In a quick follow up to the ‘Stories’ podcast earlier this week, Lesley runs through the other stories that happened below the radar. If you were worried that other countries are not interested in this referendum; then listen to who Lesley has been talking to. Hint – it’s Australian TV and radio – both clips are worth listening to. ( The actual links are here. Lesley gets stuck into Alan Cochrane and has to remind him about a poll in his own newspaper. In the audio clip, Lesley is interviewed by Phillip Adams of ABC – good old fashioned , good humoured conversation.)
Lesley also relates the experience of being interviewed by 20 plus Norwegian students and they have some surprising things to say about the referendum and Scotland .
We also talk to retired Lt Colonel Andrew Parrott who explains all the defense issues; simply and without panic. From someone who was a career soldier, it is refreshing to hear some facts about what is possible in a new Scotland.
And finally, we have tales from the front line to relate about broadcasters and balance. Behind all the accusations of media bias and the lack of balance; there is a reality as to how programmes and contributions are put together. It is probably instructive for everyone to understand some of these realities. Lesley explains how her ‘on-off’ involvement will BBC Radio 5 Live reflects some of this.
In our own ‘Pollyanna’ way to be positive, we also try to name check, throughout the podcast, all the stars of the week. The names include Greg, Sarah, Tommy, Prof Mike, Alex, Paul, James, Jon, Alan and Yoko Ono. Naturally.
This is the last podcast before the Big Vote – naturally, whatever the result we will be back. In the meanwhile, as the man said; “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom”.