Some years ago, I heard of research suggesting that pubs in Scotland had more interaction and more serious conversation in them than in England. They contributed more, on this assessment, to ‘social capital’. Scottish pubs are in line, perhaps, with John Dewey’s concept of ‘democracy as conversation.’
Perhaps it is no surprise then that one of the most creative examples of encouraging public engagement with politics is the Scottish Parliament Festival of Politics, later this year. You can suggest speakers, themes and debates for the festival … by this Friday.