Localism is empowerment of individuals and communities.
The people of Scotland felt empowered when they went to the polls yesterday to decide on if they wanted to become an independent nation. The average turnout for a European Union election in Scotland is 34%, in the referendum on Scotland as a nation-state the turnout was a huge 84.5% of those entitled to vote, attracting all age groups and backgrounds.
The Scottish people decided to stay within the United Kingdom. The result for independence was 55.3% NO and 44.7% YES. The Scottish are a pragmatic and practical people who decided that going totally independent was a step too far. The Scottish currently enjoy their own legal system, language, culture and a devolved Scottish Parliament. The rulers in London are going to grant the Scottish more powers to determine their own affairs.
The NO win in the Scottish referendum is personally disappointing, and the negative fear mongering campaign of the NO side annoyed me. The result is a temporary set back for the independence movements around the world, but I believe that it is inevitable that power will continue move from centralised control to the grassroots.
My personal focus has always been on a type of localism that empowers the individual and community, even a Scottish independent nation in my view is too large. Positive change in my opinion is only possible at the individual and community level, where people make most of their day-to-day decisions in life, where each individual or community situation is unique, and where the feeling of empowerment emerges from.