing episode title. 

We nearly make the end of the episode without mentioning Brexit but.......

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:34pm UTC

Benjamin Franklin famously said that there are only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Politically we can add Trump and Brexit,especially after this week.

Lesley, hotfoot from her appearance on Sky News, takes on both these inescapables with her take on Trump's visit to Scotland. What does Nicola Sturgeon's refusal to engage with the self-proclaimed master of the deal tell us about a future independent Scotland?

Having spent my morning watching Theresa May fighting for her future on the Marr show I insist on telling you and Lesley all about it, at far too much length.

The BBC is set to "revamp" its politics output on television, axing The Sunday Politics show, and reshaping The Daily Politics and I get Lesley's perspective on these moves to attract a younger, more digitally aware audience.

There's also the usual baloney, initiated by me, which this week includes my appreciation of the great Fred Quimby.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:18pm UTC

Lesley's article in today’s National on the ABE theory of football, Anybody But England, sparked a Twitter war this morning featuring none other than JK Rowling. And this kicks off (couldn’t resist it) this week's podcast.

I then tell you more than you genuinely ever wanted to know about yesterday's SNP Opposition day debate on the Claim of Right. To use Lesley's favourite word, it got a wee bit feisty. 

Yesterday also saw the launch of Lesley's second film, in association with Phantom Power, Iceland; The extreme nation, in Glasgow. Can we learn that small is indeed beautiful from our northern neighbour?

Gordon Brown decided in this week which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the NHS to re-enter the political stage claiming that independence would lead to its complete meltdown. Just what is it that forces former political heavyweights to make these comebacks?

All this plus The Bridge, Doris Day and why I don’t wear shorts.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:57pm UTC

After musings on German versions of fairy tales, the World Cup, and Lesley's sweariness watching football we begin with the recent reshuffle of Scottish government ministers. The faces may have changed but what about the policies?

This and Lesley's recent wee trip up to Lismore sparks her thoughts on local democracy, the price of land and rural depopulation.

While in Ireland I took the opportunity to listen to Irish opinion on Brexit, in particular the excellent Tony Connelly and Colm O'Mongain's RTE Brexit podcast. I reflect on their interviews with Amanda Kramer and Lord Patten.

Lesley gives her thoughts on why swathes of England are still wedded to Brexit despite the mounting evidence of its disastrous economic impact. I attempt to lift the gloom after the surprise Democratic primary victory of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez. Is this the signal of a US left response to Trumpism or will it be strangled at birth by the party machine?

There's also T20 cricket and the latest on Willo Flood.

 

Direct download: The_Holyrood_Shuffle.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:50pm UTC

HU!

After bemusing Lesley with my opening homage to last week's star guest, Katrin Odsdottir, we return to relative sanity with Lesley's reflections on her recent film trip to Iceland.

Some of you may just have noticed that there's a World Cup happening in Russia, and Iceland, population around 300,000, have qualified drawing their opening game against Argentina, Messi and all. What have the Icelanders got so right and can we in Scotland learn from their success?

We just cannot escape the ongoing saga (that Iceland keeps popping up) that is Brexit, and Kirsty Hughes, founder of Scotland for Europe, has written a thought provoking article asking why the SNP is not loudly demanding an end to the UK's withdrawal. I chip in my tuppence worth on why I believe the SNP is actually playing the long game in terms of securing a majority when Indyref2 comes around.

We get so intensely involved in our chat that we miss the first seven minutes of Iceland v Nigeria and we dash off to don our scarves and baseball caps. HU.....HU.....HU!!!

 

 

Direct download: HU.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:21pm UTC

On the day that Ian Blackford led a walk out of SNP MPs at PMQs in protest at the Westminster Brexit power grab Lesley spoke with Katrin Oddsdóttir, who features in Lesley's latest film in the Nation series.

 Katrin was one of 25 members of the Constitution Council of Iceland, which drafted a new constitution for the country in 2011.

Katrin has been a political activist from early age, but became known in Iceland after delivering a radical political speech at mass protests in 2009 while still a law student. She now works as a human rights lawyer.

This week's recording is courtesy of the inimitable Al of Phantom Power. Cheers chum.

Direct download: Iceland_Special_with_Katrin_Oddsdottir.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:15pm UTC

After, in my mind at least, the best intro I've ever done, Lesley tries to make sense of the recent YouGov poll which showed Scots to be more optimistic about the future than either the Welsh or English.

She's "assisted" in this by the revelation that I was part of the group of Scots surveyed.

We can't escape Brexit, no matter how much we want to, and today's announcement of the UK's "backstop" proposals and the Irish government's reaction to it, is our next talking point.

Closely followed by our thoughts on the leaked "Doomsday" document drawn up by senior civil servants predicting that Britain would be hit with shortages of medicine, fuel and food within a fortnight if the UK tried to leave the EU without a trade agreement.

It's the 150th anniversary of the birth of James Connolly and as commemorative events are held here in Scotland I muse on the irony of, arch unionist "left wing firebrand", George Galloway speaking at one in Edinburgh.

All of this plus the usual nonsense including Lev Yashin's link with Father Ted, my Iceland football top, and an extra secret track.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:02pm UTC

Once again Lesley has returned from another trip away. This time it's the Orkney Folk Festival and, once again, we’re struck by the power of music to inspire and move.

Monday night saw the launch of Lesley's newest project, “Nation", a series of films on our nearest, northern neighbours, made in association with the fantastic Phantom Power.  

And we begin the podcast with a review and discussion on the first of these, Faroe Islands-the connected nation.

Here's the link; https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/nation

It was a momentous week in Ireland as the nation voted overwhelmingly to repeal Section 8 of the constitution.

We reflect not only on the importance of this decision but its potential impact on Irish reunification given the stance on social issues of the DUP.

Next you hear our surprising take on the Scottish Growth Commission Report. 

Finally, Lesley returns to Orkney and its innovations in green energy generation driven by the necessity of being ignored by the big energy providers.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm UTC

We begin this podcast with my flummoxing Lesley by referencing obscure 60's novelty R n B and my great week of live gigs.

The sad death of Scott Hutchinson of Frightened Rabbit and the reaction of Prof Tom Gallagher to Nicola Sturgeon's message of condolence means we take a more serious tone and I reflect on decency in public discourse.

Lesley turns her attention to that front-page photo and article on the AUOB march in last Sunday's Herald and wonders if it's three strikes and you're out after Angela Haggerty's ill judged "outing" tweet.

It's Brexit, yet again, with appearances on the Sunday shows by Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Brexiteer Ian Duncan-Smith. The delusion that all will be well in the best of all possible post EU worlds for the UK gets a real "doing" by Lesley.

It's all promises, promises by Richard Leonard and Labour as they arrive late to the protect devolution party and trot out their federal solution to the crisis of the British state.

The second half of the podcast is a conversation between Lesley and Angus Brendan MacNeil at the Arctic Circle Faroe Islands Forum. What can we learn from this other devolved region?

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:40pm UTC

I open by stunning Lesley with Chris McEleny's "dream team" Yes campaign leadership suggestion. This leads Lesley into her thoughts on just what shape any future independence campaign should and could take and what role any "leader" would be permitted by the media.

It's the local elections in England and I succeed, yet again, in surprising Lesley with my revelations on the voting system used. Both of us try to get to grips with the arcane structure of local government down south, and the complexities of making sense of the results.

We return to independence and we've often speculated on just how No voters could be convinced to change their minds. I try to explain the research of neuropsychologist Professor Tali Sharot and what, if anything, it can contribute to strategies on how to do this. Judge for yourselves how successful I am. 

Kevin McKenna's thought provoking article in the National on the introduction of minimum unit pricing for alcohol provides a springboard for a discussion on the role of drink in Scottish society, the impact of its abuse in working class communities, and whether this is simply another nanny state measure enacted by the middle classes.

Finally, we review FMQs, in particular Miles Briggs' attack on the Baby Box scheme, and David Mundell's appearances before two committees at the Scottish Parliament.

Plus there's the usual old toot including a lesson in Dundonian and more than any of you wanted to know about the play-offs for the SPFL.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:36pm UTC

There's a definite parliamentary feel to the first part of the podcast as we spend a significant amount of time picking over the breakdown of negotiations between the Scottish and UK governments over Brexit Clause 11, the infamous "power grab".

Yesterday's Scottish and PM Questions in Westminster and today's FMQs focus Lesley on the reactions of Labour in particular to the impact of the "consent decision" amendments on the devolution settlement and the Scottish Parliament.

I chip in on the 24 powers which the UK government proposes to retain for seven years post Brexit, and we speculate on how the SNP and wider Scottish civic society can drive home what this will mean in reality to ordinary folk. And can we leave all this up to mainstream news outlets?

This feeds neatly into Lesley's recollections of her time at the BBC after the recent revelations over Auntie’s collusion with MI5 in vetting and excluding "lefties".

There are also startling marital and football revelations and my take on Jackson Carlaw.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

After the two week break for my being "awfy no weel" we're back.

In the opening salvos of our return you'll hear far too much about my illness and lots about our overheard conversations in Fife.

When we finally get down to business Lesley focuses on what we can learn from the BiFab crisis for the future of Scottish innovation and manufacturing, And, yet again, Norway can be the model.

Henry McLeish's return to the independence debate leads us into a discussion on what impact he can have on any future referendum among Labour "No's".

I watched FMQs today, just so you don't have to chums, and we discuss Ruth Davidson's and Richard Leonard's contrasting contributions. 

It wouldn't be our podcast if we didn't examine the BBC's role in driving the news agenda and cycle and turn our attention to the "Windrush Generation" scandal. Lesley skewers the Tory "look over there, shiny shiny" diversionary tactics.

I finish with my reaction to the BBC's "Rivers of Blood" broadcast on Radio 4.

All this plus the usual verbal highways and byways.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:23pm UTC

Strangely neither of us are returning from anywhere this week, but we're both off, separately, to Edinburgh.

We unashamedly spend most of our time reflecting on the Novichuk poisoning story and what it says not only about Boris Johnson and the Conservative government but also the state of BBC journalism. Here's a hint, neither of us are exactly tap dancing about any of them. 

Lesley wonders if Jeremy Corbyn is the only political leader to have gone with his gut instincts and been proven correct.

Once again it seems to have been the "non mainstream" media, with the honourable exception of Skynews, which has done the heavy journalistic lifting.

We return to the theme of empathy from last week and revisit the Clara Ponsati situation with Lesley's insights into the European Arrest Warrant. 

I make a plea to avoid gloating about the media turning on the Labour Party and Remainers from those of us who went through the smears of Indyref.

Finally, we reflect on the enduring radical legacy of Dr Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.

 

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:55am UTC

We return after the two-week hiatus, caused by my bout of "man flu, and kick off, after a few moans from me, with the fight to save Professor Clara Ponsati from extradition to Spain. We discuss just what the Scottish Government or indeed Parliament could do to assist her, and the law surrounding the European Arrest Warrant.

Lesley reflects on what the case says not just about Scottish society but also about the reaction of most unionist politicians to Clara's plight. I reveal another dark secret of my past when holding forth on Natural Law.

Lesley's trip to Islay, courtesy of Loganair, returns us to some of the key topics she's been focusing on over the past 18 months. Land ownership, the plight of island and rural communities, and Scotland's broken system of local government.

It wouldn't be a podcast without discussion on the role of the media and I recount my exposure to the Jeremy Vine Show (the things I suffer for you folk) and Lesley sheds some interesting light on the HOOP demonstration at Holyrood.

As usual there are other random nuggets of nonsense.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm UTC

This day early podcast is brought to you courtesy of my gallivanting off to Wales tomorrow(Thursday) morning.

Lesley returns to the continuing story of land ownership in Scotland and the rights (or lack of them) of tenant farmers.

Labour's Scottish conference in Dundee and the potential rebellion of Kezia Dugdale and Ian Murray leads us down the byways of speculation over Brexit, Labour's squaring of electoral circles north and south of the border and allotments (trust me it made sense at the time). Plus, I have my say on Labour voting independence supporters, like Cat Boyd.

A beautifully written article in Bella Caledonia by Clare Galloway allows us to discuss the role, impact, and cost of alcohol in Scotland.

We ask will Sky come to regret its poll on the most influential women in British history as Nicola Sturgeon and Mhairi Black lie first and third with only two hours left to vote?

 Tomorrow is International Women's Day and we finish with reflections on Mhairi Black's passionate, articulate, and deeply personal speech on misogyny at Westminster earlier today.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:03pm UTC

It's good to be back after our wee break and, after we ruminate on the weather, I reveal just what that" hockey business" Lesley alluded to last week was all about.

Lesley's recent visit to Skye revealed the crisis in housing afflicting the island as more and more homes are turned into short term holiday lets. There are solutions, but will the Scottish Government be bold enough to take them?

Despite my being in a sporting bubble last week I just couldn't escape  the latest in the never-ending Brexit saga, the EU'S draft legal agreement, and the impact on  Ireland, North and South.

Lesley picks up on this theme with its knock-on effect on the timing of YES2.

