SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

On this anniversary of the referendum I’ve been thinking back to 2011 when the SNP won their first majority Scottish Government and the vote on our future became an inevitability. I remember feeling pretty disengaged and sceptical that the SNP could secure a Yes vote. Support was around 25-30% and most of the arguments one …

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Last night I went to see David Greig’s phenomenal theatre adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s epic novel Lanark. Afterwards David’s mum asked me what I thought. I was dumbstruck.  And not just because it was a brilliant piece of theatre but because I knew that if I started to talk about how I really felt, I’d …

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This time three years ago I was keeping busy catching up with a different friend every night over a pint, coming to terms with the loss of a dear friend. Mike, a beautiful radge I met when I was 15 had been killed in a car crash and the loss was devastating to the huge …

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In early summer 2014 I had the privilege of speaking to young voters from Boroughmuir and Gillespie’s high schools in Edinburgh. Alongside Kez Dugdale MSP, I had some of the most intelligent and challenging questions of the whole referendum. This is the speech I gave that day.

This article was first published in Greenprint, the Scottish Green Party’s newsletter. Imagine you’re watching Newsnight Scotland (or Scotland Tonight if you’re that way inclined). There’s an item on some independence related argument – some big business threatens to leave, some report says we’d be better off alone – you know the drill. There’s a …

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