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Blossom: What Scotland Needs To Flourish

Blossom

What Scotland Needs to Flourish

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Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know – the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve had to be. Some have transformed their parts of Scotland. Some have tried and failed. But all have something in common – they know what it takes for Scotland to blossom. We should too…

Weeding out vital components of Scottish identity from decades of political and social tangle is no mean task, but it’s one journalist Lesley Riddoch has undertaken.

Dispensing with the tired, yo-yoing jousts over fiscal commissions, Devo Something and EU in-or-out, Blossom pinpoints both the buds of growth and the blight that’s holding Scotland back. Drawing from its people and history as well as the experience of the Nordic countries, and the author’s own passionate and outspoken perspective, this is a plain-speaking but incisive call to restore equality and control to local communities and let Scotland flourish.

Since the referendum, bystanders have become organisers, followers have become leaders, politics has become creative, women have become assertive, men have learned to facilitate not dominate. Independent action and self-reliance have helped create a ‘can-do’ approach shared by almost everyone active in Scotland today.
Scotland’s biggest problems haven’t changed.
But we have.

LESLEY RIDDOCH

A brilliant, moving, well written, informative, important and valuable piece of work.
ELAINE C SMITH

Not so much an intervention in the independence debate as a heartfelt manifesto for a better democracy.
ESTHER BREITENBACH, Scotsman
Title Blossom
Subtitle What Scotland Needs to Flourish
Author Lesley Riddoch
ISBN 9781910021705
eISBN 9781910324493
Binding Paperback
Author Bio LESLEY RIDDOCH is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and journalist. She writes weekly columns for The Scotsman and Sunday Post and is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Newsnight Scotland and Scotland Tonight. She is founder and director of Nordic Horizons, a policy group that brings Nordic experts into the Scottish Parliament.
Lesley presented You and Yours on BBC Radio 4, The Midnight Hour on BBC2 and The People's Parliament and Powerhouse on Channel 4. She founded the Scottish feminist magazine Harpies and Quines, won two SONY awards for her daily Radio Scotland show and edited The Scotswoman, a 1995 edition of The Scotsman written and edited by its female staff. She lives in Fife and is married to an Englishman who grew up in Canada.
Back Cover Text Blossom is an account of Scotland at the grassroots through the stories of people I’ve had the good fortune to know – the most stubborn, talented and resilient people on the planet. They’ve had to be. Some have transformed their parts of Scotland. Some have tried and failed. But all have something in common – they know what it takes for Scotland to blossom. We should too…

Weeding out vital components of Scottish identity from decades of political and social tangle is no mean task, but it’s one journalist Lesley Riddoch has undertaken.

Dispensing with the tired, yo-yoing jousts over fiscal commissions, Devo Something and EU in-or-out, Blossom pinpoints both the buds of growth and the blight that’s holding Scotland back. Drawing from its people and history as well as the experience of the Nordic countries, and the author’s own passionate and outspoken perspective, this is a plain-speaking but incisive call to restore equality and control to local communities and let Scotland flourish.

Since the referendum, bystanders have become organisers, followers have become leaders, politics has become creative, women have become assertive, men have learned to facilitate not dominate. Independent action and self-reliance have helped create a ‘can-do’ approach shared by almost everyone active in Scotland today.
Scotland’s biggest problems haven’t changed.
But we have.

LESLEY RIDDOCH
Reviews The most influential, passionate and constructive book to appear during the referendum campaign. Blossom seized readers because it argued for independence as means to an end – restoring control over their own lives to Scottish communities so disempowered by top-down authority that they had no real experience of democracy.
NEAL ASCHERSON

A brilliant, moving, well written, informative, important and valuable piece of work.
ELAINE C SMITH

Not so much an intervention in the independence debate as a heartfelt manifesto for a better democracy.
ESTHER BREITENBACH, Scotsman

Reading Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom is like inhaling fjord air after being trapped in a sweaty backroom. Just brilliant.
PAT KANE, singer and columnist

Inspiring, galvanising analysis of the untapped potential of Scottish people power.KARINE POLWART, singer/songwriter

Blossom confirms Lesley Riddoch’s reputation as one of our top ­campaigning journalists.
PAUL HUTCHEON, Herald

Cracking. A hopeful antidote to so much empty nastiness in politics. Read!
ALYN SMITH MEP

It’s brilliant – every politician in the land should be made to read the chapter on inequality. I love the human stories in the book, but it’s rich with evidence too. The most engaging social policy book I’ve read in ages (ever?).
JENNY KEMP, Zero Tolerance Campaign

I’m reading Blossom right now and every paragraph crystallises the nebulous sensations of deep divide inequality and snobbery I have experienced my whole life.
DES DILLON, writer

Blossom is something we should all be reading. This is the book William Power and Edwin Muir should have written … on a fine work.
ELSPETH KING, Director, Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum

To all progressives – just to everyone… read Lesley Riddoch’s Blossom. She just gets it.
DAVID GREIG, playwright

Blossom reveals a Scotland full of promise, whose richest resource – her people – remains untapped. Riddoch’s belief in Scotland’s countrymen and women is the lifeblood of Blossom.
NEWSNET SCOTLAND

A hard-hitting condition of Scotland tour-de-force and a characteristically feisty contribution to (and beyond) the present constitutional debate.
PADDY BORT, Product Magazine
Table of Contents Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter one: Scottish Identity
Chapter two: The Scottish Effect – Inequality Kills
Chapter three: Our Homes are not our Castles
Chapter four: Tenements and the Miracle of Sharing Space
Chapter five: Land, Land Everywhere but not an Inch for Sale
Chapter six: Scotland’s Natural Assets – Look, But Don’t Touch
Chapter seven: Supersized councils – Disempowered Communities
Chapter eight: Language – Many Mither Tongues
Chapter nine: Women – Harpies or Quines?
Chapter ten: Whose Culture is it Anyway?
Chapter eleven: Scotland's Year of Living Dangerously
Conclusion: What Scotland Needs to Blossom
Bibliography
BIC Subject Politics & government
BISAC Subject POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European
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