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Athens of the North embraces truth about boarding and the wounded lead culture.

We are delighted to announced that Wounded Leaders and Boarding School Action team ran away with the debate “This House would ban boarding for the under 16s”. The atmosphere was both serious, passionate and amicable between the debaters, as fitted the venue: the Old College buildings of Edinburgh University, and apparently one of the actual building that served as the discussion shop of the Scottish Enlightenment! The ‘Athens of the North’ is one of the names for this impressive city.

This morning BBC Scotland invited me to speak to their Newsnight programme – Scotland 2014 – about the Wounded Lead syndrome and facilitated a no-holds-barred conversation about the politics we want to move away from. It will be shown this evening at 10.30pm on BBC2 Scotland and available on iPlayer tomorrow – unless some breaking news pushes it out.

Following this, the team paid a visit to the beautiful new Scottish Assembly chamber, where staff were inviting and courteous. We just missed Nicola Spurgeon’s first speech as party leader by a a few minutes, but the topic of the moment was children – their welfare, protection, and eliminating child poverty in Scotland. What a coincidence! Who should meet coming out of the public gallery but anti-abuse campaigner, Ian McFayden.

Perhaps a wee dram to celebrate?

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