michael greenwell

The Scottish Independence Podcast 39 – Anne Donohoe

c3f17f631363def949a50e4450d8da88For the 39th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke to Anne Donohoe, who, amongst other things is a Yes Scotland activist.

The interesting thing though, is that she didn’t start as an independence supporter but rather came to the conclusion that indy would be best after a long number of years working in various political campaigns around the country, and coming to some pretty damning conclusions about the nature of the British state.

She has also been a member of CND for a long time, and we talked about the decision of that organisation to join the Yes Scotland group.

More recently she’s been working as a tour guide and I asked her what visitors to Scotland know and are thinking about the referendum.

Finally, we talked about how the Glorious Revolution probably wasn’t so glorious after all.

Hope you enjoy…

This is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at its web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

We are also now to be found on youtube

P.S. If you’d like to help this and the other podcasts keep going, please go here.

The Scottish Independence Podcast 37 – Mark MacNicol

MN at NWFor the 37th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I was joined by Mark MacNicol, a Glaswegian novelist and playwright, who assures me his new book, Finn McCool Rises, has more than a little to do with the Independence Referendum.

We talked about his new book and the mythology behind it – and why he wasn’t allowed to make it free.

We also got on to how it can be difficult for Scottish writers in the current climate and Mark was happy to give a concrete example.

Mark gave his reasons for supporting independence and also talked about some of the benefits he hopes it will bring to the Scottish people.

Hope you enjoy…

This is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at its web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

We are also now to be found on youtube

P.S. If you’d like to help this and the other podcasts keep going, please go here.

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.

Hope you enjoy…

This is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at its web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

We are also now to be found on youtube

P.S. If you’d like to help this and the other podcasts keep going, please go here.

 

For A’ That 34 – Fussing & Fighting

Andrew and I were joined by two guests for the 34th episode of the For A’ That podcast.

Making his second appearance was Pat Kane, and making his first was James Kelly, who writes the blog Scot Goes Pop.

The first topic of discussion was the errrm, debate, between Nicola Sturgeon and Anas Sarwar. We didn’t talk about it in glowing terms.

Gordon Brown making another appearance in the debate got a look in. Were his proposed constitutional changes just hot air or do they actually mean something? Also Brown himself, a confusing (surely confused?) figure at the best of times.

Should we be trying to rock the boat more and strike out with a bold vision of a new Scotland or should we be trying to allay the fears that some people have about Indy.

In a week of wildly differing polls, we asked if they matter, and if they do, why?

This is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at its web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

P.S. If you’d like to help this and the other podcasts keep going, please go here.

For A’ That 22 – Labouring Away

BGTw04BCQAIgNH8.jpg largeFor episode 22 of the For A’ That podcast Andrew and I were joined by New Statesman contributor James Maxwell and Huffington Post blogger and Labour Party member Andrew Smith.

The Labour party was the focus of a large part of the discussion. More specifically, the couple of interviews that Johann Lamont did this week and her speech at the conference. This became a more general discussion on some of the woes of that party in the post-devolution era.

We also discussed their new Truth Team and what that says about politics in this country. Some of us felt this had a kind of Orwellian overtone to it, others felt it represented the Americanisation of politics in Scotland and the UK and is reminiscent of American style attack ads.

Devo-somethings were also a topic. With the three Better Together parties now all backing some form of further devolution, will they be able to come up with a unified plan. Furthermore, would further devolution damage or in fact strengthen the SNP’s hand.

Back on Labour, is the idea of more devolution causing a problem between the Westminster party and the Holyrood one?

As usual, this is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at its web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

Enjoy

Michael Greenwell

If you’d like to donate to help keep the podcasts going, the button is on the top right of this page.

For A’ That 20 – Immigration & Sporran Policy

1086For the 20th episode of the For A’ That podcast, Andrew and I were joined by Caron Lindsay from the Liberal Democrats and Douglas McLellan, who is possibly the most right-wing member of the Green Party.

I was also joined by six new additions which prevented me from making an answer decently at one point, but there you go.

On the menu this week were immigration policy and how things might be different in that regard. Foreign policy was also up for discussion again, and it got a bit heated.

Ruth Davidson’s recent conversion to the cause of further devolution came up – what was behind this volte-face?

If the better together parties came up with a semi-plausible/believable devolution plan, how would this affect the debate?

Does the SNP have a tendency to centralisation? This and some of their other motivations and policy pronouncements came under scrutiny.

Douglas also took the opportunity to explain why he ended up in the same party as Patrick Harvie.

Finally, Caron had an 80s party to go to, so that explains the introductory song.

As usual, this is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at its web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

Enjoy

Michael Greenwell

For A’ That 18 – From Shetland To Cyprus (with Natalie McGarry)

For the 18th episode of the For A’ That podcast Andrew and I were joined once more by Natalie McGarry who is standing for the European Parliament this week.

741312140We discussed a rather unfair measure Europe seems to be imposing this week and for the second time in 3 weeks I was sort-of-accused of being wealthy.

We then got on to Natalie‘s run at the European parliament and how she feels about it.

Shetland’s independence movement got a look in and we tried to see where all this was coming from.

Andrew was more than a little bit concerned about the recent report regarding media regulation in Scotland and I think it is fair to say Natalie and I shared his concerns.

Finally, we talked about where we thought the various parties and politicians actually stand on human rights issues and how much of it is just opportunism or hot air, or indeed both.

The sound quality isn’t magnificent in a couple of parts.

Please send complaints to:

The Get Bloody Decent Broadband As A National Right Committee

If you want to know how that tune at the beginning really finished, I suggest you do a youtube search for “Vatican Broadside”.

As usual, this is the direct download link (right click and save as)

You can listen to the show online at it’s web page

Or you can subscribe with itunes

Enjoy

Michael Greenwell

PODCAST ONE

I decided a while ago that I would like to try putting together a few podcasts just to see how it went.

So I bought the equipment and last month I went to London to speak to one of the funniest bloggers and writers you could come across.

I met with Philip Challinor, otherwise known as ‘The Curmudgeon‘, who is a writer as well as a blogger.

As I am very much learning this podcasting thing on the job I wasn’t able to add an introduction before the conversation starts on the mp3 file but in failing to do it this time I have learned how to do it for the next one.

This podcast was very much a conversation in the pub [with added rat]. There are a couple of conversations put together as we were variously interrupted by having to go to the bar or the rain.

Some of the subsequent ones might be conversations and some might be more formal. I am going to try to make them all different.

In this one we discuss the Scotland/England thing, Douglas Adams, Gordon Brown, Science-Fiction and a few other things too.

RIGHT CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD

If you go to THIS LINK HERE then you can listen to it online or download it as an mp3. You want the VBR MP3 link where it says ‘Audio Files’.

You can also LISTEN ONLINE HERE

Hope you like it.

Finally, if you have any complaints about what we said you can write an email. But don’t send it to me.