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The Scottish Independence Podcast 118 –Tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis

I’m delighted to announce that for this first episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast of 2016, a party that used to be quite big in Scotland asked me if they could come on the show and explain how they have changed and talk about their big motivations.

I’ll say no more…

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It’s Coming, Watch For It

Those of you who have been watching both the media and Scottish politics in the last few years will have noticed that particularly, but not only, in the run-up to the referendum, the titles that happen to have both Scottish and English versions tend to print quite different things on both sides of the border. They sometimes do it on the same day but at other times wait a couple of days depending on the situation. I present a few modest examples below…

expresses1 ByUIGsVCcAE4-UQ mailsThe idea occurs to me that before long the apocalyptic stories that we are seeing in the English editions about Corbyn may well be spun differently  as positive reasons for Scots to stay in the UK.

This may happen because the UK media at large (in both senses) still realise that Scottish votes don’t make much difference, but if the Jocks are to be pacified then they must at least have some hope of a decent left-wing alternative.

It’s coming, watch for it.

For the record, so far Corbyn has given the scene in England a massive shake-up and appointed an unelected Lord as Justice Secretary.

Guards In, Guards Out

imagesIt’s been interesting and refreshing in the last couple of days to see many people involved with Labour, from politicians to donors to activists, coming out with messages of support for the #refugeeswelcome campaign.

The rebranding of the current crisis from the usual “waves of migrants” and the more disgusting Katie Hopkins type rhetoric, to now calling it a humanitarian crisis (which it always was), has allowed them to sidestep their previous anti-immigration rhetoric (which included going so far as to sell the mug in the image above).

B-eGg_1IMAA_2eyHowever, whilst it is nice to see they finally seem to have the right idea and that is always to be welcomed, it’s worth noting that this headline was generated during the independence referendum, not because Miliband particularly  wanted to keep people living in Scotland out of England, it was rather that he was responding to allegations that Scotland may become a “soft-touch” for migrants, who would then try to make their way down into England.

To return to the matter in hand, this always was a humanitarian crisis and the fact that some of the parties have now been shamed by the public into doing a u-turn, or at least taking some sort of stance on it, does not excuse the fact that most of them were too scared of the reaction of the tabloids to have taken a position and started some real action already.

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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The Polling Station 24 – What The Hell Just Happened?

So here is the last episode of The Polling Station for now (it could very well resurface around future election times), and Ivan and I had a chat about what happened in both Scotland and CEu43DyWYAAlpUjEngland, and what we’re likely to see in the coming months and years.

Where to for the Labour branch office in Scotland and down south? What, if anything, will the Tories give to Scotland? Do we need to bother talking about the libdems? These were just some of the questions we got onto it, and I resisted the temptation to say something unspeakable about Ian Davidson, though I did say something about him.

As a little aside, I’ll be going back to the Scottish Independence Podcast format very soon, so watch out for those.

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The Polling Station 13 – Crystal Ball Time

The Polling Station is a podcast of around 5 minutes with short informative little pieces on the election matters that are being missed, evaded, obfuscated or terminalogically inexactituded in the normal election coverage. It’ll be every day between now and the election, with Ivan McKee, myself and others. It also features William Duguid‘s Terminalogical Inexactitude of the day, however, he’s out on maneuvres and will not be in this one.

10696262_882355151804959_3364114252718306151_nIn this episode, as requested, we had a chat about how this election may affect the Scottish Parliament election in 2016. We also had a word about what it is actually like being down at Westminster.

This is the 13th episode, you can find the others here from newest to oldest

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The Polling Station 12 – Education

The Polling Station is a podcast of around 5 minutes with short informative little pieces on the election matters that are being missed, evaded, obfuscated or terminalogically inexactituded in the normal election coverage. It’ll be every day between now and the election, with Ivan McKee, myself and others. It also features William Duguid‘s Terminalogical Inexactitude of the day.

photo lib demIn this episode I was joined by Gillian Martin from Women for Independence.

We talked about a story that pro-union parties are fond of repeating (and sticking on leaflets), specifically that under the SNP college places have fallen. However, as she pointed out in her blog, the truth is somewhat different from the soundbites.

We also talked about the importance of maintaining free higher education in Scotland or indeed any other society.

This is the 12th episode, you can find the others here from newest to oldest

Hope you enjoy…

The Polling Station Episode 2 – Murphy & No Detriment

contradictionThe Polling Station is a new podcast of around 5 minutes in duration which we hope will come out every day between now and the election.

We will do short informative little pieces on the election matters that are being missed, evaded, obfuscated or terminalogically inexactituded in the normal election coverage.

This is the 2nd episode, you can find the others here.

contradThis time we spoke of the rather rough day that Jim Murphy’s had yesterday, which is why I am filling this post with images of things which contradict themselves. Jim’s rough day was mostly caused by this quote from Chuka Ummuna…

“The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget. The leader of our country, our next prime minister, Ed Miliband, will be in charge of the UK budget and he has just answered the question, when that was put to him – will there be any cuts over the course of this parliament not just in the first financial year, but in the following financial years?  And he was absolutely clear – there will be the need for further consolidation and cuts throughout the rest of the parliament.”

So was Jim hung out to dry or was it just the head office getting the branch manager back in line?

We also talked about the idea of No Detriment and the fact that the Independent ex UK nation of Ireland seems to be doing rather well at the moment.

contradictionnopetsHope you enjoy…

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