Many people living in Birmingham are not registered to vote, some through apathy, some through incorrectly filling in their form and some because of the fear of being tracked down by creditors, social services or the police. A websearch found in an Electoral Commission report: that the April 2011 parliamentary registers revealed 6 million – 17.7% of the eligible electorate – were not registered at that time.

Russell Brand: “Apathy is a rational reaction to a system that no longer represents, hears or addresses the vast majority of people. A system that is apathetic, in fact, to the needs of the people it was designed to serve”.

Polling data suggest that the Yes campaign, led by the Scottish National Party, has the support of a majority of Scots on lower incomes.

We could win on the housing estates

The FT reports that, just as Ben Walker advocates for the British 2015 election, independence campaigners in Scotland believe winning over working-class Scots is vital: “We figured out 18 months ago we could we win this thing on the housing estates,” says a Yes Scotland volunteer, as he knocks on the door of a house in Mossblown.

Douglas Campbell, a former Labour turned SNP councillor, visits the houses on his list of undecided voters. “I’ve made up my mind,” one woman says, “I’m voting yes.” Why? “The rich keep on getting richer and the poor get poorer.” Looking up the street, she adds: “We need a change.”

So does Birmingham.