We return after "ending" to the growing row over tenant farmers being evicted from Buccleuch estates to make way for grant-aided forests.

There’s, as usual, other meanderings including my potential career as a local radio DJ and a sneaky admiration for Alex Massie (yup THAT Alex Massie)

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:04pm UTC

This week, it's me who's returned from a stravaig abroad. And you're about to find out more than you ever knew or wanted to know about the Vienna Settlers Movement, Red Vienna and the impact of them both on housing, culture, and democracy right through until the present day. What can it teach us about the relationship between popular movements and progressive local governments?

We can't escape from Brexit, in so many ways, and Lesley ruthlessly dissects the recent Boris Johnson " Reach out to the Remainers" speech. She ignores his crass comments and focuses on the lack of content and blatant appeal to the emotions from Johnson and his band of Brexiteer Merrie Englanders.

We speculate on Labour's recent policy statements on cooperative nationalisation and its potential appeal north and south of the border.

The recent return of the in-proportion BBC weather map leads Lesley to discuss, well, weather forecasting.

And, by various digressions, takes me to the Scottish visits of Corbyn, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and what links them.

 

 All of the above plus, fungi, Billy Kay on Don Roberto, and two upcoming Nordic Horizons events.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:02pm UTC

It's very definitely an early kick off this week (don't panic chums that's the only football reference).

Scottish journalist and broadcaster Carrie Gracie's appearance before the Common's select committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport provides the thread that runs through the podcast.

Lesley explains just why we should care about someone who could easily be mischaracterised as a "poor wee rich girl", and what her fight for equal pay within the BBC says not only about gender inequality within that institution but also its entire culture and values.

I pitch in on a new report by Ellie Mae McDonald of the LSE on the UK government's programme of austerity and its disproportionate impact on women. 

We return to the BBC and examine the expansion of its Local Democracy Partnerships with the big Scottish newspaper publishers. Just how healthy is the current relationship between the BBC and the mainstream press and how effective will these new reporters be in scrutinising local government?

We finish, as is our wont, by revisiting Celtic Connections and the power of music.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:23am UTC

Lesley hotfoots (or is that coldfoots?) it back from the Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromso, via Methil, for this week's podcast.

I return tae hame groond frae the less exotic but no less exciting Glasgow, and Celtic Connections.

Lesley's plea for the Scottish establishment to turn on to what a great city Dundee is kicks us off. Unsurprisingly I'm with her all the way but are we Dundonians our own worst enemies?

Cooperation was the buzzword with the delegates in Tromso, but have the Icelanders upstaged their Scandinavian cousins with their Arctic Circles forum in Helsinki staged at their brilliantly bonkers conference centre?

And what can Scotland learn about developing our towns and cities outwith the Glasgow Edinburgh axis from the Norwegian experience?

Lesley's photos of her visit to an amazing outdoor kindergarten in Tromso really caught my attention and I'm stunned and impressed, once again, by just how right Norway seems to have got early years education.

Having made the revelation last week that I'd never been to a Burns Supper I try and explain why. This leads me, I've got that kind of mind chums, to the repeal of OBFA, and the nagging suspicion that Labour and the Tories may be playing political games over this.

All the above plus, Lesley talks in Norwegian, I reply in Finnish, and even more Celtic Connections chat.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:55pm UTC

After some merry badinage Lesley returns to the major issue of land ownership and the rights of tenant farmers.

She examines the complex situation in the Borders on the massive estates of the Duke of Buccleuch and tries to make sense of the conflicting perspectives of the locals and Buccleuch Estates. Lesley also reflects on the potential negative impacts of the Scottish Government's benign reforestation policies and the parlous position of tenant farmers who operate under limited partnerships as opposed to secure tenancies.

I, urbanite that I am, contribute little beyond silence for the most part (a blessed relief I hear you cry) until we expand on this specific issue to look at whether big is indeed beautiful.

This leads neatly into the collapse of Carillion, what this says about PFI and big state solutions, and the National Audit Office's report on the economic efficiency of Public Private Partnerships.

No week can pass without Brexit talk and we discuss the European Union Withdrawal Bill amendment votes at Westminster, the sovereignty of Parliaments and those Henry the 8th powers.

Finally, Lesley gives her considered opinion on that Van Morrison album I gave her......

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:41pm UTC

Is this our most controversial podcast? I leave it to you dear listeners to decide as we kick off with our thoughts  on the sainted Van the Man.

We move to much safer ground with Lesley's views on Trump as the revelations in Fire and Fury stoke the flames surrounding the Donald.

I muse on the "Oprah for 2020" buzz and what it says about the state of the USA .

The failure of the UK government to produce the amendments to Clause 11 of the EU Withdrawal Bill, the potential for a Westminster "power grab", and the, seeming, all party unanimity among Scottish MPs and MSPs is up next. Lesley speculates if this is the dawn of a new realisation, especially for the Scots Tories, of an undermining of not only the Scottish Parliament but of democracy.

I offer my cynical response, not like me....

The recent Cabinet reshuffle and the stooshie over diversity gives me the chance to court more controversy with my perspective on what jot of difference more BEM or women in a Tory Cabinet makes to equality.

We end almost we began with movies and music. However, after Falkirk, nae Dundee United

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:17am UTC

A guid new year tae yin an aw and welcome to the first podcast of 2018.

We begin by focusing on the winter "crisis" in the NHS and Lesley questions the "SNPbad" coverage across the press and broadcast media. This leads us to speculate not only on this  but the softly softly  response by the Scottish Government in its seeming failure to compare our NHS with that in England.

Neil Oliver's appointment as President of the National Trust for Scotland has more than annoyed Yes supporters given his stance on Scottish independence.However Lesley argues that there just may be a progressive aspect to it in terms of the role of the Trust and land ownership.Note the "may" chums.

I pitch around the edges on Scotland in Union, Prof Hugh Pennington, creeping NHS privatisation in England, and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

All this plus the usual meanderings.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:49pm UTC

In this ,the final, podcast of 2017 we return to some old favourite topics and hae a wee keek at what we're looking forward to in 2018.

Lesley kicks off with the latest reports from Business for Scotland on how Scottish industry and commerce is reacting to the Brexit shambles. Is this, almost, solid unionist block coming round to independence? And is the UK government willing to sell out Scotland"The Brand" in pursuit of trade deals?

The Brexiteers claim that leaving Europe will mean that we're free of so called red tape. I examine the possibility( probability) that the European Working Time Directive may be the first casualty of this policy and what it might mean for workers' rights.

The saga of the empty Inchgreen dry dock in Greenock and the importance of the Scottish government getting the much needed Compulsory Sale Order legislation drafted and passed is subjected to the Riddoch gimlet gaze.

It's numbers all the way for me with questions being raised about Tom Gordon of the Herald's maths when it comes to Baby Boxes and why Murdo Fraser should tak tent on where Scottish tax payers' cash is actually being wasted.

As usual we frame everything within the framework of the drive towards Scottish independence and we also meander down some unexpected by ways.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:58am UTC

Brexit,Budget,BBC, and Bolton are the bees on oor bunnits this week.

However we buck the trend and begin,not with yesterday's Draft Scottish Budget, but the annulment and rerun of the election for Aberdeen University's rector.Trust me folks it's of more importance than we might think at first glance.

However the budget can't be ignored and Lesley examines not only the facts and figures but what the reaction to, and coverage of, it says about Scotland. Plus we examine the performance of the key players during after the Parliamentary debate.

This leads us neatly into our thoughts about BBC Scotland and does it live up to its pledge of not only entertaining but informing and educating?

No week is complete without our two go to topics of Brexit and Trump( I could have slipped another B in there but fill in the blank yirsels).

Adam Bolton's "You Irish" comments and flag issues frame our chat on Brexit and we heave a sigh of relief at Trump's pal Roy Moore's loss in the Alabama Senate election.

Just when they thought it was all over we enter extra time as Lesley cuts loose on the barriers to community buy outs, focusing in particular on recent attempts by local folk to purchase redundant Church of Scotland kirks.

No mentions of Dundee United this week( still top of the Championship btw) , but we digress on BBC NI's The Blame Game and cinema travelogues.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:08pm UTC

We return to podcasting as Lesley recuperates from her recent hip replacement and I venture down the Tay coast to record this week's episode.

Stuck at home Lesley tuned into "Call Kaye",normally a cue to hurl the wireless oot the windae, but the discussion on the use of medicinal cannabis meant a stay of execution for the radio and food for thought for us.

You'd think at my age and with my experience nothing would shock me about the behaviour of politicians but David Davis's brass neck on the 50 odd Brexit impact assessments leaves me stunned.

As Finland's celebrates 100 years of its independence  Lesley reflects on Finland's journey to become a world leader in health, education, technology and happiness and what Scotland can learn from our northern neighbours.

All of the above plus much more including , a radical Aberdonian bus driver, bats, sea eagles,eccentric Fifers and my mentioning the baby box- as Lesley reminds me gently- yet again.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

We return after a two week break due to my "man flu" to  a joint reaction to the last two week's events of "Ye whit!".

The overthrow of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe kicks us off and Lesley focuses on the diaspora of Zimbabwe's talented women.Will they return and  what will their country be like post Mugabe?

I prove I'm no George Kerevan, as if that needed doing, as I get to grips with Hammond's Budget and its impact not just on the UK but Scotland.

Lesley picks up on the Chancellor's "new technology" mantra and reflects on last week's Arctic Circle Forum in Edinburgh.

We cannot resist the siren call of the jungle and we get stuck into Kezia Dugdale's I'm a Celebrity adventures.

All of this plus, politicians  "jokes", Harris Academy alumni,the glories of Dundee by night and the great Rodney Bewes.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:37pm UTC

In this week's extended podcast we kick off with the resignation of Priti Patel as Secretary of State for International Development.

Lesley speculates on the potential implications for beleaguered Theresa May and asks has she actually been lucky despite all her recent setbacks ?

We discuss the shadowy role of Lord Polack of the Conservative Friends of Israel in Patel's fall from grace and could this be the moment for Penny Mordaunt to stake her claim for the Tory leadership?

Boris Johnson is next in Lesley's gimlet gaze as the full impact of his ill thought and poorly prepared statements give spurious legitimacy to the imprisonment of UK journalist Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by the Iranian government.

We go into extra time for Lesley's reflections on last Saturday's Build Conference.

All this plus The Gruffalo in Scots , baby boxes,and feral cats.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:08pm UTC

Lesley returns after  her bout of the lurgi and it's Riddoch in full righteous wrath mode as the injustices and human costs of Universal Credit are dissected mercilessly,and it's shown for the cruel shambles that it is.

I lurk on the wing and chip in on yesterday's debate in the House of Commons on Universal Credit and the lack of understanding of the plight of ordinary folk on the government benches.

Lesley reflects on last week's Arctic Circle Assembly ,Nicola Sturgeon's starring role, and exciting prospects for joint Icelandic Scottish cooperation on post fossil fuels energy supply.

Finally it's back to the SNP Conference, the mood of delegates , the fringe events, and are there signs that the party is slowly coming around to a more collegiate approach to its leadership allowing Nicola to "get on with the day job"?

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:53pm UTC

In this week's extended podcast we delve into the ongoing crisis of democracy in Catalonia and the Tory Party conference in Manchester.

Lesley strips away the "playing for sympathy" card of the Conservative apologists and focuses on May's  policies and the reaction to them amongst delegates. 

I fling in my midgie magnet analogy and we both speculate on Boris and Ruth's ambitions.

By way of Nick Robinson's moan on the role of new media outlets undermining trust in the BBC we try and make sense of what's happening in Catalonia. 

Lesley previews her upcoming trip to Iceland for the Arctic Circles conference.

I shamelessly plug Dundee Wanderers Hockey club.

And we both take credit for Scotland's last gasp win v Slovakia.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm UTC

We kick off this week by going back to one of last week's topics as Lesley follows her journalist's nose to investigate the issues surrounding standing at work.

This leads to our considering the pros, and some wee cons, of trades unions.

The ongoing saga of the  twelve year equal pay fight by women workers and the hypocritical attack on the new SNP Glasgow City Council by Joanna Baxter speeds us neatly into the Labour Party Conference in Brighton.

While Corbyn inspired his audience is he a hollow man when it comes to Scotland?

And if unity broke out on the conference floor, even Tom Watson chanted "Oh Jeremy Corbyn", it was gloves off in the fight for the leadership of Scottish Labour.

In addition to all this there's a flag inspired rant from me, Lesley wonders if Ruth Davidson has been found out, and I quote Cicero.

All this and a Riddoch bonus at the end,You lucky people( a prize for knowing the source of that catchphrase- no peeking at Google).

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:17pm UTC

It's our first anniversary and we hit the ground running with dramatic scenes at today's FMQs as  Alex Rowley comments that when it comes to tax the SNP always sides with the millionaires against the millions. An Alex own goal ,as Nicola pounces, or something far more interesting in the struggle between Sarwar and Leonard for leadership of Scottish Labour?

