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Scottish Independence Podcast 154 – McSmörgåsbord

BUKIobwCYAAKGqQ.jpg largeAt the moment there isn’t really enough talk about choices. Everything  is being presented as either a future in Brexit UK (with all the lack of choices that entails), or an independent future in the EU.

However there are more options than that available. If one looks to Scandinavia it is possible to see many different types of engagement and activity with Europe, from full membership and trying to change things from within, to various kinds of halfway house.

In this talk presented here in the 154th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, Lesley Riddoch outlines the options, and there are many of them that are appealing.

Hope you enjoy.

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ScotIndyBook 4 – Blossom

6a00d8341c5b0b53ef01a511eb87ab970c-320wi“Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know – the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve had to be. Some have transformed their parts of Scotland. Some have tried and failed. But all have something in common – they know what it takes for Scotland to blossom. We should know too.”

The ScotIndyBook series features audio book versions, full books or selected pieces, fiction and non-fiction, of some of the books being written about the independence referendum, or using it as a theme.

All the books in this series have been given by the kind permissions of their authors.

This time it is part of Blossom, by Lesley Riddoch (who was also on the other podcast just before christmas).

I’m sure you know who Lesley is but in case you aren’t sure…

An honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, founded and directed a feminist magazine known as Harpies and Quines, contributing editor of the Sunday Herald and assistant editor of The Scotsman. She was editor of a special one-off edition of The Scotsman known as The Scotswoman produced by the paper’s female staff.

Writing columns for The Sunday Post, The Scotsman, and occasionally The Guardian, shortlisted for the Orwell prize. From 1989 to 1994 she presented the BBC Radio Scotland programme Speaking Out and was one of the presenters of Radio Four programme You and Yours. In 1993 Riddoch won a Cosmopolitan woman award for Communication and in 1994 for the best talk show award. Her programme Speaking Out took the Silver Quill Law Society award that same year. Between 1999 and 2005 she had her own daily radio programme the Lesley Riddoch Programme on Radio Scotland.

8392802340_fea0d5a957_zRiddoch presented TV programmes of which include The Midnight Hour on BBC2, and The People’s Parliament and Powerhouse on Channel 4,  runs her own independent radio, podcast and TV production company known as Feisty Ltd.

Riddoch was involved in the buyout of the Isle of Eigg by the local community. She assisted in putting together the buyout plan and later became a trustee of the Isle of Eigg Trust. The trust bought the island in 1997.

In 2008, Riddoch served as a member of the Scottish Prisons Commission. In 2009, she acted as Chair in Task Force, set up by the Scottish Government, to transfer the island of Rùm into community ownership from Scottish Natural Heritage.

So there you have it. And she’s donated part of her book, so here it is…

Hope you enjoy…

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 55 – Imagine A Better Scotland

Irvine Welsh Quotes Scottish IndependenceThe 55th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast is the first of two that aren’t the usual interview format but rather some talks that are taken from here and there and will provide both useful information for campaigners, and I hope some enjoyable listening.

This one comes from an event a few weeks back in Kirkcaldy and the speakers were Alistair Bruce, who is involved with Yes Kirkcaldy, Ross Ingebrigtsen who is a communications director for the SNP, Robin McAlpine who is the director of the Reid Foundation (I also interviewed him here) and writer and former BBC journalist Lesley Riddoch, who, apart from the excellence of the talk itself, in this speech deals admirably with a heckler (I also interviewed her here).

It’s quite long so you might not want to listen to it in one go but I’d recommend that even if you do it all in parts, you try to get through it.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 43 – Lesley Riddoch

For the 43rd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Lesley Riddoch, writer8392802340_fea0d5a957_z, activist, blogger, broadcaster, podcaster and speaker.

The conversation took in a number of things including what’s to be done now, and why it can’t wait for the referendum, the lack of empowerment in Scottish communities and why the official Yes campaign may or may not have to walk a tightrope but the rest of us should be getting stuck right into it.

There’s also a radical suggestion about what’s to be done about the Scotsman, but you’ll have to listen to find it out what it is.

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