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 .
Thu, 30 March 2017
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.
Fri, 24 March 2017
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".
Tue, 14 March 2017
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.
Thu, 9 March 2017
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!
Thu, 2 March 2017
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.