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Chris Harvie is a frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, blogs and opinion forums such as openDemocracy, the Scottish Review of Books, Scots Independent, the Guardian’s Comment is Free and the Scottish Review.



Choosing Scotland's Future: A Compressed History (November 2007)

This article was first published on openDemocracy

My text is from the prophet Andrew, son of Marr, at the end of his A History of Modern Britain (2007). "Scotland feels more like a different country, and London now seems a lot more than 400 miles from Edinburgh." Devolution hadn't taken an axe to the union of Scotland and England, but nor does it seem to have renewed it; the union "is more like two pieces of pizza being gently pulled apart, still together but now connected only by strings of molten cheese." The number-crunching of John Curtice this is not, nor the empiricism of the 1980s Leverhulme inquiry into higher education in Britain. But it seems to me a notion, or a story, that makes sense. Here's why

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Burying Bad Gas (November 2007)

This article was first published on The Guardian's Comment is Free

We haven't got much time to halt global warming. But if there are encouraging signs, they can be found in Scotland.

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Scotland Flies the Atlantic (October 2007)

This article was first published on The Guardian's Comment is Free

Survival requires the engineering for 'carbon capture'. We can only manage this with the co-operation of Europe and North America.

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Missing Louis MacNeice (October 2007)

This article was first published on The Guardian's Comment is Free

The first casualty of the 1930s poets became the great survivor, but MacNeice's province-metropolitan compromise ran out of road.

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House of Scotland (September 2007)

This article was first published on The Guardian's Comment is Free

Why doesn't Holyrood demand a House of Scotland? Something like a Scottish High Commission in London?

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