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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:

Articles by Gerry Hassan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

What does the rise of Ukip mean for Scottish and British politics?

A new national pastime now exists thanks to the existence and rise of Ukip. But even if they win the Euro elections we must be careful in which conclusions we draw, particularly in Scotland.

Can Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband and Labour save the union?

The intervention of Gordon Brown into the independence debate raises important questions for the Labour party.

Why Better Together are slowly losing the argument and Scotland

The Better Together campaign is in real trouble

Sceptical Scotland needs to be listened to and respected

We need to respect the real concerns of the different peoples of Scotland.

Scotland’s constitution and the strange non-death of ‘Civic Scotland’

If Scotland is to have a new constitution, let's it be written in a way which empowers the people, not the Civic Scotland of old.

The strange story of Scottish Labour, unloved and misunderstood

Scottish Labour isn't the selfish beast some make it out to be, but it has lost its way in a devolved Scotland.

The big question: who ‘lost’ Scotland?

Whatever the result of the referendum, the idea of independence has been normalised, with even Better Together failing to make the case for the union. In a sense, Scotland has already been 'lost'. How has this happened?

BBC and STV are falling short in Scotland’s great debate

As the referendum approaches in Scotland, both BBC Scotland and STV are failing to facilitate the national debate as well as is needed.

The birth pains of Scottish democracy and the anguish of ‘posh Scotland’

Hugo Rifkind has called on posh Scots to speak out in the independence debate, but it's not their voices that are missing.

The land of the living dead: Jeremy Paxman and Max Hasting’s Britain

Britain's elite is telling misleading stories about its noble history because for the majority of British people there is little hope for the future.

The political storm over Scotland’s currency

What can be learnt from the recent intervention of George Osborne, and why Westminster continues to inadvertently undermine the case for union.

The battle for Britain and why Alex Salmond and Independence has already won

Even if the vote is a No, independence is now a firm and plausible option which won't go away.

The empathy gap: divided Scotland and the problem of fantasyland Britain

The inflammatory and absurd rhetoric of the London political elite is a good example of why the vote should be a Yes.

The art of living together and the art of dying

Scotland needs to grow its democratic culture - and the independence debate is helping it do just that.

Be clear who Britain is great for

Whilst campaigners against Scottish independence like to romanticise Britain, Britain is not the greatest political union in the world, and has failed most of the people who live here. It's important to break free of the myths.

The problem of patriotism and the left

The Guardian editor being asked if he loves his country highlights how much of a problem the British left has with patriotism. With Scottish and EU questions being posed, this problem is coming to a head.

A different Scotland is happening

The independence debate has come sooner than anyone is expecting, and it is changing Scotland.

History in the making: the battle for Scotland’s future

As the Scottish government launches its White Paper on Scottish independence, and the Radical Independence Conference prepares to gather, it's easy to get caught up in the debate and miss the fact that, whatever the result, these events are changing Scotland.

Doing politics and culture differently: the potential of artistic activism

The recent Changin Scotland weekend highlights the fact that the radical left can, and must, go further than simply speaking to itself in order to help create a more democratic, equal and less institutionally-dominated Scotland.

The crisis of Grangemouth and what it says about Scotland and Britain

The Grangemouth crisis doesn't just remind us of the problems of the capitalist class, but of the political class and trades unions too.

The unions of the United Kingdom are changing

The independence referendum in Scotland means a new relationship for all four countries currently in the UK, and the British media are only just starting to realise.

A memo to Jim Naughtie on his return to Scotland

The broadcaster Jim Naughtie is returning to his native Scotland after working in England for decades in order to cover the independence referendum two days a week. Gerry Hassan has written him a memo outlining how the country has changed while he's been away.

The independence debate is not a non-event but changing Scotland

The independence referendum is happening because Scotland has changed, and the debate it is inspiring is changing Scotland even more.

The UK isn't skint - it is a playground for the rich and privileged

David Cameron's Hugh Grant moment revealed a myth believed by the ruling class. But the truth is that Britain is broken - Scotland's referendum is about more than Scotland.

Yes to a different Scotland

Today marks one year to go until Scotland votes on its future. As the referendum approaches, it's important that the debate nurtures ideas for a better Scotland.

A rare moment of wisdom at the heart of British democracy

Slowly British politics is coming to terms with reality and this is welcome, the Syria debate viewed from Scotland.

The power of London Scots

Scotland's image is being forged by the media across the United Kingdom. Is the union being weakened by the ill-informed media elite who are shaping this image?

What happens after the demise of ‘the Holy Trinity’ of Britain?

The BBC, the NHS and the monarchy all stand as the foundations of modern Britishness. As the former two lag behind, it has now given the monarchy an opportunity for greater power and influence. In view of Scotland's impending referendum, what kind of Britain will this create? 

A tale of ideologies: Scottish nationalism and unionism

Scottish nationalism  and unionism stand in complete opposition, but are there greater similarities between their ideologies than the UK cares to admit?

Labour and independence: the power of the past in the politics of the future

Traditionalism and idealism: is Labour's refusal to disregard the past for the future crippling their progression on the Scottish Referendum?

Britain: no longer the land of the future

At a time when Britain's progress is hindered by its obsession with the past, Scotland face their biggest opportunity to look to the future with a new beginning.

The limits of Labour and Nationalist Scotland

Scottish politics has been saturated by nationalist and Labour ideologies and myths towards their right to rule, but in their political quests are they sacrificing the opportunity to be a tolerant and progressive state?

The long and winding road to what kind of Scotland?

What does the recent 'Road to Referendum' TV series tell us about the stories Scotland tells itself, and is the chance for genuine cultural renewal being missed?

A Radical Scotland is needed to challenge our forces of conservatism

Who represents Scotland's radical traditions, and what does the future look like? A new book, 'Scotland's Road to Socialism', prompts this question, and explores some uncomfortable truths for the Scottish left.

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