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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 16:10 UK time, Monday, 8 November 2010

Edinburgh Trams

Edinburgh Trams

Can we trust the French, should prisoners get the vote, and will the Edinburgh Trams ever be finished? These were some of the burning issues we were debating on the show this week.

My guests were The Guardian's Severin Carrell, who likes to adopt the role of resident curmudgeon, writer Kirsty Scott, who keeps Sev in check, and Sports writer Tom English, whose soft Irish brogue charms everyone into submission.

Needless to say, the trams were the topic that really got everyone going. Tom put it all into perspective though by cheerfully telling us about a new road tunnel in Dublin which went years over schedule and millions over budget. When it finally opened they realised the roof was too low for lorries! How very Irish, he said, though he thinks the Scots are now putting the Irish in the shade.

Joining us live from Edinburgh was Caroline Lucas, the leader of the Green Party who won the Greens' first seat at Westminster in May. She's an engaging woman
who's so passionate about her cause that she speaks at ninety miles an hour. It makes for an easy interview.

I always set the radio alarm at home for nine o'clock so that my partner can hear the show. I ask questions afterwards. When I got home this week he was asleep. Later he told me that the show had weaved itself into his dreams so that when I was asking the panel a question he would try to answer but would be continually talked over by one of the guests and ignored by me.

He's a man not short of strong opinions. By the time I got home he was in such a foul mood with me I had to let him re-run all the debates to let him have his say. It was either that or invite him on the show. That would be a step too far.

Listen to Shereen, Sunday 0900 on BBC Radio Scotland and available to listen again on iPlayer.


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