Robin Harper Hosts Unique Parliamentary Event

10 Questions, 10 Answers, 10 Minutes 

On Friday 2nd November, Green Lothians MSP Robin Harper will host “Why Democracy”, in the Scottish Parliament, for the Scottish Documentary Institute, with the BBC and the University of Edinburgh.

Why Democracy? explores the meaning and universal values of democracy in different societies and cultures. Launched in October 2007, with ten one-hour films focused on contemporary democracy broadcast in the world’s largest ever factual media event, more than 40 broadcasters on all continents are participating, with an estimated audience of 300 million viewers.

The Scottish Parliament is the only parliament actively involved in the initiative. Robin Harper is hosting a film about what democracy means, and a debate that will bring public debate on democracy to the heart of parliament. Robin Harper said “I am delighted to be hosting this exciting event in the Parliament. Examining what democracy means is essential if we are to engage with the big issues in Scottish society and beyond. Ten speakers will be addressing big questions in only one minute, including ‘Who rules the world?’ and ‘Is democracy good for everyone?’ I will be speaking for one minute addressing ‘Can politicians solve climate change?’ I am looking forward to a lively debate.’

The film to be screened is “Please Vote for Me” is a revealing political tale about a class of third graders in China electing a class monitor. The film follows the children as they develop their strategies to win the election and much of the behaviour we know from our own democratic process is mirrored by the pupils.

This will be followed by ten speakers, speaking for one minute each on one of ten themes raised by the Why Democracy? Project. The speakers are drawn from across Scottish society, from academics to emcees.


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