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Cllr Dick Cole speaks at Edinburgh Book Festival
MK Leader Cllr Dick Cole last week attended the Edinburgh Book Festival, where he took part in a “dialogue” about what the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence could mean for the remainder of the United Kingdom.

The event took place in the Guardian Spiegeltent and, as well as Cllr Cole, it featured prominent Scottish economist Jo Armstrong and was chaired by David Runciman, a Professor in Politics at Cambridge University.

Speaking after his return to Cornwall, Cllr Cole said he felt there is a “really engaged politics in Scotland,” as people from all walks of life are actively debating the future governance of their country as well as a whole myriad of related issues.

He said: “There is a massive swing in Scotland towards more powers for Scotland, with the leaders of the three mainstream parties – who are campaigning against independence – collectively promising a further strengthening of the Scottish Parliament.

“South of the border, we hear much talk about ‘devolution’ and ‘localism,’ but it tends to mask the centralising tendencies of the Westminster Government. For the Government, outside of Scotland and Wales, much of the debate is constrained within the context of local government – not meaningful regional devolution or, for example, the creation of a Cornish Assembly. This has to change.”
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Published on 19th August 2014.

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