AFTER feisty discussion on subjects such as independence, the military and the arts in Scotland, the final Scotsman Debate took place in the Albert Halls in Stirling on Wednesday. Progess Beyond Politics saw an eclectic group of panellists consider weighty topics affecting Scotland – poverty, community breakdown and young offending among them. Some were optimistic, some despondent, but all agreed the challenges facing Scotland in the coming 50 years are vast.
THE tone of the evening was set when the vast majority of the audience at Jedburgh Town Hall cheered as renewables sceptic Bob Graham referred to "the wind farm scam".
"BITCHING and whingeing" – those were the words used by Richard Holloway over the criticism aimed at Creative Scotland, the arts agency he is tasked with constructing. The words of the normally philosophical Holloway rang round Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre, in the closing minutes of the Scotsman's latest debate – on the Arts in Scotland.
DO SCOTLAND'S islands have a viable future? That was the central question posed at the third of the eight ScotsmanDebates being held this year. The debate was held in Sgoil Lionacleit, the secondary school in Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Chaired by Lesley Riddoch, the writer and broadcaster, it examined a range of issues central to the future of Scotland's islands.
HAS THE TRUMP APPLICATION SHOWN THAT SCOTLAND PUTS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AHEAD OF THE ENVIRONMENT?
SCOTLAND risks having a planning system like that a "banana republic" if Donald Trump's application for a golf resort gets the go-ahead, it was claimed last night.
AFTER a year of SNP government, the burning question is whether Scotland is any closer to independence. The first of a series of eight ScotsmanDebates took this key question as a starting point to look at where Scotland goes now.
NICOLA Sturgeon, the deputy First Minister, last night insisted the SNP had not "chickened out" of holding an immediate referendum on independence when recently challenged by Wendy Alexander.
THE first in a series of eight ScotsmanDebates to discuss the big issues of 2008 is a sell-out.
A DEBATE organised by The Scotsman on the prospects of an independent Scotland will see nearly 500 people pack into a university lecture theatre tomorrow night.
SCOTLAND in 2008 is a vibrant and changing place. There are huge constitutional, political, social, economic and environmental issues up for discussion.
HUNDREDS of tickets have already been snapped up for The ScotsmanDebates, a series of public events to discuss the big issues that matter in Scotland in 2008.