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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.

The Polling Station 23 – Election Roundup 2

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 or election commentary.

In what podcast can you get Errol Brown, St Enoch’s, Nick Clegg and the Institute for Fiscal Studies? This one. Ivan and I give a last wee run round the stories before the polls open, and William makes the nonsense drummed up by someone (pending investigation) in Glasgow yesterday, seem exactly what it was.

tumblr_lg5sdbKvWi1qzgcufo1_500TV and radio aren’t supposed to talk about the election on election day. We are neither of those things but I’d like to continue my role of providing an alternative talking point anyway, so your question is in the photo.

This is the 23rd episode, you can find the others here from newest to oldest.

Hope you enjoy…

The Polling Station 22 – Election Round-up

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 or election commentary.

mono-railIn this episode Ivan and I talked about Ed Miliband’s monorail, sorry, monoLITH, and then ran through what people seem to be up to in order to create news stories today.

William Duguid has his say on Full Fiscal Autonomy too.

Hope you enjoy…

The Polling Station 21 – Who Does What Where When?

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 elequote-we-must-indeed-all-hang-together-or-most-assuredly-we-shall-all-hang-separately-benjamin-franklin-65454ction 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 or election commentary.

In this episode Ivan and I talked about what mechanisms are in place to actually get a government going in the event that there is no majority for any party and William Duguid opines on the by turns infuriating or slightly unsettling spectacle that is First Minister’s Questions.

Hope you enjoy…

The Polling Station 10 – SNP Economic Policy

130941_600The 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.

This time Ivan and I got round to SNP economic policy in a UK election. How does it differ from that of the main parties and what influence could it have. On the Scottish side of it, what happens to the oil money if there is full fiscal autonomy/responsibility?

Also, William Duguid speaks of Oor Jim and Naebody’s Piers Morgan.

This is the 10th episode, you can find the others here

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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The Scottish Independence Podcast 103 – Michael Gray

EfVdD_cFFor the 103rd episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Michael Gray who before and after the referendum has been involved in a number of projects that I am sure you are familiar with. These include National Collective, Business For Scotland, The National and The Common Weal. He is now working full-time with the Common Space.

We talked about why the Common Space project was set up and where it intends to go.

We also got onto some of the other projects he has been involved in and where they are going.

And amongst other things, as a couple of Glaswegians, we had a word about how we felt about Glasgow City Council deciding to do what many people hope can be overturned with the steps in Buchanan Street, is it conspiracy or stupidity? You decide!

Hope you enjoy…

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You can listen to the show online at its web page

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