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The Scottish Independence Podcast is the first and oldest podcast documenting the Scottish Independence movement. Interviews with activists, politicians, artists, writers and more, and occasionally a comedy episode.https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcasthttps://twitter.com/mgreenwellhttps://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/

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The Scottish Independence Podcast is the first and oldest podcast documenting the Scottish Independence movement. Interviews with activists, politicians, artists, writers and more, and occasionally a comedy episode.https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcasthttps://twitter.com/mgreenwellhttps://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/

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The Scottish Independence Podcast

Latest release on May 03, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: ScotIndyPod 77 - Karine Polwart

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For the 77th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Karine Polwart.

Karine is a folk singer, campaigns for the Yes campaign and is also a philosophy graduate.

We talked about the cultural aspect of the indyref campaign and how it may or may not be a driving element in the campaign.

We had a word about the kerfuffle when Karine wrote an article for the Scotsman a while back and we talked about the Bus Party tour she has been on.

And finally of course, we talked about why Karine supports independence for Scotland.

There's all that and much more.

Hope you enjoy…

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http://www.karinepolwart.com/
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/

Jun 01 2014

36mins

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Rank #2: ScotIndyPod 153 - Wait, what?

Apr 18 2017

2mins

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Rank #3: Scotland's Missing Histories 3 - The 45 (with Maggie Craig)

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What do you know about the 45? Not the 45% of people who voted yes, I mean the events of 1745.

We've almost been conditioned to believe that a gang of highlanders/catholics (referred to as Bare-arsed Banditti) were led on a fools' errand by an effete Italian buffoon and that the whole thing ended in a sort of Scottish civil war at Culloden.

As happens so often in history, the well-worn narrative that we all know doesn't really get to the heart of the matter.

To get a better picture of the events of 1745 I spoke with Maggie Craig, who is the author of two books on the subject. Firstly she wrote Damn Rebel Bitches, about the women of the 45, and then she followed that up with Bare-arsed Banditti, about the men of the 45.

I think after this half hour you'll have changed your views on those events.

Hope you enjoy…

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http://www.maggiecraig.co.uk/index.html
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/CraigMaggie
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

May 25 2016

30mins

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Rank #4: ScotIndyPod 142 - The Demographics of Indy

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Episode 142 of the Scottish Independence Podcast is a talk given by Dr Craig Dalzell (interviewed in episode 134) at the recent Scottish Independence Convention.

Craig's talk was with regard to who did and didn't vote for independence last time round, how the picture has changed since then and what sort of strategies we should be looking at to get us over the 50% line.

It's a very important listen, and thanks to Craig and to the good people at Independence Live for letting me reproduce it here.

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http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/thecommongreen
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
http://independencelive.net/

Jan 19 2017

21mins

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Rank #5: Scotland's Missing Histories 1 - James Connolly (With Jim Slaven)

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Over the years I have had many conversations in which there has been the complaint that large chunks of Scottish history, both events and people, have been left out of our education.

I therefore thought that it was about time that some of these stories and people should get some more publicity, and so here is the first in a new series - Scotland's Missing Histories.

For the first episode I am throwing you all right in at the deep end too, with the story of James Connolly, one of Scotland and Ireland's most thoroughgoing revolutionaries.

Connolly, born in Edinburgh, was involved in worker's and revolutionary movements in Scotland, Ireland and the USA and there are enough similarities that it is possible to begin drawing comparisons with Thomas Paine.

I asked Jim Slaven of the James Connolly Society to take us through the story of his life, and give his opinion on why the life and writings of James Connolly are still relevant today.

Who or what would you like to hear about in this series? Let me know and I will try to put a show together.

Sep 19 2015

28mins

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Rank #6: Scottish Independence Podcast 178 - The Brexit Shambles and Beyond

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The 178th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a long in-depth look at the Scottish economy and what may happen after Brexit. It features friend of the show and someone who has been a guest several times, MSP Ivan McKee.

Before that however, we've someone getting Farage telt, and after that we've got, just for the change of it, someone saying Scotland won't have any problems getting into the EU at all.

He spoke about what I outlined above, and also responded to some criticisms of the growth commission and gave an idea of the thinking behind it. You may or may not agree with everything that is in it (I don't, and some of the audience members at the talk didn't agree either), but it is useful to hear the rationale behind it.

Hope you enjoy.

http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Nov 16 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #7: ScotIndyPod - Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year.

Silliness.

Dec 31 2012

5mins

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Rank #8: ScotIndyPod 19 - Michael Hance on Scots

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I think almost every Scot will at one time or another have been told off for using a word that, although perfectly acceptable Scots, is not standard English.

