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Rank #1: 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
28 mins
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Rank #2: 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. LINKS http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/thecommongreen https://twitter.com/mgreenwell http://independencelive.net/

Jan 19 2017
21 mins
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Rank #3: ScotIndyPod 153 - Wait, what?

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Just a reminder. LINKS http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/mgreenwell https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Apr 18 2017
2 mins
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Rank #4: ScotIndyPod - Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year. Silliness.

Dec 31 2012
5 mins
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Rank #5: 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 LINKS 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” chorus: 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
33 mins
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Rank #6: ScotIndyPod 162 - Tories & Trump

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The 162nd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a quick run through of some of the things that Trump and the Tories have been up to. Some listeners may find the amount of Ruth Davidson in it upsetting, however, when she is in it, she is constistently making an arse of herself. She also says some terminological inexactitudes, seems to forget that welfare isn't a devolved matter and more. There is also someone making fun of Trump, but the problem with that is that whatever you say about him, he is easily able to outdo it with what he says himself. LINKS http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/mgreenwell https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Nov 22 2017
28 mins
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Rank #7: ScotIndyPod163 - They Don't Make This Difficult

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The 163rd episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is a thank you for some of the great moments that Scottish Labour leaders have given us in recent years. Today the new empty suit put himself right in the mix with the previous empty suits and dresses, and he is hardly in the job. Hope you enjoy. LINKS https://twitter.com/mgreenwell http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast

Nov 28 2017
10 mins
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Rank #8: ScotIndyPod 5 -Donald Adamson Pt. 2

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This episode is the second part of the discussion with Donald Adamson, who teaches political economy at the University of Cambridge. We discuss, amongst other things, immigration, social democracy, demographics and what Donald will do given a Yes vote. Dick Gaughan also kindly gave us permission to use one of his songs.

Oct 01 2012
43 mins
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Rank #9: ScotIndyPod 156 - Thomas Muir Lecture 2017 by Tommy Sheppard

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We're back! The 156th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features the Thomas Muir lecture for 2017, which was given by Tommy Sheppard MP (who has also been on the show himself). Hope you enjoy.

Sep 15 2017
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #10: Scottish Independence Podcast 166 - Pensioners for Indy and more

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The 166th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features, amongst other things, an interview with Peter Swain of Pensioners for Independence (courtesy of Independence Live). You'll also find out why I was very tempted to call the episode "Archie, Archie, What's the Score?", even if part of that joke will only make sense if you were born before 1985. I also had to include Boris Johnson, or as he is known in Scotland, Bawjawz, trying to justify some of the worst Tory behaviour. As he does so, he is kind enough to show just how far removed from you and the rest of reality in the process. Finally, there's a semi-unrelated part relating to how the BBC will shut down certain discussions if you go off script. Hope you enjoy. LINKS http://pensionersforindependence.scot/ http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/mgreenwell https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast https://www.youtube.com/user/IndependenceLive

Jun 03 2018
40 mins
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Rank #11: 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… LINKS http://www.maggiecraig.co.uk/index.html http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/CraigMaggie https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

May 25 2016
30 mins
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Rank #12: ScotIndyPod 93 - Songs For Scotland

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On Wednesday 3rd of September I went along to the fantastic Songs For Scotland event in Oran Mor in Glasgow. Artists such as Lady Alba, Dick Gaughan, Loki with Rebecca Wallace, Kathleen MacInnes, Findlay Napier, Shooglenifty and many more played to a full house in the beautiful setting designed by Alasdair Gray. I spoke to some of the artists, organisers and crowd about their inspirations for doing the event (and of course why they support Scottish Independence. The show is interspersed with some of the music from the evening as well. Hope you enjoy...

Sep 15 2014
42 mins
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Rank #13: ScotIndyPod 4 - Maxwell and Lamont

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This is episode 4 and it is just a little 10 minute chat with James Maxwell who is a Scottish Political Journalist who occasionally appears in the New Statesman and on Bella Caledonia. We talk about Johann Lamont's recent speech. This episode also features our first report from BBC Scotlandshire. https://twitter.com/mgreenwell https://twitter.com/jamesmaxwell86 https://twitter.com/ScotlandshireGB http://www.bbc.scotlandshire.co.uk/ http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/

Sep 26 2012
12 mins
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Rank #14: 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
39 mins
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Rank #15: ScotIndyPod 49 - Billy Kay

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"...Labour ministers, culture ministers... one overheard, when she was asked if Scottish Studies should be part of the school curriculum replied 'oh no, I'm not educating a generation of nationalists" For the 49th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Billy Kay. Billy has for years been writing, broadcasting and producing material on Scottish Culture and Scots language, for the BBC and internationally. We talked about his output and much more including the effect that the dearth of Scottish culture and history in our schools may have had on the population, the Scottish Insurrection of 1820, the campaign for hearts and heads and other things besides. Hope you enjoy...

