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Ben Thomson in conversation with Chris Deerin at Reform Scotland



Reform Scotland is delighted to invite you to a discussion with Ben Thomson, author of the new book ‘Scottish Home Rule – the Answer to Scotland’s Constitutional Question’.


In his new book, Ben Thomson suggests a third way: Home Rule for Scotland. Under his plan, Scotland and the UK would be a constitutionally mandated partnership of equals. Scotland would have responsibility for almost all areas of domestic policy, with only matters such as defence, international relations and monetary policy retained by Westminster.

The Scottish Home Rule movement has a long and storied history. Alex Salmond even proposed it should be an option on the ballot in the 2014 referendum, but was overruled by David Cameron. Today, the idea has fallen out of fashion and is widely misunderstood – but, says Thomson, ‘Home Rule represents a clear proposal with its own end point and, most importantly, its own underlying philosophy. It is a choice that acknowledges we live in a global world, while also recognising that local communities want greater responsibility for local matters, and to be able to stand on their own feet.’


Ben Thomson was the founder of Reform Scotland.  He is a former chief executive and chair of the Scottish investment bank Noble Group, and is current chair of Inverleith, Planet Organic, and a visiting professor at the Business School of Dundee University.

The discussion will be chaired by Chris Deerin, Director of Reform Scotland.

This event will be held on Wednesday, 23rd September, at 2pm using Zoom. Register for the event by emailing and you will then receive Zoom login details ahead of the event.


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Wednesday 23 Sep 2020
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