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About Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan is a writer, commentator and academic on Scottish and UK politics, power, democracy and social change. He has written or edited over two dozen books including Scotland the Bold and the newly published A Nation Changed? The SNP and Scotland Ten Years On (edited with Simon Barrow). His writing can be found at: www.gerryhassan.com

Articles by Gerry Hassan

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Brexit Britain is displaying its old, dangerous delusions about Ireland

The British establishment’s understanding of Ireland has long been delusional and dysfunctional – now combined with Brexit and Theresa May's dependence on the DUP to cling to power, it’s creating a powder keg.

Gordon Brown: the ghost in the machine

Who is Brown really trying to convince in this account of his life in politics? Perhaps ultimately, himself.

The Fantasyland version of Britain is alive and kicking – and driving Brexit

For years even the left bought the idea that British democracy was the envy of the world. Overcoming the elite myth-making and cronyism is still the biggest challenge we face.

Are we all Catalans now? Why Scotland is very different

As the stakes rise in Catalonia, what does their crisis teach us about the complexities of the struggle for self-determination - and about the British state?

Is Labour ‘ready to govern’ – or are there more eggs to break?

From Brexit to the current battle for the Scottish leadership, Labour can’t duck the hard questions. A new book from a key Scottish Corbyn ally recalls the battles of the past, but leaves the future uncertain.

The High Road and the Low Road of Scottish debate and politics

Three years ago Scotland woke to the sense they could make those in power tremble. But as the geo-political stakes have risen ever higher, has the tone of the more recent debate slid into the swamp?

Brexit, Dunkirk and a Britain where the past shapes the future

Nostalgia for ‘Dunkirk’ exposes the threadbare nature of our national stories, as do both Tory and Labour responses to Brexit.

Build it and they will come: Scotland and independence after the election

To survive, the SNP needs to focus on the politics of the long-term and develop a truly ambitious strategy, which so far it has neglected to do.

The Tories have just brought the endgame of the union a little closer

Is this goodbye to British politics and goodbye to Britain?

The day Britain died: Brexit, Trump and Scottish independence

The Article 50 vote meant the end of Britain as we know it. Everyone needs to come to terms with what that means.

Scottish independence has to move with the times

The movement for independence finds itself in a very different context to 2014.

Maybe it is time to tell new stories of Scotland

On the new Scotland and its emerging political culture.

Scotland the bold or Scotland the timid?

The SNP talk a good game on social justice. But after nine years in government, it's time for radical action.

What does the US presidential election mean?

Twelve thoughts on politics in the US.

Thoughts from a Trump rally in New Hampshire

Attending a Donald Trump rally reveals the breadth of his appeal, and a politics that's going nowhere.

An empire in decline: Hillary Clinton, Trump, ‘nasty women’ and Kabuki politics

Attend a Hillary Clinton rally, and see how limited the reach of the American establishment has become.

High-wire politics, the SNP after conference and the next independence campaign

The SNP membership see the vast challenges in front of them.

From 'Tory values' to Soviet throwbacks: Who can claim victory over the UK's Olympic success?

The UK's Olympic triumph can be measured in more than bronze, silver and gold.

Unruly Britannia: Why we can no longer call our kingdom 'united'

We think of Britain as a bastion of stability, security, and unity. This vision was always partly a myth, and it is now more distant than ever from political reality.

Have we passed peak SNP?

With the SNP losing their majority, has the party reached its zenith? And what's happened to Tom Nairn's three dreams of Scottish Nationalism?

Should I stay or should I go? The multiple crises of Europe and Britain

Neither campaign offers a compelling option.

The problem of sovereignty in the EU referendum

Politicians have a habit of throwing the concept of sovereignty around when it suits them...

The war on free speech and free thinking in Scotland and the UK

Both left and right need a more tolerant attitude towards speech: and Scotland's offensive behaviour at football act must be abolished.

The last of the true believers: comrades of the world unite!

A slew of new books reveals much about the recent history and current state of the British left.

Is culture really what makes Britain great? And does Dominic Sandbrook understand it?

Sandbrook's new book takes a narrow version of British culture which fetishises Tory England and ignores all else.

The Europe debate will tell us much about the state of Britain

The European referendum is looming in Britain. But when will it be?

The wider Syria debate: challenging Britain’s ‘empire of the mind’

This is not an opportunity for progressives to miss.

The SNP need to get back to governing – and being honest with us

The SNP must demonstrate that they offer more than Independence and grievance justification.

If independence is a state of mind then we have to fundamentally change

Instead of waiting for independence with constant bickering, Scotland must act now as if it were independent – it must be mature, sensible, and take responsibility for its own decisions.

‘English Votes’ is sheer political vandalism and fundamentally changes Britain

The break up of Britain has moved one step closer.

The SNP cannot afford to become the party of the status quo

The SNP, like Scotland, has tough choices ahead.

Nationalism alone is not enough: the SNP finally shows it is mortal

If the SNP wants to advance a democratic and independent Scotland, it must do more than act as the dominant party.  

Scotland and Britain have changed: the ‘big bang’ of the indy ref and after

The Scottish independence referendum was only one part of a wider democratisation of public life. 

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