Scot­land needs to be both part of Bri­tain and part of Europe

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane -

Many peo­ple spon­ta­neously told me how sad they were at the death of for­mer Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Charles Kennedy.

It is strik­ing how he was seen as dif­fer­ent to most politi­cians, more straight­for­ward, more “grounded” in the world out­side pol­i­tics, some­one to be trusted.

Charles fa­mously said that he re­garded him­self as a High­lander, Scot­tish, Bri­tish and Euro­pean and saw no con­flict be­tween them. If any­thing, be­ing a High­lander was the most im­por­tant.

So it was nat­u­ral that he fought for Scot­land to stay part of the United King­dom, and also ar­gued the case for Bri­tain to be in the Euro­pean Union.

It is very odd how UKIP want us to come out of Europe but stay in the UK while the SNP want us to stay in Europe and come of the UK.

Scot­land needs to be both part of Bri­tain and part of Europe. A new United King­dom

We need a more fed­eral Bri­tain whose in­sti­tu­tions re­flect the needs of the dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try – Scot­land, Wales, North­ern Ire­land, the English re­gions – as well as cov­er­ing the things on which we should make com­mon UK de­ci­sions.

We need po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship – heal­ing the di­vi­sions of the ref­er­en­dum and build­ing a new United King­dom. South La­nark­shire Youth Film Fes­ti­val

Re­cently I had the good for­tune to at­tend the Youth Film Fes­ti­val. The films were su­perb and showed the tal­ent of young­sters in South La­nark­shire in all as­pects of film mak­ing. But, sadly, it is very dif­fi­cult to get into a ca­reer in film mak­ing in Scot­land.

One huge step would be to es­tab­lish a Scot­tish Film Stu­dio to pro­vide a base both for ma­jor com­mer­cial films to be made here and for smaller, lo­cal film­mak­ers to get started.

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has dragged its heels for far too long on this – with the re­sult that ma­jor projects like Game of Thrones go to North­ern Ire­land or to Wales.

I have asked South La­nark­shire to look at this to see whether there might be prospects for a Scot­tish Film Stu­dio in our county. Lib­eral Democrats add 15,000 new mem­bers

Fi­nally – and al­most mirac­u­lously af­ter the dis­ap­point­ments of the elec­tion – over 15,000 new mem­bers have joined the Lib­eral Democrats since the Gen­eral Elec­tion, most un­der 30 and most in­spired by the need for a strong Lib­eral move­ment.

This is the best po­lit­i­cal news for a long time!

Work­ing for you Ruther­glen South Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Robert Brown

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