Festival of Politics: top 5 highlights

Find out who will win the American election and decide whether you need to start digging a nuclear bunker

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Festival of Politics: top 5 highlights

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The Future of Scottish Sport
While Scotland excels on the world stage in some sports (tennis, boxing and curling for three), there are far too many areas where we continually struggle to compete at the highest level (hello golf and football). Olympic medallist Eve Muirhead, former rugby captain Jason White, and Louise Martin, ex-president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, chew the fat.
18 Aug, 5pm, £8 (£6).

Barton Swaim
A well-written and smartly delivered political speech can elevate any politician. Barton Swain, author of The Speechwriter (dubbed by the Washington Post as 'Veep meets All the King's Men') is in town to discuss the whys and wherefores of this potentially noble art.
19 Aug, 4.30pm, £6 (£4).

Who Will Win America?
This time last year, Donald Trump has entered the presidential race to chuckles. Now, he's planning to have the last laugh while the previously squabbling Democrats join as one to prevent him getting anywhere near the White House. Pollster Jason Boxt and Politico correspondent Glenn Thrush predict the largely unpredictable.
20 Aug, noon, £8 (£6).

A Life in Politics: The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
The former coalition Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills is here to discuss his life in politics and offer an insight into the current economic landscape with new Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh.
20 Aug, 5pm, £8 (£6).

Harry Benson Seeing America
Legendary Scottish photographer Harry Benson caught all the greats on camera and this exhibition features his work with US icons such as Muhammad Ali, JFK, the Reagans, and Watergate journos Woodward and Bernstein.
12 Aug–3 Dec, free.

All events at Scottish Parliament, Horse Wynd.

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