Podcast: Should Scotland be thinking global, acting local?


World affairs are getting so scary, so baffling, that people are grasping for historical parallels. Is it the 1930s all over again? The cataclysmic 1970s or Thatcher / Reagan 1980s? Where are the parallels to tumultuous votes that result in the UK choosing to leave Europe, or – gulp! – President-elect Trump?

Zara Kitson
Zara Kitson

This week’s podcast host Maurice Smith put those questions and more to guest commentators Zara Kitson of the Scottish Greens, and our regular contributor Chris Silver. Both “millennials” and Yes voters in the Scottish referendum, they consider what it all means at local and Scottish level. What do people want? If communities feel excluded, what attracts them to future political solutions. Have the SNP got the answers, or is it much more complicated than that?

The result offers a refreshing insight into what is going on in Scottish politics, and where it might be leading.

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Zara Kitson will be among the Scottish Greens attending the European Greens conference at Strathclyde University this week, Dec 2-4. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is due to deliver a keynote speech on Friday afternoon: Details here

Chris Silver is the author of Demanding Democracy, an analysis of the role of the media in modern Scotland. Word Power Books; £11.99: Order it here!