Political commentator Gerry Hassan's new book Scotland the Bold takes a fresh look at how our nation has changed and why there's no going back
About the Book
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
About the Author
Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas. Gerry has written and edited numerous books on Scotland and the wider world: from the setting up of the Parliament, to its record, policy, in-depth studies of the Labour Party and SNP, and looking at how we imagine the future.
Gerry’s activities include speaking at conferences and events in Scotland, the UK and internationally on themes ranging from contemporary Scotland, the UK, social change and imagining the future. For thirteen years he produced the Changin Scotland weekends of politics, culture and ideas in The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool which provide a reflective space for non-partisan, non-aligned discussions and is currently co-Director of Scotland’s Festival of Ideas. He also regularly writes in the Scottish and UK press and his writing can be found at: www.gerryhassan.com
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