For the 41st episode of the For A’ That podcast Andrew and I were joined by broadcaster and blogger Derek Bateman, former Socialist MSP and member of Women For Indy, Carolyn Leckie and writer and blogger William Duguid.
First we talked about the Sturgeon/Lamont stramash. At the risk of going against one of the things we thought was bad about it, was the real knockout blow actually delivered to the political process itself? Is it too simple just to say it was awful and move on? Were they both equally guilty? Do we (or well, the media) need to start using alternative formats.
Secondly we talked about the recent activities of the Tory government who seem to have been going round businesses begging them to say something negative about independence. Should we just be a bit stronger and tell them where to go?
Another topic was the Women for Indy project and the report it is going to publish shortly. Carolyn let us know what the main problems and outcomes were, and how much work there still is to do in this area.
We also got on to the crowdfunding stories in the last week. Amazing, certainly, but why has this phenomenon started to gather pace and can we be sure the money is going where it's needed most?
There is all that and more in the new episode.
Hope you enjoy.
Sorry for the truly dreadful title but the 58th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast comes from a recent Yes Leith/Edinburgh North West Event, and thanks to them for letting me reproduce it as a podcast.
It took place last month and the speakers were, in this order, Fiona Hyslop the Scottish culture secretary, Robin McAlpine from the Reid Foundation (here's his new-ish blog too), Michelle Thomson from Business for Scotland and Colin Fox from the SSP (and he's got a rather good line in his bit).
The question and answer session at the end is also worth listening to.
Hope you enjoy
This is another one of those "No comment, you'll have to listen" episodes.
"Like Wonga.com on steroids".
The 56th episode The Scottish Independence Podcast is the second of the presentation-type podcasts that I've put out this week, next time we'll get back to the interviews.
This time the presentation comes from Business for Scotland and features former guest on the podcast Ivan McKee, who I'm sure you've been seeing on TV recently, and Michelle Thomson.
The presentation is called The Economic Case for Independence, and that quote with Wonga.com at the start was not referring to Scotland's prospects.
It's quite a long episode so you might want to divide your listening into sections.
Hope you enjoy.
The 55th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is the first of two that aren't the usual interview format but rather some talks that are taken from here and there and will provide both useful information for campaigners, and I hope some enjoyable listening.
This one comes from an event a few weeks back in Kirkcaldy and the speakers were Alistair Bruce, who is involved with Yes Kirkcaldy, Ross Ingerbergson who is a communications director for the SNP, Robin McAlpine who is the director of the Reid Foundation (I also interviewed him here) and writer and former BBC journalist Lesley Riddoch, who, apart from the excellence of the talk itself, in this speech deals admirably with a heckler (I also interviewed her here).
It's quite long so you might not want to listen to it in one go but I'd recommend that even if you do it all in parts, you try to get through it.
Also thanks to Two Thumbs Fresh Productions, for letting me reproduce it.
No comment, you'll have to listen.
For the 40th episode of the For A’ That podcast Andrew made his return and we were joined by Anne Donohoe and Kenny McQuarrel, who is the Director General of BBC Scotlandshire.
David Cameron's speech of the other day was a topic, and the love-bombing he proposed therein. Also, Salmond's fiery reaction to it was worthy of note.
The equal marriage bill has passed, and about time too say most of us but we had a look back at the road to getting to this position.
We also talked about the SNP's continuing difficulties on the justice brief, particularly, but not only, with regard to the proposed corroboration reforms.
Lord Lang's comments were also worth a mention.
Finally, due to safety considerations relating to the threat of Cybernattery against the DG of BBC Scotlandshire, he was forced to join in the conversation from inside a concrete bunker 30 feet underground, and the resulting loss in sound quality could not be helped.
Hope you enjoy…
It's the 53rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast and this time I spoke with William Duguid who on his own blog and for National Collective, has been writing some of the funnier stuff we've been seeing recently.
