How the 1970s began for me and how I was nearly written off at the age of five
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
7M ago
How the 1970s began for me and how I was nearly written off at the age of five Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 22 June 2022 It did not start too well for me: the seventies. I was only a few months into primary school. Making friends. Finding my feet as a shy, sensitive only child used to being the centre of attention of my parents. I had many advantages. The school I attended had been built and opened to mark the completion of the new expansive council estate that I lived in on the outskirts of Dundee. It was filled with green spaces, woods and places for kids to have safe fun and use their imag ..read more
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Independence is not about process politics. It is about democracy
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
7M ago
Independence is not about process politics. It is about democracy. Gerry Hassan The National, 21 June 2022 The air is thick with talk of referenda. How one is held, its status, who can initiate it and has to agree to it, and the timetable indicated by Nicola Sturgeon and Angus Robertson of October 2023. All of this is to be expected but what it misses is several-fold. This all concentrates on process rather than substance, misses the big picture here of democracy, and overlooks the nuances of public opinion. There is significant popular support for the principle of Scotland’s right to decide i ..read more
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How do we put government and leadership back in Scotland and the UK?
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
How do we put government and leadership back in Scotland and the UK? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 23 May 2022 UK government and politics are not in a good place. They have been traduced and trashed in ways once unimaginable. Boris Johnson has presided over an administration from top to bottom of unbelievable incompetence, serial lying and disdain for the law and due process, vandalising government, civil service and public standards. At the same time in Scotland fifteen years of SNP rule do not find things here in a good place. All across society and public life there are questions about gove ..read more
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What Scotland’s big independence debate is about and should be about
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
What Scotland’s big independence debate is about and should be about Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, 15 June 2022 Nicola Sturgeon has fired the gun on Scotland’s independence debate, standing in Bute House yesterday with Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Greens, launching the first of several papers on independence. This has brought forth the usual and predictable claims and counter-claims. SNP, Green and independence supporters are excited and hopeful; Labour, Tories and Lib Dems along with pro-union advocates of no party are filled with scorn and fury that anyone would want to progress ..read more
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What independence has to do to win
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
What independence has to do to win Gerry Hassan The National, 14 June 2022 The Scottish Government will make an important announcement on independence today; one long awaited by independence supporters. It has long been apparent that the 2014 offer needs not just updating but completely revising and that serious, substantive work needs to be done. Fundamental to this is not just the usual suspects mentioned – currency, borders, finance, EU membership – but the issue of how independence embodies and champions democracy. The independence offer is often portrayed by its supporters as personifying ..read more
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The last days of Boris Johnson and what comes after?
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
The last days of Boris Johnson and what comes after? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 8 June 2022 Tory leadership votes of no confidence come around much more frequently nowadays. This is not a misperception, but rooted in the decline in the authority and quality of Tory leaders, the nature of the Tory tribe and the failures of Toryism to address the UK’s underlying issues. The current debacle and decline of is directly connected to the lack of any redeeming moral and positive qualities in him as a public figure. But this is about much more than ‘Partygate’, the lies he has told Parliament and vo ..read more
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Goodbye to the Britain that we have all grown up with
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
Goodbye to the Britain that we have all grown up with Gerry Hassan The National, 7 June 2022 Four days of Platinum Jubilee celebrations; wall-to-wall endless media coverage and sycophantic commentary on TV, radio and papers; and as the weekend concluded a Tory leadership vote of no confidence was finally triggered against Boris Johnson, beginning the slow end of his disastrous, chaotic Premiership. These are strange political times – of upheaval, disruption, chaos. But over the past few days we are witnessing – underneath all the fluffery and hype – something deep, profound, lasting and unname ..read more
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The relevance of George Orwell today; Standing up for democracy and against fascism
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
The relevance of George Orwell today: Standing up for democracy and against fascism Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, 1 June 2022 George Orwell’s influence as a writer has grown since his death in 1950 at the age of 46, particularly in recent decades. He was unashamedly a voice on the left – independent minded, an iconoclast and unafraid to stand against the hypocrisies and tyrannies of both his own side, as well as of the right. In today’s challenging world – from climate change to the war in Ukraine and rise of despotism, demagoguery and a nascent fascism from Russia to the US, not to forget our ..read more
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What are we celebrating in the Queen’s Jubilee?
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
What are we celebrating in the Queen’s Jubilee? Gerry Hassan The National, 31 May 2022 This is a watershed week for Britain and the monarchy at the marking of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It does however raise the question – what exactly are we celebrating? The Queen has been Head of State for the past seven decades so there is her long record of public office and linked to this her commitment to those vague words “service” and “duty”. But what has the Queen actually contributed during this period that has seen fourteen PMs from Churchill to Johnson? She has witnessed the Royal Family change ..read more
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Progressive politics has to talk about class and race, and challenge the false divisions of the right
Gerry Hassan
by Gerry
8M ago
Progressive politics has to talk about class and race, and challenge the false divisions of the right Gerry Hassan The National, 22 May 2022 These are divisive times in politics and public life; strident voices stoking division are all around. Many of them tell us that the age we live is shaped by “culture wars” and “cancel culture”. Cheap talk is everywhere – surrounded by noise, charge and counter-charge. New media platforms like Rupert Murdoch’s Talk TV assist loud men such as Piers Morgan to broadcast their ill-informed opinions to the world – even when there is next to no audience. At the ..read more
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