How could such a situation come about?

This was one of the topics of the discussion when I spoke to Michael Hance, who is the director of the Scots Language Centre.

We also spoke about the cultural importance of the language, the work of the centre itself, how the situation has changed since devolution and finally about how the situation might improve in the future.

If you're wondering why it is not For A' That today, we've flipped them over this week and For A' That will be on Wednesday. Next week we'll be back to normal.

I also declined to include my rendition of the poem/song that I have included below the links, not because of worries about the pronunciation but rather that I just don't think poetry comes good coming from me!

Enjoy

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https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://twitter.com/scotslanguage

Listen Tae The Teacher

He’s 5 year auld, he’s aff tae school
Fairmer’s bairn wi a pencil and a rule
His teacher scoffs when he says “hoose”
“The word is house, you silly little goose”
He tells his ma when he gets back
He saa a mouse in an auld cairt track
His faither laughs fae the stackyard dyke
“Yon’s a MOOSE ye daft wee tyke”

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Listen tae the teacher, dinna say dinna
Listen tae the teacher, dinna say hoose
Listen tae the teacher, ye canna say maunna
Listen tae the teacher, ye maunna say moose

He bit his lip an shut his mooth
Which one could he trust for truth
He took his burden o’er the hill
Tae auld grey Geordie o’ the mill
“An did they mock thee for thy tongue
Wi them sae auld and you sae young?
They werena makin a fool o’ ye
They were makin a fool o’ themsels ye see”

Say hoose tae the faither, house tae the teacher
Moose tae the fairmer, mouse tae the preacher
When yer young it’s weel for you
Tae dae in Rome as Romans do
But when ye grow an ye are auld
Ye needna dae as ye are tauld
Don’t trim yer tongue tae suit yon dame
That scorns the language o’ her hame

Then teacher thocht that he was fine
He kept in step, he stayed in line
Faither says that he was gran’
He spoke his ain tongue like a man
An when he grew and made his choice
He chose his Scots, his native voice
And I charge ye tae dae likewise
Spurn yon pair misguided cries

Mar 03 2013

33mins

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Rank #9: ScotIndyPod 173 - Poverty and Human Rights in the UK

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"I think if you had got a group of mysogynists in a room and said 'guys, how can we make this system work for men and not for women?', they wouldn't have come up with too many other ideas than what is already in place".

The 173rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is the much talked about report by the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, talking about the UK.

It's so important I was going to just read the whole thing out and put that out as a podcast but fortunately for me there was a presentation and a Q&A, and here it is.

Hope you enjoy.

LINKS

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=23881&LangID=E
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Nov 19 2018

58mins

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Rank #10: ScotIndyPod 167 - Craig Dalzell on GERS and Currency

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The 167th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Craig Dalzell, Head of Policy and Research at the Common Weal.

We had a chat about the usual rammy every time the GERS figures come out (sorry for the swear word that it forced out of me, there is only one in the episode) and then we talked about the new paper the Common Weal have produced How to Launch A Scottish Currency.

Hope you enjoy.

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https://twitter.com/thecommongreen
http://www.allofusfirst.org/tasks/render/file/?fileID=D4585A1F-CD21-B22B-C33449D117D4382C
http://www.allofusfirst.org/
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Aug 25 2018

37mins

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Rank #11: ScotIndyPod 3 - Rally For Independence

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This episode is a mix of the speeches from the Rally For Independence in Edinburgh on the 22nd September 2012

Sep 25 2012

39mins

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Rank #12: ScotIndyPod 47 - Jean Urquhart MSP

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"If I'd had my way, in 1999 before a politician's bum had hit a seat in this chamber...I would've had them all travel, for at least 6 weeks round Scotland to visit every local authority. And ideally to go by public transport because small country as it is, we need to better understand its attributes and its issues."

... as said by Jean Urquhart MSP, who is the guest for the 46th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.

Aside from that, we get into what it is like being an independent in the parliament, some history of the Scottish Independence movement, why she resigned from the SNP, are the Shetland and Orkney independence movements we hear about real and much more.

Jan 18 2014

31mins

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Rank #13: For A' That 39 - The Other Kind Of Union

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For 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...

Jan 28 2014

40mins

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Rank #14: ScotIndyPod 150 - Pat Kane

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It's the 150th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast and the 250th podcast I have put together that is about Scottish Independence in some way, so it's a double sort of anniversary. I hope you've been enjoying them.

