After an initial campaign to stop the closure of Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow failed, Dr Jean Turner stood and was elected as an independent MSP. One time First Minister, Jack McConnell talks about the role of public consultation on deciding on legislation. When the Scottish Executive proposed to make it illegal to smack children under three, a public survey carried out by the Scottish Parent Teacher Council brought a reverse in government policy.

First broadcast:
11 December 2003

Students could discuss the local and national issues that affect them, for example the age at which alcohol can be purchased, and draft a letter to their MP expressing their opinions.