I’ve resigned from the NEC of @theSNP. A number of factors have prevented me from fulfilling the mandate party members gave me to improve transparency & scrutiny & to uphold the party’s constitution. I won’t be making any further comment at this stage.— Joanna Cherry QC (@joannaccherry) May 31, 2021
The SNP are a grown-up party of government but they don't have a grown-up NEC to reflect that. It comes across as a student body with a disproprtionate number of members who haven't politically matured.— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) May 31, 2021
You know what I said last night about the NEC coming across as a student body?— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) June 1, 2021
"New hashtag I'mwithIan"
"Up for that hashtag"
For goodness' sake, that's cringeworthy stuff for a major political party's governing committee.https://t.co/oLrBk223JN
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Ed Coulson works in community radio in Ireland, and he was kind enough to record a sort of masterclass for me when I first started talking about the possibility of a Scot Goes Pop podcast. By the time I listened to it, I had already recorded the first podcast, and unfortunately I realised that I'd done the complete opposite of a lot of what Ed had advised! However I've taken some of his advice on board for the subsequent episodes. He got back in touch the other day and was the bearer of bad news - I had said the Scot Goes Popcast was now a 'proper' podcast because the episodes are downloadable from Soundcloud, but it turned out that's nowhere near enough, and I needed to set up an RSS feed and submit it to various podcast directories.
I finally seem to be getting there - the Scot Goes Popcast is now available on Spotify and on Stitcher, and I've also submitted it to a couple of other directories. I haven't submitted it to Apple yet (which appears to be the most important one) because there were a few extra hoops to jump through, and I was a bit uneasy that they were asking for payment details. However, I may still do that at some point.
Having gone to all this trouble, and having also taken out a paid subscription on Soundcloud, I kind of feel like I'd better continue with the podcast now, so keep the suggestions for potential guests coming. My last three invitations all drew a blank, although as one of those was to renowned environmentalist Alistair McConnachie, maybe it was just as well.