December 19, 2012
Listen to the people
Full report of People and Parliament can be obtained here
In 1999 at the time of Devolution a small group of us chaired by Canon Kenyon Wright (of the Scottish Constitutional Convention) organised a process that, by the end of the day, engaged some 500 groups across Scotland in discerning Scotland’s values. We were shaped by ideas from liberation theology about working “from the underside” and special effort was made to reach groups that are often marginalised in voicing their opinions. I’ve been hearing a lot of the same debates coming up again with the 2014 referendum now on the table. Whichever way we might vote (and this is going to people who are inclined both ways), it is important that the debate gets lifted beyond the sterile “will we be better off or not?” and into the questions of our values, environment and consequences for those in poverty. You might find that this 1999 snapshot of the nation – People and Parliament -still has a lot to say, and if so, feel free to share it around.