Defence, immigration and social media dominate final day at Festival of Politics


The impact of the referendum on the defence industry in Scotland is under the microscope today at what will be a lively debate on Scotland’s Defence Capability with panellists including Angus Robertson MP and the Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP.

The Future of Immigration in Scotland will look at policies on everything from asylum, human rights and worker quotas to border controls for Scotland and the UK. While The Power of Social Media will ask whether social media has the power to increase the influence on small independent nations on world affairs or whether they will be lost amidst the chatter.

Respected director, Ken Loach’s film The Spirit of ’45 will be screened and journalist and commentators Joyce McMillan and Gerry Hassan will join the panel to discuss The Future of the Welfare State in Scotland. While, A US Perspective on UK/EU Issues, will give an insight into the US domestic and foreign policy impacting on the UK and Scotland.

There is also the last minute addition at 1pm in the Members’ Restaurant of a performance workshop by the teenagers taking part in the Radio Scotland documentary UK Today, with the help of their mentor theatre director Jeremy Weller.

The Festival café bar programme will keep visitors entertained throughout the day and night with a Poetry Slam and the musical excellence of The Sandy Brechin Band, The Banjo Lounge and the Arion String Quartet before the Main Street Blues Duo bring the Festival to a rousing close.


Now in its ninth year, the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics includes a three day programme of politics, music, art, theatre and debate under the theme of Scotland’s Place in the World. Events take place on Friday 23 - Sunday 25 August at Holyrood, the home of the Scottish Parliament.

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