Great meeting on March 29th in Parliament with Professor Thorvaldur Gylfason who won the highest number of votes in elections for the Commission to write Iceland's "crowd sourced" constitution. The ICC had no elected politicians - now the Icelandic Parliament are chewing over the radical changes a referendum to approve the constitution will take place on the same day in June as Presidential elections ( boosting turnout) or later in the autumn. Thor said many memorable things during the event – not least that he thinks anyone wanting an independent Scotland should consider handing the task of creating a new Constitution for Scotland to the people and should start the process now.
What follows is not the whole event but Thor’s full speech – a riveting 45 minutes.
You can listen along with the slides Thor used on https://notendur.hi.is/gylfason/grapevine.htm
Or for a quicker 7 minute version Thor was interviewed by Derek Bateman on BBC’s Newsweek Scotland http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01f4zdq/Newsweek_Scotland_31_03_2012/
Scroll through to 16 minutes 20 seconds where the interview begins.
Thanks again to NH organisers Dan and April, Chris Smith for posting the audio and taking pix, Lily Greenan who took notes (coming soon), the elegant and feisty Icelandic Vice Consul Kristin Hannesdottir, and Profs David McCrone & Elizabeth Meehan and the 7 MSPs who came along.