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Great Scottish Speeches New Edition

Great Scottish Speeches New Edition

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

What makes a speech great? In this second volume of Great Scottish Speeches, more than 60 speeches made by Scots or by others in Scotland have been drawn together, not necessarily for their heart-stopping eloquence (although many have that), but as a testament to their enduring historical significance. These speeches each provide a snapshot of the social, cultural or political context in which they were made, a celebration of the power of great oratory across the ages. As you fight for fairness, you will always find in me a friend, a partner and a brother. Gordon Brown O sister, rule your realm in peace; I give up every claim to these domains. Mary Queen of Scots Such in my opinion is the true gospel concerning wealth, obedience to which is destined someday to solve the problems of the rich and the poor. Andrew Carnegie Vote, Jock. Vote, Sweaty Sock. Talk properly. Alan Bissett

Lord Clyde The Orkney Judge

Lord Clyde The Orkney Judge

Author: David Torrance Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/05/2019

Born in Edinburgh in 1932, James John Clyde, The Rt Hon. the Lord Clyde of Briglands, was a judge with a distinguished career who made a major contribution to the building of modern public law across the United Kingdom. This biography charts James's life, in which he initially aimed to replicate that of his father and grandfather, who both became Lord President, the most senior position in the Scottish legal profession. However, as his career unfolded, he carved a different path, chairing the Orkney Child Abuse Inquiry in 1991, being appointed a Law Lord in the House of Lords and overseeing the implementation of part of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland. Based on research among public and family records, as well as extensive interviews with those who knew Lord Clyde as both friend and colleague, acclaimed political biographer David Torrance paints a vivid picture of a remarkable man.

A Party to Murder

A Party to Murder

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2017

Shona Green is fed up with her life as a pole dancer and wants to use her hands to make a new career for herself as a chef instead. Local journalist Michael Black is trying to help her succeed. Someone else, however, doesn't want Shona to become a high-flier in the business world and is doing all they can to stop her from being successful and ruin her life. DCI Graham Laws and his team, with the help of CIA agent Joseph Johnson, are trying to solve the many crimes suddenly taking place withing a short space of time in and around Worcester. The West Mercia police force is used to dealing with incidents of drugs, sex, and violence every week. Does it now have to add murder and terrorism to this list? Set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this is a fast-paced story with many twists and turns and an exciting conclusion. There is also a bonus chapter containing recipes from the dinner parties featured in the book.

A Party to Murder

A Party to Murder

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/12/2016

Shona Green is fed up with her life as a pole dancer and wants to use her hands to make a new career for herself as a chef instead. Local journalist Michael Black is trying to help her succeed. Someone else, however, doesn't want Shona to become a high-flier in the business world and is doing all they can to stop her from being successful and ruin her life. DCI Graham Laws and his team, with the help of CIA agent Joseph Johnson, are trying to solve the many crimes suddenly taking place withing a short space of time in and around Worcester. The West Mercia police force is used to dealing with incidents of drugs, sex, and violence every week. Does it now have to add murder and terrorism to this list? Set against the backdrop of the Malvern Hills, this is a fast-paced story with many twists and turns and an exciting conclusion. There is also a bonus chapter containing recipes from the dinner parties featured in the book.

Nicola Sturgeon A Political Life

Nicola Sturgeon A Political Life

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2016

How did working-class girl from Ayrshire become one of Scotland and the UK's most prominent politicians?Identified as a rising star by the SNP leadership shortly after she joined the party as a teenager, when the Nationalists formed their first Scottish Government in 2007 Nicola Sturgeon swiftly became one of its most successful ministers. By the time Alex Salmond resigned as First Minister after the No vote in the Scottish independence referendum, she was viewed as his natural successor, leading her party to its remarkable success at the 2015 general election.In this book, David Torrance traces the life and career of a remarkable woman.

