Thu, 19 January 2017
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.
Wed, 21 December 2016
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.
Wed, 14 December 2016
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.
Thu, 1 December 2016
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.
Wed, 23 November 2016
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.
Wed, 16 November 2016
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!
Wed, 9 November 2016
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?
Fri, 4 November 2016
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?
Fri, 28 October 2016
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.
Wed, 19 October 2016
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.