Scotland: The Growing Divide

Scotland: The Growing Divide


Old Nation, New Ideas

Henry McLeish

ISBN: 9781908373458

Binding: paperback

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Scotland: The Growing Divide is the follow-up to Scotland: The Road Divides, which was released in 2007 to significant media interest across the UK. A book ahead of its time, several of the conclusions and predictions in The Road Divides have now become a political reality.

Five years on, and now facing a referendum on Scottish independence in autumn 2014, the authors focus on the changing face of politics and what that means for both Scotland and the UK. With a thorough discussion of the arguments reaching several provocative conclusions, this is a must-read for anyone with an interest in the future of this country.


As a response to the ‘national conversation’ initiated by Salmond this is an important book, and coming from a former Labour heavyweight it is, in its way, remarkable. It virtually concedes that the party that has dominated Scottish politics for the past 30 years, has lost its way, and that the old ideologies no longer count.   The Times

[McLeish] has emerged as an advocate of a much bolder approach to devolution than many in his party seem ready for.   Edinburgh Evening News

They are particularly scathing of Westminster’s response to the debate… The authors note that the initial response was to point out that Westminster could take back powers from Holyrood.   The Herald