The 68th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast comes from a recent yes event in Motherwell with thank to Independence Live, who are making a great job of filming these events).
Scotland is full of Independence events at the moment, and the Yes campaign is reaching many many communities around Scotland.
Obviously however, it is not possible for everyone to go to every meeting, and it is not possible for some to go to any meetings, so I think it is important to spread the ones that are recorded around as much as possible.
In that spirit, mixed in with the interviews in the normal podcasts and For A' That series, I hope to be bringing you more podcasts of events around Scotland too.
At this particular event, the speakers were firstly Robin McAlpine, in fine angry form. He was followed by Cat Boyd and finally Jim Sillars had the chance to explain his ideas without George Galloway repeating the same sentence at him ad infinitum.
Hope you enjoy…
A few months ago, after I'd interviewed a couple of MSPs (John Finnie and Jean Urquhart), I asked them and their assistants if they would be able to put me in touch with Margo MacDonald or her assistant, and then maybe we could set something up.
I got the contact for her assistant and it seemed she was willing to come on and give the show a try, but I should ask again a bit later on when she had more time.
Unfortunately, we never got round to it before she passed away.
However, what I've done here is to put together some audio of her speeches and various appearances throughout her career.
They go from the fun, funny and flippant to the extremely serious end of the spectrum. Some of them are TV or radio interviews, some of them are her interventions in the Scottish Parliament and there are some other interesting snippets in there too.
Regular listeners will know that the guest on the show chooses the tune. That not being possible, I did some digging around and it seems she liked country music, so I put some of that in too.
Hope you enjoy…
For the 42nd episode of the For A’ That podcast Andrew and I were joined for the first time by Vonny Moyes who is the Arts Editor for The Skinny magazine and also wrote a marvellous article over at National Collective recently. Our returning guest this time was Gary Dunion, who, amongst a number of other things is the Communications Director for the Scottish Greens.
The first thing we discussed was the passing of Margo MacDonald, and how the parliament may well be a much poorer place without her. We were lucky to have a number of different perspectives on this. Gary in particular had been working with her recently and had an interesting story to tell.
From an interesting story to a frankly bizarre one. We're used to better together prophecies of financial doom or some such other thing, but George Robertson took it on himself to make a prediction of actual apocalyptic doom should Scotland go independent, with the Forces of Darkness being unleashed (artists rendition above).
This forced us to bring our own big guns out and so we got to it. In fact we unleashed our dogs of war, with grave consequences for Andrew.
Vonny had some interesting comments on the importance of language in the whole debate, and we also put our heads together to try and predict where the next scare story could possibly go - have they run out or have they used them all up too fast?
There's much more besides in the latest episode, and I haven't even mentioned Douglas Adams in the introduction either.
Hope you enjoy (and if you feel up to helping us along with our running costs you can pop us a donation too.)
For the 66th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Alistair Davidson.
Alistair runs a small think tank called the Centre for Technology and Society and will be writing the digital rights part of the Reid Foundation's Common Weal project.
We spoke about the use of social media in the campaign so far but I suppose the juicier parts of the interview were those explaining what Snowden really means, as although Glenn Greenwald defended himself brilliantly in that famous interview, we didn't actually get any nearer to what was going on.
We also discussed how an Independent Scotland could make itself safer in terms of digital security and also how it could do better for itself in the digital industry.
Hope you enjoy…
"I believe there's a space in Europe, it's an empty space, and it's shaped like Scotland."
For the 65th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with George Gunn and if you want another juicy quote from it try the following...
"The real labour party doesn't exist. That's a kind of Anti-Brigadoon that we could live without."
George is a poet and playwright who, amongst other things, has also produced for BBC radio, writes over at Bella Caledonia and has been a deep sea fisherman and a north sea oil worker.
We talked about his new play 3000 Trees, which will be on at the festival this summer, and its relevance to the indy debate. There's some pretty worrying material in there.
Secondly we talked about worrying material, notably the nuclear stuff being dumped all around Scotland, but particularly near his neck of the woods.
We got on to the festival itself and the Scottish cultural scene and some of the problems therein and finally we talked about why George supports Independence for Scotland and some of what he would hope to see happen in the new independent country.
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For the 64th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Baron Wallace of Tankerness and I could not have hoped for a more distinguised guest.
As his wikipedia page says about him...
...a British politician, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords and the Advocate General for Scotland. He was formerly Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Member of Parliament (MP) for Orkney and Shetland, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Orkney and the first Deputy First Minister of Scotland in the Scottish Executive.
I managed to catch Jim briefly on the first night of his new speaking tour.
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For the 63rd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with James Foley and Pete Ramand. James and Pete are the co-founders of the Radical Independence Campaign and authors of the new book Yes: The Radical Case for Independence. They've also been organising The Independence Lectures, along with Pluto Press.
We talked about their new book, the reasons for Independence contained therein and what we should be looking to do after a Yes vote.
We also talked about what the Radical Independence Campaign have got coming up, particularly in terms of voting registration.
One of my cats seemed to want to get in on the act at the beginning of the show too.
Hope you enjoy.
The 62nd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is the first in a series of lectures on Scottish Independence organised by the Radical Independence group.
It is reproduced here with thanks to Pete Ramand and James Foley.
I'm not going to say too much about it, other than that if the others in the series are of this quality, a victory in the independence referendum should be on its way.
Hope you enjoy.
The 61st episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast comes from a speech made at the Radical Independence Conference by Professor Ailsa McKay, who recently passed away.
Ailsa was recommended to me on three separate occasions as someone who I should try to get onto the show. I tried to get in touch but was obviously unaware of her illness.
Nevertheless, the aforementioned speech she made was available and I decided to put it out as an MP3 so that it might reach some people who didn't see it there.
It's certainly worth it.
Some of the work she did in her life is described on her Wikipedia page.
"McKay was Reader in Gender and Economics until her 2011 appointment as Professor of Economics at Glasgow Caledonian University. She also served as Vice Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society until 2013. She specialized in gender inequalities and the economics of the welfare state, and served as a consultant to the Scottish Parliament, the Irish Government, Her Majesty's Treasury, and the United Nations Development Programme. Since 2006, she held the visiting chair in gender studies at the Complutense University of Madrid, and was invited as an expert witness to give evidence during the budget process to the Scottish Parliament and the Parliament of Canada. She was a leading authority on gender budget analysis in the United Kingdom. She was also a business commentator for The Herald newspaper. In 2012 she was appointed by the Scottish Government as a member of the Expert Working Group on Welfare and Constitutional Reform."
Hope you enjoy.
For the 60th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with John Robertson.
John is the academic that recently published extensive research showing that the BBC has been favouring the No side in the Scottish Independence debate.
The story however did not end there as the BBC began a series of, well, sleekit manouevres to play the man and not the ball. This resulted in, amongst other things, his appearance in front of a committee in the Scottish Parliament at which certain members seemed determined to continue the defamation.
We talked about the research, the aftermath and John's more general opinions on the media and why Scotland should be an independent country.
My dog Marvin also made his first appearance on the podcast, throwing in his tuppence-worth in the introduction.
Hope you enjoy.
The 59th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is with architect Alasdair Stephen.
We talked about the contents of that lecture and some of the continuing mistakes in the fields of procurement and others that continue to cause problems in Scotland.
Also, you should hear what he once wanted to build as a monument to Scottish Labour!
Hope you enjoy…
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…
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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