Lesley returns to the state of Scottish local government and examines how the sparkle of fantastic community projects could be harnessed to radical reform to achieve the best of both worlds.

I focus on the case of asylum seeker Samim Bigzad and the complete disregard for the law displayed by Home Secretary Amber Rudd. Is this yet another example of creeping Conservative authoritarianism?

A less than happy flight experience at Stansted airport leads Lesley to thoughts on ,not only ,modern travel but also the nature of the modern workplace.

We finish on the tale of L'Oreal v The Naked Soap Co. Why? Because they're worth it.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:41pm UTC

After Lesley and I ruminate on our low tech methodologies of checking whether we're recording an interference free podcast- my nipping ben the hoose at its heart- Lesley examines the Arctic Circle's October Assembly in Iceland and the Scotland and the New North Conference taking place in Edinburgh in November.

I chip in on Radio 4's short series,"The English Fix".In particular the final episode featuring Sir Roger Scruton.

Lesley goes back to the future and reflects on Tony Blair's latest Brexit intervention and I chip in on the Common's debates on the EU Repeal Bill.

The alert among you, and that means all of you, will note the rustling of paper and my confusion during some of Lesley's contribution. This is accounted for by my accidentally flicking back to notes covering Brexit from some months ago resulting in an almost out of body state of confusion as I went back to the future.

Lesley masterfully covers my blushes.

All this and the Scottish Independence Convention Build 2 Conference.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:46pm UTC

This week we return to our peripatetic ways and record in the , well appointed, basement of Gillis Mclean.

My waxing lyrical about Galway's victory in the All Ireland hurling final leads us to explore the nature of place, culture and community. Honestly it's not as worthy as it sounds.

Returning to home ground Lesley explores and dissects Ruth Davidson's plans for New Towns.

We move on to the Scottish Government's ambitious new programme and will the action live up to the idea.

I can't escape my political past when I look at the state of the Labour Party leadership contest.

And , by the way, you can play spot the Pat and Lesley getting names wrong game.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:57pm UTC

This week we spend most of our time on the sudden resignation of Kezia Dugdale as leader of Scottish Labour.

Lesley considers the remaining runners and riders for the poison chalice of Scottish politics and which of them, if any, can restore Labour's fortunes.

I chip in on the sad lack , not just in the Labour Party, of outstanding political personalities.

The recent special on the 70th anniversary of the Edinburgh Festival presented by Jack Whitehall leads us into the metropolitan mindset of not only the chattering but political classes.

All this plus meanderings on walking to school as kids, dancing for independence, and holidays in Ireland.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:24pm UTC

The latest in our continuing series of podcasts from exotic locations features Lesley's thoughts on the "National" in Scottish National Party and BBC Scotland's reply to her critique of its management structure.

I weigh in on elites , diversity and the demise of local newspapers.

However the biggy is the continuing Brexit shambles. Just what does it tell us about whose voices are listened to and whose are ignored?

There will be no surprises in what Lesley's answers are.

This plus, fleeting references to Daily Telegraph headlines and the suddenly reappearing Ruth Davidson all to the accompaniment of rattling coffee cups and thirties jazz.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm UTC

Andrew O'Hagan's powerful statement on his journey from No to Yes kicks off the first part of this week's podcast.

This allows Lesley and I to consider the siren song of a return to a mythical ,unified Britain of the past, if we leave the EU.

The recent resignation of BBC Scotland commissioning and scheduling  supremo Ewan Angus raises the question of the potential for radical change at the national broadcaster.Will it be taken?

We also reflect on the tragic events of Charlottesville ,the courage of the Heyer family and the moral vacuum in the face of fascism of Donald Trump.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:51pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:59pm UTC

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?

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:28pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:51pm UTC

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!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:06pm UTC

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!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:52pm UTC

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!

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:10pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:36pm UTC

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.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:01am UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:46pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:15pm UTC

Lesley returns refreshed and invigorated from Croatia. I on the other hand am hot foot frae Kirkcaldy. Oh the glamour of it all!

The launch of the Conservative Party manifesto, north and south of the border;that ITV leaders debate, minus May and Corbyn and the post Brexit position of the  Scottish fishing industry give us plenty to chew over. By the way yon EU spokesperson neither of us could remember is Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.You , of course, good listeners knew that!

Ruth Davidson's Orwell lecture on nationalism and patriotism also turns up some surprising stuff on the sainted George.

 All that and more plus  tales of Balkan sea swimming.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC

This week's podcast was recorded live at the Butterfly Cafe in Dundee.

Lesley was just about to jet off to sunny Croatia and we took advantage of the cafe's good auspices to podcast from the children's play area( highly appropriate I hear you cry!).

So, not only will you hear herself and me but ,to the background of happy coffee drinkers ,you'll meet the bold wee Felix and his mum enjoying themselves with the Lego( other plastic building bricks are available).

In the midst of all this Lesley manages to chat about the leak of the Labour manifest, and the exclusion of the Greens from much of the General Election coverage both north and south of the border.

I cover the ongoing Tory election expenses scandal.

And we both try and get our heads round the "You're fired" moment featuring Donald Trump and the erstwhile head of the FBI. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:14pm UTC

This week we rush headlong into the stramash of the local elections.

Are rumours of the Tory Scottish tidal wave over exaggerated?

Just what is going on when swathes of solid Labour areas suddenly turn blue?

Have we reached peak SNP?

Is it the constitution stupid?

Lesley dashes hot foot from PM and I try and decipher my hastily scribbled notes as we bring our caffeine fueled brains to bear on these questions.

I also chuck in a gratuitous Duke of Edinburgh anecdote. Friend to the famous me!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:20pm UTC

After the excitement of last week we return to "normality".

Lesley has been haring round the country and we chat about the Yes walk across the Tay Bridge for the rally last Saturday and the perils of speaking after the Wee Ginger Dug and his pal Paul.

I'm given 30 seconds to explain the STV voting system for the local elections.Judge for yourselves my success!

Lesley reflects on defensive and aspirational nationalism and  Tory local election strategy. 

This and opinion polls lead us to discuss whether the constitutional question now permeates and frames all Scottish elections.

I give my personal perspective on the FE college strikes and the answer to the burning question," Who are the two most popular westerners in Vietnam?".

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:33pm UTC

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 .

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:28am UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:51am UTC

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".

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:19pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:50pm UTC

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!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:57am UTC

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.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:33am UTC

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08dwgbz

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.

 

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:28am UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:13am UTC

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.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:59pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:52am UTC

In the final podcast of 2016 it's hold the front page as we grapple with the , just released, Scottish Government's  Brexit plan.

Lesley takes a vital phone call from the Faroes as she girds her loins for an appearance on the PM programme.

There's a fair degree of caution as we navigate the murky waters of Scotland's defamation laws.

I make a startling revelation about my Saturday night viewing and why cartoons are what socialism is all about.

And we wish all you folks all the best for this season of joy....well , sort of.

 

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:46am UTC

This week we reveal the meticulous technical preparation that goes on before each podcast.

Lesley returns from Belfast and reflects on the impact of Brexit on Ireland both North and South and I chip in on the Supreme court hearing.

In the light of the PISA results we discuss the state of Scottish education and what relevance , if any, these results  should have in shaping its future.

On the way we meander through the highways and byways of motoring in the Arctic, the hunter gatherer diet, reindeer and just who is Captain James T Kirk's evil alter ego.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:32am UTC

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

This week Lesley talks foot operations, getting ready for the next referendum and the perils of 'Brexit Lite'. There is  a new wager, and lots of news of forthcoming events.

Direct download: Best_Foot_Forward.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:40pm UTC

This week saw the first meeting of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. Whatever they talked about is the start of this week's speculation. We also manage to discuss the value of Cyprus to the Brexit debate, the terrible events in both Nice and Turkey and the leadership contests in Labour and the SNP.

Direct download: Stylish_Meetings.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:58pm UTC

This week , we arrive late to the leadership contests to find one all over and the next one , barely started. We talk Ireland, Berlin and everything in between.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:21pm UTC

The week we talk about the various demonstrations which have been happening from gatherings to safety pins. We also touch on the various leadership contests and their contrasting styles from SNP to Labour via Tory.

Direct download: Demos_and_Leadership_Contests.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:09pm UTC

After the European referendum result on Thursday , there seems to be turmoil everywhere. Lesley tries to make sense of what is happening as a result.

Direct download: More_unintended_results.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:40pm UTC

Towards the end of Europe

This week we reflect on two big topics; testing in Primary Schools and Europe. The Scottish Government is introducing 'assessment' in primary schools - is this a good idea?

After the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, we turn our attention to Europe.

Direct download: Towards_the_end_of_Europe.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:21pm UTC

This week Lesley flies back from Belfast. She has spent a week filming in Northern Ireland and is full of stories of pipers, bands and the Irish Language. We also manage to touch base about Europe, Hillary and have a bet.

Direct download: Back_from_Belfast.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

Andy Wightman MSP was our special guest this week. Lesley was away wrangling with her PhD and Andy popped into the pod. We talked about fracking, Europe, land reform and what was it like to be a MSP.

Direct download: Andy_stands_in_for_Lesley.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:18pm UTC

This week we are talking about the latest dietary advice and Lesley interviews Sion Parkinson of the Dundee Design Festival. And we take in Vital Spark at Dunoon, Men's Sheds and the challenge of local democracy.

Direct download: Diet_and_Dundee_Design.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:22pm UTC

Sometimes it feels like Scotland gets into reverse gear. The recent decision by Muirfield Golf Club not to admit women seems retrograde. Lesley picks this topic up and develops a theme about gender imbalance across the new media, the BBC, and the ways it can be addressed. We also touch on local campaigns including the Cupar postie. Note to our listener, it is recorded outside and there is ambient noise.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:28pm UTC

This week the topics could not contrast more. Eurovision turned up all sorts of interesting observations...especially Australia's involvement for the second year running. But the fallout from this week's BBC Question Time question around the Scottish Government's policy of 'Named Person' was remarkable. We have opinions.

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

This week the topics could not contrast more. Eurovision turned up all sorts of interesting observations...especially Australia's involvement for the second year running. But the fallout from this week's BBC Question Time question around the Scottish Government's policy of 'Named Person' was remarkable. We have opinions.

Direct download: Eurovision_and_Named_Person.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:27pm UTC

This week the topics could not contrast more. Eurovision turned up all sorts of interesting observations...especially Australia's involvement for the second year running. But the fallout from this week's BBC Question Time question around the Scottish Government's policy of 'Named Person' was remarkable. We have opinions.

Direct download: Eurovision_and_Named_Person.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:17pm UTC

This week Lesley talks through the Scottish Election results; the "we wuz robbed", "the Tories are back" and who were the winners and losers.

Direct download: The_Results_Service.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:29pm UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley talks about her encounter with Huw Edwards on the TV. She also recounts the Electoral Reform Society meeting and its aftermath. She also mentions Affa Sair, and  a forthcoming ball in Fife. Oh, and Obama too.

 

Direct download: Huw_and_predominant_party_system.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:27pm UTC

Lesley is just back from filming outside the Old Firm and describes her reaction. We also touch on the ability of Brexit suits to bore Scots. The story of Paul and his  three year sanction is sure to touch everyone. And finally, we talk Wick and the importance of tights.

Direct download: Its_a_battlefield.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:14pm UTC

This week we talk about the  Panama Papers and discover an interesting segue in land reform. How's the progress of LGBT doing in Scotland? And we have to mention schools and also a tangetial meander around bridges; old and new.

Direct download: Panama_LGBT_schools_and_bridges.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm UTC

After a brief hiatus, we are back in the pod. The Scottish General Election campaign has started and we are all underwhelmed...slightly.

Is the debates, the formats or the politicians ?

We have some thoughts...also the National Living Wage - the untold story.

Direct download: Theres_an_election_on_-_were_back..mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:00pm UTC

Trying to keep up with the European negotiations, it was going to be an English breakfast, then delayed to be an English brunch, an English lunch and then an English tea. However, there is still no news. So, we talk about it anyway and discuss Apple and the Greens.

Direct download: English_Tea.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:05pm UTC

This week we try and update where the Land Reform legislation is. We also touch on the National ( the newspaper ) Debate and what is happening to the Tories ; north and south.

Direct download: Land_the_National_Debate_and_Tories.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:52pm UTC

After a month of travel, music and news, we are back in the pod and talking about everything. This is a long podcast, 7 shirts, and covers a lot of ground and emotions.

Direct download: We_are_back.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:21pm UTC

Chris is back with a voice and Lesley has a good news story, a few opinions about the #FRB , David Mundell and localism and the SNP Budget.

Direct download: Wandering_Star.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

In this week's podcast we talk about the Paris Summit on Climate Change, the result of the Carmichael court case, the 'Donald' and then the passing of two great writers; William McIlvanney and Ian Bell. We also touch on the campaign to put Dr Elsie Inglis on the  new bank notes.

