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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.



I Worry About Scotland, Not About Possible Independence (March 2012)

On 12 March 2012, Chris was awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the German Federal Republic in recognition of his lifelong contribution to German-Scottish understanding. This was his acceptance speech.

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An Awfully Big Adventure (February 2012)

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This article was first published on Bella Caledonia

In 1707-15, as far as the mass of Scots were concerned, there was no decision. The deal was done, for good or ill, by elites – or parcels of rogues – north and south, for dynastic and diplomatic reasons. In 1837 the same Union was partly dissolved, when Victoria could not, by Salic Law, become Queen of Hanover. She was replaced by the reactionary Ernest August, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, whose repression helped provoke the German liberals who rose and fell in 1848. In 1866 Hanover’s king backed the Austrians against Bismarck. The blind George V’s state was swallowed by Prussia, and with it the chance of a type of liberal confederalism. Did anyone notice?

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A Pinochet For Our Times (July 2011)

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This article was first published on Bella Caledonia

An arrest and trial which imposed, at least symbolically, some check on the military thugs who thought South America their possession, and gave the chance for democracy to prove that – notably in Brazil – it could work. Why is this transformation not underlined by a movement to impose a Citizen’s Arrest on our own Pinochet: someone who has done his best to destroy the rule of law in favour of the extension of the personal power and privilege of the over-rich?

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Trains, Planes & Automobiles (June 2011)

This article was first published on Bella Caledonia

(Written by Christopher Harvie, Lorne and Maureen Anton, Richard Crockett, Bill Jamieson, Sarah Nelson, David Spaven.)

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In the Present and the Future You Will Need Something More: The Moment and Motives for Independence (May 2011)

This article was first published on Bella Caledonia.

Read through newspaper accounts of the Financial Services Authority’s failure to produce a history of the collapse of RBS and HBoS in 2008. Realise that this was a London/megabank/tax-haven-generated – not a Scottish-generated – disaster.

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