Jimmy Reid’s funeral in 2010 was attended by Gordon Brown the former Prime Minister, Alex Salmond the First Minister and other leading politicians. Eulogies were given by his friends Sir Alex Ferguson and Billy Connolly. Crowds lined the streets for the funeral cortege. The Daily Telegraph described Reid as the ‘greatest MP Scotland never had’ in its obituary. Yet to date there has been no biography of the man who was an iconic figure in Scotland and hugely popular both as a politician and then as a TV and media commentator. Written with the approval and input of his family and friends it provides an insight into the man and his life. MacAskill’s biography describes Jimmy Reid’s rich and varied life from his upbringing in Govan, a senior full time official for the Communist Party of Great Britain, as well as his role in the Upper Clyde Shipbuilder’s work-in which ran for 16 months from June 1971 to October 1972. He was active in the trade union movement, and his political career took him from the CPGB to the Labour Party and eventually to the SNP and the cause of Scottish independence. The biography also covers his later career in the media as an acclaimed newspaper and magazine columnist and gifted television presenter. Underpinning the personal story is Scotland’s changing political landscape, transforming a land of council housing and manufacturing industry to owner occupied and financial services.
Author: W. W. J. Knox
Release Date: 2019-09-30
Described as "the best MP Scotland never had", Jimmy Reid was undoubtedly of the most important figures of late twentieth-century Britain. Often at the forefront of the major turning points in the history of industrial relations and politics in Britain, Jimmy's story is an epic one; from a poverty-stricken background in Govan, Glasgow, he became a communist at a young age, leading a national strike of engineering apprentices while only twenty, before being thrown into the national limelight as the leading spokesperson for the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In in 1971-2. Disillusioned with communism he left the Party for Labour and the centre-left before leaving them disenchanted with New Labour to join the Scottish National Party. This enlightening book looks at Jimmy's political journey from Communism, to Labourism, and ultimately to Nationalism (a political life in three acts), which not only speaks of the complexities of left politics after 1945, but also illuminates our understanding of institutions and social change in post-war Britain by showing how they were understood and negotiated by one inspirational individual.
After the Scottish National Party’s historic clean sweep in the 2015 General Election, destroying Scottish Labour and the Liberal Democrats North of the Border, this is a timely and in-depth examination of each one of the 56 individuals, many from outwith the political establishment, who now represent the vast majority of Scotland at the Westminster Parliament. Who are they? Where have they come from and what has been their journey into politi? What motivates them? Who or what inspires them? What is their vision for Scotland’s future? We are the 56 is a timely record of the seismic changes in Scottish politi and a fascinating insight into the compelling human stories behind the political headlines.
Author: Stuart McHardy
Publisher: Luath Press Ltd
Release Date: 2013-11-15
Genre: Social Science
Lord Cockburn, Victorian defender of Edinburgh's beauties, describes Calton Hill as 'the Glory of Edinburgh'. 'It presents us,' enthused Cockburn,'with the finest prospects both of its vicinity and the city... it is adorned by beautiful buildings dedicated to science and to the memory of distinguished men.'Following on from the success of Arthur's Seat, the Journeys and Evocations series continues with a look at the events and folklore surrounding Edinburgh's iconic Calton Hill. Standing only 338 ft (103m) high, this small hill offers a fascinating view of Edinburgh both literally and historically. The book brings together prose, poetry and photographic images to explore the Calton Hill's role in radical nationalist politics through the centuries as well as taking a look at the buildings, philosophy and intrigue of a central part of Edinburgh's landscape.Two of the city's leading storytellers, Donald Smith, director of the Scottish Storytelling Centre... and historian and writer Stuart McHardy, have sifted through the centuries to compile the remarkable guide to Edinburgh's famous landmark. EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS on Arthur's Seat.
Author: Jim Phillips
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr
Release Date: 2008-10-15
Genre: Business & Economics
This book examines devolution, explaining this central phenomenon in Scottish and British political life since the 1960s in terms of economic developments and industrial struggles.The book will surprise some readers by showing that devolution was initially advanced in the 1960s by business leaders, keen to isolate Scotland from the perceived advance of socialism under Harold Wilson's government, but was also supported by Scottish trade unionists as a means of protecting employment and improving working-class living standards.The book shows how devolution was shaped by key episodes in industrial politics, notably car manufacturing at Linwood, unofficial strikes and the struggles over industrial relations reform, the grand 'Oceanspan' design for industrial and social regeneration, the famous UCS work-in, the miners' strikes and the impact of North Sea Oil. The book challenges received wisdoms about the 1979 devolution referendum, and places the devolutionary politics of the 1980s and 1990s in this longer, industrial perspective.
Did Scotland’s rough wind become something more after the referendum, as so many hoped it would, or did it blow itself out? What power can pessimism have in a nation of newfound self-confidence? A generation ago, the socialist poet Hamish Henderson forecast that ‘mair nor a roch wind’ - more than a rough wind - would rush through the great glen of the world as empires and nations collapsed. In Roch Winds, three young radicals pick through the rubble left in the wake of the storm that propelled the Scottish National Party into a position of unprecedented political dominance in Scotland. This darkly humorous book dissects the rise of the SNP and the fall of Labour during the months leading up to 2014 Independence Referendum and beyond. Drawing on their involvement in the Yes campaign for independence and the Labour Party, the authors cast their eyes to Scotland’s future and to radical horizons. Fluent, funny and full of fighting talk, this book is for everyone who has ever wondered what lies behind the tartan curtain of Scotland’s new establishment.
Die volle Ladung Leben - ein Klassiker der Underground-Literatur Mietskasernen, Arbeitslosigkeit, miese Pubs, viel Alkohol und jede Menge Drogen: das ist der Alltag in Leith, einem heruntergekommenen Vorort von Edinburgh. Das ist auch der Alltag von Renton, Spud, Begbie, Sick Boy und Dianne, einer Clique von jugendlichen Außenseitern, in deren Leben sich fast alles um Drogen dreht. Wer kein Junkie ist, wird bald einer werden oder war einer oder wird bald wieder einer sein. Neben Stuff, Rausch, Entzug, Sex, Frust und Gewalt gibt es aber auch noch die Musik. Und wenn diese Anti-Helden schon alle den Blues haben, so doch zumindest mit 160 beats per minute.
Author: Walter Scott
Release Date: 2014-05-19
Der Titel des Buches bezieht sich auf das Old-Tolbooth-Gefängnis in Edinburgh, im Herzen der schottischen Grafschaft Midlothian. Im Jahre 1736 brach ein Aufruhr in Edinburgh aus. Grund war die Hinrichtung von zwei Schmuggler. Der Kapitän der Stadtwache, Captain John Porteous , befahl den Soldaten, in die Menge zu schießen und töteten mehrere Menschen. Porteous wurde später von einem Lynchmob, getötet. Das zweite Element des Romans wurde auf einer Geschichte Scott begründet.