(posted to Blog at 3pm)
Update on the queues for the main event: Graham Cook is still in the queue after more than five hours. I think the UN have lot to learn about organising a conference.
Scotland Day is quite interesting. The seminars feature speakers from Scotland and around the world. People are impressed with Scottish Act. They also appear to understand that this Act is strong because of the support of the full Scottish Parliament. As well as the “42% for 2020” objective, they single out the provisions on Public Engagement and Public Duties. All of the issues that they highlighted favourably were areas promoted by Labour and other opposition parties, where the Scottish Government bowed to pressure or unsuccessfully opposed amendments.
I have never seen so many people from all parts of the world in one place. There are many hopes pinned on this conference. People are united on the need for change, but I guess they all know we are on an uphill journey.
We have been invited to the Scottish Government dinner tonight. Only about 30 people will be there, First Minister included. I will let you know how it goes …