In the Scottish referendum, people voted who had never voted before, often in areas where the status quo means foodbanks and poverty. The prospect of a record turnout shook Westminster politicians out of their complacency, forcing them to rush up to Scotland in a panic. Imagine if we could make this happen throughout the UK, at the next General Election?
Tomorrow (19 September 2014) it will be exactly eight months until the United Kingdom general election. It is also the day on which the provisions of the new Lobbying Act come into force, imposing significant restrictions on how charities, NGOs and other non-party organisations are seen to campaign for their causes and concerns during this designated pre-election period.
A confident and independent Scotland, far from deserting its neighbours, might actually end up being a better friend, argues writer Nick Thorpe, analysing the language used to describe the referendum choices and how it can both lead and mislead.