This week saw the first meeting of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. Whatever they talked about is the start of this week's speculation. We also manage to discuss the value of Cyprus to the Brexit debate, the terrible events in both Nice and Turkey and the leadership contests in the Labour Party and the SNP.
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Recording Monday early evening, we try and keep abreast of developments in the leadership contests.One is all over and the other has just started. We also report in from travels in Ireland and Berlin. And other stuff that got buried in this week's news.
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This week we are talking about demonstrations from physical gatherings right through to safety pins and a detour through social media. We also pry into leadership contests, campaigns or battles and, as ever, try to make sense. Thus, it is a long podcast and there are gratuitous mentions of MPs, MSPs and even MEPs in the same breath as large bookmakers. Enjoy and please share widely !
This week we reflect on two big topics; testing in Primary Schools and Europe. The Scottish Government is introducing 'assessment' in primary schools - is this a good idea? Does it make any sense against the evidence? Lesley has strong opinions.
After the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, we turn our attention to Europe. The debate seems to be tetchy and folks seem to be deciding on feelings rather than facts - is this true? We discuss.
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Andy Wightman MSP kindly stepped in for Lesley this week in the pod. We had an interesting discussion. You will learn what happened in the fracking debate and what it is like to be a first time MSP. We also touched on the current debate about Europe and the environmental aspect which seems to be missing. And, of course, land reform...
Lesley is back next week.
This week we are talking about the latest dietary advice and Lesley interviews Sion Parkinson of the Dundee Design Festival. And we take in Vital Spark at Dunoon and Men's Sheds. We also talk about the challenges of local democracy...
Important note 1. Sion does not imply smoke detectors don't work. They do and will save people's lives. It is just they fail to wake kids. That is the problem the Design Festival is seeking to rectify.
Important note 2. Lesley is taking some PhD time off this coming week. There will be no podcast. However, there are podcasts stretching back to 2007 to enjoy. For free and here.
Sometimes it feels like Scotland gets into reverse gear. The recent decision by Muirfield Golf Club not to admit women seems retrograde. Especially after the evident change in public perception about, for example, the Scottish Government Cabinet gender balance. Lesley picks this topic up and develops a theme about gender imbalance across the new media, the BBC, and the ways it can be addressed.
We also touch on local campaigns, #handsoffgeorge , the Fife Ecology Centre among others. Lesley also highlights the case of the Cupar postie. Note to our listener, it is recorded outside and there is ambient noise.
This week we try and make sense of Eurovision and also the 'Named Person' policy of the Scottish Government. Eurovision is a lot of fun and illustrates an intriguing ongoing appeal of the quirky; from music to voting.
The policy of 'Named Person' has flared up again following the reaction to last week's BBC Question Time from Aberdeen. It is a complex topic and requires a lot of knowledge to unpick its complexity. Or does it? Lesley has spent a couple of days writing about it and explains some of her thoughts.