In fact, that was one of the points of discussion, as we ruminated over Rory Bremner's assertion that there isn't enough comedy in this debate.
William lived down (very) south for a long time so we also talked about the gap (well, chasm) between what is actually going on in Scotland and how it is perceived in that place where people are going to be calling us all from soon.
We also talked about William's reasons for supporting Indy.
Finally, although we didn't have wind of Cameron's attempt to boost the Yes vote by 10 percent at the time we recorded, Love-bombing got a look in.
Hope you enjoy…
For the 3rd time in recent episodes The Scottish Independence Podcast is going back to the parliament, this time to talk to John Finnie MSP.
John is an Independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands region and one of the topics of our discussion was why he made the decision to become an independent rather than stay with the SNP.
We also talked about the disgraceful immigration policies of the UK government and how, whilst Scotland has already sought to curb some of the worst excesses of those policies, it could do so much better.
Then we got on to what might be some good foreign policy options for an Independent Scotland.
There is all this and much more in there.
Hope you enjoy…
"I don't think the UK economy is in recovery...I think it's going back to the disease that [it] suffered from in the run-up to the recession".
Patrick Harvie is the guest for the 51st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.
If you didn't already know, Patrick is an MSP and the co-convener of the Scottish Green Party and he came on to the podcast to talk about some of the alternative ideas post-independence that are outlined in the new Green YES document.
For example, the Greens are openly advocating for a Scottish Currency instead of the pound or Euro, there should be a move away from centralised government, and what's a Citizen's Income?
It's well worth the listen.
Did you know that there is a part of Scotland that already has an oil fund? That was building social housing when the rest of the UK was selling it off? That was in some ways already going beyond party politics?
Well there is, and it's called Shetland.
For those reasons and more for the 50th episode (actually if you count Christmas, New Year, April Fools and others there's been a lot more) of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Brian Nugent, who's involved with Yes Shetland.
We spoke about how things are a little different in terms of local govt up there. We also got on to how the campaign is affected by some things that it might not necessarily be in the rest of the country.
We talked about that oil fund has been used too, and much more.
Hope you enjoy…
For the 39th episode of the For A' That podcast I was joined by the editors of the Mair Nor A Roch Wind website, namely Amy Westwell, Cailean Gallagher and Rory Scothorne.
Their site has been described thusly...
“This should *really* scare the Labour establishment” – Pat Kane
“It’s like being harangued by a keelie Lenin” – A Cybernat
“First I’ve read on this site, which some have been recommending. Dear lord.” – Wings over Scotland
“They’ve walked into no mans land, These guys are absolutely smack bang in the middle of everybody” - Lesley Riddoch
You certainly won't be hearing the standard Yes or No positions in the podcast.
We discussed the site itself, the inspiration for it and its goals.
We also talked about Putin's intervention into the debate, the recent study suggesting that (shock) the media may actually have a pro-union bias and the cybernat idea - though this was recorded before this story took it's latest turn.
Apart from that we talked about why, against the evidence in my opinion, they think the labour party may still be the vehicle for social change in an independent Scotland.
There's much more in there besides.
Oh and Andrew wasn't able to join us, but he'll be back.
Hope you enjoy...
"...Labour ministers, culture ministers... one overheard, when she was asked if Scottish Studies should be part of the school curriculum replied 'oh no, I'm not educating a generation of nationalists"
For the 49th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay.
Billy has for years been writing, broadcasting and producing material on Scottish Culture and Scots language, for the BBC and internationally.
We talked about his output and much more including the effect that the dearth of Scottish culture and history in our schools may have had on the population, the Scottish Insurrection of 1820, the campaign for hearts and heads and other things besides.
Hope you enjoy...
The Scottish Independence campaign is obviously not the only one happening around the world, so it is more than useful to see the similarities and differences in what is going on elsewhere.
With this in mind, for the 48th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I took a trip to Catalonia (not literally - though it'd be nice), and the guest was Anna Arqué who is involved in the Catalonian Independence Movement and some groups that work at a European level trying to stress the importance of the democratic right of self-determination including the International Commission For European Citizens (and she hopes some more Scots will get on there and sign the thing).
