Scotland’s Ports – Who Owns Them?

Possible answers to the question of who owns our ports might be

  • the Scottish Government,
  • the London Government,
  • the Local Authority ….
  • the Queen

All reasonable guesses. Well maybe not the Queen!

But all wrong. Our Ports are mostly owned by hedge funds and run for their benefit and profit.

How did this sorry state of affairs come about? what can we do to remedy this? All this you’ll find out in this excellent talk by Alf Baird and his discussion with Glasgow Pensioners for Indy.

You can watch the video

Or listen to the audio podcast:

Scotland & Ireland: A Constitutional Moment for Change?

Our Speaker

Dr Paul Gillespie, Univ College Dublin

Last month, our Greater Glasgow group asked Dr Paul Gillespie to join them. He talked about Scotland and Ireland, comparing and contrasting our two nations : constitutionally, economically, politically and historically. That’s a pretty extensive remit for an hour or so’s meeting but they made a good start!

Paul Gillespie is a former foreign affairs editor for the Irish Times. Now he focuses on research as a political analyst working in the field of Irish, Scottish and UK issues. For example:

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Security & Defence in an Independent Scotland

Isobel Lindsay

….. is a well-known peace activist. She was a founding member of the cross-party Campaign for a Scottish Assembly in the early ’80s paving the way for the Constitutional Convention and, ultimately, the Scottish Parliament itself.

These days she is a member of the Scottish Independence Convention and has written a paper on Security for their set of Transition Papers. Isobel met (online) with Glasgow Pensioners4Indy to speak about that paper. She laid out the main Security issues which will need clarified before independence. And with that clarification in place, we’ll be able to achieve a smooth transition and over a shorter time-scale after independence.

You can listen to Isobel here:

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