The Scottish Independence Podcast 109 – Dr Iain Black

For the 109th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Dr Iain Black of Heriot-University and also of Yes Edinburgh North & Leith. Iain has been conducting some research which you can take part in online either on Bella Caledonia or at Common Space.

As the page on Bella Caledonia says, the research is…

bfemcbmiaaarrxh1… an academic survey to capture who took part in the Yes campaign, what they did and why they took part. The results will be published widely and shared with the main Yes supporting groups to help them understand their volunteers and to understand who changed politics in Scotland.

Our conversation took in the academic work, his personal feelings on the matter of Scottish Independence and how he keeps the two things separate.

Oh and he passed up an open goal as well, but you’ll have to listen to find out what that was.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 108 – Ivan (Our Man In Westminster)

slide_428966_5555512_freeFor the 108th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I checked in again with Ivan McKee. Moodie. Ivan has been down in Westminster to help some of his SNP colleagues and since he has been down there he has had the time to have a look at the place and has some interesting observations on what goes on down there.

More specifically, is the place fit for purpose as a building, does an obsession with procedure get in the way of good governance, what’s the most useless way you can think of to use an ipad, and more.

Oh and he also had a little announcement to make…

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Today’s Rational Hero Is…Marvin!

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Last night someone phoned us to say that an acquaintance has a dog that was in need of a transfusion. They needed a dog that was older than 2, in good health, and bigger than 25kg, and that is Marvin.

We offered to help and organised to take him along to give the blood today. However, we also tried to find out what was going on with the dog that was in poor health. It seems that the dog has a sort of mass that bleeds and they wanted to give him a transfusion before they do a difficult operation to remove it, to see if he picks up a bit.

20150711_102753Furthermore, the dog had had this problem for some time and the owner had taken him to a homeopathic “vet” that had been giving him homeopathic “medicine” (feel free to substitute all words such as “homeopathy”, “homeopathic” etc with “water” – hopefully this way we will get rid of it quicker).

Obviously, the water that this “vet” had been giving him had done nothing and the problem worsened. At this point the owner decided to take the dog to an actual vet, who suggested the course of action the dog is currently on (he’s had the transfusion of Marvin’s blood now and is seeming a little brighter, he’ll be operated on Monday).

Other than the image below that is all I really have to say on the matter, other than the fact that Marvin is a star. Throughout the whole process not even one bark came out, he took the whole thing and even played with vet after. He’s now sleeping the whole thing off.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 107 – Chris Cairns & Greg Moodie

xmastoonFor the 107th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Chris Cairns & Greg Moodie. Chris and Greg have come to prominence in recent years with their cartoons and illustrations depicting the various actors and their activities on the Scottish and UK political stages, and you’ll probably have seen their work on Wings Over Scotland, Bella Caledonia and many other places.

I asked them both if they became politicised before beginning their artwork or if it was the other way round. We talked about where the inspiration for thnpgj8i2400gzr0py1jir6sbo49i0sfe work comes from and whether it is fair to kick someone when they are down. Chris had something to say about the downplaying of the electoral earthquake that hit us a month or so ago too.

We also threw in something about Steve Bell.

Finally, as usual, I asked them why they support Scottish Independence.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 106 – Allan Grogan

allan-grogan1-e1413994147161For the 106th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Allan Grogan. Allan was the founding member of Labour for Indy, a campaign group during the referendum which was in an almost unique position of campaigning against the policy of its own party’s stated position.

We talked about that and the accusations that were levelled at the group that they were an SNP front. We also talked about where the Labour Party can now go from the difficult position they find themselves in.

Alan explained his reasons for resigning from Labour and joining the SSP too.

Near the end we got on to Indyref 2 – when, if, how and what? Finally, the picture below caused some confusion, so I endeavoured to get Allan to clear it up.

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