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Tom Gallagher is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Bradford University and is researching a book on why Britain’s ability to avoid the internal conflicts which have marked continental Europe is disappearing.


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    The rise of Scotland the terrible

    Some elements of the Scottish pro-independence campaign have harnessed, for political purposes, the social volatility which until now has played out in gang warfare and football rivalry. Not a pretty sight; but telling

    by Tom Gallagher - 13 September 2014
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    Scottish Self-Sabotage

    The polls have narrowed in the run-up to the 18 September referendum and with its superior electoral machine some now think that the SNP may be unstoppable. If so, it's going to be an act of collective self-sabotage

    by Tom Gallagher -  5 September 2014
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    As referendum nears, scoundrel time in Scotland

    With just a few weeks to go, Alex Salmond, head of the Scottish independence movement, and wanna-be, 'Braveheart', has shown himself to be the rabble-rousing, vacant-minded populist that he is. As for the BBC...

    by Tom Gallagher - 26 August 2014
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    The day the SNP abandoned its ‘civic’ nationalism

    As Scottish pro-independence campaigners stoop to new lows in smearing and intimidating their opponents, it is increasingly clear that whatever the referendum result Scotland is going to be a sharply polarized country

    by Tom Gallagher - 24 August 2014
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    The world after Britain: An Australian leader gets it

    Australia's Tony Abbott, a Rhodes scholar who shone academically at Oxford rather more completely than Alex Salmond did at St Andrews will know that the 1707 Act of Union was a liberation for many in Scotland. He also knows that a vibrant Britain is vital to the wider West

    by Tom Gallagher - 17 August 2014
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    Is cowardly Edinburgh fit for a global arts festival?

    The intolerant, middle class protestors I witnessed at the Edinburgh Festival who, while the authorities looked on, silenced Israeli artists purely because of their national origins shame Scotland's great Enlightenment traditions, says Prof. Tom Gallagher

    by Tom Gallagher - 12 August 2014
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    Scotland’s man of destiny fluffs his big night

    In the debate, Salmond tried but did not succeed in dismissing some of the practical obstacles which troubled doubters who might otherwise sign up for an independent Scotland. In other words, he blew it

    by Tom Gallagher -  6 August 2014
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    Without Britain Glasgow is on the ropes

    Glasgow’s status as a vigorous service-based economy is strongly bound up with the preservation of the Union. The SNP has emotive bluster. But it can't answer, and doesn't understand, the real needs of a city whose fortunes, literally, are tied to Britain

    by Tom Gallagher - 26 July 2014
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    Euro opportunism: Cameron no match for Sikorski

    The Juncker/Sikorski episode shows how little Britain’s voice counts in Europe, how alone its government is and how powerless it is to resist the creation of a form of technocratic absolutism which treats national parliaments and electorates with contempt

    by Tom Gallagher - 26 June 2014
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    A Latin American Pope and Europe’s Separatists

    Even the Pope seems sceptical about Scottish independence. If he ever met Alex Salmond, Pope Francis, drawing on Argentina's history, would probably just see him for the populist that he is

    by Tom Gallagher - 18 June 2014
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    Michael Gove’s honourable ambition for Britain

    Michael Gove's political future is under a degree of uncertainty, but he remains ambitious: not so much for himself but for his vision of Britain

    by Tom Gallagher -  8 June 2014
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    UKIP advances in Scotland

    UKIP's clarity on Europe contrasts with the SNP's confusions and contradictions. At the European elections, UKIP may well cause a major surprise north of the border not just south of it

    by Tom Gallagher - 11 May 2014
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    UK the punchbag for an EU reeling from eastern failures

    The EU is both unloved and deeply fragile due to the sheer volume of policy failures it has accumulated. Attacking the UK with its transaction tax is unlikely to preserve an increasingly threadbare unity

    by Tom Gallagher -  1 May 2014
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    The English North is love bombed by Salmond

    It is a simple truth that Alex Salmond has nothing to offer the English North, despite his best proclamations

    by Tom Gallagher - 25 April 2014
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    Richard Hoggart: A public intellectual for progress

    It is easy to pigeon-hole Richard Hoggart as an avant-garde radical eager to tear down the fabric of conventional society. But Hoggart was deeply opposed to the levelling creed of cultural relativism and had more about him than might appear

    by Tom Gallagher - 14 April 2014

 

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