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BetterPod: Darren McGarvey on how remote politics has wrecked Britain

BetterPod goes to the Glasgow with Darren McGarvey, where we visit two communities that are geographically close – and socially distant.

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Darren McGarvey joins BetterPod, The Big Issue's weekly podcast

For this week’s BetterPod, we’ve been out and about in Glasgow – the home city of performer, activist and Orwell-prize winning writer Darren McGarvey… otherwise known as the rapper Loki.

His latest book is about the economic and cultural distance between those who make decisions and the people on the receiving end of them. The Social Distance Between Us argues that remote politics has wrecked Britain.

But, as Laura Kelly and Katerina Sivitanides found on our first walking podcast edition of BetterPod, that distance isn’t always geographic. In Glasgow’s West End, we take a 15 minute walk that brings us from one of Scotland’s most deprived areas to one of the most prosperous.

Against that backdrop, Darren explains the complex causes and consequences of inequality.

BetterPod is brought to you by The Big Issue’s Future Generations team. Through the Future Generations team, we offer a platform for exciting young journalists from underrepresented backgrounds to address the biggest issues facing us today.

Listen to BetterPod here or wherever you usually get your podcasts.

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