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A vision for culture in Scotland

1. What is your view of the Vision as set out above?

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2. If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have any further comments on the Vision, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
I am an academic, a former senior executive in the South Australian government and former Head of the Scottish Community. SA is one of those parts of the world which had a much higher than average existence of Scots born and Scottish descendants. Over study showed that 12% of the parliamentarians between 1857 and 1957 were born in Scotland and much more than that figure were descendants. Similarly, many of the institutions here were founded and developed by Scots, included, for example, The University of Adelaide, a shipping fleet, one of the largest in world, hospitals, schools etc. SA is isolated within Australia and the rest of the world but the Scottish nature of the State prevails but is gradually slipping. There is a belief that Scotland, if it wishes to maintain a culture that recognises its diaspora, needs to include them in any consideration of its culture. After all, Scotland did much to help populate the world and in SA we are very cognisant of this, at least amongst the older generation.

Transforming through culture

3. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’?

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4. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Transforming through culture’, please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
See comments above.

5. Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

Please provide comments on the aims and actions under this ambition. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
See above

Empowering through culture

6. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Empowering through culture’?

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Sustaining culture

9. What is your view of the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’?

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10. If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?

If you have further comments on the ambition, ‘Sustaining culture’ please provide them below. What do you like, or dislike, or what would you change?
Sustaining culture is not just a Scotland 'thing' - it is supported through education, trade and tourism, etc, around the world and particularly from those parts where Scots and those things Scottish have been strong. If this aspect of culture is continue then it must recognise those aspects that are important to these people. This includes maintaining connections, not only to benefit Scotland but also those people in those other places - it is two way! Here in South Australia, many Scots and their descendants are in a bit of a time warp and there is not much of the modern Scotland that creeps through. That which does is often not of Scottish relevance. The capital, Adelaide, with a population of over 1m people is quite a cultural place, with some parallels drawn with festivals in Scotland, but as festivals, not as Scottish ones. The connections need to be stronger for mutual benefit.

Delivering A Culture Strategy for Scotland

12. Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.

Please provide details of any examples of good work and best practice, from Scotland or internationally, that you think could be included in the final strategy? We are interested in a range of different approaches.
See above. The festival approach is particularly strong, but the Scottishness is quite low and getting lower. For reasons which I will not go into now, this State no longer has a Highland Games, although there are well over 100 listed Scottish organisations. The reasons why are currently subject to an academic study. Most of these bodies are small and struggling and are in competition which other but with reference to times past. The parent organisation, which until the 1990s held a strong place in our culture has decided that it no longer wishes to be a full Caledonian Society and is nothing much more than a wealthy pipe band. Similarly, our last Scottish military unit has disappeared thanks to the national government - the Scottish connection was seen as irrelevant to the State/ National psyche. If there was a stronger connection with Scotland this may not have happened. A similar story has existed with two major independent schools/colleges, but in recent years they have turned around and nor recognise their origins in a superficial manner. This could change yet again.

13. What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions and actions of the strategy?

What can you or your organisation do to support the vision, aims, ambitions
Although I once was Head of the Scottish community here in SA, that connection is now lesser for a number of reasons. However, I am often called upon for consultation and willingly give it. More recently my 'Scottish' efforts have been directed interstate, and overseas, but I recognise that some of our institutions that are not listed as Scottish do take pride in their components that were Scottish but now no longer described as such. For example, The University of Adelaide has an incredible and important Scottish heritage - I have been encouraging them to recognise this as Scottish as well - with some success. They are now getting out into the wider community expounding this with similar success. This type of support will largely come through key6 individuals for the time being and at least until the Scottish bodies get themselves into order. There is considerable potential but it needs support and driving. Over the past decade we have held two international academic/professional symposia here attracting several key Scottish persons (not of the Clan/tartanism type)and earning a considerable reputation which is likely to continue despite the society situation.

Monitoring the Impact of the Strategy

15. What is your view of the proposed approach to monitoring and evaluating the strategy set out in section 5?

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16. If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.

If you have further comments on the proposed monitoring and evaluation approach, please provide them below.
Monitoring and review is essential. However, there also needs to be a keen eye on what it is trying to cover. As stated in the document 'culture' is an ever- moving construct. If Scotland is wanting to be seen as part of the larger world and with the thought uniqueness, then it must engage that world in its review. In the long run Scotland remains sovereign but its legacy is felt far and wide and therefore it behoves itself to explore what this means as well.

Other comments

17. Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.

Please use this section to provide any other comments that you wish to share about the strategy.
see above

Impact Assessments

18. Do you think the partial Equality Impact Assessment has identified where the strategy might impact on people differently depending on characteristics such as age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or gender identity?

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19. If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?

If you have further comments on the Equality Impact Assessment, please provide them below. For example, what would you add or change?
Equality must also relate to different parts of the country, particularly where distance creates problems.

20. Do you think the partial Children’s Rights and Welfare Impact Assessment sets out how the proposals presented in the strategy might impact on the rights and welfare of children?

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About you

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Ron Layton

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