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A European Arrest Warrant for Clara Ponsati,on charges of sedition, was issued by Spain just before we recorded today's podcast.We give our initial reactions to the shocking news. Lesley was at the National's Yes rally in George Square last Saturday... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Lesley Riddoch
Well chums a week was definitely a long time in politics because after yesterday's votes at Westminster we're now heading for a general election on December the 12th. We try and examine the myriad of permutations over voting intentions and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
The Twilight Zone This was yet another in the long list of "the most important days yet" in the Brexit saga. Both Lesley and I spent the vast majority of the day following the blethering skites in Westminster waiting for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
While I was away sunning myself in Madeira Lesley was attending the SNP annual conference in Aberdeen where she may have mentioned setting up a new political party. Lesley gives the background to this and vents her frustrations at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
After an opening salvo on the perils and dubious pleasures of digital technology and assembling hose systems (trust me it's more interesting than it sounds) we move on to discuss the modern phenomenon of so-called dirty camping. A symptom of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
We spend the first part of this week's podcast on the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. You'll find out what Lesley liked,why I don't go,very often,and the part it plays in Scotland's culture,for good or ill. Fans of the Tattoo should... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
There has been a slew of articles by journalists and commentators down south supporting Scottish independence. Lesley tries, and succeeds, to tease out just what's going on. Gordon Brown, in stark contrast, remerged to issue dire warnings about "disruptive and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
We return after a three week hiatus as a survey by pollster Lord Ashcroft put backing for Scottish independence at 46 per cent, with 43 per cent against. Support for independence rose to 52 per cent, with 48 per cent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Lesley found herself at the centre of a Twitter pile on when she raised how cold the working conditions were for staff at her local Tesco store. She discovered there was a lot more to it than face value when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
The Women’s World Cup in France was an unprecedented success in terms of media coverage and popular interest but Lesley questions just what the legacy, if any, will be for the women’s game in Scotland. Lesley was one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Lesley’s just back from the Community Land Scotland conference at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on Skye where the rural housing crisis, facing young people in particular, was the key topic. Lesley questions if the Scottish government is doing enough to tackle... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
It's the morning after the night before and, as we promised, we try and dissect the Tory party leadership debate on BBC 1. We focus, not just on the performances of the candidates, but the format and the poison chalice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
We kick off this week’s podcast with the unavoidable bunfight that is the race for the Tory party leadership (I defy you to name the 10th contender without Googling him). Lesley focuses on the broadcast media’s coverage of what is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Lesley has just submitted her, nine years in the making, PhD thesis on the Norwegian and Scottish hutting movements. She reflects on what these two very different experiences can tell us about the economics of power lying beneath the surface... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Gubbed Unsurprisingly the European Parliament elections take up most of this week's podcast. We try and analyse the results across the UK and Europe not only in terms of Brexit but their implications for our domestic political parties and Scottish... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
It's a week of political limbo as we wait for Theresa May's "big" announcement on her reshaped EU Withdrawal Bill and the EU elections on Thursday. The latest polls for those elections showed growing support for the Brexit Party right... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Andrew Marr interviewed Damian Hinds (he’s the current Education Secretary-nope me neither) and Nigel Farage on his show this Sunday. Both were on to talk about the European Parliamentary elections. Both had to try and do this without the benefit... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Lesley made her first appearance on BBC Scotland's Debate Night last Sunday and she wonders if, in trying not to be the bear pit of Question Time, it has become too staid. This leads us neatly, well in my mind... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Lesley was in Catalonia last week for the Books and Roses Festival. What she found there was so important that we thought we'd create a wee Aftermath special. So, here it is. Catalonia.Aftermath Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
It's an extra-long (time for two sets of ironing) podcast this week and we spend most of it discussing Nicola Sturgeon's statement on Indyref2 in Holyrood this Wednesday. While we look at the reaction to it from across the political... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch
Lesley went to a fringe meeting at the STUC annual conference on local government finance reform and we kick off this week's podcast with this. And if you thought I was an anorak on the D'Hondt Formula...... Seriously, Lesley goes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2019 at Lesley Riddoch