Best of the rest - Festival of Politics
This article is from 2008.
Banking on Disaster?
With the world economy faltering badly, is the credit crunch about to spiral out of control into a global depression? Among those we hope will be easing our fears is presenter of Dragons’ Den and Today, Evan Davis.
22 Aug, 5pm, £6 (£3.50).
Guardian journalists Polly Toynbee and David Walker explore the issue of Britain’s social inequality. In this day and age, should there really be a poverty line in this country?
23 Aug, 1pm, £6 (£3.50).
Award winning London-born, Greece-bred photojournalist Platon discusses the political and social resonances of his work and provides an insight into his creative methods.
23 Aug, 4.30pm, free
Keeping the Faith in Sexual Health
What kind of a role should religion be playing in the promotion of Scotland’s sexual health? MSP Patrick Harvie is joined by a panel of representatives from across the faith spectrum.
22 Aug, 12.30pm, free
A Life in Politics: Denis Healey
The Old Labour bruiser makes an appearance to discuss his role in political life from the Winter of Discontent to Labour’s wilderness years as well as analysing the Blair revolution.
21 Aug, 1pm, £6 (£3.50)
The New Politics of Giving
National and global philanthropy is a growing trend with household name billionaires complementing the steady work of charitable foundations. This issue is debated with Magnus Linklater in the chair.
21 Aug, 4.30pm, free.
Politics: A Funny Old Business?
Stand-up comic and pioneering agitator Mark Thomas has used his comedy status as a means to rough up the egos of the political elites. Here he chats about the issues that mean a lot to him.
23 Aug, 5pm, £6 (£3.50)
A Life in Politics: Douglas Hurd
A pillar of the Thatcher and Major administrations, Hurd took key roles during periods of change in Northern Ireland and Europe. MSP Alasdair Morgan asks him about the UK’s influence on the world stage.
21 Aug, 5pm, £6 (£3.50)
Pathways to Peace
With war ravaging our planet for centuries, peace movements continue to have a great impact on our consciousness. Arun Ghandi, grandson of Mahatma, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairéad Corrigan-Maguire share their experiences.
20 Aug, 3pm, £6 (£3.50)
What Does the New Europe Mean for Artists and Cultural Policy Makers?
Two events which take a look at the massive shift in Europe’s cultural identity and the response of our artists and policy makers in keeping pace with these evolving times.
22 Aug, 2.30pm, 4.15pm, free
All events take place at Scottish Parliament, Holyrood Road, 0131 473 2000.