How our nation has changed and why there’s no going back
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.
Praise for Scotland the Bold
‘There could be no better harbinger… of possibilities than this bracing, searching, discomforting and ultimately exhilarating book.’ Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times
‘Scotland the Bold is an important book … [and] … a contribution to beginning a more reflective, honest conversation about who we are and how we bring about change, as well as being an eminently suitable stocking filler.’ Alastair McIntosh, Bella Caledonia
‘2016’s most exciting book’ Scottish Review of Books
‘Important and insightful’ Carol Craig, author, The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence and The Tears That Made the Clyde
‘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 the Bold by Gerry Hassan is focussed more specifically on Scotland yet this liberates rather than restricts Gerry’s radical imaginary which he brilliantly applies to the present and future of this most turbulent of nations.’ Mark Perryman, Philosophy Football