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12 Sep 2014

 This is my final column BV (before the vote) - in case the tectonic plates are about to shift - I’d like to place a couple of thoughts on the record.  Firstly to acknowledge how invigorating - even thrilling - it is to be a Scot at this time; part of a great awakening - the sense that we are making history.  Last weekend the London establishment realised that Scotland might be minded to walk away from Westminster rule; the cat is amongst the pigeons.

 The roots of the present independence surge lie squarely with New Labour.  When Blair and Brown embraced Thatcherism - and destroyed the Labour Party - that was the bitterest public betrayal of my lifetime - still deeply felt in Scotland.  By favouring a corrupt City - over the interests of working people - New Labour was party to shameful levels of inequality.  The leftist political turf they abandoned - gave the independence movement its greatest opportunity; the SNP seized and claimed social democracy as its own; the electorate responded by giving them a mandate to govern Scotland - and may now extend this to independence.

 I feel very proud to be a Scot in these times - the intelligence, the common decency, the courage - to reject a broken political system which operates on behalf of a tiny minority.  One senses that the independence issue has reached a point of no return - and that we shall soon begin a new chapter in our own story - in an economic system which is of use to everyone.  Next bulletin will be AV (after the vote).  Must keep the heid. 


In 2002, Senscot was one of the founders of UnLtd - created to manage a £100m endowment called the Millennium Award’s Trust (MAT); the Trust makes awards to start up social entrepreneurs -...Read more

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The SENs: Friday 12th September 2014

We have a first draft of this year’s SE Conference and Ceilidh Programme. Things will change/evolve between now and November – but it gives a flavour of the ideas we have in mind. See draft programme. Moving to the Westerwood last year allows us to accommodate more folk overnight than we have in the past – and already around 70 delegates have signed up. Priority, as always, will be given to SEN members. To request a booking form, contact

Very best of luck to Edinburgh SEN which is hosting Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Festival -  “Social in the Square” today and tomorrow in St Andrew Square in the city centre. The Festival includes music, dance, theatre, chef demonstrations and art and crafts – fun for all the family. Visitors will have the opportunity to see and buy a wide range of local products and services with over 30 social enterprises taking part. See more.

With the Invictus Games starting on Wednesday, we are in full flow re the potential power of sport to make significant impact post Commonwealth Games. Diane Cameron, Social Enterprise and Sport Co-ordinator, contributed to an article in this week’s Scotsman, saying “The sports social enterprise sector welcomes these large-scale sporting events to Scotland as they undoubtedly raise the profile of sport generally. However, social enterprises are in the business...Read more
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