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Politics Trip to the Scottish Parliament

On the 21 November, a group of LVI pupils studying Government and Politics A Level visited the Scottish Parliament for First Minister’s questions. An education guide welcomed our boys and gave an interesting talk on how the Scottish parliament functions and how it differs from the UK parliament.

Kickstarting the day was a workshop where our boys were split into three committees and were asked to make amendments to a bill to introduce compulsory voting in Scotland. This was connected to a wider discussion on how best to deal with the issue of apathy amongst the electorate.

"After an interesting and enjoyable session we were taken up to the chamber where complete silence was required" explains Matthew. Seated on the first row, our boys watched the First Minister’s questions and spoke with the Presiding Officer, Mr Ken Mackintosh, they even made an appearance on the BBC News! "After this exhilarating experience in the chamber we were brought back down for a question and answer session with Jeremy Balfour, who is the Conservative MSP for Lothian" says Matthew.

 “It was a new experience for many of us being able to spend a day at the Scottish Parliament and it was one which we all loved. This is something we would recommend to future years and I would love to do it again” says Toby.

 

Lesley McDiarmid