ON the day it was announced that Scottish exports to the USA were up by an impressive seven per cent (or were in 2016, at least), I decided to spend two hours pondering a future in which that nation decided maybe growth wasn’t so good after all.
The title of Alexander Payne’s wildly ambitious new sci-fi satire, Downsizing, is a wee joke in itself. It refers not to people moving to smaller, more modest homes, but rather opting to be physically shrunk so they can afford to live in what are effectively gigantic luxury doll’s houses. With tiny bodies requiring only tiny portions, they can easily afford to dine like kings and queens for the rest of their lives. The potential hit to the Scottish whisky industry doesn’t bear thinking about.
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Published in The National on January 26 2018.