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.
Gordon Brown makes a major speech intended to influence the Labour Leader's election. He is making a habit of these big interventions. Earlier this week, in the National, the #ourland campaign kicked off and there is plenty to talk about there. Lesley visits Islay and reports back on a very jolly time.
And the big news this week; we recorded the podcast in a polytunnel.
We are back in the pod after Lesley's return from North Uist. There seems to be little going on and the silly season is upon us. However, we can still find interesting things to blether about. The topics this week include, John Rae, Bruce Fummey island life and the technology challenges of Scotland.
This week we tackle the HoL and explore what Andy Burnham is up to. The race for the UK Labour leadership is throwing up new proposals all the time...is it a case of the 'Corbyn' effect? Also we have to mention the opening of the Nordic House Exhibition.
We also want to apologise for the audio quality...islands, broadband, hotels, Skype.
Will Scottish voters get interested in domestic Scottish politics again any time soon?
Of course, some say it’s o’er early to be concerned about the Holyrood dimension because its elections are still nine months away. We are, indeed, in the middle of the Scottish summer holidays – even if someone forgot to order the weather – and the Scottish Parliament is in recess. There are two weeks before we even discover if Kezia Dugdale or Ken Macintosh has won the poisoned chalice of the Scottish Labour leadership. So, on the face of it, there should be no surprise that politics north of the Border is currently quiet, real quiet. But too quiet?
The question is , when do we get back to domestic politics and stop this Westminster firework display?
However, we start this week's podcast with the celebration of Evelyn Gillan which Lesley was part of and the remarkable legacy. We also touch on Chapel FM, what English students are saying, the Labour Party, the Flying Pigs, Ally Bally, and what's happening in the Nordic House this week.
This week we talk about the row about the handling of Mhairi Black MP's maiden speech by the BBC. What exactly is going on with a national broadcaster which seems to be out of step with everyone on this ? We also examine Jeremy Corbyn as the potential next leader of the Labour Party. He seems to have caught Lesley's eye and there is some talk of a small wager. Lesley also pays a heartfelt tribute to Evelyn Gillan who sadly passed away this week. A celebration of her life is to take place on Tuesday 21 July - details are here.
We also manage to fit in a trip to Kirkcaldy which is surprising. And with the paintings arriving for Nordic House exhibition, things are getting nervous.
On Sunday, we sat down and did our usual weekly podcast. However, Lesley felt she had more to say following the astonishing ‘No’ vote in Greece, especially as Crete voted over 70% for 'No'. Recorded outdoors on a balmy Cretan evening, this extra @lesleyriddoch podcast tries to tell the story of meeting some extraordinary people in unusual circumstances as Greece decided it’s path. Lesley has an interesting insight into the new Greek finance minister. We also talk about the Cretan wildlife. And if you are wondering; the sound of ‘plastic bags flapping in the background? They are palm trees buffeted by the brisk evening breeze.
Still on holiday in Crete on the day of the big referendum and the results start to come in...they said 'no'. As you will hear, this was not the result we had been anticipating from talking to people and watching the media.
This week's podcast is slightly shorter than usual - we are on holiday , after all. Next week normal service resumes.