Thu, 26 April 2018
There's a definite parliamentary feel to the first part of the podcast as we spend a significant amount of time picking over the breakdown of negotiations between the Scottish and UK governments over Brexit Clause 11, the infamous "power grab".
Yesterday's Scottish and PM Questions in Westminster and today's FMQs focus Lesley on the reactions of Labour in particular to the impact of the "consent decision" amendments on the devolution settlement and the Scottish Parliament.
I chip in on the 24 powers which the UK government proposes to retain for seven years post Brexit, and we speculate on how the SNP and wider Scottish civic society can drive home what this will mean in reality to ordinary folk. And can we leave all this up to mainstream news outlets?
This feeds neatly into Lesley's recollections of her time at the BBC after the recent revelations over Auntie’s collusion with MI5 in vetting and excluding "lefties".
There are also startling marital and football revelations and my take on Jackson Carlaw.
Thu, 19 April 2018
After the two week break for my being "awfy no weel" we're back.
In the opening salvos of our return you'll hear far too much about my illness and lots about our overheard conversations in Fife.
When we finally get down to business Lesley focuses on what we can learn from the BiFab crisis for the future of Scottish innovation and manufacturing, And, yet again, Norway can be the model.
Henry McLeish's return to the independence debate leads us into a discussion on what impact he can have on any future referendum among Labour "No's".
I watched FMQs today, just so you don't have to chums, and we discuss Ruth Davidson's and Richard Leonard's contrasting contributions.
It wouldn't be our podcast if we didn't examine the BBC's role in driving the news agenda and cycle and turn our attention to the "Windrush Generation" scandal. Lesley skewers the Tory "look over there, shiny shiny" diversionary tactics.
I finish with my reaction to the BBC's "Rivers of Blood" broadcast on Radio 4.
All this plus the usual verbal highways and byways.
Thu, 5 April 2018
Strangely neither of us are returning from anywhere this week, but we're both off, separately, to Edinburgh.
We unashamedly spend most of our time reflecting on the Novichuk poisoning story and what it says not only about Boris Johnson and the Conservative government but also the state of BBC journalism. Here's a hint, neither of us are exactly tap dancing about any of them.
Lesley wonders if Jeremy Corbyn is the only political leader to have gone with his gut instincts and been proven correct.
Once again it seems to have been the "non mainstream" media, with the honourable exception of Skynews, which has done the heavy journalistic lifting.
We return to the theme of empathy from last week and revisit the Clara Ponsati situation with Lesley's insights into the European Arrest Warrant.
I make a plea to avoid gloating about the media turning on the Labour Party and Remainers from those of us who went through the smears of Indyref.
Finally, we reflect on the enduring radical legacy of Dr Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination.