On the Make: How the Scots Took Over London

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From Fleet Street to the world of medicine, from the City of London to the corridors of power in Whitehall, Scots have exerted a determining influence on key areas of British life since the Union of the Parliaments in 1707. Now that Scots dominate Westminster and run their own parliament in Edinburgh, is the tartan takeover complete? Through revealing interviews with some of the most successful Scots in London, including Kirsty Wark, Sheena Macdonald, Tam Dalyell, Norman Lamont, and William Dalrymple, this book shows how citizens of the poorest part of the United Kingdom have gained unprecedented influence over British politics, the media, and commerce. With English commentators beginning to question the power of the Scots as never before, this hard-hitting book takes a challenging look at exactly how much power lies in Scottish hands in today's devolved United Kingdom.

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David Stenhouse is a writer and broadcaster, and the presenter of many programmes for Radio Scotland, Radio 3 and Radio 4. Formerly a columnist for The Scotsman and The Herald, he now writes an arts column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Sunday Times. He is also an honorary research fellow at the University of Strathclyde. He lives in Edinburgh.

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"If you want to know how Britain works, you need to know this, whether you like it or not. A lovely book" -- James Naughtie

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