Feisty Productions
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

Lesley and I were both enthralled by the US midterm elections. I followed them on CNN and she on C4. Still her go to news channel despite the Nicola Sturgeon Brexit debate debacle.

The blue surge in the States ushered in a swathe of new, progressive Democrats to the House of Representatives,but has Donald Trump managed, with typical sleight of hand, another master stroke of deflection with his sacking of Jeff Sessions and attack on CNN's Jim Acosta?

Lesley's most recent column in the National focused on the report for the Revive Coalition by Dr Ruth Tingay and Andy Wightman on Scotland's driven grouse moors. Lesley asks if there can be a united campaign to rewild and repopulate this barren 20% of Scotland's land, and how radical will the Scottish Government be prepared to be in challenging land owners.

Just when Dundee seems to be breaking free of its post-industrial gloom Michelin has announced the closure of its tyre factory with the loss of over 800 jobs. Is it a case of two steps forward, three steps back for the city, or can government, unions, and the workers save the plant?

The BBC made the controversial decision to interview Leave. EU’s Arron Banks after his referral to the National Crime Agency. Was this the right decision? And was Andrew Marr the right man?

We also take time for personal reflections on loss as we approach the centenary of the Armistice.

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

Last night was Halloween but there's no trick or treating in this all genuine, all traditional, Scottish podcast.

Lesley turns her gimlet gaze on Scotland's less than glorious witch hunting past and explodes some myths.

I chip in with a wee bit on the roots of Samhain and memories of the 1950s.

We both reflect on what the witch hunts of the 17th century mean to modern Scottish society.

Lesley's recent column in the National on the People's Vote, sparked by Pete Wishart's warnings over it, has certainly sparked some debate. She considers not only the importance of the vote itself for the cause of independence but also how the decision by Nicola Sturgeon to support it was apparently taken.

The next section on the changing nature of the UK tax system and income inequality is all the fault of Iain McWhirter. As he's done to Lesley so often, he got in first with what I was going to say. So, blame him!

Finally, it's hats off to Stuart Cosgrove and the team for bringing C4's new Creative Hub to Glasgow.

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:16pm UTC

You'll be able to get a wheen o' ironing done this week chums as we offer up an extended, hour long, podcast.

Westminster takes up the first section with thoughts on Sir Paul Beresford's " I can't understand your accent" nonsense; Ian Blackford's sterling performances at PMQs, and the unsinkable Theresa May's "Christianity".

We move on to Nicola's Sturgeon's refusal to take part in the EBU's NewsXchange event after it was confirmed that Steve Bannon would also be attending. The BBC justifying his participation on his leading an "anti -elite" movement. Lesley reflects on this notion of the elite and how Trump and Farage have successfully articulated a reactionary ideology which has tapped into justified grievances.

The strike action by Glasgow City Council women workers over the 12-year equal pay scandal, not unsurprisingly, takes up a significant part of the podcast.

Lesley and I try to work our way through the competing narratives and reach different conclusions. Before you shout"Fight, fight!", it's all very civilised.

This is in stark contrast to my reaction to the news that she's planning on going to see the Queen movie, Bohemian Rhapsody.

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

Writer Gabriella Bennett has just published her new book, “The Art of Coorie", inviting her readers to "embrace all things Scottish".

Lesley and I cast our sceptical, though not cynical eyes, on her interpretation of coorie and Caledonian cool.

We stick with the land and the new twists in the fight of tenant farmers Alison and David Telfer of Cleuchfoot farm to stop Buccleuch estates removing them to make way for planting trees.

As deadlines on Brexit loom ever nearer the BBC has suddenly shown an interest in what the Irish government's position on the Irish backstop is. Neale Richmond, who Lesley spoke to last week, and Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney have both made impressive appearances in the past couple of days in the face of "interesting" questioning, in particular from John Humphrys.

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has turned the spotlight on Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman and the humanitarian disaster in the Yemen. Will his brutal death prove a turning point in the West's relationship with Saudi Arabia?

In addition to all this, Ross Thomson gets telt, twice, Andrew Bridgen gets cut off the knees, and I do anagrams.

Here's the link to the Corries version of Coorie Doon.Well worth a wee listen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHcdu44vmwU

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:36am UTC

Senator Neale Richmond was elected to Seanad Éireann in April 2016 to the Labour Panel. He is the Fine Gael Spokesperson on European Affairs in the Seanad.

Senator Richmond gave this short interview to Lesley after his recent appearance at the 2018 SNP conference.

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

It may come as a shock to you but we begin each podcast with a list of topics, all in my wee blue notebook. This week we break with tradition and open with a continuation of our off-mic conversation on the nature of being who we really are. How does the putting on and shedding the masks we wear affect us personally, politics, and society.

This, to our surprise, leads us, quite naturally, to both the SNP conference and the huge All Under One Banner march in Edinburgh.

