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The Scottish Independence Podcast 133 – Tommy Sheppard MP

52o9o9spmj11z9a70y6oeivprwsfjgThe next referendum will be won in the years from now forward, rather than the months running up to it.

For the 133rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast, I spoke with Tommy Sheppard, MP for Edinburgh East.

Tommy has been involved in politics in Scotland and the UK for a number of years in a number of different ways and as I’m sure you all know, is now standing to become the Deputy Leader of the SNP.

We talked about Tommy’s earlier political activities and how he arrived at where he is now. We also got on to what, if elected (or even if not), he would like to see change within the SNP.

Finally, as ever with a first-time guest, I asked Tommy why he personally supports Scottish Independence.

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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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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 16 – TTIP

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.

TTIP-hokey-cokeyThis is the 16th episode, you can find the others here from newest to oldest.

In this episode Ivan and I had a chat about TTIP. What are the big problems with it, why is it so secretive and why don’t the coalition government and that other neoliberal party seem to want to use some of the veto powers that are rumoured to be in there?

William Duguid’s Terminalogical Inexactitude of the day  this time features the Tories getting caught out on one yesterday.

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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

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The Polling Station 9 – IndyRef Mark 2

Wedding CakeThe 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.

In today’s episode I am joined by Mark Frankland, writer. Neither Mark nor myself are members of any party, which frees us up to discuss some matters that others may not be free to discuss.

And even though the SNP didn’t discuss the prospect of IndyRef 2 in their manifesto, and Sturgeon said she wasn’t planning one, it didn’t stop some of the unionist parties from having a go on the matter. This has of course predictably led to the very funny #NotRuledOutByTheSNP hashtag on twitter.

Angrry SalmondWe discussed if the SNP are being too cautious on the matter, what could be the triggers for a new referendum and what’s so bad about asking for some more democracy anyway?

This is the 9th episode, you can find the others here

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The Polling Station 6 – The Polls

CCzWOIMWYAAtOzu.png largeThe 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.

This is the 5th episode, you can find the others here.

This time we talked about the polls both north and south of the border. In Scotland some prominent types could be in trouble, as you can see in the image above. Down south it seems it is all to play for.

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The Polling Station 4 – Trident

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.

This is the 4th episode, you can find the others here.

507-nuclear-weaponsIn this episode we look at the plans to replace Trident. Is it worth the money? Is it good military strategy? And what about the Red Menace. What about the SNP red line?

Oh, and a bonus point for anyone who can tell me why I stuck that little bit of music on at the end. It wasn’t because there will be another episode tomorrow.

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