What does the future hold for Scotland? On September 18th, 2014, Scotland voted to stay in the Union. In this provocative new book, Iain Macwhirter argues that the UK will never be the same again. Disunited Kingdom explores Scotland’s political and cultural landscape in the immediate build up to, and the aftermath of, the referendum. Combining expert and personal insight, Macwhirter deftly examines the future of Scotland, the UK, and the enduring passion for independence.
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Iain Macwhirter is an award-winning political commentator for the Sunday Herald and the Herald. Iain started at the BBC as a researcher after graduating from Edinburgh University, and became the BBC's Scottish Political Correspondent in 1987. In 1990 he moved to London to present political programs for BBC network television such as "Westminster Live" and "Scrutiny." He was a member of the Westminster Lobby for nearly 10 years and columnist for a number of national newspapers, including the Observer and the Scotsman. In 1999 he returned to Scotland to help launch the Sunday Herald and to present the BBC's "Holyrood Live" TV programs. He was rector of Edinburgh University in 2009-2011. In a co-production with STV in 2013, Iain presented a three-part history of Scottish Nationalism, Road to Referendum. He is the author of Road to Referendum.Review:
“An involving and thoughtful survey of a late spring in Scotland's political and cultural life." —Stephen Daisley, STV
"Cerebral and thought-provoking . . . Iain Macwhirter make his argument powerfully." —Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian
“A truly important book, particularly at this moment. It offers a huge sweep of history and deals with recent Scottish politics in formidable, but never tedious detail." —Andrew Marr, broadcaster and journalist
"Easily the most accessible piece of writing concerned with the independence debate. An excellent guide to understanding the key issues." —the List
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