Lesley Riddoch And The Scotch Myths

Scotch Myths marks 300 years of the Treaty of Union with Lesley Riddoch exploring popular ideas of Scottishness.

Are the Scots more mean, better educated, bigger lovers of equality than our partners in the union? Lesley will try to find evidence of each myth in an unsuspecting Scottish town, while co-presenter Paul Stokes arms himself with facts, and bagfuls of English scepticism to try and scotch every myth Lesley presents.

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01The Scottish Cringe20070102

Scotch Myths marks 300 years of the Treaty of Union with Lesley Riddoch exploring popular ideas of Scottishness.

Are the Scots more mean, better educated, bigger lovers of equality than our partners in the union? Lesley will try to find evidence of each myth in an unsuspecting Scottish town, while co-presenter Paul Stokes arms himself with facts, and bagfuls of English scepticism to try and scotch every myth Lesley presents.Does it exist?

02Are The Scots Mean?20070109

Do they tend to scrimp, save and accept second best in their own lives?

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05Margret Thatcher Destroyed Scotland20070130
06Are Scottish Men Macho?20070206
07Is Glasgow Miles Better?20070213
08The Scots Don't Do Business20070220

Scots have the lowest start up business rate and seem to be unable to commercialise their good ideas.

Maybe we are better inventors, or better workers.

On the other hand, Andrew Carnegie and Sir Tom Hunter would disagree.

Lesley meets businessmen and women from the Entrepreneurial Exchange to ask if they think the Scots are half hearted when it comes to striking out on their own.

09The Clearances Destroyed The Highlands20070227

Scots have never forgiven the landowners who cleared people to make way for sheep, then deer, then Sitka spruce.

It seems for centuries, flora and fauna have mattered more than people north of the Great Glen Fault.

But were the Clearances the big Highland turning point or was it Culloden? And for every eviction were there others who chose to leave? Lesley travels to Golspie in the shadow of the Duke of Sutherlands statue to sample opinion, and welcomes guest Michael Fry, the historian who suggests the impact of the Clearances has been overplayed.

11Do The Scots Love Or Hate Their Parliament?20070313

Why do polls suggest Scots want more powers for Holyrood but don't think MSPs are capable of handling the powers they've got? Do Scots really want the responsibility of independence, or are we quite content to rattle the sabre, but stay inside the UK?

11The Scots Are Classless.20070306

Robert Burns said it most forcefully: 'A man's a man for a' that'.

Never mind rank or wealth, equality has been the driving principle behind every significant Scottish creation from the Declaration of Arbroath to the Constitutional Convention.

Why then are there more private schools in Edinburgh per head of the population than any other city in Britain? Why is life expectancy in Drumchapel ten years shorter than in neighbouring Bearsden? Writer Des Dillon is Lesley's guest.

12Scots Are Sectarian20070320

Why does religion still seem to matter in a Scotland that doesn't go to church? Is the Old Firm standoff and the row over Catholic schools really about religion, or an argument about the Union in disguise?

13 LASTScots Are A Myth20070327

Since Scots now own their own homes, watch the same TV and buy the same Swedish light fittings from the same retail parks as the English, is the whole notion of Scottishness a myth?