trade unions

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.

Hope you enjoy…

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For A’ That 30 – Full Frontal

For episode 30 of the For A’ That podcast I was joined by former Scottish Socialist Party MSP and member of Women For Indy, Carolyn Leckie and New Statesman contributor and co-editor of Bella Caledonia, James Maxwell. Andrew wasn’t with us as he had some wetlands to vex.

BJ8FtJ-CcAAUOLf.jpg largeOur discussion started with the accusations this week that all is not as it seems with Labour For Indy. Is it a front group, is the hand of the SNP behind it? Carolyn and Jamie seemed to feel the whole story says more about our media than it does about the group itself.

We moved on to the Unions and their reticence to get involved officially so far.

Salmond’s interview on Russia Today provoked a little discussion, and not just about what he actually said.

We discussed the form of democracy Scotland should take after Indy. For example, should there be further referendums on issues like monarchy and currency? Should the parliament be unicameral or bicameral. If there is a second chamber, how could that be organised?

Finally, we spoke about James’ recent article in which he suggested that aside from damaging (or not) the Yes campaign, the campaign of Better Together is just generally damaging.

I also had a little announcement to make, about which you can learn more here.

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Enjoy

Michael Greenwell