Lessons from Norway on Power and Democracy
The third in the Nation series looking at Scotland’s northern neighbours, from Lesley Riddoch and Phantom Power, is in my opinion the best so far. It raises important questions about land ownership and democracy, about how structural engineering has a long-term impact on a country’s deeper sustainability, and crucially it also asks some difficult questions about energy and public ownership.
The simple takeaway is you can’t make big long-term strategic decisions and investments unless two conditions are met: you are an independent country and you have publicly owned and controlled utilities and energy companies.
While, for me, the film is too uncritical of Norway’s oil reliance in the context of our climate breakdown, it is a thought-provoking and beautifully produced documentary. People from all sides of the constitutional debate should watch it …