Scotland: The Growing Divide: Old Nation, New Ideas Henry Mcleish

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Scotland: The Growing Divide: Old Nation, New Ideas by Henry Mcleish
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Is there a growing divide between Holyrood and Westminster? What does this mean for the people of Scotland, and for England?‘Scotland makes a huge contribution to the United Kingdom: culturally, economically and through the numerous Scots who haveMoreIs there a growing divide between Holyrood and Westminster?

What does this mean for the people of Scotland, and for England?‘Scotland makes a huge contribution to the United Kingdom: culturally, economically and through the numerous Scots who have led the UK in the fields of politics, business, academia and sport…The Coalition Government is firmly committed to Scotland’s ongoing place in the UK.’ UK Consultation Paper 2012 ‘Scotland’s Consitutional Future’‘This paper provides a vision of the further opportunities for Scotland if the Scottish Parliaments responsibilities were extended in order to allow for independence.’ Scottish Government White Paper 2009 ‘Your Scotland, Your Voice: A National Conversation’In 2007, Scotland: The Road Divides posed a provocative political question:Had the SNP victory at Holyrood changed forever the mindset of Scottish politics?As a Scottish Independence referendum fast approaches, Scotland: The Growing Divide returns to answer this question and more with a hard-hitting, incisive and informed look at where the devolution journey has taken us – from the heady days of the new Blair government in 1997 to the Independence referendum in 2014.

It poses new questions about the issues facing Scottish politics:How has devolution altered Scotland’s national perception of itself? Is there a fusion of identity and nationality politics with traditional politics and priorities taking place in Scotland? Is this creating a serious realignment of political thinking and ideas and the possible demise of the old politics of both the UK and Scotland?Arguing that the Union must adapt to survive, former First Minister Henry McLeish contends that the devolution referendum paved the way for a bold new constitutional settlement.

A contentious and pertinent commentary, this book maintains that many politicians have yet to come to terms with these dramatic changes and do not appear to understand the ‘new politics’, or the new Union.Author Bio:RT HON HENRY McLEISH began his political career in local government in 1974, and was leader of Fife Regional Council for five years. He was elected as an MP in 1987 and became Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001.

Resigning from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser and lectures internationally on a variety of topics. He frequently appears on TV and radio, and is interviewed for various newspapers and magazines.Reviews for SCOTLAND: THE ROAD DIVIDES also by Henry McLeishAs a response to the ‘national conversation’ initiated by Salmond this is an important book, and coming from a former Labour heavyweight it is, in its way, remarkable.

It virtually concedes that the party that has dominated Scottish politics for the past 30 years, has lost its way, and that the old ideologies no longer count. THE TIMES[McLeish] has emerged as an advocate of a much bolder approach to devolution than many in his party seem ready for. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWSThey are particularly scathing of Westminster’s response to the debate… The authors note that the initial response was to point out that Westminster could take back powers from Holyrood. THE HERALD



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