19/06/2013

Absolutely Delighted that Dundee through to next round of UK City of Culture Bid - Now for the Hard Work

 
I am delighted that Dundee has made it through to the final 4 cities in the running to be UK City of Culture in 2017.  This is great news.  Well done to everyone involved in bringing the bid together.  This is, however, not the time to rest on our laurels we must now work hard to ensure that Dundee is successful in winning the bid.

I have been a strong supporter of this bid and first suggested that Dundee bid for this accolade back in 2009.

Dundee has an exceptionally strong case to be UK City of Culture as it stands right now, with the Rep, the DCA, McManus Galleries, Discovery Point, Verdant Works, the Caird Hall, the Mills Observatory, two universities and a college as well as schools which promote culture along with much much more.  This is even before the jewel in the crown which V & A Dundee will be.

Last week in the West End there was WestFest a great community festival, and similar events happen right across the city.  It is important that the bid is not just for the West End or the Ferry it must be a bid for all the city.  We must also look to define culture as broadly as possible, for example I am determined that at the very least we should have an international football match in Dundee in 2017, only 81 years since the last one.

There is still a lot to do and the Labour Group on the council will work with anyone to promote our city. We will offer whatever support and assistance is needed to deliver on this for our city.  Dundee should be UK City of Culture in 2017 and I am determined to do all that I can to make this a reality.

I am happy to place a photograph on this blog which features the Lord Provost, Bob Duncan from the SNP, (and many, many others) supporting the bid because I am determined that we work together to deliver this well-deserved accolade to Dundee and that petty party politics should not get in the way of this.  Everyone with Dundee's best interests at heart must unite to back the bid.

16/06/2013

If Campaign

On Friday  I was delighted to attend the Annual General Meeting of the One World Centre, prior to the AGM business my colleague Sarah Boyack MSP gave a talk on 'Enough Food for Everyone: a Scottish Perspective on Global Hunger.'  Sarah spoke about the If campaign.

Sarah highlighted that the campaign against global hunger is a moral one.  Sarah pointed out that tax avoidance is a big issue and needs to be dealt with.  Sarah also talked about the global impact of land grabs which contribute to global hunger and suggested some comparisons with issues such as the Highland Clearances.

I am a strong supporter of the IF campaign and I hope that the G8 summit this week makes progress towards ending global hunger.  I was pleased recently to receive a briefing from SCIAF on this
important issue.

The main point of this important campaign is that there is enough food for everyone IF:
  • the Government keeps its promise to spend 0.7% of national income on aid
  • world leaders agree a new treaty to stop tax dodging by big companies
  • the World Bank and financial institutions change policies that force poor farmers off their land.

  • Please support the campaign.