8 Nov 2008
26 Aug 2008
Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, opened up the meeting with an overview of the potential benefits of independence in terms of broadcasting, renewables, tax, enterprise, public finance, innovation and creativity to name but a few.
The First Minister and his five cabinet secretaries answered questions from the 120 strong audience, and then invited further dialogue over lunch. This was no black tie dinner for the chosen few - this was democracy at its best - accessible, accountable and transparent.
No ministers being hussled off high stages and swept away in black limos when the going gets tough. Just a stand about buffet lunch with our elected leaders, asking what solutions we might have to previously insoluble questions. No promises (to be so easily broken), just genuine interest in people and a willingness to listen and learn.
Guess how I'll be voting in a referendum for independence. This isn't about 'tearing' ourselves out of the UK, this is truly about self determination, to stand on our own feet and the chance to make a difference.
Another quote that I like, this time from Charles Handy. "We cannot wait for great visions from great people, for they are in short supply at the end of history. It is up to us to light our own small fires in the darkness".
Scotland can do it - make it happen!
4 Jul 2008
Been a strange year - we had the most amazing sunshine for six whole weeks, but it's been followed by the most (un)amazing rain for the last six weeks. The garden is beautifully green, but overgrown - that's the garden that was going to be in pristine shape due to my new found freedom. Huh - chance would be a fine thing!
9 Jun 2008
Richard Lochhead, Scotland's Minister for Food and Rural Affairs, recently undertook a pledge to eat only Scottish food for a week. His diary entry for Monday 26 May 2008 reads:
"Over the weekend, to satisfy my sweet tooth, I dipped into a box of delicious Scottish tablet made by Isle of Skye Fudge Company". Couldn't have hoped for a much better recommendation than that!
Read Richard's full diary here
25 Mar 2008
Can't go without sharing my favourite quote from social anthropologist Margaret Mead. "Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has". It has driven me through most of my adult life and will continue to do so till I breathe my last!