Mon 11 Aug 2014 – What Would a Scottish Foreign Policy Look Like?

Algeria Touchshriek

What Would A Scottish Foreign Policy Look Like?


With Iain Macwhirter, Kieran Hurley, Sara Shaarawi, Jean Urquhart, White Feather Collective, Harry Giles, Gav Prentice.

Like so many of our panel discussions at Bowie’s Yurt, as this one approached the big question was how on earth we were going to cover all the issues in the short amount of time that we have. Poppy and Lou from the anarcho-feminist anti-militarism group the White Feather Collective kicked things off with a provocation about a demilitarised future Scotland. We were then delighted to be joined by Jean Urquhart and Iain Macwhirter, for a conversation which demonstrated that you don’t need to set up a Yes versus No binary to find interesting political difference when we get down to the detail. Harry Giles and Gav Prentice both brought their usual brilliance in poetry and music respectively and it was hosted by Sara Shaarawi, with the discussion chaired, in a loose sense, by me. It was a lively one this. Ramshackle, energetic and full of big and difficult political thinking. Which is, I think, exactly what we came for.

Kieran Hurley