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Scotland the Bold
How Our Nation Has Changed and Why There is No Going Back
Scotland the Bold
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Scotland the Bold: How Our Nation Has Changed and Why There is No Going Back by Gerry Hassan (Paperback) (ISBN: 9781911332046)
'There could be no better harbinger... of possibilities than this bracing, searching, discomforting and ultimately exhilarating book.' Fintan O'Toole, Irish Times
'A timely and thoughtful overview of how Scotland got here and where it is going.' The List
'Gerry Hassan has nailed it. This is a vital contribution to Scotland's debate and its future, and a challenge to everyone.' Alan Bissett
Scotland has changed fundamentally. This story has become a familiar one, but have we yet understood its full meaning and the resulting consequences? What kind of choices do we face as a society and nation about our future, and how can we best shape them?
Scotland the Bold explores how Scotland became what it is, considers what choices and obstacles it faces, identifies signs of people taking power into their own hands and addresses what we can all do to create a radically different, democratic and better Scotland.
Scotland is now visibly different from the rest of the UK and the self-evidently bankrupt economic, social and political thinking that dominate British elites. Majority Scottish opinion is repulsed by a million people relying on food-banks and the prevalence of welfare sanctions in the fifth richest economy in the world. However, that doesn’t mean that Scotland is automatically morally superior - for in our own nation we have our own poverty, our own shames and silences, and our own elites. For self-government to have any meaning it entails addressing some hard and difficult truths about ourselves.
All of this requires that we begin to talk honestly and maturely about Scotland’s future and some of the difficult choices we will have to make; reflecting on where we have come from, what we are proud of, mistakes, and how we do things better in the future.
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and author of numerous, widely acclaimed books on Scotland, Britain, and social change. He has been called 'a myth slayer' (James Mitchell, Edinburgh University), 'writer of the best post-indyref pieces I have read' (Kenny Farquharson, The Times) and even 'a latter day Daniel Defoe' (Bella Caledonia comment.) Recent books include The Strange Death of Labour Scotland - the definitive account of Labour decline in Scotland - and Caledonian Dreaming: the quest for a Different Scotland which was hailed across the political spectrum; Elaine C. Smith calling it 'an intelligent, brave and much needed contribution to the debate' and Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins saying 'Hassan's conclusions are fascinating.' Most recently has been the collection Scottish National Party Leaders lauded by Neal Ascherton as 'a remarkable book.'
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