Friday 12 October

In Conversation with Dame Margaret Hodge MP

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 15:00 to 16:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Despite boasting a 40-year political career in local and national government, it could be argued that Dame Margaret Hodge really came to public prominence in 2010 as the fearsome Chair of the Public Accounts Committee overseeing £750 billion of public expenditure annually.  Join the Presiding Officer and Dame Margaret Hodge to discuss her book, Called […]

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A Forgotten History: The Scottish Clearances

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 17:30 to 19:00

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Historian Sir Tom Devine OBE’s ground breaking new book The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed (1600-1900); is a unique and challenging reinterpretation of one of the most controversial subjects in Scottish history – The Clearances. Join chair Presiding Officer, Professor Emeritus, Sir Tom Devine and Professsor Stana Nenadic, Professor of Social and Cultural […]

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In Conversation with Darren McGarvey aka Loki

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 20:00 to 21:30

Cost: £8.00/£6.00

Darren McGarvey, aka LOKI, is a writer, performer, community activist and columnist. His book Poverty Safari, has recently won the prestigious Orwell Prize, is described by Irvine Welsh as, “an intellectual and spiritual rehab manual for the progressive left,” He was rapper-in-residence at Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit and McGarvey’s views are being sought on […]

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Happy Governments

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 15.15 to 16.45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were enshrined in the United States Declaration of Independence and Aristotle described politics as the science of well-being. Yet the UK and the U.S. are ranked way down the 2018 World Happiness Report.  Is citizens’ happiness the purpose of government or have policy makers been misled by cognitive […]

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Did Baby Boomers Steal My Future?

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 16:00 to 17:30

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with Scottish Youth Parliament By virtue of their demographic might, the baby boomers rule our country. But has this generation achieved the wealth, health, housing and financial stability at the expense of their children and grand-children? Millennials are constantly told they will be taxed more, work longer hours for less money, have lower […]

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Posh or Poor?

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 17:00 to 18:30

Cost: £5.00/£3.50

The demise of forelock tugging and deference to those ‘upstairs’ may make class less obvious, but with inequality and poverty rising, has Britain really thrown off its class obsession? Join our chair Kenny Farquharson, The Times, and panellists including Claire Ainsley, Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Darren McGarvey aka Loki, author of Poverty Safari; Chris Snowdon, […]

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America – A Second Term for President Trump?

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 17:15 to 18:45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

With midterm elections in November 2018, what does the future hold for President Trump and the United States of America? Join our chair Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP and panellists including Catherine Philp, The Times; Brendan O’Neill, The Spectator; Jason Boxt U.S. pollster; and Dr Meryl Kenny, Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh, […]

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Environmental Migration

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 17:45 to 19:15

Cost: £5.00/£3.50

In partnership with RSE Droughts, floods and hurricanes are to blame for the predicted 200 million “climate refugees” estimated to be displaced from their homes by 2050. Will governments take action only when Australia succumbs to desertification and London is submerged? Join chair Peter Jenkinson, cultural change agent and panellists including Dr Alistair Rennie, coastal […]

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Fighting Proud – LGBT+ and the Military

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 18:15 to 19:45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

In partnership with SPOut Join chair Jamie Greene MSP, Co-Convener on Cross-Party Group on LGBTI+ and panellists Dr Emma Vickers, Senior Lecturer History, Liverpool John Moores University, advisor on National Festival of LGBT History; Duncan Lustig-Prean, LGBTI campaigner who won his sexual orientation discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights; Elaine Chambers, author […]

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Who Owns and Stewards Scotland’s Land?

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 19:15 to 20:45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Scotland is said to be disproportionately owned by a small number of individuals and companies. Join our chair Deputy Presiding Officer Linda Fabiani MSP and panellists Andy Wightman MSP, Local Government and Communities Committee and author of The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland and How They Got It; Ninian Stuart, Centre for Stewardship; […]

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Peacemakers of the 21st Century

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 19:45 to 21:15

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Who are the invisible power-brokers and peace-makers who can defuse nuclear stand-offs to global conflicts? Join our chair Professor John Sturrock QC and panellists Lord Browne of Ladyton, former Secretary of State for Defence; Major General Martin Smith Royal Marines (retired); Dr Jasmine Gani, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews and Mark Muller Stuart […]

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