'This brilliant book helps us understand what Scots, Welsh, Irish and English neighbours, freed from an unhappy Union, might look like.' Billy Bragg
This week sees the tenth anniversary of the first elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly. This was the beginning of a decade of change - which now includes the restoration of powers to Stormont - that is showing every sign of being an irreversible process. Breaking Up Britain : Four Nations after a Union is a unique collection of Welsh, Scottish, English and Irish contributors, featuring key political activists from the nationalist parties, commentators and campaigners, academics and journalists. Each writer explores the change that the break-up demands in their own nation, but also discusses its impact upon the whole. A dialogue on the key themes of post-devolution national identity, models of civic nationalism, formations of exclusion and states of independence. Essential reading for anyone interested in the shape of politics and culture after a Union.
I have contributed a chapter called Greening the Welsh Dragon which can be downloaded here.
Breaking Up Britain is published by Lawrence & Wishart and available direct at http://www.lwbooks.co.uk/books/archive/breakingupbritain.html