Independence : An Argument for Home Rule, Paperback Book

Independence : An Argument for Home Rule Paperback

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Gray argues that a truly independent Scotland will only ever exist when people in every home, school, croft, farm, workshop, factory, island, glen, town and city feel that they too are at the centre of the world.

Independence asks whether widespread social welfare is more possible in small nations such as Norway and New Zealand than in big ones like Britain and the U.S.A.

It describes the many differences between Scotland and England.

It examines the people who choose to live north of the border.

It shows Scotland's relevance to the rest of the world.

It attempts to conjure a vision of how a Scots parliament might benefit the people of this small but dynamic nation. And it tells how democracy will only truly succeed when every person believes that their vote will make a difference.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
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  • Category: Prose: non-fiction
  • ISBN: 9781782111696

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What a strange book. It contains poetry, quotes from Shakespeare, a selective interpretation of history, and an exchange of letters between the author and the Robbie Burns Birthplace Museum over its choice of director. I found it entertaining, but hope that it is not representative of the kind of materials used to sway voters on either side of the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence. The author admits he rushed to make a publication deadline; however, there were some errors that were too large to accept. For example, "Queen Elizabeth the First" opening the Scottish parliament in 2004. Also, the author characterized the Quebec referendum as a question as to whether French or English would be the official language in that province. The book's argument for independence include the UK being too right-wing and too aligned with the US; and the lack of recognition for Scottish artists. The author explains current deficiencies in handling crime, providing quality education and health care and managing the economy, and states a Scottish parliament could do better -- maybe -- If it is open, democratic and a servant of the people -- oh, and socialist.

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