Direct download: Distinguished_Men_and_Women.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm UTC

This week there is a theme of bridges in the podcast. Whether it is the land owners offering land to communities, Jeremy Corbyn needing to build some, the Forth Road and that Nordic TV series; bridges seem to be the idea of the week.

Direct download: Different_Bridges.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:26pm UTC

This week we manage to talk about the proposed bombing in Syria, more Labour problems, tax credits , the Scottish Climate Chaos march, Mary Barbour, Andrew Stoddart and Shooglenifty.

Direct download: The_Untied_Knot.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:35pm UTC

This week we follow up on Lesley's National column on the BBC and the pool of talent; including Nick Robinson. We stray in Alex Bell's comments about the White Paper.

There is a lot of good news from Applecross and the success of the fund raising for their hydro scheme.

Direct download: Robinson_and_Energy_News.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

This week, it is difficult to see beyond the events in Paris. But we try to make sense of it all.

To change the mood, we also report on the news from the LibDems and then update the Andrew Stoddart campaign.

Direct download: Toujours_Paris_1.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:12pm UTC

This week Lesley talks about the sale of Channel 4, the Swedish Union of Tenants and updates everyone on the status of the current campaign about the eviction of East Lothian tenant farmer Andrew Stoddart and family.

Direct download: For_Sale_and_Rent.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:09pm UTC

This week in a chilly kitchen , Lesley talks about her visit to the Scottish Labour Conference fringe where Land Reform was on the agenda as the main conference counted votes about Trident and TTIP. She has a few comments about that video and the House of Lords. Belfast and Nesca Robb also featured in her thoughts this week as she was filming 'over by'.

Direct download: Talking_about.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

Lesley is back from the mining town of Kiruna and has been musing about steel and ore extraction. She also had some things to say about Tony Blair and his recent comments about Iraq. 

And she reveals why she is rushing off to Belfast again...it's a very busy week. 

Direct download: Steel_and_Get_Your_Retaliation_In_First.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:00pm UTC

Lesley spent a few days at the SNP Conference and hosted a fringe meeting on 'Land reform'. But here was a lot more action that happened in the main conference, as she relates.

She also wrote about child poverty in the National and explains her frustration with the inertia in action to combat this growing issue.

Direct download: SNP_Conference_and_Land_Reform.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:21pm UTC

Lesley spoke at the Scottish Greens conference today and heard two amazing speakers ( and doctors) ; Harry Burns and Jack Monroe. She also wrote about the Tories and immigration. Is it a case of bad cop, badder cop? Lesley takes a cab and gets introduced to Uber. In a sporting weekend, we also manage to include Jim Spence's analysis of why Scotland's footballers aren't so great anymore. And finally, we talk about Northern Ireland for the craic.  

Direct download: Greens_bad_and_badder.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:02pm UTC

Whilst Lesley was down at the Ardfern at a Blossom event, she met Mandy Hampton. They had a long and interesting conversation about Mandy's planning, building and green energy experience in rural Scotland. It's an insight into the challenges of living in a remote rural community and the real world challenges.

Direct download: Mandy_talks_rural_housing.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:29pm UTC

This week's podcast reflects on the 'Corbyn' Labour Party Conference. It looks like it is going to be 'interesting' with more debate and dissent than usual. Will others emulate this ? Lesley has also been roaming around Scotland and has tales from Arran, Rothesay and Oban to relate. We also touch on a new 'City Link Festival and it's not about transport.

Direct download: Corbyn_Conferences_and_Touring_Scotland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC

 In front of a live audience at the "Leith Said Aye - Pilton Said It Mair" event on Friday 18 September 2015. Organised by Yes Edinburgh North and Leith, this was a great way to spend the anniversary...stories, questions and contributions. 

Direct download: One_Year_On_Live.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:41am UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch podcast covers a lot of ground. Lesley talks about a day in the STV studio watching the 'live' court case relating to Alistair Carmichael and then meeting the House of Lords in Edinburgh.

She also talks about the recent changes in the perceptions of Germany following the sudden rise in refugees and the German response.

We also rave about the Dundee Rep production of "The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black Black Oil". Naturally, we are right across the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour Leaders too.

 

And we round things up with a couple of upcoming events to mark the anniversary of the referendum.

Direct download: CourtTV_HoL_German_Outloooks.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:39pm UTC

Lesley jumps off a train and rounds up all the news of this week and talks about legal actions to come next week. Topics include, Gordon Brewer, Alistair Carmichael, the refugee crisis, appeals, Nordic House, the Nairn Book Festival and a whole lot of other stuff. And it being brain dead, Chris manages to leave his mobile on during the recording . Sorry.

Direct download: Train_Brain_Dead.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:17pm UTC

This week we are talking about the House of Lords, #ourland demonstrations in Arbroath, #beachbusk in Portobello, the BBC, welfare benefit sanctions. We also look forward to next week.

Direct download: Arbroath_to_Portobello.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:10pm UTC

This week Adrian Sinclair of ChapelFM joins us in the pod. He is the director of a Leeds basedcommunity radio station, a recent returnee to the labour Party and a long time friend with opinions. It was Saturday night and we sat down around the kitchen table and started to talk about the Corbyn effect, the Labour Party and devolution of power amongst a number of things.

Direct download: Adrian_joins_in.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:59am UTC

Gordon Brown makes a major speech intended to influence the Labour Leader's election. The #ourland campaign kicks off this week and there is plenty to talk about there.. Lesley visits Islay and reports back.

And the big news this week; we recorded the podcast in a polytunnel.

Direct download: Gordons_Back.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm UTC

We are back in the pod after Lesley's return from North Uist. There seems to be little going on and the silly season is upon us. However, we can still find interesting things to blether about. The topics this week include, John Rae, Bruce Fummey island life and the technology challenges of Scotland.

Direct download: Deep_in_the_silly_season.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC

This week we tackle the HoL and explore what Andy Burnham is up to. The race for the UK Labour leadership is throwing up new proposals all the time...is it a case of the 'Corbyn' effect? Also we have to mention the opening of the Nordic House Exhibition. 

 

Direct download: Whats_with_Andy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm UTC

The question is , when do we get back to domestic politics and stop this Westminster firework display?

 

However, we start this week's podcast with the celebration of Evelyn Gillan which Lesley was part of and the remarkable legacy. We also touch on Chapel FM, what English students are saying, the Labour Party, the Flying Pigs, Ally Bally, and what's happening in the Nordic House this week.

Direct download: Back_to_domestic.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:31pm UTC

This week we talk about the row about the handling of Mhairi Black MP's maiden speech by the BBC. We also examine Jeremy Corbyn as the potential next leader of the Labour Party. Lesley also pays a heartfelt tribute to Evelyn  Gillan who sadly passed away this week. We also manage to fit in a trip to Kirkcaldy and the paintings arriving for Nordic House exhibition.

Direct download: Mhairi_Jeremy_and_Evelyn.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:00pm UTC

After this week's terrible news from Stirling M9 accident, it's difficult to talk about anything else. Clearly, Police Scotland are going to be under scrutiny but before we rush to judgment , are their other factors to take into account?

 

We also touch on holidays, the budget and EVEL. It's our first week back in the home pod.

Direct download: Mainly_Police_Scotland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:40pm UTC

On Sunday, we sat down and did our usual weekly podcast. However, Lesley felt she had more to say following the astonishing ‘No’ vote in Greece. Recorded outdoors on a balmy Cretan evening, this extra @lesleyriddoch podcast tries to tell the story of meeting some extraordinary people in unusual  circumstances as Greece decided it’s path. We also talk about the Cretan wildlife. And if you are wondering; the sound of ‘plastic bags flapping in the background? They are palm trees buffeted by the brisk evening breeze.

Direct download: A_Tribute_To_An_Island.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:51am UTC

Still on holiday in Crete on the day of the big referendum and the results start to come in...they said 'no'. As you will hear, this was not the result we had been anticipating from talking to people and watching the media.

This week's podcast is slightly shorter thn usual - we are on holiday , after all. Next week normal service resumes.

Direct download: They_said_no.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm UTC

Will they go ...or will they stay? Lesley is on holiday in Crete and talks to local Cretans as to what they think about the Greek Euro Crisis. We also manage to have an interesting discussion about local wild life before plunging back into our own, in the form of 'clypegate'. And we finish on Obama and Castle Toward.

Direct download: Will_They_Go.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:56pm UTC

This week Lesley travelled down to Huddersfield to speak at the #NorthernCitizens Convention to talk devolution. We also briefly touch on that Daily Record story again and wonder aloud about the  focus - Holyrood or Westminster, as bits of Scotland get sold off. Are we following Holyrood 'blow by blow'?

 

On a lighter note, we talk West Fife SNP lupins, lost property at weekends, food on trains, the success of Uffie Elbæck and the challenges of securing the rights  to display Icelandic art.

Direct download: What_Northern_Citizens_Think.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:26pm UTC

This week we manage to respond to the cyclical David Starkey on the SNP, David Cameron and Kristina Lemon of the Swedish Election Authority on elections,Norwegian councillors on childcare costs, the Daily Record on chairing poverty conferences, and the latest news from our favourite Scottish council. Lesley also reveals details about a new Nordic House Exhibition which opens in July in Edinburgh

Direct download: Starkey_Elections_and_An_Exhibition.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:38pm UTC

This weekend, we were in Oban for the People's Council event. In this podcast we try and relate all the issues which were covered in this gathering of activists. From the way it was organised through to the speakers and the insights, there is a lot to share about the moves afoot in local democracy. As usual, we also try and catch up on the week and bring in other detours.

Direct download: Just_the_Peoples_Council.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

It's all TV appearances, football, Paisley, Porty and PR this week.  It's time to talk about the unasked questions of 'Question Time'  and Michael White's moustache. We also talk about the possibility of Scots boycotting the forthcoming football friendly with Qatar. There are also some startling revelations about PR from the Electoral Reform Society.

 

Direct download: Qatar_and_PR.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:26pm UTC

This week's podcast sees the retiral of the Alistair Carmichael megaphone of mirth. But will the big man follow? Opinions in the pod are divided. Other topics include more guidance for labour ( north and south), the Irish and referenda, some Eurovision and Land Reform.

Direct download: Ali_Out.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:18pm UTC

Jim Murphy resigned this week and now we have the spectacle of the UK and Scottish Labour parties looking for a leader. In this week's podcast we discuss the various names being offered as potential leaders. What role will the trade unions have? 

Direct download: Runners_and_Riders.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:35pm UTC

The 2015 General Election delivered some surprises, an exit poll out of the blue, a Tory majority and party leadership changes.

Lesley tells us what it was like to be on the STV couch for 4 hours and then what the rest of the election night was like for her.

 

She also outlines her thoughts on a Tory majority, a single party Scotland and the new community initiatives which are springing up.

 

Direct download: A_beginning_a_middle_and_more_midd.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:47pm UTC

In this final podcast before the votes are cast in the 2015 General Election, we talk about heckling in all its forms. We also talk about what we have liked about the campaigns and those things we have been less than keen about...there have been a lot.

Direct download: Taking_it_to_the_streets.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:31pm UTC

This week is slightly different. After all the acivity of the General Election so far, we pause to reflect on where we have got to. Ed Milliband seems to have suggested 'No Deals' with the SNP, but what does that mean? Are Scottish votes second class? How are things shaping up as we contemplate the post #GE2015 UK?

We recorded very late on Friday night/Saturday morning after Lesley had finished talking to the excellent ( as ever ) Stephen Nolan. We touch briefly on events, name drop and recommend a good TTIP education  resource ( thanks - Kenny )

We will be recording again on Tuesday night...before the last hectic day of the election campaign.

Direct download: The_Problem_With_Staying.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:56pm UTC

It's about "Holding the Microphone" this week on the @lesleyriddoch podcast. Whether it's 'Project Fear', SNP manifesto launches or Mediterranean migrants ; the key question seems to be who is holding the microphone.

 

We manage to talk about columns in the National, the Guardian and the Scotsman. There is another gratuitous wager, and we attempt to answer a listener's question.

Direct download: Holding_the_Microphone.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:01pm UTC

This week Lesley swears she's got laryngitis...it's hardly surprising with the packed week she's had. From a dawn demo at Faslane through to packed meetings at Haddington, North Berwick and Duns. She also commented on the BBC about the Leaders' Debate...and passes on news about the People's Council. And more.

Direct download: Lesley_Loses_Her_Voice.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:02pm UTC

This week's podcast picks up after the mid week 4 leaders debate...there was another one and then Lesley headed down to London and the Andrew Marr Show...so there is probably a tale or two to tell. And Lesley reveals what's on her crib sheets written out on cards...Trident, Cuba, Hilary, PR...and what did Lulu say?

Direct download: On_the_cards.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:47pm UTC

Tonight on STV, the four  leaders of the main Scottish political parties went head to head. Ruth, Nicola , Willie and Jim took on Bernard Ponsonby and an invited audience in Edinburgh. Fresh from our Berlin trip, we sat down to watch and recorded this podcast straight afterwards. We did not have a chance to be swayed by any other opinions. This was our verdict. And we are sticking to it.

