Fri, 6 October 2017
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.
Thu, 28 September 2017
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).
Thu, 21 September 2017
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.
Thu, 14 September 2017
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.
Thu, 7 September 2017
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.
Thu, 31 August 2017
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.
Thu, 24 August 2017
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.
Thu, 17 August 2017
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.
Thu, 10 August 2017
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.
Thu, 3 August 2017
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?