What If They Threw a Government and Nobody Came?


The Yes Campaign is the first of the world’s post-crash movements to be genuinely popular and to actually have a chance of winning and gaining power. From the Occupy movement to the English riots of a few years ago there has been an inchoate sense of malcontentment, rage and sometimes hope. These upwellings were all doomed to failure, and our local flavour is far from having success guaranteed. I am not talking about the referendum, I am talking about the transformational nature of us taking control of ourselves. We are not divorcing from England, or the English – we are divorcing the government, we are divorcing the Establishment, the post-Thatcher accommodation – or rather that is what this national debate we have been having has become, this is what the people who have ran with the ball in this campaign have made it.

I have heard a lot recently about how much the Yes Campaign will be relying on Labour voters to deliver success. I agree that this group’s support is vital, but a more important group is the ‘missing million’ – those marginalised, often economically and socially, who don’t vote, who don’t go out of their way to make sure they are registered to vote, who pay no attention at all to politics, and who don’t bother to actually vote even when a poll card appears without any effort from themselves magically on their doormat – and they live next door to the fucking Polling Station. These are often the poorest and most victimised of an austerity culture, and they have become the engine –the numerical and philosophical basis of the Yes Campaign. In event of a Yes vote, this must not be forgotten in post-referendum political horse-trading and in particular the constitutional arrangement of our new country.

It gave me a shiver to write those last three words. We can and must do this.


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