EU Referendum 2016: A Guide for Voters

EU Referendum 2016: A Guide for Voters

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2016

Should the United Kingdom remain a part of the European Union or leave the European Union? This is the question we will have to answer on 23 June, when we head to the ballot boxes to cast our votes in the in/out referendum on EU membership. It's a complicated issue. What, exactly, would the much discussed `Brexit' mean for the UK? With varied opinions on the EU from all over the political spectrum, do you know enough to make an informed decision? This non-partisan guide features chapters on the history of Britain in Europe, the `Remain' and `Leave' campaigns, and the likely timelines following both a `In' and an `Out' vote. With maps illustrating the EU and EEA membership and clear exposition of issues key to the debate by journalist and broadcaster David Torrance, author of guides to the 2015 General Election and the Scottish Independence Referendum, this is the only guide to 2016's referendum you will need.

Salmond Against the Odds

Salmond Against the Odds

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2015

NEW POST-REFERENDUM EDITION. Alex Salmond is well known in Scotland, the UK and beyond as the leader of the Scottish National Party and Scotland's First Minister, but relatively little is understood about Salmond as a human being, what makes him a Nationalist, what shaped his political views, and what sort of country he believes an independent Scotland can be. In this first biography, with which close colleagues and friends have co-operated, the acclaimed political biographer David Torrance turns his attention to perhaps one of the most capable and interesting politicians Scotland has produced in the last few decades. Utilising a raft of published and unpublished material, Torrance charts the life and career of Alex Salmond from his schooldays, his political activism at St Andrews University, his early career at the Royal Bank of Scotland, his election as the MP for Banff and Buchan and, in greater depth than ever before, his two spells as leader of the SNP and, from 2007, as First Minister of Scotland.

General Election 2015 A Guide for Voters in Scotland

General Election 2015 A Guide for Voters in Scotland

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2015

The 2015 General Election is just two months away and whilst the debates are heating up, experts are unanimous on one thing: that this is set to be the most important and unpredictable election since World War Two. So who's who in the current landscape of UK party politics? Who most represents your views? What would a country governed by that party look like? Co-author of Scotland's Referendum: A Guide for Voters and author of 100 Days of Hope and Fear, David Torrance is here to give you all the information you need to make your vote count. This pocket-sized guide features a chapter on Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats, the Green Party, the SNP and UKIP, and another dedicated to the other parties contesting seats. The guide is rounded off with a prediction of possible outcomes and an overview of the constitutional implications the election has for Scotland.

Britain Rebooted Scotland in a Federal Union

Britain Rebooted Scotland in a Federal Union

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/01/2015

Great Britain, (abbreviation: UK) England, Wales and Scotland considered as a unit. The name is also often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom. reboot, ri-bu:t , verb to restart or revive... give fresh impetus to... federal, fed ar-al, adj. having or relating to a system of government in which several states form a unity but remain independent in internal affairs. Would federalism work in the UK? Wouldn't England dominate a British federation? How would powers be distributed between federal and home Nation level? What about the House of Lords? In the run up to the historic referendum on Scottish independence there has been a plethora of tracts, articles and books arguing for and against, but there remains a gap in the literature: the case for Scotland becoming part of a `rebooted' federal Union. It is an old, usually Liberal, dream, but one still worth fighting for. It is often assumed that federalism is somehow `alien' to the Scottish and British constitutional tradition but in this short book journalist David Torrance argues that not only has the UK already become a quasi-federal state but that formal federation is the best way of squaring the competing demands of Nationalists and Unionists. He also uses Scotland's place within a federal UK to examine other potential reforms with a view to tackling ever-increasing inequality across the British Isles and create a more equal, successful and constitutionally coherent country.

