The Scottish Parliament Paperback – 21 Jun 2000
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About the Author
Brian Taylor is political editor, BBC Scotland.
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Despite these, I would thoroughly recommend the book to anyone interested Scottish politics. It brings a deep and unbiased understanding to the story of the Scottish devolution and behind the setting up of a Scottish parliament. The more you learn about the setting up of a Scottish parliament the more remarkable it seems. It happened against all the odds simply because some very determined people insisted on treating it as inevitable.
It also brings up some fascinating constitutional issues, just what will happen if Scotland is governed by a different political party from the UK. Read this book to gain an insight into the future of Scottish politics.
As a book about the CREATION of the Scottish Parliament it remains unrivalled. It is well written, insightful, informative and objective. The opening chapter on the Scottish identity is particularly helpful. I very much hope that Brian produces an updated edition - but it may be best for him to wait until after the Scottish elections in May 2003 and until the new Holyrood building is completed. Maybe a more accurate (though more cumbersome) title would have been "The birth of the Scottish Parliament". Nevertheless, the current edition is still required reading for anyone with a serious interest in contemporary Scotland.
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