243 9.00pm Thu 30 Apr 2015
Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow: Lesley Riddoch, Lady Alba, Teenage Fanclubâ€™s Francis Macdonald, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, comedian David Bratchpiece and Scottish singer/songwriter Findlay Napier
GRASSROOTS POLITICS DETERMING SCOTLANDâ€™S FUTURE The Bare Facts is hosting an evening of music, comedy and politics one week before the UK General Election with guest speaker Lesley Riddoch giving her insights on Scotlandâ€™s future post-election. Lesley McLean, one of The Bare Facts founding members, said: â€œWe are so excited about our forthcoming event since we started from very humble beginnings, a group of local women meeting in someoneâ€™s home. We are a mixed group of voters but we felt the need to get the Bare Facts out there about the key issues that concern people, the economy, NHS, pensionsâ€¦ without the political spin. The biggest legacy of the Scottish referendum is not a divided nation but a nation that is politically engaged, interested and active â€“ grassroots politics is having its day.â€ Lesley Riddoch, broadcaster and journalist, will lift the lid on politics on Thurs 30th April at Cottiers Theatre and give a frank talk on Scotlandâ€™s future touching on the issues of local control and empowerment, land ownership and reform, top down democracy and ending elitism. No spin just the BARE FACTS! Lesley Riddoch contends â€œOrdinary Scots have demonstrated their capacity to run Scotland time after time â€“ yet continue to tolerate a remarkably elitist, top-down, centralised, â€œstand there till we fix youâ€ society that will not change on its own whatever the outcome on the 7th May -- but there is a palpable sea change in political awareness emerging. Roaming around Scotland to do talks, I find audiences aghast that they know so little about Scotland, its history, the pioneering achievements of its ain folk and the way our norms sit within a European context. But also hungry for more easy to understand information to raise their knowledge without signing up for a block of evening classes. Can that be done in some imaginative way? Maybe Bare Facts and the other grassroots movements which have emerged after the Scottish referendum can help to address this.â€ Performances on the night include Lady Alba, Teenage Fanclubâ€™s Francis Macdonald, Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, comedian David Bratchpiece and Scottish singer/songwriter Findlay Napier. The event will be hosted by Viv Gee; comedian, writer and winner of the Scottish Comedy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Comedy in 2014.
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