The post-mortems have started. The Labour party got several things badly wrong, and much of what I’m reading (such as this or that) repeats the mistakes: that the party needs to promote a vision, that it needs to revise its ‘offer’, that it’s got to have a strong leader, that it needs to shift to the centre ground (or to move further to the right), or that it needs to construct a different narrative. All appealling, all missing the point. What has happened in Scotland is something else. Two years of passionate political debate have introduced Scottish voters to a new form of civic nationalism, based on discussion, participation, dialogue and sharing views. That’s what people saw and liked about Nicola Sturgeon – not a ‘natural’, but the product of a different kind of politics. Labour has to learn to engage with its public, to build a programme on what people say to it, to close the democratic deficit. It has to listen, not to lead.