The first decade of devolution

3rd July 2009 at 01:00
Reflections from the children

Emma Seith spoke to young people on their thoughts on Scotland, the Parliament and Her Majesty

Last October, the Scottish Parliament began the hunt for the 163 babies born on July 1, 1999 - the day it was `reconvened'. Its quest appeared on the national news, appeals were launched in local newspapers and schools were contacted. On Wednesday, more than 100 children attended a party with the Queen at Holyrood to celebrate. Emma Seith spoke to a few to find out the sort of young people they had become, their thoughts on Scotland, the Parliament and Her Majesty

Ewan Carmichael, Kirkcaldy West Primary, Fife

  • What kind of person are you?
    • Quiet.

      • What's your favourite subject?
        • Gym, then maths and writing.

          • What do you likedislike at school?
            • I most like my friends and dislike language. They ask questions and you have to answer in sentences. It's hard to make the words into sentences.

              • What is your most treasured possession?
                • A picture of me and my dad on a roller coaster in Disneyland Paris. It goes upside down and my dad had to take his glasses off.

                  • What would you like to be?
                    • A football player.

                      • Where would you like to live?
                        • In a warm country like Spain. It's quite rainy here.

                          • Who's the most famous Scot you have heard of now? And in history?
                            • Darren Fletcher - he's a footballer (mid-fielder) who plays with Manchester United. And Robert the Bruce - we are doing a project on him. He killed John Comyn in a church. I like him because he killed people.

                              • If I ruled the world I would .
                                • . play football and eat chocolate.

                                  • I wish adults would sometimes .
                                    • . leave me alone.

                                      • You've been invited to the Parliament. What do you think the event will be like?
                                        • Good.

                                          • Can you name three things you think of when you think about the Queen?
                                            • Rich, fancy, old.

                                              • What do you think the Queen would be like as a person?
                                                • Just normal.

                                                  • What's the most Scottish food you can think of?
                                                    • Haggis. I had it once, but I don't think I touched it. It looked really horrible. My favourite is chicken and beans.

                                                      • How do you feel about being born on the day the Scottish Parliament came into being?
                                                        • I thought it was cool. I told people at school.

                                                          • Is the Scottish Parliament important?
                                                            • Yes. They are in charge of Scotland. They make rules up and stuff like that.

                                                              • Do you like the building?
                                                                • It's a cool shape.

                                                                  • Do you know who is First Minister?
                                                                    • Alex Salmond.

                                                                      • Have you heard of the Year of Homecoming? Has your school been doing anything about it?
                                                                        • I have heard of it, but our school hasn't been doing anything about it. It's about Scottish people coming back to Scotland.

                                                                          Megan Malfredini, St Anthony's Primary, North Ayrshire

                                                                          • What kind of person are you?
                                                                            • Happy, outgoing and funny. My teacher said I was funny. At Halloween, you have to say jokes or poems, so I told her two jokes.

                                                                              • What's your favourite subject?
                                                                                • I like a lot - reading, drama, art, music and maths.

                                                                                  • What is your most treasured possession?
                                                                                    • My medal I got because I was born on July 1. Only 150-odd children got them, so it's very special to me.

                                                                                      • What would you like to be?
                                                                                        • I'd like to be a teacher or a designer. I'd like to design outfits but I'd probably prefer to be a teacher. I think I'd like that job and hopefully I'd be good at it because I like all the subjects at school.

                                                                                          • Where would you like to live?
                                                                                            • I'd want to stay in Scotland because I'm Scottish and proud.

                                                                                              • Who's the most famous Scot you have heard of now? And in history?
                                                                                                • Andy Murray and Alexander Fleming.

                                                                                                  • If I ruled the world I would .
                                                                                                    • . try and make it a better place to live. I would stop knife crime and gangs and all the bad things people do. On the news you hear things about people stabbing each other and gangs attacking people and I hate seeing about it. That puts me in a bad mood. They just do it for no reason.

