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The Atmosphere of the Clyde

Jean McNicol: Red Clydeside

22 December 2019
When the Clyde Ran Red: A Social History of Red Clydeside 
by Maggie Craig.
Birlinn, 313 pp., £9.99, March 2018, 978 1 78027 506 2
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Glasgow 1919: The Rise of Red Clydeside 
by Kenny MacAskill.
Biteback, 310 pp., £20, January 2019, 978 1 78590 454 7
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John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside 
by Henry Bell.
Pluto, 242 pp., £14.99, October 2018, 978 0 7453 3838 5
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... productivity demands that antagonised a conservative workforce used to feeling that it had some special status and some control over its working conditions.The strike that is often seen, as it is by KennyMacAskill (the new SNP MP for East Lothian) in Glasgow 1919, as marking ‘the start of “Red Clydeside”’ took place not in the shipyards or engineering workshops or in the mining towns around ...

Non-Stick Nationalists

Colin Kidd: Scotland’s Law

23 September 2015
Constitutional Law of Scotland 
by Alan Page.
W. Green, 334 pp., £95, June 2015, 978 0 414 01456 5
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... review group under the chairmanship of Lord McCluskey. Alas, that group endorsed the views of the first panel. In the interim Alex Salmond, then the first minister, and his secretary for justice, KennyMacAskill, had engaged in highly personal attacks on the UK Supreme Court and its members, prompting the intervention of the dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the president of the Law Society in ...

Is this the end of the UK?

David Runciman: The End of the UK?

27 May 2010
... Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, did as much to shape the contours of this election as anyone. When he was returned to Libya on compassionate grounds by the Scottish justice secretary, KennyMacAskill, in August last year, it was widely reported that he had three months to live. At the time some joked that it didn’t really matter so long as he was dead by the time of the general ...

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