Feisty Productions
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

The Supreme court's unanimous decision to declare Boris Johnson's prorogation of Parliament not only unlawful but null and void takes up the majority of this week's podcast.

We consider the central role of the "Scottish case", brought by Joanna Cherry QC MP and others in this momentous ruling.

We also try and predict, you can be the judge of how successfully in the next few days, what ramifications it will have for Johnson's future, a General Election, and Scottish independence.

Great Thunberg made an impassioned  speech to the UN this week on the climate emergency. Lesley reflects on the burden that this young woman seems to be bearing for the whole of the planet and asks are we as individuals,and governments, including the Scottish,talking the talk but not doing the walk.

We both chip in on two very emotional experiences this past weekend.

Lesley at the Lismore book festival where Mairi Campbell ,a pioneering musician gave a remarkable concert that pushed the boundaries of Scottish traditional music.

Me, rather more mundanely, at Tannadice with Lawrence Shankland's two late goals.

Direct download: 11_nil.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:59pm UTC

On the morning that the Supreme Court convened to hear the appeals on the Joanna Cherry and Gina Miller cases Lesley reminds us that climate change is still the big issue.

However we can't resist the siren call of prorogation and the constitutional crisis for long and we do discuss the Supreme Court hearings. Be warned, in depth.

It's the Lib Dem conference, the first party conference of the season, in Bournemouth and we try to get our heads round their electoral strategies and targeting of the electorate. Neither of us shy away from highlighting either Jo Swinson's record in government nor the Lib Dem hypocrisy on another Scottish referendum on independence.

Lesley attended a terrific Business for Scotland event and previews the launch of its exciting pro indy materials.

 We ,yet again, wonder, in the light of the failure of Angus Brendan MacNeil and Christopher McEleny's Plan B motion to be heard at the SNP annual conference when will the SNP make independence the main plank of their General Election platform.

Finally,as Dundee V&A celebrates its first birthday we reflect on "Dundee's living room".

 

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:56pm UTC

In,yet another in the series of,most momentous weeks for the UK Parliament we inevitably begin with last night's events at Westminster.

Lesley,wisely,was in her bed as they unfolded.Daft lad here could not resist the siren call of "Division" from Speaker,John Bercow. As per usual we try and make sense of it all and consider the now inevitable General Election from both a UK and Scottish perspective.

Perth was the venue for the latest AUOB march and Lesley was there.

The BBC,however,most definitely wasn't. Lesley questions why they were absent and looks forward to October's mass rally in Edinburgh.

Theresa May announced her Honours list earlier today. I have my say on Geoffrey Boycott's knighthood.

And, no surprise, there's lots of other incidental, but no less important meanderings, including why you should never buy sliced bread on a dark rainy night.

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Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:58pm UTC

On a day which began with Nicola Sturgeon presenting the Programme for Government with the climate emergency and indyref2 at its core and ended with senior Tories like Kenneth Clarke and Philip Hammond being expelled from the Tory Party, Lesley and I try to make sense of it all.

We recorded the podcast just after the momentous vote ,lost by Boris Johnson, which meant that MPs took control of Parliamentary business to try and rule out a No Deal Brexit. The result of which lead to the PM confirming his intention to call a general election if MPs block No Deal.

And, as always, we examine the events through the prism of their impact on the campaign for Scottish independence.

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