Localism is the future

Localism is empowerment of individuals and communities. 

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

Only at the individual and community level is positive change possible.

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.

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14 responses to “Localism is the future

  1. May I ask, do you think nationhood is an anachronistic concept that one day will be abandoned?

    • Nationalism is obsolete, but direct democracy ought to be the future. There was an important transnational component in the Scottish vote, all for “independence”.
      “Independence” is all relative, as the Scottish National Party, like the Catalan one, is very pro-European.
      It was independence from the London plutocracy which was demanded, and partially obtained further, even before voting.

      • Step by step Scotland is gaining independence powers. There were two types of political campaigner in the Scotland YES campaign: nationalists and greens. Although nationalists form the bulk of the campaigning in independence movements, the Greens are growing in influence.

  2. Wow, what a fascinating question voiced by Hariod! My own thought is that ‘life’ is becoming so complex that national governments don’t have the sensitivity, for want of a better word, to govern for the needs of the majority of their people.

    When your only tool is a hammer ……

  3. timespacegroveller

    “The rulers in London are going to grant the Scottish more powers to determine their own affairs.”

    There’s already opposition from within Mr Cameron’s own ranks. The “No” voters may have wanted to avoid upheaval, but things could get very unpleasant anyway.

    • British politics often involves compromise, so something will emerge to the satisfaction of all sides, for instance the Scottish get more powers but lose the ability to vote on issues impacting England.

  4. It may have been a disappointment for those who voted YES, but maybe its opening up the eyes of those in Westminster to see that being BIG isn’t always BEST… We are seeing it in the EU.. and within Big Hospitals…

    I honestly thought the vote would go YES, but I hope this could help build a bridge to more Trust and Unity of allowing others to have more say in their affairs…

  5. Scotland is already a nation, and will become more of a state.

    • Scotland will gain further powers, and I believe so will other regions of the UK as a result of this referendum.

      • Indeed. The real fun is going to be under STURGEON (!), negotiating with London, now that the SALMON has taken to the high seas. (What is it with all these fishy names?)

        Yet, the more powers Scotland gains, the more it will want more. Indeed Catalonia has already the powers Scotland wants, and Catalonia wants even more. It wants independence. From Madrid. And there is no reason it should not get it. (Aside from frantic opposition in Madrid.)

        The real problem is European defense. As it is European defense rests on the UK and France (both running hefty deficits, stealthy or not). As it is the UK nuclear subs don’t have (yet) to flee to France. Bu the problem remains, while Putin cools his heels (he is waiting for winter).

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