                                                                                                      • I wish adults would sometimes .
                                                                                                        • . take the views of children into consideration

                                                                                                          • You've been invited to the event at the Parliament. What do you think it will be like?
                                                                                                            • I think it will be very exciting and memorable. I am extremely excited.

                                                                                                              • What are you going to wear?
                                                                                                                • I know what I'm going to wear but I don't want to tell about it. But it's lovely.

                                                                                                                  • Can you name three things you think of when you think of the Queen?
                                                                                                                    • Polite, a great ruler and very powerful.

                                                                                                                      • What do you think the Queen would be like as a person?
                                                                                                                        • Very polite and nice.

                                                                                                                          • What's the most Scottish food you can think of?
                                                                                                                            • Haggis. I've never tried it, but I hear it's spicy and I don't like spicy food.

                                                                                                                              • How do you feel about being born on the day the Scottish Parliament came into being?
                                                                                                                                • I feel honoured and very excited.

                                                                                                                                  • Is the Scottish Parliament important?
                                                                                                                                    • Very. They control things like schools and roads and hospitals. Stuff like that - it's very powerful.

                                                                                                                                      • Do you like the building?
                                                                                                                                        • It's spectacular.

                                                                                                                                          • Do you know who is First Minister?
                                                                                                                                            • Alex Salmond.

                                                                                                                                              Rowan Houston, Thorn Primary, Renfrewshire

                                                                                                                                              • What kind of person are you?
                                                                                                                                                • Some of my friends tell me that I'm funny, but I'm also kind of shy.

                                                                                                                                                  • What's your favourite subject?
                                                                                                                                                    • Now it's maths, but most of the time it's art.

                                                                                                                                                      • What is your most treasured possession?
                                                                                                                                                        • That would have to be a book. You should see the stack I have in my room. I've got about nine boxes full of books, but my favourite is probably Oor Wullie and the Broons.

                                                                                                                                                          • What would you like to be?
                                                                                                                                                            • I would like to be an actress and a singer. I've always wanted to act because you have to have a good memory to act. I remember the words for songs and sometimes when we're doing plays.

                                                                                                                                                              • Where would you like to live?
                                                                                                                                                                • I'd like to live in Helmsdale, up north. You can catch good fish there, they've got a good fishing spot, and the villagers are friendly.

                                                                                                                                                                  • Who's the most famous Scot you've heard of in history?
                                                                                                                                                                    • William Wallace because he tried to free Scotland. I don't know much about him, though, because I did Egypt and the other class did him.

                                                                                                                                                                      • If I ruled the world I would .
                                                                                                                                                                        • . go to one of my favourite places, China Buffet King. I went with my friend and we had two starters, two full meals and five puddings. My friend never gets full but after five puddings she went: "I can't eat any more." I said: "Pardon, am I hearing right?" because she was once here and finished two full plates and said she was still hungry.

                                                                                                                                                                          • You've been invited to the Parliament. What do you think the event will be like?
                                                                                                                                                                            • I'm looking forward to it because I've got a camera to take pictures.

                                                                                                                                                                              • What are you going to wear?
                                                                                                                                                                                • I went shopping and Aunty Carol bought a different coloured orange flowery dress. I'm going to wear that - the only problem is I don't have shoes to wear.

                                                                                                                                                                                  • Can you name three things you think of when you think of the Queen?
                                                                                                                                                                                    • I know she likes a kind of dog but I can't remember the name. Yorkie or corkie, but yorkie is chocolate. And there's the Queen's birthday. I can't remember the month.

                                                                                                                                                                                      • What do you think the Queen would be like as a person?
                                                                                                                                                                                        • She might be quite good, to be honest, because on TV I've seen her on the news and she's not really strict or anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • What's the most Scottish food you can think of?
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Haggis. I've had it but I didn't like it. I can't remember why.