Hope You Enjoy
"If I'd had my way, in 1999 before a politician's bum had hit a seat in this chamber...I would've had them all travel, for at least 6 weeks round Scotland to visit every local authority. And ideally to go by public transport because small country as it is, we need to better understand its attributes and its issues."
... as said by Jean Urquhart MSP, who is the guest for the 46th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.
Aside from that, we get into what it is like being an independent in the parliament, some history of the Scottish Independence movement, why she resigned from the SNP, are the Shetland and Orkney independence movements we hear about real and much more.
David Comerford is the guest for the 45th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.
David is an economist at The University of Stirling, who is working on the ESRC's Future of the UK & Scotland project.
Listening to this is your chance to get over some of the spin from both sides in this debate. Some of the questions I put to him were...
What are the benefits of staying or leaving the EU?
What's the truth surrounding currency choices?
Is the white paper realistic?
Aside from that, David had some important things to say on the subject of short-termism and how narrow some of the thinking so far has been.
It all might require your thinking cap, so I'd put it on now.
Hope you enjoy…
Derek Bateman is the guest for the 45th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.
Here is what his BBC biog says about him...
Derek Bateman is a veteran of the Scottish news scene having begun as a trainee reporter with the Scotsman in his teens and spending the last 45 years covering politics and current affairs in various guises - as a reporter with the Glasgow Herald, political editor of Scotland on Sunday, a foreign correspondent for STV's international output, a correspondent for the Observer and commentator and presenter at Radio Scotland.
Over the years he has specialised in politics, international affairs and Europe having been a regular observer of EU affairs in Brussels and Strasbourg. He followed the Troubles in Ireland from Dublin and Belfast and as a reporter and radio documentary-maker for BBC Scotland he has worked in Russia, Finland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, France, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Denmark, Iceland and the Deep South of the United States. He has presented two presidential elections from Washington. He made a location documentary series on the Quebec referendum in 1995 and another on the handover of Hong Kong to China the following year.
Among the highlights of 20 years at the BBC - for him, if not the audience - are co-presenting Good Morning Scotland for 10 years and presenting the Saturday current affairs review Newsweek Scotland. He is a regular presenter of Westminster and Holyrood election night coverage and of by-elections. He occupied the presenter's chair for the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
The thing is though, Derek decided to chuck it all in so he could have his say in the Scottish Independence debate and since then his blogs have been lighting up the debate.
This podcast should lively up your evening a fair old bit as well.
Hope you enjoy...
Just a little thing from the podcast to say Happy New/Big Year.
Oh, and a little response to David Cameron's New Year speech from yesterday.
Hope you enjoy…
After the pain of the content in the MadVent(ing) calendar, it is time to return to the good stuff.
This episode of the podcast features some little bits in the indyref debate that might have escaped your attention but are well worth the listen.
I would have had it out yesterday but was having some connection issues so here it is for you today.
Hope you enjoy…
For the 44th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast the guest was Alastair Hutchison from the group Lib Dem Voters for Indy.
We talked about the group and how it got started. We talked about why liberals may or may not make the jump from federalism to independence and we talked about why the Libdems didn't join with SNP in 2007, when such a thing might have been the logical step.
Alastair is also a Hearts fan, and we talked about Hearts fans and how the debate is playing out in a group that unusually includes Alex Salmond AND George Foulkes.
It's also the 100th podcast in total that we've done.
Hope you've been enjoying them!
English nationalism is said to be the thing that will split the UK not Scottish nationalism.
Can't understand whether mathew rose is being satirical or not. As far as the podcasts go - they are superb! Much higher standard than any of the mainstream stuff.
Why do you lot want to be not part of egland we wore so good with the Olympics together
We'd rather not. For good reason.
stay with britain its good being a whole contry
Andrew and Michael well done on the most brilliant of podcasts
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