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Nation to Nation with Stephen Gethins

Written by on 6 May 2021

Stephen Gethins, formerly SNP MP for Northeast Fife, has been talking to a wide range of people, both for and against Scottish independence, about Scotland’s place in the world. The outcome of those conversations is his book “Nation to Nation” available now from Luath Press.

More recently Stephen has been talking to Yes Groups all over Scotland about the book, what’s in it and why he wrote it. One of those meetings was with the National Yes Network. Roger Mullin and Michelle Thompson, also former SNP MPs, helped chair the meeting. And Stephen refers to their report “The Scottish Trade Diaspora” in his book.

You can listen to the meeting here:

The questions covered a lot of ground:

  • How to engage with Scottish Diaspora?
  • Climate Change policy and Just Transition
  • what Scotland has to offer in the area in international conflict resolution
  • women peacemakers work by Nicola Sturgeon and UN
  • acknowledging Scotlands past, we need to be comfortable and honest with ourselves as a nation, only then can we be honest in the international community
  • the early decisions that could affect Scotland post-independence as we make our first impressions as a nation
  • we should send out messages that we want to be a good member of the international community. That should be the message in the first speech from our Prime Minister.