Today at the Fringe festival, I went to see the theatre play simply called ‘Brexit’, and the ‘Six’ musical that tells the story of Henry VIII’s wives. The atmosphere at the festival is socially and politically aware - much like in Edinburgh more generally -, and these two performances are a good example why.
Finland, a hard-working, down-to-earth and honest country, had its long-distance runners like Hannes Kolehmainen and Paavo Nurmi. What could better embody those values than long-distance running? Who or what could be Scotland’s ambassadors to the world?
The European elections next year will perhaps be the most interesting ones so far. I’m expecting campaigning on all sides to transcend national borders in a way that it hasn’t before, which is rather in line with the long-term trend of European integration. Maybe Volt will be one force that makes the elections interesting, but first it will have to prove its doubters wrong.
I had been wanting to go to a proper trance/hardstyle party like this for a while - when you go out with classmates, you never end up in a place that plays this kind of music. In light of that, the festival was definitely worth seeing. In fact, it was the first real festival I had been to.
As I was listening to the history of William Wallace, I couldn’t help but think that most countries would probably have a similar gruesome story in their distant pasts. Maybe it’s not about who has the best story, but about who tells it the best.
A shift in the boundaries of what is considered ‘normal’ or ‘acceptable’ can be perilous indeed – that’s when the banality of evil steps in. If you’re at the extreme end of the ideological spectrum, numbing the public’s sense and conscience is what you should aspire to; the more people know this trick, the more resilient our societies are.
A new YEM board is beginning its work, and I think they have a good sense of direction. As a YEM goodbye gift, Caitlin had compiled an elaborate photo album with messages from members from all across Europe!
For my last night as YEM UK President, I did a road trip to Aberfeldy for the Scotland in Europe event.