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?
Thu, 27 July 2017
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.
Thu, 13 July 2017
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!
Wed, 5 July 2017
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!