If one was to completely ignore the nationalism and political debate around the issue of Scottish Independence. Look at the trend’s shown by the europe wide politics of austerity, financialisation and marketisation of the past year, and the relationship of those trends to the democratic crisis we are in. Look at that in the context of the relationships between national governments and international money. Place that in the context of national political discourse jumping the shark with a pasty in it’s hand,  one might reach the conclusion that there were reasons the Tories would like to see the ‘end of the Union’. Why neo-liberalism may require the end of the Union. Of course, once that happened you might want to ask why now? And we wouldn’t want that, would we?

I know I have said it before, but I always understood the natural consequence of globalisation to be that power would federalise up and devolve down. I fully expected the move towards regional assemblies, etc  I always assumed that meant democracy would change. I never bothered to ask whether the European parliament was actually a Europe wide democratic institution, which in light of the Euro crisis was very naive.

Unfortunately the financial crisis appears not to have triggered any democratic response, but to have pushed us down the path where national government is becoming irrelevant as ‘the state’ is yanked away from people’s lives. along with their ability to participate in democracy which affects them. The tone of global financial institutions to western governments changed before the week of the riots. I don’t know anyone who looks at Newsnight now, without going WTF? We are in a democratic crisis that appears to be desirable.

Democracy seems to be devolving down, and the power federalising up is not democratic. I think the Scottish independence issue needs to be unwrapped from the traditional debate which surround questions of Scottish independence, and examined. Quite seriously, in the context of other trends emerging. Including the systematic erosion of local democracy through agreed privatisation. And the latest offerings from Cruddas.

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