Direct download: 4_Leaders.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

This week's podcast is from Berlin. Lesley tackles the big news of the week which seems to be summed up in one name; Nicola. We talk through the 7 leaders' debate and the aftermath. There are some lessons and some warnings in recent events.

 

Naturally enough, we also share a some forthcoming publications from Stewart Bremner and Greg Moodie ...and also details of an unique walking tour of Cabaret Berlin from Brendan Nash.

Direct download: Berlin_Calling.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:28pm UTC

Lesley is on a mini tour of the Highlands and Sunday saw her sitting in the Sligachan Hotel and reflecting on discussions in Strathpeffer, Farr, Cannich and Skye. Using the available technology, we discussed these topics and Milliband/Cameron, the bogey man and Mrs Sturgeon.

Direct download: Skype_from_Skye.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:44pm UTC

This week's podcast is like a meeting trying to cram in reports from Keith, Elgin, Dunoon, Strathaven, Perth and Carnoustie. The topics include the Peoples' University, 'Join the Dots', allotments, women only short lists and  the monkey in the sidecar. As we touch on the subject on the subject of the eclipse; listeners are advised to don sunglasses whilst enjoying this week's pod.

Direct download: Matters_Arising.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:39pm UTC

It's Saturday night and the pod beckons. More tales of Oslo and social enterprises, a personal story from the Western Isles, the numbers behind immigration, and today's happenings at an eventful Women for Independence meeting in Perth and Radical Independence Campaign in Dundee.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:53pm UTC

This week we are in Oslo and recording in a Norwegian kitchen. After a walking tour of Oslo, Sarah Prosser joins us to explain some of the realities of the city. The talk is of social entrepreneurial skills, and what Norway and Scotland can share. We also touch on issues closer to home about equality and what Labour does next.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:42pm UTC

It has been quite a week for people, including politicians, to say incredible things. Whatever it's the stars of "Meet the UKippers", through to Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind, Natalie Bennett; everyone had something to say.

 

Lesley also thinks Scotland needs to become a participatory community focussed democracy and explains why.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:13pm UTC

This week, we tackle the energy companies and customer loyalty. Greener Kirkcaldy also hosted an interesting presentation by Prof Stuart Haszeldine who talked through the potential of underground coal gasification. With the current background of 'fracking', could gas ever be green? And Lesley spent her birthday with the Scottish Tenant Farmers Association - how did she get on? You'll have to listen to find out.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:47pm UTC

This week's podcast covers why there is no buzz in the general election campaign so far. We also consider the various tactics people are considering about how to biff the established order and generate the buzz. Naturally enough, this includes an update on the 'community bank' ...and Portobello. Booze and the latest welcome statistics on tee totallers prompt a limp down memory lane.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:30pm UTC

This week we delve into Lord Ashcroft's latest polls and also talk about a variety of 'community' projects ( some good- some problematic ) including 'Castle Toward' which seems to exemplify something that needs to change.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:05pm UTC

We are back from our brief hiatus and we have a lot to catch up with...Jim Murphy on Women's Prisons and fracking , the Greek election result, the Daily Express and how the SNP are doing as they select candidates and some entertainment recommendations. It also means this is a big podcast ...or should that be a long listen.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:05pm UTC

This week's podcast was delayed for some personal reasons . We try and get some perspective on the delay of the Chilcot Report, how Scottish Labour is picking up issues and running with them and the impartiality of the Civil Service. Naturally enough, as Lesley launches her latest edition of 'Blossom' in the Empire Bingo hall, we talk bingo.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:08pm UTC

In the light of the terrible events last week in Paris, we have a few words about the Charlie Hebdo attack. Difficult to say anything new but we try.

Jim Murphy has also been explaining at length his strategy for the Scottish Labour Party. Lesley has some views on the details as they arise.

As promised, we also broadened our reading this week and dipped into the 'What Doctors Don't Tell You' publication. 

As mentioned on 'Question Time', TV Leaders' Debates - Lesley Wrote about it in the Sunday Post and explains a little bit more

Finally, we finish a windy podcast with a review of 'From Scotland With Love'.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:52pm UTC

Happy New Year to everyone.

In the first podcast of 2015, we talk Michael Marra tribute nights , @AMWWFmusic , hogmanay travels, the lore of Australia for young Scots, honours, and our plans for the 2015 podcasts.

 

Chris talks to the Director of the Glasgow School of Sport.  And Lesley explains the appeal of 'Frozen'.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:29pm UTC

In the final part of our podcast review of 2014, we tackle 'T to Z'. From tourism through to the crowd sourced 'Z',  we also salute our listeners, 'Yes' shops ( various )  and the joys of Wiston Lodge and much more besides.

 

Although, this has been a four part series, there have been many people, places, events and topics which we could have mentioned but sadly, there wasn't enough time. However, the archive material is there for everyone to enjoy - please listen to what interests you.

 

And on the subject of 2015 - we will be back in the swing of things by Monday 12th January.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:00pm UTC

In the third of the series of 2014 Reviews, we travel from M to S. We start with an example of 'M' and touch on politicians, newspapers, 'Question Times', boat festivals , TV stations and programmes as we finally land on 'S'.  As you can imagine, there is a fair bit of referendum but more happened. It is also worth pointing out that all the Lesley Riddoch podcasts are still there in the archive for you to download and listen to. So, if there is a topic you want to hear more about from 2014, please search the archive, it's bound to be there.

 

The final part of the 2014 Review will be posted on New Year's Day 2015, when we surface. So have a a happy Hogmanay and all the best for 2015 from us to you.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:30am UTC

In the second 2014 Review podcast, we tackle G to L. From Gordon to Land Reform via Norway, huts and 'everything is awesome'. We discover why musicians vote the way they do and the problems with brothers.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:06pm UTC

This special series of  @lesleyriddoch podcasts tries to cram the year into A to Z. This one concentrates on A to F; from MPs in boiler suits to villages with big impacts. We also learn why Brian Cox is a sweet heart and which MEP Lesley went to school with. Alloa, Bella Caledonia, Commonwealth Games, Co-op Farmers and more are here in the first of this series of holiday break podcasts. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:24pm UTC

This week's podcast reflects on a week of 2 Common Weal meetings in Aberdeen and Leith and 2 Women for Independence meetings in Dalkeith and Edinburgh. The topic of the new women's prison in Inverclyde was raised and Lesley wrote about it in the Sunday Post.

The petition started by the Edinburgh Women for Independence Group is here.

 

Finally we talked briefly about the changes to the BBC Radio Scotland schedule. There are some interesting local and international opportunities .

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:59am UTC

This week, a new Scottish Labour leader is elected, Lesley speaks in an Alloa charity shop and a shed project in Easterhouse closes. Elsewhere Nigel Farage and Russell Brand trade verbal blows and the Amazon review crowd deflate some hot air.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:55pm UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch podcast muses on women's quotas  following a Nordic Horizons event and ponders the return of Alex Salmond.We also manage to cover Aye shops , Stirling Women for Independence, more Land Reform, and describe the arrival of 'Wee White Blossom'.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:09pm UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch podcast looks at the latest Scottish Government proposals on 'Land Reform' and the immediate reactions to the Smith Commission Report. We also  talk about East Coast railways.

Direct download: Land_and_Smith.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:19pm UTC

In this week's @lesleyriddoch podcast we discuss the new 'National' newspaper, fracking, marine energy, Radical Independence, 50:50 cabinets and round up the week's speaking engagements.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:28pm UTC

Lesley reports back from the SNP Conference which said farewell to Alex Salmond and welcomed its new leader; Nicola Sturgeon. What was the vibe? There was also a lot of talk about who might stand "under the SNP banner" in the 2015 UK General Election - Lesley's name is mentioned - what does she think? And finally, after numerous requests, more details of the community banks are revealed.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:01pm UTC

This week we tackle TTIP and try to wrap our brains around it. Is it as bad as everyone seems to think it is? And is there any rationale for it?

 

Lesley spoke at the Rural Parliament and found a raft of issues to address. Also, there are updates on Restaurant Day, Nordic Horizons, Women's Quotas and 'White Blossom'' 

Direct download: TTIP.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:23am UTC

This week's podcast tries to keep up with the various leadership contests. Scottish Labour seems to be having the media attention and if it is to be believed; it's a foregone conclusion. Is Jim Murphy the answer? Really? Lesley thinks not. She explains her reasoning. Also a quick round up of the week's events and more news about 'Blossom'.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:07pm UTC

This week we recap the book festivals at Lismore and the Radical Book Fair. It is also saw the shock resignation of Johann Lamont the leader of the Scottish Labour Party and a fair few folk had something to say about that. Lesley had a slightly different take on the various commentators. Nordic Horizons also hosted Timo Santala , the co founder of 'Restaurant Day' and there is plenty to share about this event. We also construct an interesting new radio programme which is modelled on unlikely combinations. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:57pm UTC

This week's podcast takes its title from something Lesley saw in Denmark, which she reveals at the tail end of the podcast. We also manage to talk around gender, equality, the nature of devo whatever and infrastructure. It also includes a number of meanders and shout outs.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:41pm UTC

Just back from Swansea for the first time in 30 plus years, Lesley finds Wales ‘different’. This week’s topics in the pod include; Gordon Brown, the Smith Commission, the Devo Max slate, the best kept secret about alcohol sales and the books we are supposed to read.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:50pm UTC

We are back in the pod after a week’s break. Even though we were on holiday, Lesley still managed to keep across all the news stories. This included Alex Salmond on a phone in, Human Rights, Angela Constance and Women For Independence meeting in Perth. Lesley is pretty forthright about all these topics and reveals some of her plans for the next wee while.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

This week’s podcast starts with Lesley’s appearance on BBC’s Question Time. Lesley talks through the questions which ranged from the consequences of the Referendum, the Labour Party, and bombing IS. We also manage to tackle some thoughts about the new media rising in Scotland.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:57pm UTC

It is difficult to categorize this podcast. It’s about the polling day and then the aftermath of the Referendum. We cover the media hype, the role of Alex Salmond  and the rise of 45. It’s a long listen and very emotional and “the referendum is over but the energy persists.” It is one of the most uplifting podcasts we’ve done    

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:23pm UTC

In a quick follow up to the ‘Stories’ podcast this week, Lesley runs through the other stories that happened below the radar.  If you were worried that other countries are not interested in this referendum; then listen to whom Lesley has been talking to. Hint – it’s Australian TV and radio and 20 plus Norwegian students 

 

We also talk to retired Lt Colonel Andrew Parrott who explains all the defence issues; simply and without panic.

 

And finally, we have tales from the front line to relate about broadcasters and balance. We also try to name check all the stars of the week.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49am UTC

Here we are 3 days away from the referendum Vote and the pace has picked up. Lesley has been on the road constantly; Helmsdale, Portgower, Strathpeffer, Ardrishaig, Shawlands and the Glad Café. She was on the Radio 4 World Tonight Debate and watched the Big Big Debate. We talk about the lost purse, signs, the hunt for tshirts , flash mobs and ‘love’ in the campaign. There are lots of stories to tell.

Direct download: Stories.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:49pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast comes from Orkney. Lesley has been talking about housing at the Orkney Science Fair and opening the Yes Shop in Kirkwall.  Ed Miliband has been in the news as well…but probably not in a good way. And there has been a YouGov poll which puts ‘Yes’ at 51% for the first time.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:27pm UTC

Just back from a visit to Sweden, Lesley explains Radio Sweden, immigration and their upcoming general election. Turning to matters at home, pensions have been an issue raised in this phase of the Referendum Debate and Lesley expands on her thinking in her Scotsman column. Finally, she rounds up her experience on more meetings and watching the Big Debate alone abroad.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:17am UTC

This week sees the last episode of Referendum TV and Lesley reflects on some of the highlights and unexpected aspects of working with fellow journalists and presenters. We also manage to squeeze in Scotland’s visibility, Leith Says Aye, Sarah Beattie Smith of the Green Party on ‘Citizen’s Income’, George Foulkes on Lords Reform, Otters For Yes, the West Midlands Police Commissioner  by-election and more besides. Finally, before the next  big ‘Salmond versus Darling’ debate; we tell you what the result is- this is a spoiler alert.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:14pm UTC

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast, we sweep up some of the big issues which have been mentioned in the newspapers. Lesley starts with her Sunday Post article “Let’s Do The World A Favour And Ditch Trident” – which has proved popular on Twitter.  We also touch on the current NHS role in the debate; “health is more than hospitals”.

Finally we round up the vibe from various meetings and Referendum TV.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:39am UTC

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast,  Lesley expands on the reasoning in her recent Scotsman column “Let’s Concentrate on the Real Debate”. The whole referendum seems to have got snagged on the consequences of a vote rather than examining the rationale for independence. We also recorded the views of a number of tourists and visitors to Edinburgh who share their insights.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:03pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast talks about the STV Debate.  The debate itself kicked off more debate, analysis and polls. Referendum TV had its first transmission and we get a view from behind the scenes. We also review “The Pure, The Dead, and The Brilliant”. And finally, Alyn Smith MEP explains how Europe works and the missing issue in the campaign MSM debate.   

