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Big debate takes to the road

Brian Taylor | 15:55 UK time, Friday, 25 September 2009

Not sure if you've managed to catch any of the programmes in a new series I've been presenting on the wireless. Brian's Big Debate on Radio Scotland every Friday at 1315 BST. C'mon, I'm allowed to plug my own show.

Another belter today with lively exchanges on Trident, pensions, teachers and the future of broadcasting. Great audience contributions - with a forest of hands still in the air by the close.

Anyway, after a few shows in BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow, we're venturing on the road. Next week's programme will come from Perth, the scene of so many key Scottish political battles.

I'm not quite old enough to have covered Ted Heath's Declaration of Perth, nor the 1963 by-election when Sir Alec Douglas-Home entered the Commons to become PM.

But I have reported on umpteen party conferences from Perth, firstly from the City Halls then the new Concert Hall venue.

And I covered the remarkable by-election when Roseanna Cunningham won her Commons seat in 1995.

So I'm looking forward to returning to the old city next Friday. Actually, I'll be in Perth rather earlier than that - tomorrow for the contest between St Johnstone and the mighty Dundee United.

Much as I appreciate the Fair City, I'm afraid that more fundamental loyalties will prevail on that occasion.

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