The Tartan Con

Rants on Society

About the show

This series is a follow on from the website It will include Rants on Society, Rants on The Criminal Justice System, just plain good old fashioned Rants. There will be guests voicing their opinions from all walks of life. But remember, its only their opinion; they could be wrong !!

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  • Episode 15: De Profundis Part I

    May 24th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 20 mins
    de profundis, podcasts, prison, spoken nowrd, uk prisons, wilde

    My Critique and Reading of De Profundis - Part 1

  • Episode 14: Prison Reform according to Oscar Wilde

    May 17th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  14 mins 47 secs
    prison, prison reform, prisons, uk prisons, wilde

    Wilde's last letter to the Editor of The Daily Chronicle

  • Episode 13: The Ballad of Reading Gaol - An Excerpt

    May 10th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  4 mins 39 secs
    crime, criminal justice, oscar wilde, podcasts, poetry, prison, prisons, spoken word, uk prisons

    An excerpt of The Ballad of Reading Gaol

  • Episode 12: Two Short Stories

    May 9th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 33 secs
    animals, coronavirus, narration, prisons, short stories, uk prisons

    Two Short stories featuring animals

  • Episode 11: A Letter from Oscar Wilde to The Editor of the Daily Chronicle 1897

    May 3rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 51 secs
    children in prison, criminal justice, jails, mentally ill in prison, oscar wilde, prison, the tartan con, uk prisons

    This letter was written by Oscar Wilde in 1897 just after he was released from Reading Gaol

  • Episode 10: Desiderata

    May 3rd, 2020  |  Season 1  |  3 mins 7 secs
    criminal justice, lockdown, prisons, prisons in england, uk prisons

    A Reading of the wonderful Desiderata

  • Episode 9: Can we Get This Right?

    April 18th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  16 mins 2 secs
    coronavirus, criminal justice, innovation, prisoners, uk prisons

    A Rant on the release of Prisoners in the UK due to the Coronavirus. A word of thanks to all those working in and around jails and a look at the innovation in our jails

  • Episode 8: Decency Please

    December 31st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 21 secs
    crime, prisons, uk prisons

    That was 2019 then. Not much has changed but a little plea from me, if you will. Happy New year to all

  • Episode 7: None of The Above

    November 25th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 4 secs
    conservatives, general election, labour, liberal democrats, manifesto, politics, prisoners, prisons, the tartan con

    My take on the 3 main Parties manifestos as they pertain to prisons.

  • Episode 6: Freedom - What A Concept

    October 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 41 secs
    jails, perception, prisoners, prisons, ranting, reality, the tartan con, thetartancon

    Perception Vs. Reality

  • Episode 5: The Glass Ceiling

    October 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  16 mins 32 secs
    ex-prisoners, former prisoners, prisoners, prisons, rehabilitation, the tartan con

    Is there a Glass ceiling in the criminal justice sector for ex-prisoners?

  • Episode 4: Talk To Us Not At Us

    October 1st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 25 secs
    #talktousnotatus, consent, cooperation, prisoners., prisons

    Just a good old fashioned Rant

  • Episode 3: A Speech Given at HMP Swinfen Hall - The Importance of Induction into Custody

    September 26th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  15 mins 26 secs
    induction, prison, self harm in custody, the tartan con, uk politics

    A recording of the speech I was asked to give at HMP Swinfen Hall earlier this month.

  • Episode 2: A Rare Chance to Answer Back

    August 29th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  18 mins 37 secs
    criminal justice, jails, politics, prison, prisoners, the tartan con, uk

    A few minutes to put the record straight

  • Episode 1: Hidden Heroes

    August 9th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  8 mins 45 secs
    butler trust, crime, criminal justice, jail, prison, prisoners, speech, the tartan con

    Butler Trust Summer School Symposium at Keble College, Oxford.