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The big tent of an independent Scotland has space for a national church, according to the government’s education secretary. Mike Russell MSP spoke with University of Edinburgh divinity professor Mona Siddiqui about Scotland’s religious future on Wednesday, 7 May 2014. The choice of the secretary is not an idiosyncratic one: Russell’s current brief gives him responsibility for Scotland’s denominational schools; and whilst at Edinburgh, he studied theology at New College.

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The 23 February edition of the Sunday Times republished Pat and Ken's contributions to our debate. Here it is again in case you've missed it.
 
In an effort to broaden the debate, we've asked two prominent figures in Scottish arts and culture to address the theme How could a Yes or a No vote help Scotland cope better with the future? In this feature, sci-fi writer Ken MacLeod and musician Pat Kane will present their cases. They haven't seen each others contributions beforehand. 
 
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In an effort to broaden the debate, we've asked two prominent figures in Scottish arts and culture to address the theme How could a Yes or a No vote help Scotland cope better with the future? In this feature, sci-fi writer Ken MacLeod and musician Pat Kane will present their cases. Ken's argument for a no vote is below.

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In an effort to broaden the debate, we've asked two prominent figures in Scottish arts and culture to address the theme How could a Yes or a No vote help Scotland cope better with the future? In this feature, sci-fi writer Ken MacLeod and musician Pat Kane will present their cases. Pat's argument for a yes follows.
 
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In an effort to broaden the debate, we've asked two prominent figures in Scottish arts and culture to address the theme How could a Yes or a No vote help Scotland cope better with the future? In this feature, sci-fi writer Ken MacLeod and musician Pat Kane will present their cases. They haven't seen each others contributions beforehand. 
 
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Call for written evidence: education and culture

The Scottish Parliament's Educational and Culture committee has issued a call for written evidence on the subject of Scotland's educational and cultural future. The inquiry will cover further and higher education, early years, childcare and employability, and broadcasting and culture. 

Learn more about the call at the committte's webpage.

 

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