ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: August 15, 2017
Citizens United: The Politics of Equal Worth, the Common Good and a Broader Humanity
By (author) Henry Mcleish
Few people imagined that sixteen years after the official opening of the new Scottish Parliament in July 1999, the political landscape of Scotland would have been spectacularly transformed. This book attempts to make sense of this period of tumultuous change, unprecedented in Scottish or British politics, and confirm that a “new normal” was in the process of being created, which will inevitably shape and renew our politics and democracy in Scotland and change the governance and constitution of the whole of the United Kingdom.
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RT HON HENRY McLEISH began his political career as an elected member in local government in 1974, and was leader of Fife Regional Council for five years. In 1987 he was elected as a member of the UK Parliament and acted as Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs in the Labour government from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Retiring from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser, consultant, writer author and broadcaster and lectures in the USA and elsewhere on the European Union and politics. He chaired the Scottish Prisons Commission, which produced a report into sentencing and the criminal justice system entitled ‘Scotland’s Choice’. In 2010 he conducted a major report on the state of football in Scotland, which had been commissioned by the Scottish Football Association, and chaired a commission into sport requested by the Scottish government. He is now an honorary professor at Edinburgh University.