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About Gerry Hassan

Gerry Hassan is author of Scotland the Bold: How Our Nation Changed and Why There is No Way Back published by Freight Publishing on November 14th which examines Scotland and the UK post-Brexit and the future politics of both.

Articles by Gerry Hassan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

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. 

A revolution is coming to the BBC in Scotland and the UK

Change is coming whether the BBC likes it or not. Far better to take the intiative itself: for instance, making good on a real BBC Scotland.

One year on from the indyref: making the Scotland of the future

Six observations about Scottish society, a year on from the referendum.

Let us face the future: Labour, Jeremy Corbyn and the power of the past

Labour needs to embrace tomorrow, not pine for yesterday.

The summer of the living undead: a Labour party for what?

The Labour leadership election reveals a party stuck in the past.

A cut out and keep guide to understanding the 2015 general election in Scotland

Scotland is at the centre-stage of this year’s general election. What is at stake historically?   

The disunited Kingdom and the confusion in Britain’s political elites

The Scots indyref was a watershed moment. But the debate hasn't gone away and large parts of pro-union opinion seem more angry and in dismay than they did last year. This points to future problems for the continuation of the UK.

The tartan tsunami and how It will change Scotland and the UK for good

As Britain faces a general election, it's clearer than ever that Scotland is a completely different country.

Message to the messengers part two: where next after the indy referendum?

'Scotland’s radicals need to take a long view in these heady times, and chart a different path and culture of political change, which contributes to making Scotland’s second ‘long revolution’.'

Message to the Messengers: What do we do after Yes?

Yes campaigners should stop believing their own spin, and engage with the realities of a Scotland which voted no.

What kind of Scotland do Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP want?

Post-referendum plenty of big questions remain to be answered.

Scottish Labour: the never-ending soap opera that matters

The crisis in Scottish Labour has been long in the making, and needs to address its root.

When Britannia ruled the waves - the politics of a cruise

10 days on a cruise ship offers some interesting perspectives on British politics.

We are one Scotland: anatomy of a referendum

The independence referendum shows a need in Scotland to reach out.

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