There is much talk from some quarters about “reconciliation” after the Scottish independence referendum, and the need for politicians to move the country forward, says Dr Michael Marten. But the way this is framed misses several important points about participatory democracy, very the real divide between the powerful and the disenfranchised, and differences between governors and governed.
One of the most ingrained, and mistaken, ideas about the 'Yes' side of the Scottish independence referendum is that, as a friend from England wrote to me, "really its all about nationalism, identity and flag-waving."
An independent Scotland could be the start of something even bigger: disaffected voters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland motivated to find a different society, say Molly and John Harvey, senior church figures in Scotland. They write with only days to go before the historic referendum on self-government.
The Church of Scotland has backed calls from a Convention of Scottish Local Authorities report which states a radical overhaul of the democratic system is required to overturn 50 years of centralisation.
The consequences of a No vote in September’s independence referendum can be envisaged no more sharply than through the lens of the NHS in Scotland, says Dr Willie Wilson, setting out the reasons why a Yes vote in the 18 September 2014 referendum is vital for the sake of its 158,000 workers and for the benefit of everyone in Scotland who needs or will need health services free at the point of need.