Scotland has fallen into a deep post-devolution trough. Six years on, and despite sharply increased public expenditure, there is a groundswell of popular public resentment against the new political class. Scotland's economy continues to under perform that of the UK while the Labour/Lib Dem coalition struggles to find new policies that will reverse population decline and re-engage voters. All this is epitomised by the new parliament building in Edinburgh, which was so grossly over budget that it became the national scandal of the decade.The themes in the book draw on different facets of Scottish life. Each chapter offers a different perspective on how Scotland can progress in the spheres of politics, the arts, economics, social policy, planning, rural affairs and of course, includes a view from Westminster. This ensures the book is forward looking and positive in its setting out of alternative futures for Scotland.
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Bill Jamieson is Executive Editor of The Scotsman in Edinburgh. He was formerly Economic Editor of The Sunday Telegraph.Review:
'whatever your politics, this is most definietly provocative and thought-provoking holiday reading.' ~ Wendy Alexander, 'Up for Debate', The Scotsman, June 2006 (Wendy Alexander The Scotsman)
"... its real significance lies perhaps ... in the fact that it is one of the first signs of acceptance amongst the Scottish political right that whatever the flaws of Holyrood might be, it isn't simply going to go away. The longest journey starts with a single step..."Scots Independent, August 2006
'whatever your politics, this is most definietly provocative and thought-provoking holiday reading.' ~ Wendy Alexander, 'Up for Debate', The Scotsman, June 2006 (Sanford Lakoff The Scotsman)
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Book Description Bloomsbury Academic, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0826494005