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:30am UTC

This week we are talking the unexpected bonuses of the Commonwealth Games and the return of football. We also heard from Bruce Fummey with his unique take on the referendum. Lesley reveals a new media outlet; “Referendum TV’.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:51pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast is an outside broadcast from the Western Isles, recorded in the ‘Mediterranean’ swelter of Luskentyre. Lesley has touring the Western Isles with Angus Brendan MacNeil MP as part of the “Blossom and Bu Choir’ tour.

Together they cover the topics of remote communications on islands, including an interesting insight into how UK telecoms works and what 4G could do. Both are learning Nordic languages and are taking different things away from that experience.

With 8 weeks to go; what’s the temperature of Westminster about the #indyref ? Will the Commonwealth Games have an effect ?

And finally, the role of boiler suits in politics?  This podcast is full of the craic.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:14am UTC

We are trying to catch up on a busy week which included appearances on the Daily Politics , ‘Any Questions’, a hutting rally and some powerful writing about national security and child abuse at Westminster.

Lesley takes us behind the scenes and explains what it’s like to prepare for these types of political programmes and offers an insight as to why some panels are more amenable than others and why you need panda jokes.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:03am UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast starts by trying to unpick BBC2’s “Scotland:For Richer or Poorer?”  and Channel4’s “The Great British Break-Up?”.

Both programmes seem to illustrate a couple of problems which are leading to ‘debate fatigue’. There is also a mention of intimidation which Lesley wrote about and we examine that in a bit more detail. Lesley also offers a few thoughts about how this malaise in the #indyref could be addressed.

Which in turn leads to some views about transport infrastructure priorities and Glasgow Airport Rail Link.  

We also talk about  “Time To Dump Trident For Good" and Lesley reveals more of the  background to why the polls don’t always reflect the reality of Scots’ opinions about nuclear weapons.

Direct download: Intimidation.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:08am UTC

At the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, we met up with Kay and Brian. Both are keen 'skiffers' and involved in the local Portsoy community. It was good to get them into the pod to talk about the Festival, skiffs and, inevitably politics. If this referendum debate is about anything, it’s about understanding ourselves and listening to different voices.

 

 

We hope you enjoy this ‘special podcast’ and we’ll be back around the kitchen table momentarily.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:12am UTC

Lesley spent a few days in Belfast with academics and wrote about how a commentator said  “Whatever the result, Scotland has already won.” Here she explains a bit more detail behind the headlines.

We also manage to squeeze in references to Farr, Newtonmore, Mark Cousins and the forthcoming ‘Words from the Wild ‘ Book Festival on Knoydart. There is also a quick review of ‘A Dangerous Game’ , Anthony Baxter’s follow up to ‘You’ve Been Trumped’.

 

We also will be releasing a wee treat mid week; a short interview Chris did in Portsoy with some skiffers. Watch out for that.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:19pm UTC

John Major comes north and seems to be the latest heavyweight to offer advice as an opinion. And who should be the next poster person to appear?  Lesley also reflects on what it takes to talk to farmers at the Royal Highland Show. Surprisingly, it’s not all subsidies.

And we had to talk about it. BBC Radio Scotland’s new programme; Crossfire.

There were a number of opinions expressed and Lesley explains her thinking about the shortcomings of the format and more problems in the MSM.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:08am UTC

Lesley is back from the Geiteberg Folk Festival just outside Oslo. Whilst there, she managed to grab a few words with one of the Directors; Brian Ó hEadhra. Both share a love of all things Norwegian and Scottish for different reasons.

Arriving back home, as the row over JK Rowling seems to continue to rumble along; Lesley has a few thoughts.

Finally, this is a short 'start the week' podcast; we will be back at longer length later this week to catch up on more of the week's topics and issues.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:30pm UTC

It’s ‘100 days until’ and we’ve had ‘hope to nope’ from Obama, glorious leader jibes and the inevitable countdown to 18 September .We discuss these topics along with ‘Devo More’ and how the Queen deals with fainting. 

Lesley is also frustrated by the media coverage and we learn which European country has the highest IT workers per capita.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

Popular BBC Scotland presenter Gary Robertson  is about to leave  and ‘Scotland 2014’  arrives – Lesley has written about her concerns. In this podcast, she explains why she thinks things have been going wrong.

We also touch briefly on Blair and Bush and Tory tax proposals. And oddly enough, end on some good news …yes , you will have to listen to the very end.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:04pm UTC

Stromness

This week we are in Stromness on the ‘Blossom trail. In the light of the European election results, does this shed any light on Scottish politics? And you would have noticed that the Land Reform Review Group has reported and Lesley has blogged and written about it, but here she talks through some of the issues. Finally, there is a new proposal for a ‘national council’ – what is that all about?

 

Lots of questions and some answers in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.

Direct download: Stromness.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:02pm UTC

This week’s big themes are; relating to nature, energy companies mis-selling and the role of the ‘ethnic arguments’ in the constitutional debate.  

 We also manage to weave in seeing puffins and gannets at the Bass Rock, Carrying the Fire , St Johnstone, the language of Labour,  the new BBC referendum programmes, wrestling and the Atlas of Productivity.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:31am UTC

This week’s podcast is framed and named by William McIlvanney , who “observed at the Ullapool Book Festival this weekend, the Scottish slogan is not ‘wha daur meddle wi me’ but ‘wait a minute, that’s no’ fair’.”

We talk through the week’s events; the Grove Community Garden opening in Fountainbridge Edinburgh, the rise of competitive gardening, the Radical Independence gathering in Inverness and the calls for ‘reconciliation’ and nearly everything else in between; including the role of 12 year olds to educate the world.

 

To keep up to date and interact with us; you can follow us both on Twitter ; @lesleyriddoch and @chrisg_smith …where we try and keep things moving right along.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:56pm UTC

Bank Holiday Special

Whilst the rest of the country enjoys the May Bank Holiday, we are hard at work tackling the issues. Lesley thinks David Cameron should try a ‘zero hours’ contract.The whole issue of land reform bubbles up again with news about the Coop sale  and a hard hitting Scotsman column from Lesley.  We discuss the question; land reform and a referendum campaign – how do they fit together?

 

We also discuss Fintry’s FRESh community awards and the Big Ref Debate… ideas and lessons from both, it would seem.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

As the CBI changes its mind, is Lesley conducting a witch hunt?

Renaissance man Icelander Halldór Guðmundsson  came to call about Harpa at the latest Nordic Horizons meeting. He did talk about Harpa and a number of other fascinating Icelandic topics in a way which prompted a lot of thought.

 

Finally, Lesley is just back from Dunoon, Arran and Islay where she had a great time talking about ‘Blossom’. There were a lot of people who helped on the way to a great series..but she also discovers local issues around land and planning. She also outlines the differences between ‘events’ and ‘community meetings’…and the artist was Jan Ferguson

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:57pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast is still reeling from the cyber attack at our Typepad blog hosts.

So we started to speculate on other things outwith our control. The list starts with the BBC Referendum debate in Orkney. Was this a format not suited to a debate? A debate not suited to the format. And how did this contrast with the Science Festival Energy Referendum Debate ; ‘The Perfect Mix’ ?

Lesley doesn’t write the headlines in the Sunday Post either and has a few things to say about Eck and subs.

 

Finally we wrap up with the challenges of islands, explore ‘inalienable’, ‘Our islands, our future’ and discuss the good news from Community Land Scotland.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:46pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:21pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:09pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:01pm UTC

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. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:19pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:18pm UTC

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: 12:03am UTC

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.)

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:25am UTC

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

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:15pm UTC

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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm UTC

This week Lesley talks about the ‘Wooing the undecided voter’ which she wrote about for Newsnet Scotland. At the same time, David Cameron was urging the English, Welsh and Northern Irish to woo the Scots to ‘No’ by showing and sharing the love.

At the weekend, Lesley also crossed swords with David Aaronovitch over the contention ‘English, Scottish? Too close to separate over a range of attitudes’. Wings Over Scotland provided a summary and the audio; but here Lesley outlines her thinking and the background to their clash.

And, finally, as the Scottish Labour Party prepares to unleash its proposals for devolution post ‘No’, the rumours are not setting the heather alight or so Lesley thinks.

And a timely reminder, you can get the Lesley Riddoch Podcast on a free subscription on iTunes here. It’s delivered fresh, straight from the Feisty Studios to you each week.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:04pm UTC

This week Lesley has been prompted to think about the role supermarkets have in educating our youngsters. If you follow Lesley on Twitter, you will know this is a hot topic. But are all corporate bodies bad?

The interventions of Alistair Carmichael, Tom Hunter and Mr Bean all get woven into the latest state of the #indyref debate.

As Lesley also tackles the petty side of immigration, following emails from those affected by a distressing anomaly in policy. 

Direct download: Supermarkets.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:09pm UTC

This week Lesley wrote about the Scottish Government’s “backing a quota to enforce 40 per cent representation of women on all public and company boards – after a Yes vote.  She also talks through the background to this article which includes the exchanges on twitter of Nicola Sturgeon, Shona Robison, Kezia Dugdale and Jenny Marra as they worked through the policy or not on a wet Sunday afternoon.

And could you get the Scots to change their mind for £500 ? Apparently so, if you believe the latest polls.

In the week where humour raises its head in the referendum debate; we worry about the panto stars, Jim Murphy and cybernats.

And Lesley has been swimming. Rant alert. Was it Michael Jamieson, the Olympic Silver Medallist, who was her source of annoyance or inspiration in the crowded lanes? You will need to listen to find out.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:12pm UTC

This week, Lesley reveals how she has bought shares for the first time. Naturally, it’s in a community energy scheme ; Garmony Hydro on Mull. She explains some of the reasons and muses about wood, community energy and even, scavenger licences from the Forestry Commission.

We manage to bring Bain and Co, Newburgh coffee mornings and building societies into the equation. And we almost finish on marine energy; Lesley explains the difference between wave and tidal.

However, this week, you must listen to the end, because there is a wee clarification.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm UTC

After Fat Cat Wednesday and Groundhog Day, it was obvious we needed to talk about days.

But soon we were on to the plight of Premiership Football managers, Commonwealth Games sponsors, #indyrefski, why Lesley is saying no to ‘Yes’, whether ‘facts is facts’ and the excellent Ruter.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:19pm UTC

Scotland is the midst of a constitutional debate and our near neighbours seem to have no opinions, according to Lesley in Newsnet Scotland. We discuss some of the reasons.

One of the ideas to enliven the debate was a TV Debate. If David Cameron won’t face Alex Salmond for a variety of reasons, are there better choices? How about lining up celebrities? Eddi Reader, Eddie Izzard, Kevin Bridges, Jim Davidson, Brian Cox and George Galloway are the names in the frame.

We also touch on a great piece by Pat Kane  in the excellent Bella Caledonia ( as ever ) and discover a new leftish movement out there; Mair nor a rock wind

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:02pm UTC

In the last @lesleyriddoch podcast of 2013, we try to dodge around and corral the issues of the season. These include the ‘big’ events for 2014, food and drink, honours, and how they fit in Scotland today.

We start by attempting to consign a series of expressions, tropes and memes to 2013.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:42pm UTC

Nigella Lawson of cooking fame has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast considers the fall out of the case and tries to make some sense of it all.

In a week when Lesley was being whisked around Helsinki by trams, we stop to ponder the latest European Commission survey on the public opinion on trains.

The Scotsman also revealed this week it was to move premises. This simple statement provoked an interesting ‘twitter’ storm with some surprising tangents. 

Direct download: Nigella_Trains_and_Papers.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

 In this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast, we discuss the Douglas Alexander intervention into the referendum debate. Lesley’s approach is to try to be ‘not snarky’ as she gets stuck into the arguments.

The topic of supermarkets and future food price gets a good chewing. Is it a real worry?  Some, like Dig In Bruntsfield and the Fife Diet folks might see this as an opportunity. And we also touch on the positive ideas out of recent Lighthouse exhibitions.

And then, there is Oslo. Lesley has been on another field trip, eventful as ever. And she comes back full of stories of bread, trams and transport. There’s also advance notice of the next Nordic Horizons meeting which promises to be very good on integrated public transport a la Ruter.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast; ‘Scotland’s Future’ – the White Paper gets released, childcare gets discussed or not, and there’s a lot of television about.

There are mentions of Alan Little’s excellent ‘Our Friends in the North’, Scotland Tonight’s use of ‘heng oots’, the riveting spectacle of Eddi Reader on Question Time and that debate between   Nicola and Alistair . And Chris explains what it is like to meet the Ice Queen, Irene Macdougall of Dundee Rep who is in this year’s Christmas show, “The Big Friendly Giant”.

(And thanks to Chris Cook for the inspirational title of this week’s Pod ) 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:19pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast has Lesley fresh back from the WEA in Sheffield and the Radical Independence Campaign event in Glasgow on November 23. Two very different experiences as she describes them.