                                                                                                                                                                                              • How do you feel about being born on the day the Scottish Parliament came into being?
                                                                                                                                                                                                • They handed the letter into the school and people in the office phoned my mum and told her all about it but when she got the letter she ripped it up and put it in the bin, because she thought: "Right, we're on holiday". Then they said in the news they were looking for two people - one in Johnstone and one in Paisley - so we're going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Is the Scottish Parliament important?
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Yes, but I can't think why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Do you know who is First Minister?
                                                                                                                                                                                                        • No.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Do you know who is Prime Minister?
                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Gordon Brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ross Beaton, Tong Primary, Lewis

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What kind of person are you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • I am happy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What's your favourite subject?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Reading

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What do you likedislike at school?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Golden time when we just play with toys on Fridays. I like the Playmobil garage. I dislike maths. It's just really hard and boring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What is your most treasured possession?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • I have three. My cars, my bike and my tools. My tools are just for helping my dad sometimes on tractors, sometimes on vans and sometimes on cars. When he's at home, he's a mechanic. He was a fisherman but he left.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What would you like to be?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A Land Rover or tractor mechanic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Where would you like to live?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tong.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Who's the most famous Scot you've heard of now? And in history?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • William Wallace, Greyfriars Bobby and Chris Hoy. William Wallace fought for Scotland. I know about him because I watched Braveheart. We read about Greyfriars Bobby in class once. I've got a dog and a rabbit. I was watching the Olympics when Hoy won, it was fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • I wish adults would sometimes .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • . stop moaning

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • If I ruled the world I would .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • . organise the biggest rally in Scotland with quadbikes, tractors, mopeds and cars and all nine year olds would be allowed to have driving licences for the day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • You've been invited to the Parliament. What do you think the event will be like?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • It'll be fun and exciting and I will be happy I'm famous for a day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What are you going to wear?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • I don't really mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Can you name three things you think of when you think of the Queen?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Black cabs, horses and jewels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What do you think the Queen would be like as a person?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Happy, quiet and friendly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What's the most Scottish food you can think of?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Haggis - cooked. I didn't really like it. It was minty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Is the Scottish Parliament important?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Yes. Don't they organise everything that's happening in Scotland?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Do you know who is First Minister?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Alex Salmond.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amy Carmichael, Balmuildy, Primary, East Dunbartonshire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What kind of person are you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Very funny. I tell lots of jokes and I make my friends laugh a lot. I get my jokes off my dad or out of books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What's your favourite subject?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Art.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What do you likedislike at school?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • I dislike learning the language German. We are learning the alphabet and days of the week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • What is your most treasured possession?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • My mum and dad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What would you like to be?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • A singer and an actress. You would be really famous and get lots of money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Where would you like to live?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • In the United States of America. It's always sunny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Who's the most famous Scot you've heard of now? And in history?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Gordon Brown. He is the prime minister and he is Scottish. And Robert Burns. He was a poet. I have been to his house in Ayr. It is really interesting and historical, and you can go into the museum and there are cafes and shops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • If I ruled the world I would .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • . stop all the wars because I think it's really bad, just like Iraq and places where people are bombing these places.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • I wish adults would sometimes .
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • . give children more sweets and pocket money.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • You've been invited to the Parliament. What do you think it will be like?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • I think it will be lots of fun and very exciting.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • What are you going to wear?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • I have a check grey three-quarter-length dress that has three daisies at the top and I've got a nice white cardigan to go with it and I've got the Roman-style shoes in grey.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Can you name three things you think of when you think of the Queen?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Posh, pretty and old.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • What do you think the Queen would be like as a person?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • I think she will be kind and friendly. I'm not nervous about meeting her. I get nervous sometimes like at school when you do a test in case you get any wrong answers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • What's the most Scottish food you can think of?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Haggis. I tried it and then I had to spit it out because I thought it was horrible. My favourite food is a bacon roll.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Is the Scottish Parliament important?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Yes. Some people make decisions about Scotland.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Have you heard of the Year of Homecoming? Has your school been doing anything about it?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • I have heard of it because my dad talks to me about it. It's like about people trying to get Scottish families and children and adults to come back to Scotland for their whole life, if they live in different countries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Do you know who is First Minister?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Alex Salmond - I heard it on the news.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • When you think of Scotland what pops into your head?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • It's very historical because it's got a lot of places to visit, like Edinburgh Castle.

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