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 21: Late night Poetry

    August 11th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  3 mins 58 secs
    criminal justice, poetry, prisons, uk prisons

    recorded in the wee small hours, "My Friend" Kahlil Gibran

  • Episode 20: The Government Admits Failure

    July 6th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 28 secs
    hmpps, ministry of justice, politics, prison building, prisons, the tartan con, thetartancon, twitter, uk prisons

    My rant on the news that England will be building 4 more prisons

  • Episode 19: The Red Setter

    June 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  13 mins 3 secs
    dogs, prisons, short stories, the tartan con, uk prisons

    The Red Setter

  • Episode 18: Poetry. Wordsworth, Frost and Gibran

    June 28th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  5 mins 47 secs
    crime, criminal justice, poetry, prisons, prisons uk, twitter, uk prisons

    A little reading of Worsworth, Frost and Gibran

  • Episode 17: The Broken Contract

    June 13th, 2020  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 8 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, hmpps, pava, prisons, rants, the tartan con, thetartancon, uk prisons

    Upon reading the news today that the UK Prison Service has decided to roll out a incapacitating spray to their staff, I had to have a rant

  • Episode 16: De Profundis - Excerpts and a critique

    May 31st, 2020  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 10 secs
    de profundis, letters, poetry, prisons, uk prisons

    A few of my favourite excerpts from De Profundis. The Letter written by Wilde to Lord Alfred Douglas in 1897

  • 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