Thu, 22 June 2017
Lesley returns from Denmark rejuvenated, revitalised and any other "r" words you can think of after her stay on Bornholm - a Danish island which has just hosted the biggest act of political engagement in Europe and maybe the world.
Not following Norman Tebbit she also got on her bike in Copenhagen, you pronounce it any way you fancy.
I chip in around the edges on the state of Scottish FE colleges ( the unincorporated colleges are Argyll College, Newbattle Abbey College, Orkney College, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Shetland College and West Highland College by the way)and essay a Portadown accent for no good reason.
We finish with thoughts on the health not of the body politic but that of the nation.
Fri, 16 June 2017
As the full horror of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower reveals itself we ask if this was not an accident but the inevitable outcome of the state of UK society.
A society which promotes civic neglect, has contempt for the poor, places profit above people , and silences dissent.
Lesley reflects on the continuing aftermath of last Thursday, Tommy Shepphard's abortive bid to become Leader of the SNP in the House of Commons ,Common Weal's six ideas to revitalise the Scottish Government and if any kind of "soft" Brexit can be achieved.
We also have a wee bit of chat on the Corbyn Effect.
Sun, 11 June 2017
Lesley recorded this wee podcast as a memory of the buy out.
Fri, 9 June 2017
It's the morning after the night before and Lesley, fortified by at least six coffees and lashings of chocolate, unleashes herself on the election results.
That "bloody difficult woman"; the SNP campaign; the Tory deal with their " friends" the DUP; the Corbyn effect ; the significance of the votes in Scotland for indyref2 are all subjected to our , hopefully informed, if slightly manic, analysis.
On the way we also manage to cover the Giant's Causeway museum, the perils of postal voting, and banning Ouija boards.Trust me, if you listen, it all makes sense.
Lesley also pays tribute to Angus Robertson and ,in particular,Alex Salmond as they both leave Westminster.
Thu, 1 June 2017
After a two week break where Lesley journeyed round Orkney and Shetland and I grappled with internet technology ,we're back.
For my sins I've been watching the leaders' debates and interviews trying to make sense of this strangest of General Elections.
Meanwhile Lesley has not only been sampling the musical delights and high kicking dancing of the Orkney folk festival but also following the local battle to be elected MP next week.
In the midst of this I'm reminded of the failure of my beloved Dundee United( cheers chum!) and Lesley extols the virtues of the Hardanger fiddle.
Fri, 19 May 2017
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.
Fri, 12 May 2017
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.
Fri, 5 May 2017
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!
Fri, 28 April 2017
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?".
Wed, 19 April 2017
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 .