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4.0 out of 5 stars Vote Yes for this book, 5 May 2014
This review is from: Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence (Paperback)
This is a readable, well-argued manifesto for a new country. Its central ideas are that Britain has come to the end of its Empire, that Scotland's independence - "after Britain" - will thus create waves of change in England, and that there is an alternative to the neoliberal monologue-we-have-no-other-option of the three dominant parties in Westminster.

Foley and Ramond offer - it tells us on the cover - a radical future for Scotland. Their future is green, nationalised, fairly taxed, well-educated and free of that huge nuclear red herring, the £80 billion Trident programme. Some of their radical future is hard to believe - it would result in Scotland becoming a European Cuba cut off from friends and neighbours. But other parts are very welcome - their Green New Deal and their focus on fair taxation, on scrapping Trident and on the fight against poverty.

The best of the book is in the analysis that precedes their manifesto. It is a solid, carefully referenced inspection of how Britain works, or doesn't, and how much better Scotland would be if it were independent. There is particularly well-argued material on why Thatcher and Tony Blair were so damaging to Scotland. All in a well-written, easily readable 140 pages. I vote Yes for this book.
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