Looking forward, this week will see the long anticipated White Paper which will answer questions. Lesley will be spending some time this week talking about this document; rumoured to be 700+ pages. We discuss if it’s all the possible answers or none – or somewhere in between. We also briefly talk about the role of negotiations in key policy areas. Especially, in the light of the recent Iranian Nuclear agreements; would it be possible to avoid a ‘McWeimar Republic’?

And, it wouldn’t be a @lesleyriddoch Podcast without gratuitous mentions of things Nordic, music of the 70/80s and Volvos. They are all there.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:10pm UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast develops some of the themes about health visitors and the continuing debate about ‘early years’.

And after a dander around Assynt and Ullapool; the importance of community cinema, head torches, Dundee rep becomes clear. The Blossom audience in Lochinver is filled with the folk from the early evening screening of ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and a helpful member of the audience offers to illuminate the stage with a head torch. Saturday night in the Ceilidh Place hosts a fantastic production of ‘Promises, Promises’ with Ann Louise Ross.

And finally, after a Mike Vickers suggestion and a Borgen episode, could there be the need for a new party; a ‘Community Action’ party?

Direct download: Health_Visitors_and_Community_Treats.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:36pm UTC

In a week where elections to NHS Health Boards are being wound up as ‘a good idea’, we discuss whether there is too much democracy. Is the NHS too difficult to engage with, anyway?

If there is too much democracy, is the referendum too serious? Lesley spots a new feature from her last speaking engagement; there might be hope.

And finally, Borgen returns. So why are we so in love with long running complex TV series? It’s all to do with Saturday night , apparently.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:10am UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast is full of lectures. From Kirkintilloch; where Lesley reflected on the legacy of Tom Johnston and the community spirit to Govan and the latest news about shipbuilding. In common with a lot of bloggers, like Derek Bateman, Lesley has a different view of the proceedings, unlike the MSM.

If you didn’t make it along to the excellent Nordic Horizons event; ‘Nordic Cooperation with Mary Hilson and Johan Strang, Lesley gives you the highlights about how the Nordic nations are practically working together. (Still worth listening to a recording of the event…it’s lively and thought provoking.)

And …finally, there’s news of another insight into Copenhagen, coming in December at the next Nordic Horizons meeting.

Direct download: Tom_Johnston_Shipbuilding_Cooperat.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC

Lesley arrives hotfoot from a literary Dundee and a wind blasted London. In Dundee, she meets the family that reads together and has an AL Kennedy moment.

In London, she had been taking part in a debate at the Institute for Government. Her verdict; a different type of question and questioner.  

And, what about energy? Is there anything new to say? Well, you can always rely on Dundee to delight. And so it does, with tales of community energy.

Direct download: London_Dundee_Energy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:55pm UTC

Fresh from an appearance on ‘Any Question’ on BBC Radio 4 from Rothbury, Lesley still has points and observations to make about her fellow panellists. Energy came up as a topic and Lesley has more to say on the subject in response to David Willetts’ assertions. Lesley also reveals what local people said to her following the recording and the audience’s surprising reaction to the Scottish independence debate.

She also had occasion to use a machine in London which would not take Scottish notes. The resulting twitterstrom threw up some interesting points.

Lesley also managed to have an eventful time at the SNP Conference in Perth and has a tale to tell.

And, on the road with ‘Blossom’, there was a very interesting meeting at the Centre for Human Ecology which prompted lots of questions. Some of which we discuss.

Direct download: Any_Questions_Scottish_Notes.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:22am UTC

This week Lesley talks about giving the keynote at the Moray College graduation ceremony and gets a good view of the local issues which are niggling folks in Moray. It’s libraries mainly. And how does that link back to being a guest speaker at the Yes group in Moray? And is ‘Vaping’ real smoking or not?

Finally, guess what Lesley thinks about ‘Sunshine On Leith’. This week’s podcast contains all the answers.

Direct download: Moray_and_Guest_Yes.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:04pm UTC

Scotland Women's Football team put 7 past Bosnia but it's Tam Cowan's comments that make the news. Equally, Lesley visits  the Wigtown Book Festival and finds as ever; feisty conversations, women who lend watches and a whole different spin on the independence debate. And then there was the Green Party Conference in Inverness, Lesley reports back from the front line.

Direct download: Womens_Football_Books_Radicals.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:56pm UTC

Back after an extended lay off, the Lesley Riddoch Podcast is back.  Lesley launched a book, and has been busy with being a writer. This includes reading reviews.

With a year to go before the big vote; Lesley casts her eye over the debate so far and wonders aloud; ‘is this the best we can do?’

Finally, as every tourist does, we speculate about how an economy could be turned around.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:31am UTC

As we come up to the Scottish Parliament's summer recess, a lot has happened in the last week or so. Topics include the passing of Allan Macrae and Tommy Riley, Govanhill Big Noise, Alex Salmond and Muirfield, one year of ‘Better Together’ and the Saltire Housing Design  Award.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:44pm UTC

It seems everyone spotted @lesleyriddoch on last week’s ‘Question Time’. It was a lively programme for a number of reasons as Lesley will explain. Equally, a 40 minute journey to Eigg turns into an adventure and an opportunity for new discoveries.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:02pm UTC

Derry/Londonderry is the UK’s City of Culture this year, Lesley paid a visit and reports back. The Kirkcaldy Galleries have hosted a series of events as they re-open after renovation; we talk about what happens when celebrity Fifers, Ian Rankin and Jack Vettriano  meet. And finally, in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast, the US and UK have been snooping and Edward Snowden wants you to know.

Direct download: Derry_Kirkcaldy_and_Snowden.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:25am UTC

Lord George Robertson warns of 'Balkanisation' in the independence debate. Lesley was a panellist in a very energetic meeting at Adam Smith College  and understands some of the background to the recent Edinburgh University survey into young people's attitudes to the independence debate.  The High Streets across Scotland are failing, whilst radical cycling plans for Edinburgh are being proposed ( and opposed ). What is the solution?

We cover a lot of ground in this week’s podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:02pm UTC

This week, it's the turn of wind energy and cycling to feature in the @lesleyriddoch podcast. Concepts like 'wind crofters' and 'strict liability' will be explored in the light of the 'Land Reform Review Group' interim report and Emma Way and the #bloodycyclist affair.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:57am UTC

This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast starts with Lesley at Radio 4’s ‘Leader Conference’, takes in Nigel Farage and 70s direct action, Norman Tebbit and gay marriage, Gary Tank Commander and skiffs.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:48pm UTC

UKIP’s recent election results stirred things up down in England. Lesley was keen to point out the differences between UKIP and the SNP after parallels had been drawn in her Scotsman column.

After an event “Who Runs Culture in Scotland?” in the Tron with a packed panel, including Alasdair Gray, the answer is a bit clearer.

The ‘Poverty in South Lanarkshire’ conference and some biological explanations from the Chief Medical Officer prompt some out loud thinking.

The long overdue recognition of the Arctic Convoy  heroes  is something we also touch upon respectfully  in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.

Direct download: UKIP_Culture_Poverty_Arctic_Heroe.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:54pm UTC

There’s a lot on the menu this week. A recent YouGov Poll suggests the Scottish public is unconvinced by Alex Salmond’s arguments for independence – are the wheels coming off ?

Lesley was at the ‘Future is Local’ event at the Scottish Parliament and comes back with a few insights , including  Angus Macmillan of Storas Uibhist.

And finally, Barack Obama was a top performer at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Leadership and comedy – is this possible ?

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:15am UTC

Lesley went to Belfast and watched Margaret Thatcher's funeral from there. News of the Boston Marathon bombing came through during her visit and these topics feature in this week's Lesley Riddoch podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

This week's @lesleyriddoch Podcast was recorded on April 1st, in the afternoon. The combination of the date and Easter meant amusement and questions about both. Similarly, the appointment of Paolo di Canio prompted questions. Finally, it's not the Bedroom Taxed; they are the 'Bedroom Blockers'. The implications of this new benefit cuts are starting to emerge.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:38pm UTC

Alex Salmond addresses the SNP on the subject of child care, Ed Davey talks through the UK's commitments and Lesley goes to the movies. Her reactions, as ever, are livley and insightful.


Lesley chaired sessions at the 2013 COSLA  Conference in St Andrews. She reports back from a conference where the architect of the ‘Bedroom Tax’, Lord Freud delivered a presentation and where Nicola Sturgeon ‘debated’ with Alistair Darling; in the first clash of the political heavyweights. She gives you some of the colour and atmosphere of these particular sessions. You may well get annoyed as Lesley by some of the attitudes. Finally, Lesley and Andy Wightman were invited to take part in a ‘Comrie Conversation’; a community that came together to talk about ‘independence’ at the grassroots.


We tried this week to round up the highlights from a Nordic Horizon event 'Beyond NATO' ( fascinating ), the departure of Cardinal O'Brien ( thought provoking ) and the all the cross border issues thrown up with the current state of the independence debate ( perplexing ). There is a lot to pack into this week's @lesleyriddoch podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:03pm UTC

This week’s podcast is full of discussions about inappropriate behaviour, unanswered questions and AAA ratings or should we concentrate on the Commonwealth? Behaviour in the Roman Catholic Church and theLib Dems has been put under the microscope and there seem to be a number of questions hanging in the air…not all posed nor answered. But this @lesleyriddoch podcast will have a go! 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:35pm UTC

Between the constitutional debates being largely male,  graduates being ‘too posh to stack’ and councils being cheap; this week’s Lesley Riddoch podcast is on the look out for heroes. We think we may have found them. Step forward, Cait Reilly, Stephen Jardine and Mike Small.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:15pm UTC

In this week's podcast, we try to unpick all the challenges which surround EVs, that's electric cars to you and me. We also mention the Pope in passing. In the continuing long running independence debate, there have been developments which centre around what happens after the referendum. Finally, last weekend, Lesley chaired a discussion at Falkland with the folks from the Centre for Stewardship and there were unlikely revelations.

Direct download: Electric_Cars_Devo_Falklands_Art.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:05pm UTC

Sidse Babett Knudsen, Mike Dailly, Pamela Duncan, David Laws and Chris Huhne are all in the 'names to be used this week' folder. With the final episodes of the second series of Borgen being shown at the Filmhouse Edinburgh, it was time to sign off this remarkable political drama, for now. And with that, Lesley dives straight into unpicking the impending 'Bedroom Tax' and what does the latest Lib Dem resignation mean?

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:37pm UTC

After a blustery weekend in Skye and a Burns Supper to boot, this week's podcast reflects on the latest UK moves on Trident and Burns and those suppers. It is also impossible not to mention the Celtic Connections concert " All will be well - A celebration of Michael Marra". As you will hear, if you listen closely, Lesley was affected by the whole experience.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:26pm UTC

Between meetings that never took place in the snow and a night talking Dundee regeneration, there is a lot going on in the Lesley Riddoch podcast this week. Add another referendum and it's suddenly - it's action packed.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:52pm UTC

A bit late this week and a bit shorter than usual. Lesley is just back from Reykjavik and didn't find exactly what she had expected.

But a concert hall and a film caught her eye.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:48am UTC

Well actually, it is Borgen, teenage mothers and a brief discussion of 'economics' at the local level. After a Christmas and Hogmanay break, Lesley is back bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on all comers.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:20pm UTC

A brief look back at 2012...topics include the economy, independence, the Olympics and some thoughts about the coming year.

It is not a best of, or a review of , just a meander with Lesley. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:30pm UTC

This week's podcast was recorded after the terrible shootings in Connecticut. Lesley reflects on the wide ranging debate that now must take place in America. It is also clear that the Scotland in the EU debate rumbles on and we learn some interesting things about the man in the thick of it. And finally, Alasdair Gray seems to have stirred up things with his comments about the English.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

This week, we try and sum up the National Landscape Policy Conference, an exciting new coop in Owenstown, what Leveson means for Scotland and reflect on the 'Top Scot' by popular acclaim ( It's not a cyclist or a comedian.). Busy, busy , busy.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:09pm UTC

This week's podcast is recorded after Lesley spent Saturday in a hotel with 800 people at the Radical Independence Conference. She also muses about Kenny MacAskill's thoughts about local authorities and finally we touch on banking.

Direct download: RICLocal_and_Public_Banks.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:35pm UTC

The missing commas give the clue. This week Lesley is back from a flying visit to Copenhagen where she was looking at bikes, finding out about food and asking about Sarah Lund. This week's podcast will give some answers.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:53pm UTC

This week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast has a single subject; just the BBC. With scandals, ‘stepping asides’ and the resignation of the DG; there is a lot to talk about.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:10pm UTC

To recycle or incinerate; these were some of the choices outlined in the recent Nordic Horizons meeting with Kim Olsson of NSR from Helsingborg Sweden. Lesley reflects on the key points and potential lessons for the Scots. Equally, she has some sage advice for the women of the opposition after some FMQ clashes.

