Newsweek Scotland - remembering Donald Dewar
One of those weeks... bleary-eyed after sleepless nights with tiny tots...and coincidentally immersion in Labour politics where the new generation seem like little nippers compared to the giants of the past.
At least that's an easy assumption as we see only three Scots returned in the shadow cabinet elections at the very time we remember Donald Dewar ten years on after his death. Not only that but I've been looking through the BBC archive at the origins of Labour... Keir Hardie, Cunninghame Graham, Jimmy Maxton and on through Ramsay MacDonald, the first Labour Prime Minister to Willie Ross. I watched a speech he made at the height of his powers - all sound and fury - defying anyone to disagree. It makes a contrast with today's performers and their sometimes contrived indignation. Old Willie looked like he really meant it.
Anyway our plan on Newsweek is to have a discussion about Dewar, one of the real characters of Labour, a sometimes infuriating man whom I found it impossible to dislike. (There is a clip of him in the archive from the Garscadden by-election in 1978 berating the nationalists and saying:"Do you think the wogs start at Calais?" Interesting how the terms of debate change!) We'll have his former minder Dave Whitton and Denis Canavan with whom he didn't always see eye to eye.
We want to discuss his legacy and what he would make of Holyrood, Scotland and, indeed the SNP.
We're also asking if the government's measures on child benefit and pensions really are fair (there's some special pleading here from the presenter) and we have a fascinting piece on the Indus river which has devastated swathes of Pakistan. Is it global warming? We speak to an expert who has surprising news. Join us Saturday morning from 8 and we'll bring the world to your duvet...