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MAR 01, 2013 - New Statesman

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Douglas Alexander's speech on Scotland: full text

The shadow foreign secretary calls for a national convention - "Scotland 2025" - "to chart a new vision for an old nation".“Optimism and hope. They sound similar but in fact they are very different. Optimism is the belief that things are going to get better. Hope is the belief that if we work hard enough together we can make things better. It needs no courage, just a certain naivety, to be an optimist. It needs a great deal of courage to have hope...And hope is what transforms the human situation.” – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks   University of Edinburgh       ... Read More

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