For A’ That

For A’ That 46 – From Bottom To Top

House Of Lords QuoteAfter a break the For A’ That podcast is back.

Andrew and I were joined for the first post-referendum episode by Gillian Martin and Doug Daniel.

Up for discussion were what is becoming known as “The Surge”, the prospects of the often mentioned Yes Alliance, new leaders and deputy leaders for the SNP and Scottish Labour, how much we all love Jim Murphy, the umpteenth promise of House of Lords reform and what (possibly) someone else buys when they go to the shops for Ed Miliband.

I also had a couple of choice words about Dick Cheney.

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For A’ That 45 – The Niceties

For the 45th episode of the For A’ That podcast, Andrew and I were joined by Pat Kane, who I’m sure doesn’t need the introduction, and by Michelle Thomson from Business for Scotland.

Our first topic was a discussion about some of the themes that Robin McAlpine hinted at in this article. Put simply, are the Yes side being too nice?

Apart from that, the media was the hot topic this week. With protests against BBC bias going on outside their Scottish 250px-Public_Access_TVheadquarters, what do we actually expect a state broadcaster to be doing in such an event? Furthermore, in an independent Scotland shouldn’t we be trying to organise the media with a different model and if so, what should it look like?

Will the big debate with Salmond V TBA (To Be Affronted) ever happen? Who knows? However, we tackled this issue from another angle by asking, quite frankly, what would be the point?

There’s all that and more in the new episode.

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For A’ That 43 – Tricky Business

1399149163-883For the 42nd episode of the For A’ That podcast two returning guests joined Andrew and I.

The first of those is Ivan McKee of Business for Scotland and the second is Ruaridh Waddell who is an Aid worker (usually to be found in Zambia, but not at the moment).

Our first topic was the CBI. Who are the winners and losers coming out of the storm regarding their involvement in the Independence Referendum? Who could we get impartial information from if not them?

Are there going to be some grey areas surrounding campaign funding? It would seem so, and Andrew outlined what he saw as some of the problems.

You won’t be getting your pensions in Indy Scotland, except for the fact that, as the letter shows, you will.

Is the Sunday Herald coming out for Yes a big turning point in the campaign or much wahoo about nothing?

Ivan’s friend, IndyCyclist, is doing something interesting too.

 

DWP_Pensions_After_IndependenceYou can also find out where Cybernat control distributes its orders.

Oh and what’s Rupert Murdoch got to do with chocolate?

There is all that and more.

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For A’ That 42 – Margo And Beyond

nonsenseFor 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).

Gravely DisappointedThis 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.

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For A’ That 41 – Shout!

Bhk8BJBIYAAXPzsFor 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 crucial 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.

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For A’ That 40 – Love-Bombed To Death

For the 40th episode of the For A’ That podcast Andrew made his return and we were joined by Anne Donohoe eezIMIwKand 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.

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For A’ That 39 – The Other Kind Of Union

BE4G8TmCcAAapUh.jpg largeFor the 39th episode of the For A’ That podcast I was joined by the editors of the Mair Nor A Roch Wind website, namely Amy Westwell, Cailean Gallagher and Rory Scothorne.

Their site has been described thusly…

“This should *really* scare the Labour establishment” – Pat Kane

“It’s like being harangued by a keelie Lenin” – A Cybernat

“First I’ve read on this site, which some have been recommending. Dear lord.” – Wings over Scotland

“They’ve walked into no mans land, These guys are absolutely smack bang in the middle of everybody”  – Lesley Riddoch

You certainly won’t be hearing the standard Yes or No positions in the podcast.

We discussed the site itself, the inspiration for it and its goals.

We also talked about Putin’s intervention into the debate, the recent study suggesting that (shock) the media may actually have a pro-union bias and the cybernat idea – though this was recorded before this story took it’s latest turn.

Apart from that we talked about why, against the evidence in my opinion, they think the labour party may still be the vehicle for social change in an independent Scotland.

There’s much more in there besides.

Oh and Andrew wasn’t able to join us, but he’ll be back.

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For A’ That 38 – Different Sources

For the 38th episode of For A’ That, Andrew and I were joined by Ivan McKee from Business for Scotland and Juliet Swann who works for the electoral reform society.

BIMsCvQCYAAx9Mg.jpg largeUp for discussion were the IFS report. Were the numbers as accurate as they might have been? Who are the Institute for Fiscal Studies and were there deficiencies in the way the whole thing was covered?

Equal marriage was on the parliamentary timetable again and it appears to finally be on the way. Why has Scotland dragged its heels a little on this matter.

England. What about it, I hear you ask. Well, will it make any substantive difference what people in England think about it all to how Scottish people vote. If they come pleading us not to leave or if the Mail’s “bugger off jocks” narrative continues, how will it affect things, if at all?

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For A’ That 37 – Battles and Battleships

JlamFor the 37th For A’ That podcast, Andrew and I were joined by Natalie McGarry and Rev Stu Campbell from the Wings Over Scotland site.

The first topic up was the recent problems surrounding the allocation of contracts for shipbuilding in Glasgow and/or Portsmouth. Ian Davidson’s remarkable performances were discussed, as were the different narratives the story was run with depending whether you were north or south of the Tweed.

Second was the continuing travails of Johann Lamont. Where does she go from here? More to the point, where has she actually been going up to now?

The constitution of an Independent Scotland is obviously an important issue we’re going to have a look at. What should be in what should be out? What are the dangers of basing it too much on the politics of today? Why shouldn’t economic rights be in there? Finally, why are the dangers in holding certain other places up as examples.

The last topic was the poppy. Do the public necessarily go along with the examples being set by media and politicians alike? Are there dangers in the way remembrance services are currently portrayed?

Deep fried mars bars and Prince Philip also get a look in.

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For A’ That 36 – What Does It Mean?

BD4WCPjCMAE_0ly.jpg largeFor the 36th episode of For A’ That, Andrew and I were joined by James Maxwell and Peter Geoghegan.

First topic up was the by-election in Dunfermalino. Predictable result given the circumstances or should we be reading more into it? Why don’t the Greens do better?

The next topic was Grangemouth and this broadened into a larger discussion about nationalisation.

Finally, we got onto the definitions that are being used about what is happening in Scotland. Separation? Independence? Constitutional Change? Which of these, if any, really sums up what is going on?

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