The Scottish Government seems to be finding the business of reforming the “most concentrated, most inequitable and most undemocratic land ownership system in the entire developed world” – to quote Professor Jim Hunter in 2013 – fiendishly difficult.
Lesley joins the #ourland demonstration in Arbroath, Chris joins the big #beachbusk on the promenade in Portobello. They discuss the new entrants to the House of Lords, Vitamin D, more land demonstrations and welfare benefits sanctions.
So a new political movement is about to be born. Rise will be launched on Saturday as Scotland’s new left-wing alliance with a platform of principles spelled out by its name – respect, independence, socialism, environmentalism – and an intention to stand candidates in the forthcoming Holyrood elections.
This week in the pod, we are joined by Adrian Sinclair, who is a director at ChapelFM, a Leeds based community radio station, a recent returnee to the Labour Party and a longtime friend. It was Saturday night, there was tea and it seemed the right time to have a blether about the Corbyn effect, the northern powerhouse and a whole range of other things. But we started with some history.
So Gordon Brown has marked the (almost) anniversary of his Vow with another speech that’s left the viewing thousands divided over its manner and purpose. Yesterday afternoon, the former Labour leader paced his Southbank venue like a caged lion/man with a step counting target. The engrossed audience listened intently/finally remembered to applaud after 30 long minutes of rambling monologue. Brown spoke with passion/abruptly marched off at the end without questions, discussion or conversational exchange.