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Audio report: Why do Scotland’s young want independence?

An audio report on the generational divide over Scottish independence, talking to experts and young people voting Yes. The first piece in the Precarious Europe project, launched today.

Precarious Europe
17 September 2014

This week, Scottish voters will decide whether or not Scotland goes independent. It’s neck and neck, and divided along generational lines. Young people are more likely to want to leave the UK, with the grey vote bringing the average down.

The Precarious Europe team visits Glasgow to meet some of the young people voting Yes this Thursday. We also speak to Shiv Malik, a journalist and co-author of the book Jilted Generation, on why a younger generation of Scots might be turning away from the Union. 

As Carl Miller at the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media tells us, it’s not only the message but the medium. Whatever the result, the independence movement, which has drawn heavily on non-politicians, activists and civil society, has re-engaged a generation of Scots.

What will happen after the vote? A ‘Generation Yes’ activist assures us, it won’t be back to ‘politics as usual’.

 

Read more about the Precarious Europe project.

Credits: 01/09/2014, produced by: Yiannis Baboulias, written and voiced by: Niki Seth-Smith.

 

 

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