100 Days of Hope and Fear How Scotland's referendum was lost and won

100 Days of Hope and Fear How Scotland's referendum was lost and won

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2014

Scotland's independence referendum on 18 September 2014 was the most significant democratic event in Scotland's history. The 100 days up to 18 September was the official campaign period and the world's media was watching. David Torrance was there throughout, in front of the cameras, on the radio, in the newspapers, at the debates and gatherings, privy to some of the behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings. A passionate federalist at heart, described disparagingly by the outgoing First Minister as `Tory-leaning', Torrance made a valiant attempt to remain `professionally neutral' throughout. His commentary and analysis as the campaign went through its many twists and turns was always insightful, if not always popular. Was it simply a victory for fear over hope? How did the Better Together campaign come so close to losing it? How did the Yes campaign come so close to winning it? What can the people of Scotland - and other aspirant nations - learn from this seismic democratic event? Reading this diary back during the editing process it was clear that, like [Nate] Silver [the US polling guru whose view was that the Yes campaign had virtually no chance of victory], I got a lot of things wrong (including the likely margin of victory) but also many things broadly correct. At least I can plead, as journalists often do, that I was probably right at the time. David Torrance has emerged as one of the campaign's most important commentators... [his] unauthorised biography of Alex Salmond, Against the Odds, has become the prescribed text for the flying columns of English-based and overseas journalists converging on Scotland in this our hour of destiny. KEVIN McKENNA, Scottish Review of Books Torrance has secured himself a prominent position in the referendum debate, partly through the strategic use of nice jumpers and expertly crafted hair, but largely on merit ... [he deserves] far better than the lazy impossibilist critiques to which [his federalist] proposals have been subjected. RORY SCOTHORNE on Britain Rebooted David went to university & knows how to argue anything well whether he believes it or not David's lifelong SNP activist father, on being asked on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme about his son's political views F*** sake... David Torrance on again. Is the greasy weasel never aff the telly? CALUM FINDLAY [on Twitter]

On Being A Man Four Scottish Men in Conversation

On Being A Man Four Scottish Men in Conversation

Author: David Torrance, Sandy Campbell, John Carnochan, Pete Seaman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/07/2014

What does `masculinity' mean today? On Being a Man brings together four men to consider the condition of Scottish men, reflect on their own backgrounds and experiences, and confront some of the most difficult issues men face. These include the changing roles of men in Scottish society, the role of work and employment. What it means to be a man is very different from forty years ago: in terms of expectations, relationships, how men relate to partners, bring up children and what constitutes a modern family. However, there is a dark side of Scottish masculinity - seen in the drinking, violent, abusive behaviour of some Scots men, and this book addresses this directly, getting into issues many of us often shy away from confronting. Draws on the wide-ranging voices of: journalist, writer and broadcaster, David Torrance; founder of a youth employment and mentoring charity, Sandy Campbell; public health researcher, Pete Seaman; and former policeman and head of the violence reduction unit, John Carnochan.

Great Scottish Speeches Volume 2

Great Scottish Speeches Volume 2

Author: David Torrance Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2013

What makes a speech great? In this second volume of Great Scottish Speeches, more than 60 speeches made by Scots or by others in Scotland have been drawn together, not necessarily for their heart-stopping eloquence (although many have that), but as a testament to their enduring historical significance. These speeches each provide a snapshot of the social, cultural or political context in which they were made, a celebration of the power of great oratory across the ages. As you fight for fairness, you will always find in me a friend, a partner and a brother. Gordon Brown O sister, rule your realm in peace; I give up every claim to these domains. Mary Queen of Scots Such in my opinion is the true gospel concerning wealth, obedience to which is destined someday to solve the problems of the rich and the poor. Andrew Carnegie Vote, Jock. Vote, Sweaty Sock. Talk properly. Alan Bissett

Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland?

Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland?

Author: David Torrance Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/10/2012

This book explores the history and ideas of the Scottish Conservative Party since its creation in 1912. You might not believe it now, but the Scottish Conservative Party played a significant role in the politics of Scotland during the last century. The party governed Scotland and the UK for much of the 20th century. But their support has nosedived from a majority of votes and seats at the 1955 general election to just a single constituency and 17 per cent of the vote in May 2010. This collection brings together academics, writers, commentators and analysts of Scottish politics to address the nature of the Scottish Conservative Party on its centenary. They look at its standing in Scotland, its influence on the Union, its role in the Scottish Parliament and why it fell so out of favour with the Scottish electorate.

Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland?

Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland?

Author: David Torrance Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2012

This book explores the history and ideas of the Scottish Conservative Party since its creation in 1912. You might not believe it now, but the Scottish Conservative Party played a significant role in the politics of Scotland during the last century. The party governed Scotland and the UK for much of the 20th century. But their support has nosedived from a majority of votes and seats at the 1955 general election to just a single constituency and 17 per cent of the vote in May 2010. This collection brings together academics, writers, commentators and analysts of Scottish politics to address the nature of the Scottish Conservative Party on its centenary. They look at its standing in Scotland, its influence on the Union, its role in the Scottish Parliament and why it fell so out of favour with the Scottish electorate.