Yes, I know that the Holyrood inmates seem to have a festive time at our expense all year round, but on this occasion they've got some famous guests:
Names associated with the idea include Vanessa Redgrave, David Puttnam, Shirley Williams, Neil Kinnock and Sir Neil MacCormick.MacCormick's a normal sort of chap but isn't this list a bit top-heavy with leftist luvvies? Of course, there are plenty of such folk at the Book Festival itself - on Tuesday 16th August there's the chance to harass Tony Benn, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Roy Hattersley all on the same day! But at the Book Festival we can listen to lots of writers who aren't members of the Enemy Class, and I've already made the first of my many bookings. How about a bit more diversity at Holyrood?
A number of the guests are also appearing at the Edinburgh Book Festival.