Fri, 30 March 2018
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.
Thu, 15 March 2018
I was away in Wales last weekend and Lesley decided that she had to do something equally spectacular. In her case it was attending the Sunday session of the Labour Party Conference in Dundee.
Stand by for some pretty trenchant thoughts from her on that experience in terms of the UK Labour leadership, its relationship with the party in Scotland, and John McDonnell's speech.
Corbyn's remarks on immigration and low wages sparked me to do some research on the reality of what links there are, if any, between the two.
I also discovered some surprising facts on Keir Hardie (note the spelling chums) in the course of the digging.
The Salisbury poisoning, who's to blame, and the political fall outs over it occupies the next part of our hour.
Lesley’s National article on the latest STV Ipsos Mori poll was an absolute necessity to discuss, if only to provide me with this week’s show title.
Finally, I have some thoughts on the deaths of Stephen Hawking and the uillean piper Liam O'Flynn
Wed, 7 March 2018
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.
Thu, 1 March 2018
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)