|Is there a growing divide between Holyrood and Westminster? What does this mean for the people of Scotland, and for England?
‘Scotland makes a huge contribution to the United Kingdom: culturally, economically and through the numerous Scots who have led the UK in the fields of politics, business, academia and sport…The Coalition Government is firmly committed to Scotland’s ongoing place in the UK.’
UK Consultation Paper 2012 ‘Scotland’s Consitutional Future’
‘This paper provides a vision of the further opportunities for Scotland if the Scottish Parliament's responsibilities were extended in order to allow for independence.’
Scottish Government White Paper 2009 ‘Your Scotland, Your Voice: A National Conversation’
In 2007, Scotland: The Road Divides posed a provocative political question:
Had the SNP victory at Holyrood changed forever the mindset of Scottish politics?
As a Scottish Independence referendum fast approaches, Scotland: The Growing Divide returns to answer this question and more with a hard-hitting, incisive and informed look at where the devolution journey has taken us – from the heady days of the new Blair government in 1997 to the Independence referendum in 2014. It poses new questions about the issues facing Scottish politics:
How has devolution altered Scotland’s national perception of itself?
Is there a fusion of identity and nationality politics with traditional politics and priorities taking place in Scotland? Is this creating a serious realignment of political thinking and ideas and the possible demise of the old politics of both the UK and Scotland?
Arguing that the Union must adapt to survive, former First Minister Henry McLeish contends that the devolution referendum paved the way for a bold new constitutional settlement. A contentious and pertinent commentary, this book maintains that many politicians have yet to come to terms with these dramatic changes and do not appear to understand the ‘new politics’, or the new Union.