Direct download: Recycling_opposition.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:57am UTC

Not the usual podcast this week, Lesley talks frankly about three people; the late Michael Marra, Jean Urquhart and Kathleen from Dundee. Three different tales which have emotional resonances. This is probably the most personal podcast, we have done.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:34pm UTC

In this week's podcast, Lesley relates her reflections about some of the proceedings at the SNP Conference in Perth last week.

The big topic was the paasionate debate around Nato and Lesley was there in the hall. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:14pm UTC

Between BBC Radio 5Live and Al Jazeera TV this week, Lesley has been a busy journalist. She also wrote about Devo ( Max or Plus )  and offers some thoughts of the historic 'Edinburgh Agreement' before a theatrical review of 'Guid Sisters'.

Direct download: Al_Jazeera_Devo_and_Guid_Sisters.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:11am UTC

Back from holiday and up for her thoughts on the  'Universal Benefits' debate, Lesley and her podcast are back from holiday.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:56am UTC

Lesley is back from travelling around Oslo on their public transport bike scheme. In the light of the triumphs of the Paralympics, there is a 'spirited' discussion about the current benefits cuts. Finally, Boris Johnson makes it along to the podcast, as well.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:42pm UTC

Lesley was away this weekend at the Development Trusts Association Scotland annual conference and has come back with a tale or two. Everything you needed to know about what is happening amongst communities organising themselves – it is here...

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:47pm UTC

 'The Scottish Six' has ended it run at the Edinburgh Fringe. In this week's podcast Lesley talks through some of the lessons and insights. We also briefly touch on communities, ahead of the annual Development Trusts Association Scotland conference, and NATO.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:24pm UTC

In the pod this week, Lesley explains some of the background to a 'discussion' raging out there in 'blogistan'. It has been mostly about the role and number of women featuring in the 'constitutional' debates in the Scottish media. A list of notable Scottish women was produced and it provoked comment from different quarters. She also talks through the travails of being a fringe performer.

Direct download: Wimmen_and_that_list.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:10am UTC

It's been hard to miss the impact the Olympics have had. In this week's, Lesley Riddoch relates a World Services experience , reflects on the Olympic gender issues and helmets. For cyclists.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:43am UTC

Andy Wightman and Lesley sat down in a sunny Edinburgh garden to chat through the themes and topics they will be covering in their show; the Scottish Six. From Vitamin D, bubbles, land reform, the sexism of 'shovel ready, opening ceremonies and equality are just some of the topics covered in this podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:26pm UTC

If you didn't make it along to the Big Tent Festival at Falkland then don't worry, Lesley was there for you. She took part in a number of the talks, panel discussions and blethers that make up this uniquely Fife festival.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:12pm UTC

Between Devo Max, Margo MacDonald and Donald Trump, this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast touches all of the bases...and some.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:38am UTC

Lesley is just back from a number of different speaking engagements. There have been a series of issues which have 'surfaced'; 'gender balance', the role of experts, constitutional change ahead of votes and the climate in London. We cover a lot of ground in this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: The_Gender_Thing_and_Deals.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:12pm UTC

In a week where the Honours' List is published, there was a spat between Alastair Campbell and Armando Iannucci. As the holiday season approaches, more deaths on the major road linking lowlands and highlands prompts Lesley to a few choice words.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:37am UTC

Between the warmth of the west coast, the jubilee, Ed and Englishness and Olympic flames, there are plenty of subjects to get into.

Lesley needs no encouragement to get stuck in.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:29pm UTC

After being hyped as the most important event for 300 years, Lesley attended the launch of 'Yes Scotland'.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

A quick tour of the issues arounfd the Scottish Government latest inaction or action, depending on your viewpoint. Lesley also talks about the new kid on the block in late night current affairs Scottish TV.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:29am UTC

Lesley comes hot foot from the Nordic Horizons meeting which featured Pasi Sahlberg talking about the Finnish education system. It was an amazing meeting and there's lots to report.

Direct download: Pasi_Sahlberg_and_Finnish_Lessons.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:28pm UTC

Between attending a meeting about "Community Councils" and the arrival of Donald Trump, it's a welcome return for Lesley to the pod this week.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:39pm UTC

In a week where petrol, pasties and George Galloway's victory in Bradford were in the headlines, Professor Thor Gylfason from Iceland came to the Scottish Parliament to talk aout their 'crowd sourced' constitution.

Direct download: Thor_and_George.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:19pm UTC

Back in December 2011, Lesley wrote about Vitamin D, MS and clinical trials. Helga Rhein, an Edinburgh GP got in touch. She had a long standing interest in Vitamin D and its deficiency in her patients. It made a lot of sense to get together and talk through this issue. More information is posted on the Lesley Riddoch web sites .

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:11am UTC

This week Lesley meets up with Andy Wightman and the talk turns to land reform, land ownership, land usage and generally...well...land. It is a frisky encounter and well worth the listen. Recorded outside on Skye, this is the first Lesley Riddoch Podcast outside broadcast!

Direct download: Who_Owns_Scotlands_Land_Reform_Roadshow.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:40pm UTC

Lesley was a panelist at a couple of the political party onferences. She has blogged about her experience and has written about the marathon that is the referendum. Now she goes into a little more detail. Enjoy!

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:47pm UTC

Lesley is just back from Norway and on her way to a couple of party conferences. And that's just the start of this week's podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:08pm UTC

In this week's podcast Lesley examines david Cameron's speech, Alan Sinclair's report and readers' letters.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:02pm UTC

This week Lesley wrote about the challenges of the islanders and their battles with SNH. It's mostly about seals, scallops and localisation.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

After a busy media week, Lesley explains the behind the scenes action and 'atmos' of last Burn's Night televised debate. It's a pretty straightforward dissection. And then there's Iceland and writing a constitution to discuss. A wide ranging Lesley Riddoch Podcast is here for everyone to enjoy.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:29pm UTC

It has been a funny old week and the topics have not been obvious. Daylight savings knocked back, social media lectures and dear old Simon Hughes.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:02pm UTC

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:22pm UTC

This week, there has been one developing story all week; the referendum. Who can call it? How many questions? Has David Cameron been out of line, has Alex Salmond been too smart for his own good? Or is this just old news for Scotland? Lesley has some thoughts.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:28pm UTC

Youngsters 'huckled' off trains, Dave gets huckled out of Europe and Johan is a new leader. Lots to get into and catch up on as Lesely gets stuck inrto the week's main happenings.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:52pm UTC

Back in the saddle and full of vim and historical vigour, Lesley has been blown away by historians in unusual settings and the acoustics of awards ceremonies. And she casts an eye over the whole renewable scene.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm UTC

Sorry for the break in services, but we are back with a corker.  Lesley has been doing stuff with the "Previously ...Scotland's History Festival" and got the opportunity to speak to historian and author; John M MacKenzie. The conversation ranges from the Scots and the British Empire through Rae and Livingstone to independence. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm UTC

Back from a break and with a lot to say; this week's podcast thumps the table at a coupleof points. There is quite a bit of pushing and shoving, especially when it comes to the nation's health.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:48pm UTC

Lesley says everyone can get degrees in three years, credit unions are braw and communities may be the way forward. Or does she? You will need to listen to the podcast to find out.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:02pm UTC

If you have been checking out Lesley's Facebook pages lately, you will have seen a set of photos of downtown Hammerfest. These included wildlife. Lesley explains how lemmings, owls and Scotland are related. For audiophiles, this is the last Skype based podcast for a week or two. Enjoy.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

Lesley has strong words about the Kiwis' ban on bag pipes and is vexed about how we look to the rest of the world with kids cage fighting. Oh, and there's the euro crisis. All good fun at the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:09am UTC

In a packed podcast, Lesley backs up her arguments about the opposition, reveals bill paying problems and finds out English is not universal. We meander all over the place but you know that anyway! Enjoy.


Being overweight and getting divorced are terrrible life experiences. Lesley wrote about the latest Lancet warning about obesity and contrasts with what she finds in Oslo. Equally, the Scottish Conservatives seem to be going through a sticky patch. All gist to the mill for this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:44pm UTC

Let's be honest, if we didn't talk about the Edinburgh trams; you'd be asking for your money back. Equally, after a super session at the Festival of Politics with Rune Rafaelsen and Anna Kireeva; you would like to hear the feedback.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm UTC

It's a game of two halves. Lesley touches on Alex 'surely she's got to get an award for this reporting' Crawford, whose coverage of the Libya end game has been superb. And then moves on to cyclists, in a week where the LSE puts the economic benefits of cycling to be around £2.9billion. The class warfare of bikes and their usage is explored inside a spirited rant.

Direct download: Alex_Crawford_and_Socially_Inept_Cyclists.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

Against a background of riots and their aftermath, Lesley was off ot Malta. She has much to share and seems to have found the good folk of Malta a cheery bunch with a tale or two to tell.

Direct download: Malta_and_the_Boy_Scouts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:11pm UTC

Lesley is just back from a flying visit to Norway and was able to see, at first hand, how the Norwegians are reacting to the recent tragedy.

Direct download: Reflections_on_Norway.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:48pm UTC

Tramping around Scotland, you pick up a lot of stories about Scottish Water. Lesley wrote a column based on a few. Here she explains a bit more.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:56pm UTC

After the terrible shootings in Oslo this week, Lesley gives her view of the Norwegian pysche in this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast. Just back from the Western Isles, she also reports on ferries and midges.

Direct download: Norway_American_debt_and_Lochmaddy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm UTC

We keep waiting to record this podcast later and later in the light of continuing revelations around 'phone hacking'. So, we are branding it everything-gate ( as suggested by Charlie Brooker ) and talking foreign invaders.  So, it's scandal and rhodendrums this week on the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:30pm UTC

It's been a  tough week and after all the ups and downs of the phone hacking scandal; what is left to say? We try and find something new. And as schools are out and the Scottish Government is looking for a new digital network, Lesley wades in with some thoughts and an appeal for information. Equally, Scottish Water has made a frequent topic of conversation in recent rural travels...so can you help out with a contribution?

Direct download: Hacking_Glow_and_water.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

This week , Lesley is in catch up mode. The Edinburgh Trams situation seems to have reached a conclusion or has it ? The news of the World is in the news for all the wrong reasons. And England isn't  sure about Scotland leaving. A number of different opinions are expressed and not the usual ones.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:55pm UTC

This week, Lesley looks at the new legislation about football/sectarianism and the Alex Salmond versus the Supreme Court rammie. And we also gaze in our navels about podcasting and this one in particular.

Direct download: Football_Laws_Lawyers_and_Podcasts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm UTC

This week's podcast tiptoes past the recent 'superinjunction' stooshie. Lesley also talks through her Scotsman column about rape. It's an adult discussion and maybe one you wouldn't want to play in the car on the school run. It's the theme not the language. Finally, there has been a royal visit to Ireland and it's been a strange triumph, in many ways.

Direct download: Superinjunctions_rape_and_Ireland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:51am UTC

So, the Sottish Football season is all but over and independence is in the air. Lesley spent some time in Edinburgh filming for a 'Newsnight' appearance. Thereby falls a tale.

Direct download: The_End_of_the_Season_and__Independence_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:34pm UTC

Just back from Colonsay, Lesley watches back to back Leaders Debate so you don't have to ! And after a number of different conversations this week, renewables, renewable energy and the like get a good airing. But you would expect that, wouldn't you?

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

Lesley is back from Mull and has written a Scotsman column that seems to have got lots of SNP supporters hot and bothered. She explains the background and the rationale. And as we turn to things on the football pitch...there is a sparrow attack. The perils of outside broadcasts.

Direct download: The_Sparrow_Attack.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:28pm UTC

We're back...after recording the Rotterdam Rap, Lesley was straight out on the Election Trail and in this podcast, reports back from the front line. Judy Murray also has been hitting the headlines with her thoughts about more sport for kids. Luckily,  Lesley seems to agree or does she? Only you can be the judge in this week's installment from the kitchen table.

Direct download: The_Hustings_and_Judy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC

It's been a busy week and Lesley is back with some thoughts about nuclear and Japan, Libya and Hague, Nordic municipalities and confidence, bikes and buses! All will be revealed.

Direct download: The_Nuclear_Libya_Nordic_Bikes_Station_Podcast.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm UTC

In the coming weeks, the census form will be thumping through our letterboxes. In it, Scots will be asked if they can write, read and understand Scots. Lesley sits down with a special co-presenter this week to mull the subject over. He is Ian Miller, farmer and Scots speaker. 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:11pm UTC

The thorny subject of second homes comes up as Lesley returns from Norway, chairs conferences, thinks about Libya, argues with Chris about Facebook and generally worries about foreshore ownership.

Direct download: Second_homes_The_Scottish_Parliament_and_Libya.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:15pm UTC

Egypt, Elections and Norwegian News

This podcast was recorded on Friday afternoon as Lesley prepared to run out the door and fly to Oslo. The events in Egypt were "developing" and this podcast reflects that.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:24pm UTC

Award winning broadcaster, journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch casts her eye over this week's news.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm UTC