A Difference of Opinion
The Autobiography of Jim Sillars
by Jim Sillars
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From the Attlee landslide in 1945 to Harold Wilson's devolution woes, from SNP MP on the inside to outside strategic critic , his take on independence remains original and unique. This memoir straddles some momentous events which are told with real insight from a man with a ringside seat'
Bernard Ponsonby, Special Correspondent, STV
Jim Sillars hails from Burn's country and is the living embodiment of the bard's "man of independent mind". Required reading for anyone who wants to understand the strange death of Labour in Scotland and the demise of Alex Salmond'
Michael Forsyth, Secretary of State for Scotland 1995-97
About the Book
Jim Sillars as a working-class schoolboy was told by the Deputy Rector at Ayr Academy that he would end up a ‘common labourer’, and by the Rector that he would ‘make nothing of himself’. He went on to be elected an MP twice, reaching high levels of political leadership, and making a continuing high-profile contribution to public life and policy. During a 60-year career in politics he moved from being a Labour MP and staunch Unionist – known as the hammer of the Nats – to becoming a prominent member of the SNP. He won the Govan by-election for the SNP, controversially became a columnist for the Scottish Sun, and when he lost his seat in 1992 notoriously described Scots as ‘90-minute patriots’.
His 33-year marriage to Margo MacDonald and her involvement in nationalist politics is covered in the book. Though he is still a member of the SNP, both he and Margo clashed repeatedly with the SNP leadership, and he is now a sharp critic of the SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and what he describes as the SNP’s cult of personality.
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