Five events discussing the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum
Featuring ReferendumFest, Independence and Monetary Reform, Aye Right? How No?, Glasgow Skeptics: Is Scotland Going to Vote Yes? and Scotland’s Democracy Trail
As the debate ramps up in the final weeks before the vote, there's still time to make your mind up. Here are some events which could help.
If you've been itching to get your voice heard among the yes / no / undecideds of the debate, now's your chance. Join MSPs, MPs, MEPs and other members of the public when ReferendumFest gives Edinburgh its own Speakers' Corner. These soapbox spots are alongside three sessions each afternoon hosting prominent speakers from both sides.
Quaker Meeting House, Edinburgh, until Fri 22 Aug.
Speaking of monetary policy … No wait, come back! If fractional reserve banking and government gilts are a mystery to you, these sessions may prove illuminating, terrifying or both. Campaign group Positive Money look at how an independent Scotland might create a new monetary system with talks, film and Q&A.
CCA, Glasgow & Summerhall, Edinburgh, Thu 4 Sep.
Bringing some much needed levity, Vladimir McTavish and Keir McAlister host spoken word, poetry, comedy and music. Better suited to taking your mind off monetary policy than informing your decision, a successful run on the Fringe suggests that the debate needn’t be all daggers over the dinner table.
The Stand, Edinburgh, Sun 7 Sep; The Stand, Glasgow, Wed 17 Sep.
For those irked by the soundbites and Mandelsonian manoeuvres of the televised debate, the Glasgow Skeptics may have the perfect remedy. Approaching the referendum in typically disinterested fashion, they call on Scotland’s leading political pollster, Professor John Curtice, to dissect the polls and provide his statistically significant prediction.
The Admiral, Glasgow, Mon 8 Sep.
Promising to cover 500 years of Scotland’s history leading up to September’s historic vote, the Scottish Storytelling Centre’s Donald Smith and Stuart McHardy lead a walking tour of some of Edinburgh’s most historically and politically significant sites.
The Hub, Edinburgh, Mon 8-Sat 13 Sep.