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Old Ties

Why have the ties that gave so many of us a shared sense of belonging weakened? Douglas Alexander explores the erosion of class, religion and security.

Why have the ties that gave so many of us a shared sense of belonging weakened? Former Cabinet minister Douglas Alexander explores the erosion of class, religion and security and asks why the future he expected to see - of greater togetherness - has not emerged. The programme starts in the place he considers his "true north", the village of his childhood in West Central Scotland. He assesses the role that technology, migration and a now discredited story of progress have all played in creating a sense of "us" and "them".
Producer: Rosamund Jones

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