John Harris

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Its not just Scotland where politics as usual is finished | John Harris

From Falkirk to Clacton, a wide spectrum of people Ive met are singularly disaffected by the traditional parties

Scottish independence live blog

In some parallel universe, the British autumn of 2014 is opening in the usual way. The rituals of party conferences loom, with the added bonus of an imminent general election. The supposedly central questions are old and tired, but being parroted again: what of Ed Milibands approval ratings? If Dave falls, does the crown pass straight to Boris? If the idea that politics is reducible to such games has long been in decline, whats happening in Scotland has surely put paid to it. Even before the two polls that sparked this weeks panic, it was obvious that the referendum campaign indeed, the huge upturning of Scottish politics over the past seven years was highlighting the broken state of Westminster orthodoxy. But the past couple of days have felt like a kind of collective Ceausescu moment, as London politicians attempted stilling of the crowd has threatened to demonstrate only their irrelevance.

Last Sunday I made another visit to Scotland, where Ive been working on a series of Guardian films titled Britains in Trouble, which will appear online next week. I started in Falkirk, at a yes meeting on an out-of-town housing estate. The star turns were the pro-independence actor Elaine C Smith, and Alan Bissett, a loquacious playwright and author who grew up locally. The event drew well over 300 people.

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