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The Guardian: "Scotland’s vote is not about Braveheart or kilts or tribal nationalism. It’s about democracy"

"The independence debate has unleashed an exhilarating democratic passion. The challenge is to sustain it"

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"The Scottish independence referendum poses a very good question, but suggests an inadequate answer. The question is: where does power lie? This is not a marginal problem to pose in a 21st century democracy. It cuts to the heart of a deep crisis in the relationship between people and politics. But the answer implied on the ballot paper is a geographical one: power lies in either London or Edinburgh. Most Scots – and most of the rest of us – know that while this choice is far from meaningless, it also rather misses the point.

"... The Scottish referendum is ... a symptom of a much broader loss of faith in the ability of existing institutions of governance to protect people against unaccountable power. [Ah: The Barnet, Hammerson and Brent Cross connection!] 

"This is why the campaign is not particularly nationalistic: the loss of faith at its heart is Scottish and English and Irish and Welsh and European and American. The demand for independence just happens, for historical reasons, to be the form in which Scots are expressing a need that is felt around the developed world: the urgent necessity of a new politics of democratic accountability.

"And as symptoms go, this has been a rather healthy one. It is impossible to have visited Scotland in recent days and not to have been exhilarated by the sheer vigour of democratic engagement. Scotland at the moment is what a democracy is supposed to be: a buzzing hive of argument and involvement, most of it civil, respectful and deeply intelligent. This energy has been unleashed not by atavistic tribal passions but by a simple realisation: for once, the people have some power."

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