Bremner & Brown - the lighter side of the referendum debate

PIC TOBY WILLIAMS: RORY BREMNER PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE STAND WHERE HE HAS A SHOW.
PIC TOBY WILLIAMS: RORY BREMNER PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE STAND WHERE HE HAS A SHOW.
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It’s a referendum debate with a difference - on stage a former Prime Minister and the country’s leading impressionist.

Gordon Brown MP and Rory Bremner will be discussing Scotland’s future, the September vote and much more, but promise a light-hearted evening when they share the stage at the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline, on Tuesday, July 8.

John Devlin 22/04/14. GLASGOW. Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow, 1 University Avenue. Gordon Brown will make his first speech on behalf of the Better Together campaign, setting out the positive case for why as part of the UK we can have the best of both worlds ' a strong Scottish Parliament, with the guarantee of more powers, backed up by the strength, security and stability of being part of the larger UK. Mr Brown will make the positive case that pooling and sharing our resources across the whole of the UK secures the pensions of Scots. The former Prime Minister will deliver a speech then take questions from the audience. Gordon Brown.

John Devlin 22/04/14. GLASGOW. Sir Charles Wilson Building, University of Glasgow, 1 University Avenue. Gordon Brown will make his first speech on behalf of the Better Together campaign, setting out the positive case for why as part of the UK we can have the best of both worlds ' a strong Scottish Parliament, with the guarantee of more powers, backed up by the strength, security and stability of being part of the larger UK. Mr Brown will make the positive case that pooling and sharing our resources across the whole of the UK secures the pensions of Scots. The former Prime Minister will deliver a speech then take questions from the audience. Gordon Brown.

The show is free but ticketed - and they are hoping for a big turnout.

While the night will have more humour than most political meetings, there is an important message behind it as Scotland prepares to vote on its future.

And Bremner is convinced by the case for the union.

The Scottish-born stand-up comic and impressionist - who has hosted many shows on TV - said: ‘‘Just because people think the interests of Scotland are better served in a union doesn’t make them less patriotic.

“I love the Six Nations rugby. I feel very Scottish then. I feel very Scottish now, sitting in the middle of Chelsea, but that’s part of our heritage - being part of Britain, part of Europe.

‘‘I love being European. Actually I can see the appeal of independence, that Nordic social democratic thing.”

“I can see that, and I get it, but I also see China and I see India, and I think are we really going to engage with, trade and compete with the same countries by becoming smaller?”

With Mr Brown on a tour of Scotland and playing a frontline role in the campaign for a no vote, the event is a departure from the norm, but one he is looking forward to.

The show is free but ticketed with a maximum of four per person from the theatre’s box office.