This pamphlet is for anyone alarmed by the present British government.
It argues that the component nations of the United Kingdom can become true democracies only by declaring themselves republics.
The authors are Alasdair Gray, writer of fiction and pamphlets such as Why Scots Should Rule Scotland, and Adam Tomkins, Professor of Public Law in the University of Glasgow and author of Public Law and Our Republican Constitution.
Both are committed republicans.
“Their pamphlet is small, emotive and disingenuously partial, but it’s also lively and timely and it should at least get discussions started.”
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“This book makes the case for republican reform robustly and breathlessly.”
Born in 1934, Alasdair Gray graduated in design and mural painting from the Glasgow School of Art. Since 1981, when Lanark was published by Canongate, he authored, designed and illustrated seven novels, several books of short stories, a collection of his stage, radio and TV plays and a book of his visual art, A Life in Pictures. In November 2019, he received a Lifetime Achievement award by the Saltire Society. He died in December 2019, aged eighty-five.
Adam Tomkins is Professor of Public Law at the University of Glasgow, and English author of Public Law (2003) and Our Republican Constitution (2005).