HYSLOP KEEPS ARTS POST
First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a new, larger Scottish cabinet, in the wake of the SNP’s landslide election victory. From the Scottish musical fraternity perspective the appointment of interest is that Fiona Hyslop has retained responsibility for culture and external affairs, but her job has been moved from a junior ministerial position to cabinet status.
The move reflects what the SNP sees as a growing international interest in Scotland. Ms Hyslop’s move marks a return to cabinet for the politician – she was SNP’s first education secretary but was demoted after a period of sustained opposition party attack on Scotland’s education system. Her ministerial duties also include Europe, broadcasting, architecture, Historic Scotland and lottery funding – a pretty packed portfolio with probably not much time for too many gigs, so the Scottish music world will have to make sure it keeps its profile up and speaks with a strong voice.
Read about the SNP governments manifesto promises to the Scottish arts world on page 24 of the latest digital MUSIC NEWS Scotland – link: http://mad34.tk