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ScotlandsFest 2016: Rethinking our Small Nation
Fri 26 August 2016, 13:45 – 15:30 BST
ScotlandsFest 2016: Rethinking our Small Nation with Henry McLeish, Michael Keating and the Roch Winds Collective.
In Scotland, a decisive majority voted to remain in the EU. Can that now be achieved? Would independence offer Scotland stability after Brexit? What are the key Scottish interests that must now be protected? What are the prospects for the academic and scientific communities? Former First Minister Henry McLeish discusses these vital issues with academic and expert on small nations, Michael Keating.
MICHAEL KEATING is Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh and is Director of the ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Science. He has been writing about Scottish politics for forty years and is published extensively on nationalism and territorial politics throughout Europe.
HENRY McLEISH began his political career in local government in 1974, and was leader of Fife Regional Council for five years. He was elected as an MP in 1987 and became Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Resigning from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser and lectures internationally on a variety of topics. He frequently appears on TV and radio, and is interviewed for various newspapers and magazines.
THE ROCH WIND COLLECTIVE
Cailean Gallagher, born in 1991 and raised in Glasgow, has struggled with embryonic nationalism since contracting it at Balliol ‘the Scottish’ College, Oxford. A life-long Labour member, he succumbed to political nationalism and joined the staff of Yes Scotland in 2013, working first as a researcher analysing the sewage produced by the No campaign, before taking on a strategic role to persuade Labour members to vote Yes. In an effort to repair any damage done and return to the Labour fold, he organised the General Election campaign for Labour MP Katy Clark, before decamping once again to England to plunge into the history of the poor political judgment of socialists and organise health workers for a small trade union.
Rory Scothorne, born in 1992, was raised in various bits of Edinburgh which he euphemistically describes as ‘leafy’. His fiery articles (and hair) have punctuated Scottish debate since he co-founded National Collective, the cultural Yes organisation, in 2012. Upon realising he had created a monster he fled to join the more cantankerous crowds of the Scottish Labour Left, but somehow still has Yes-voting friends and political allies. A graduate of the Universities of Edinburgh and Sussex, he has coordinated, disparaged, and radicalised various left-wing organisations, most lately Momentum Edinburgh.
Amy Westwell was born in 1993 and grew up in Leith. A sans-culotte at heart, she pretends to be a historian and has attended Glasgow and St Andrews University in this guise. She mainly studies the history of political thought, particularly the history of hating the rich and their way of life. She has sold her labour to around 14 employers, but has been most productive working against them with Unite the Union. Harbouring a misguided belief in the communist potential of workers’ education, she intends to continue to read history while persuading the people that it is not really there.