An active citizen's guide to Scotland
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Completed on 2016-04-03
About the Book
Have you felt frustrated when politicians and pundits juggle facts and figures leaving you baffled by a mess of complexity and opinion? Have you felt aggrieved when during a debate in the media mdash; either traditional or social mdash; opponents make contradictory claims on a point and you wish you could be sure who was correct, or at least closest to the truth? Or do you suspect a particular party mdash; one you oppose, or perhaps one you favour mdash; of cherry picking information or distorting the numbers?
My aim with this book is to share an understanding of the information and data that should underpin the political debate in Scotland. If you just want some facts and figures then you'll find them within, but the intention is not just to list statistics about Scotland; it is to highlight sources, dismantle barriers of jargon and place information in context. In short, to assist anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of our society.
Dr Iain Coleman
It's an easy read, Conway's clear
In the afterword, Conway describes the process of discovery he went through as he wrote this book: "I am saying that reality is more nuanced than the views I had formed from popular discourse in the media, on twitter and in pub conversations." And that's really the key to why this book exists ... Conway's clear, straightforward prose is heightened by his eye for the telling detail, and occasional flashes of irreverent wit.
- Why should I read this book?
- Chapter 1 - Who are we?
- Chapter 2 - Energy, infrastructure and networks
- Chapter 3 - Inequality of income and wealth
- Chapter 4 - Supporting society
- Chapter 5 - Public spending and revenue
- Chapter 6 - The Economy
- Final thoughts
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