What a fright I got this morning! I switched on the computer and heard myself broadcasting…I haven’t done that for nearly a year. Then I remembered – that’s what I’d been doing all week…putting together on online podcast covering Scottish politics. You can here it hear http://batemanbroadcasting.com
I was at a hustings in East Kilbride last night with Linda Fabiani hosted by the local churches and went to bed forgetting I had a new radio show – as you do at my age.
But there it is at bateman broadcasting, a first programme with Jim Sillars in strident form berating our political system – and Labour – for keeping the Scots down, revealing how he was nearly punched for his opinions and keeping Margo at the centre of the national debate.
My side-kick Amanda will be our roving reporter taking her mic out and about to get the voices from the street and the factory – this week she’s with the editor of the university mag at Glasgow Uni. (She’s also the digital expert who sets up the recording equipment and edits it because even after all these years I never learned how to change a plug).
We get the first interview with John Jappy, the retired civil servant who has made such a hit on the internet with his incisive and knowledgable view of how the British state operates. He spotted in 1968 while working on the economic figures that Scotland was subsidising the rUK not the other way round. John came down from Inverness on the train to our studio in Glasgow.
And Jeanne Freeman is there too, a powerful figure in the Women for Independence campaign with a professional background, politics working with Jack McConnell and now committed to independence, based on her life experience. She is like the Avon lady – if you want some politics, she comes to you. You have a relaxed chat among women pals and have a laugh. She’ll even drink your wine!
It’s a mixed bag as you’d expect. I tried to get a leading Tory in there too but that wasn’t possible this week. I’ll keep trying though. I want all of Scotland’s voices to be heard, for and against independence. I like to take longer than the usual BBC interview to allow argument to develop and ideas to flow and I’m not in the game of jumping in to stop someone when there is no reason to do so a part from the presenter’s ego. I keep my ego for pretending to boss Amanda about…
I’ll get the hang of this radio thing yet. I’m already working on next week’s guest roster and if you have any ideas who you’d like to hear drop me a line either here on the blog site or via the podcast page marked above. You can join us and be part of the project too by donating.
Sorry my blog has been causing so many difficulties. It is getting so much traffic – I like to think – that the server couldn’t cope so it has migrated to a more powerful platform and should purr from now on. I know I am…
Let me know what you think of the podcast and what we can do better – and don’t say replace me with Jim Naughtie.by