Lesley wonders if the SNP leadership can relax its hold on the reins and release the talent she saw on display, particularly at fringe meetings. Can they also allow the space for that talent to speak with its own, authentic, voice?

The AUOB movement perhaps shows in its flawed, human, joyous way how this can be done.

We do turn to my infamous list and discuss the recent rumblings of rebellion from the DUP over Brexit, its implications for the peace process and the potential for a referendum on Irish unity.

As usual there's lots of other asides including, in no particular order, hockey, an Arsenal football legend, and the collected works of James Joyce.

And prizes are still available for spotting this,and last ,week's musical reference in the title.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:05pm UTC

We can't ignore the Tory party conference, try as hard as we might, and we kick off this week's podcast with our reflections on Theresa May's moves.

Ruth Davidson has been on a PR offensive for her new book while ignoring requests for serious political interviews. Gordon Brewer of the BBC and STV's Colin McKay finally got the chance to grill her, with very different results.

Lesley has had a long commitment to justice for Scotland's tenant farmers and her steely gaze turns on the scandal of the impending removal of the Telfer family from their border farm by the Duke of Buccleuch. She also reflects on Nicola Sturgeon's response to Joan McAlpine's question on this in the Scottish Parliament.

Historic Environment Scotland have been all over the news and social media with their refusal to allow the All Under One Banner marchers to congregate in Holyrood Park and the Yes walkers entry to Stirling Castle. Who are the HES's board and what influence do the great and good who populate similar civic institutions have in modern Scotland?

We return to, Donald Trump, and the DUP's Arlene Foster, and, as they both face serious questions on their future, their recent rallying cries to their base.

As usual I shoehorn in some musical and football references. Check out this week's title as well.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:42pm UTC

 We return, after some time, to the murky world of Trump and US politics as Christine Blasey Ford appears in front of the Senate Judiciary about the alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Lesley asks if Kavanaugh can survive Blasey Ford's compelling testimony and that of his other accusers.

Trump defended Kavanaugh during his recent rambling, shambling, press conference. So bad that James Kelly sat with his head in his hands throughout most of it and Jared Kushner was caught on camera describing it with a word one expletive.

In complete contrast, Lesley was impressed by Jeremy Corbyn's closing speech to the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. Has a radical gauntlet been thrown down for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP?

I chip in on remarks made by Ian Lavery and Andy Kerr at the conference and wonder if a blanker "Labour bad" approach is smart politics from independence supporters.

We've avoided Brexit for a wee while but can no longer given what happened in Salzburg. Is No Deal now inevitable? Will there be a General Election in November? Can Theresa May survive? And, given the RHI scandal, can her confidence and supply partner Arlene Foster hang in there with her?

All the above, and more, plus a wee bonus announcement about the new Nation film on Norway right after a false ending.

 

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:25pm UTC

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

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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?

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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.

 

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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!!!

 

 

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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.

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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

After a bombshell of an opening, within which I tell possibly the most niche joke ever, we get back down to business with reflections on this week's shenanigans in the House of Lords.

Lesley's recent gig in Bearsden sparks a debate, wherein I defend the First Minister's softly softly approach, on whether the SNP leadership is playing it too safe on Indyref 2.

As May and the Brexiteers play fast and loose with the Irish border issue are there signs that "liberal unionists" are now thinking the unthinkable over Irish reunification?

All of this plus, evangelical Zionists, the discovery that Scotland is less popular than Gibraltar with English voters, tomorrow's Scottish Cup Final and Lesley's reaction to Willo Flood leaving Tannadice.

 

 

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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

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

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm 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.

Direct download: Oh_Vienna.mp3
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

We unashamedly spend the vast majority of this week's podcast on the continuing crisis in Catalunya.

Lesley was a first hand witness to last week's momentous events and gives a fantastic insight into what it was like on the streets of Barcelona as the drama unfolded.

She also, tells tall Castilian tales, recounts her experiences with anarcho-syndicalists and , most importantly, lets the world into the dark secrets of Brian Taylor's dancing.

I pitch in here and there but inevitably finish up talking about the fitba. Dinnae let on tae the Wee Ginger Dug!

There's also a plug for the Build:Bridges to Indy event this weekend in Edinburgh.

http://www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/build-bridges-indy

Direct download: Visca_Catalunya.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm 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.

Direct download: Catalonia_and_Conference_Special.mp3
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!

Direct download: Its_the_locals.mp3
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?".

Direct download: The_road_and_the_miles.mp3
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.

Direct download: The_Brexit_Club.mp3
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!

Direct download: Devolution_9.mp3
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.

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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!

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

This week sees the return of the podcast . Lesley tells all about ,her visit to the Faroe Islands , the significance of the number 49000, and why bigger ain't necessarily better . I, on the other hand fumble my big introduction but do manage to pronounce Caithness correctly.

Direct download: Lesley_Riddoch_Faroes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:32pm UTC