Jan 25 2014
31 mins
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Rank #16: TPS 5 - UKIP & Immigration

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In this episode we look at UKIP and their attitude to Scotland, as well as some of the more unusual declarations from some members or former members of that party. That of course brought us onto immigration, which was the main focus of the discussion. With such a poisonous atmosphere surrounding the issue, it can be hard to come out and say that Scotland could actually do with more, not less, immigration. LINKS http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/Ivan_McKee https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

Apr 17 2015
7 mins
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Rank #17: ScotIndyPod 100 - Independence Live

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For the 100th (sort of) episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Kevin and Gerry from Independence Live. Before and after they have been doing a wonderful job of documenting the political discourse in Scotland in recent times, and they do it live, and it is free! We talked about their work and their motivation and we also got on to most memorable (good or bad) pre-referendum moments and opined on where we are all going from here. Hope you enjoy... LINKS http://www.independencelive.net/ https://www.youtube.com/user/IndependenceLive/videos https://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

Feb 07 2015
28 mins
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Rank #18: For A' That 29 - It's All Got Emotional

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For the 29th episode of the For A' That podcast Andrew and I went back to doing a two-hander - it's been a while. With a number of things going on this week we did our bes_68423209_aterixbigt to get through quite a few of them. First up was the Scottish Referendum Franchise Bill. 16 and 17 year olds are ok apparently, but prisoners no. What are the progressive and regressive aspects of this? We moved on to speak about the Gay Marriage bill that in Scotland is speeding towards ratification with all the speed of a stoned snail. Andrew had an interesting question to ask about whether countries often play follow-the-leader with such laws. It's often suggested that some people react with the head, while others the heart. Where does this come into politics? Is it really a false premise to suggest that people have to be one or the other way? We got philosophical on the matter. Asterix in Scotland or Duggy Dug? I think it will become clear which we prefer. Finally, Andrew seemed more convinced than I am that the Labour reshuffle will bring something different into the Game Of Drones that Scottish politics can sometimes seem like.

Jun 30 2013
47 mins
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Rank #19: ScotIndyPod 158 - How Bad & Incompetent The UK Government Is

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"In the case of Brexit, I heard assurances throughout the course of the mission and yesterday at the human rights council from the government that Brexit would not lower protection from environmental threats. However, I also heard, or actually did not hear any clear assurances of how that would be the case. There have been statements from members of government saying that existing laws will be maintained WHEREVER PRACTICAL AND DESIRABLE, which I find very worrying." The 158th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast features a talk given at the UN by Baskut Tuncak. The report was about the UK and the quote I put above is possible the least damning thing he said, not the most. Human rights abuses, toxic waste, pollution, brexit, poisoning of children in the UK and abroad, agreements with dodgy overseas partners and more, this is a strong indicator of just how dysfunctional, intransigent and even nasty the British state can be. Hope you enjoy. LINKS http://www.srtoxics.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Final-UK-mission-report.pdf http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TheScottishIndependencePodcast https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

Sep 30 2017
27 mins
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Rank #20: ScotIndyPod 160 - Ian Hamilton

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The 160th episode of The Scottish Independence Podcast is an interview with Ian Hamilton QC, probably most know for going down to London with some friends and /taking back/stealing/repatriating/borrowing (delete as you wish) The Stone of Destiny/Scone. I have always wanted to have him on the show but unfortunately it wasn't me that got to interview him, it was instead Mike Small of Bella Caledonia (Bella also has a fundraiser), who has allowed me to make it up into an episode here. We get some great details on the story of the taking of stone and about the independence movement and its history. Hope you enjoy. LINKS http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/ http://michaelgreenwell.wordpress.com/ https://twitter.com/mgreenwell https://twitter.com/mgreenwell

Oct 15 2017
49 mins
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