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The Big Vote – What kind of Scotland do we want to live in?



Free public seminar

Thursday 21st March 2013
19.00 – 21.00
Venue: Godfrey Thomson Hall, Moray House
St John Street (off Canongate), EH8 8AQ

  • What are the big issues?
  • What are we voting for and against?
  • What kind of debate do we want?

Speaker: James Robertson
James Robertson is an award-winning poet and writer of fiction. His novels, which often have political themes,  include Joseph Knight, The Testament of Gideon Mack and And the Land Lay Still. His next book, to be published in June, is The Professor of Truth.

Join us and James Robertson to look at the deeper issues beyond the ‘yah-boo’ slanging match around the 2014 referendum. What do we all need to be thinking about to come to an informed view and how do we want to conduct a national conversation that excites and involves us all?

For some of James Robertson’s thoughts on independence and the current debate – click here

No need to book – just come along. If you have any special requirements, please let us know at least a week in advance.


  1. Kenneth Sinclair Stewart says:

    Good. It is about time someone told us exactly what it is all about.

  2. Mike says:

    Hi, sounds interesting. If Scotland does become independent we better do something with it that really differentiates us from the “The City” centric deepening neo-liberal UK model. The two major issue that if tackled would have radical implications for Scotland’s: economic health and prosperity; environmental protection; social justice and equality; and lower spending on law and order, are 1) money reform and 2) land reform. I know these topics aren’t even on the agenda at the moment – but if independence is to be worth anything at all, we better have a strong vision to build for the future. If it’s all just for national pride, better to stay in the UK. A fantastic starting point to understand the importance of money reform is the short video, on the Positive Money webs site, titled “Understanding Money in 4 Minutes… (recommend)” http://www.positivemoney.org/

    “Of all the many ways of organising banking, the worst is the one we have today.”

    – Mervyn King, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-19330495, 21 August 2012.

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