For most of the last two years I was campaigning for Scottish independence. It’s a position I took a while to come round to, but once sold on the idea of bringing power closer to the people, I put my head, heart and soul into the campaign. So in the aftermath of defeat for the Yes campaign, you might think that I too was defeated and deflated. But the realisation that has since been confirmed for me is that this campaign was just the start of something much bigger – a reawakened democracy.

As in the rest of the UK, Scottish voter turnouts in recent years had been pitiful, falling to as low as ...


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