UKIP’s recent election results stirred things up down in England. Lesley was keen to point out the differences between UKIP and the SNP after parallels had been drawn in her Scotsman column.
After an event “Who Runs Culture in Scotland?” in the Tron with a packed panel, including Alasdair Gray, the answer is a bit clearer.
The ‘Poverty in South Lanarkshire’ conference and some biological explanations from the Chief Medical Officer prompt some out loud thinking.
The long overdue recognition of the Arctic Convoy heroes is something we also touch upon respectfully in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.
There’s a lot on the menu this week. A recent YouGov Poll suggests the Scottish public is unconvinced by Alex Salmond’s arguments for independence – are the wheels coming off ? Is it just the effect of lots of negative or indifferent campaigning? Is it to be expected , and part of a master plan?
Lesley was at the ‘Future is Local’ event at the Scottish Parliament and comes back with a few insights , including Angus Macmillan of Storas Uibhist, MSPs in the chamber and the role of AV.
And finally, Barack Obama was a top performer at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (check out the YouTube footage ) . Leadership and comedy – is this possible ?
This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast was recorded after Lesley’s return from a stay in Belfast. It’s been a couple of weeks since the last pod and there was a lot to catch up with. Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, the Boston Marathon bombing and the perspectives from Belfast all feature in a lively digest.
This week’s podcast was recorded after noon on Monday 1st April, the day after Easter. Naturally enough, the papers were full of funny fictional stories. One caught Chris’ eye and Lesley wonders aloud about eggs and Easter before commenting about the reaction of Sunderland fans to their new manager. Finally, Lesley gets stuck into the latest set of revelations around the Bedroom Tax and takes the debate a little bit further on and asks “What is the vision for welfare?” in the independence debate.
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Finally, ranked “most Scottish film I've ever seen” , Lesley is a big fan of “We Are Northern Lights” and there are no ‘spoiler alerts’ in this section of the podcast – just a clear endorsement.
Lesley chaired sessions at the 2013 COSLA Conference in St Andrews. She reports back from a conference where the architect of the ‘Bedroom Tax’, Lord Freud delivered a presentation. It was a tense session as Lesley recounts. Lesley later chaired a session where Nicola Sturgeon ‘debated’ with Alistair Darling. She also outlines some of the protocols which surrounded this ‘first’ clash of the ‘Leaders’ of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. Shades of ‘Kennedy and Nixon’. However, Lesley does gives a broader perspective to a number of the ‘community’ related initiatives that Local Authorities are facing up to.
Finally, Lesley and Andy Wightman were invited to take part in a ‘Comrie Conversation’; a community which came together to talk about ‘independence’ at the grassroots. You’ll be surprised at the links in topics between COSLA and Comrie.
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In this week's @lesleyriddoch podcast, we get the highlights of a fascinating Nordic Horizons event 'Beyond NATO', some thoughts about the departing leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland and more insights into the cross border issues.
The 'Beyond NATO' event allowed the Norwegian and Finnish outlooks on ‘national security’ to be explored in some detail with very different conclusions. The audio of the presentations of Professor Iver Neuman and Anne Palm is available on the Nordic Horizons web site. However, Lesley gives her memorable moments commentary and draws out some very interesting assertions, some of which will be unpopular in the ‘Yes’ campaign.
We thought we had seen the last of the troubles of the Catholic Church. We were wrong.
And, finally, Lesley reveals she doesn’t write headlines. But she does think the current scare mongering needs to reflect some reality; especially in the NHS and Post Office examples.
Between the constitutional debates being largely male, graduates being ‘too posh to stack’ and councils being cheap; this week’s Lesley Riddoch podcast is on the look out for heroes. The villains seem easier to find.
During the course of the podcast, we think we may have found some top people. Step forward, Cait Reilly, Stephen Jardine and Mike Small. Cait for her spirited legal action. Stephen for his always insightful journalism about food plus calling for a 'National Food Manifesto' and Mike for the Fife Diet.