This time we are back to the interviews and in this universal moment of "what the hell is going on?" I spoke to Pat Kane, who I'm sure doesn't need any introduction other than to say he isn't the ice-hockey player that comes up if you search Pat Kane on google.

We spoke about the the events of this week regarding the new independence referendum, how we are going to need to campaign, what new allies might come along to the party, what is likely to be against us and how we can fight it.

Hope you enjoy.

LINKS

https://twitter.com/thoughtland
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Mar 19 2017

46mins

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Rank #15: ScotIndyPod 46 - David Comerford

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David Comerford is the guest for the 45th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.

David is an economist at The University of Stirling, who is working on the ESRC's Future of the UK & Scotland project.

Listening to this is your chance to get over some of the spin from both sides in this debate. Some of the questions I put to him were...

What are the benefits of staying or leaving the EU?
What's the truth surrounding currency choices?
Is the white paper realistic?

Aside from that, David had some important things to say on the subject of short-termism and how narrow some of the thinking so far has been.

It all might require your thinking cap, so I'd put it on now.

Hope you enjoy…

Jan 15 2014

48mins

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Rank #16: ScotIndyPod 50 - Brian Nugent

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Did you know that there is a part of Scotland that already has an oil fund? That was building social housing when the rest of the UK was selling it off? That was in some ways already going beyond party politics?

Well there is, and it's called Shetland.

For those reasons and more for the 50th episode (actually if you count Christmas, New Year, April Fools and others there's been a lot more) of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Brian Nugent, who's involved with Yes Shetland.

We spoke about how things are a little different in terms of local govt up there. We also got on to how the campaign is affected by some things that it might not necessarily be in the rest of the country.

We talked about that oil fund has been used too, and much more.

Hope you enjoy…

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http://www.yesshetland.info/
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://twitter.com/Yesshetland

Jan 30 2014

21mins

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Rank #17: Scottish Independence Podcast 177 - Everything In The Balance

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The 177th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast has quite a varied menu. What is the UK govt spending millions on telling citizens living abroad? Do (Labour) MPs bother to read things before voting for them? There's also a No to Yes convert, some speeches from the recent march in Edinburgh, a confused person and more.

And is one of the most famous Scots changing his mind?

Hope you enjoy.
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/

Oct 23 2019

39mins

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Rank #18: ScotIndyPod 7 - James Maxwell

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In this episode I speak with James Maxwell about some of the strategic issues surrounding the referendum, his father's book and much more.

The sound quality is not the best in parts of this, problem has been fixed for future episodes (the two before this prove that!).

https://twitter.com/jamesmaxwell86
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

Oct 08 2012

37mins

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Rank #19: ScotIndyPod 6 - Mike Small

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In this episode I speak with Mike Small of bellacaledonia.org.uk . We speak about media strategy for the Yes campaign, Johann Lamont, the concept of Universalism, and JK Rowling even gets a look-in.

http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
https://twitter.com/bellacaledonia

Oct 05 2012

20mins

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Rank #20: ScotIndyPod 45 - Derek Bateman

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Derek Bateman is the guest for the 45th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast.

Here is what his BBC biog says about him...

Derek Bateman is a veteran of the Scottish news scene having begun as a trainee reporter with the Scotsman in his teens and spending the last 45 years covering politics and current affairs in various guises - as a reporter with the Glasgow Herald, political editor of Scotland on Sunday, a foreign correspondent for STV's international output, a correspondent for the Observer and commentator and presenter at Radio Scotland.

Over the years he has specialised in politics, international affairs and Europe having been a regular observer of EU affairs in Brussels and Strasbourg. He followed the Troubles in Ireland from Dublin and Belfast and as a reporter and radio documentary-maker for BBC Scotland he has worked in Russia, Finland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, France, the Basque Country, Catalonia, Denmark, Iceland and the Deep South of the United States. He has presented two presidential elections from Washington. He made a location documentary series on the Quebec referendum in 1995 and another on the handover of Hong Kong to China the following year.

Among the highlights of 20 years at the BBC - for him, if not the audience - are co-presenting Good Morning Scotland for 10 years and presenting the Saturday current affairs review Newsweek Scotland. He is a regular presenter of Westminster and Holyrood election night coverage and of by-elections. He occupied the presenter's chair for the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

The thing is though, Derek decided to chuck it all in so he could have his say in the Scottish Independence debate and since then his blogs have been lighting up the debate.

This podcast should lively up your evening a fair old bit as well.

Hope you enjoy...
LINKS
http://derekbateman1.wordpress.com/
https://twitter.com/mgreenwell
http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/category/the-scottish-independence-podcast/

Jan 11 2014

46mins

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