Jamboree of reflection?

What follows a carnival of democracy? A circus of jubilation? An exhibition of woe? Or perhaps a jamboree of reflection?

The fortnight I spent in Scotland covering the referendum was like no other in my, admittedly brief, career, guest blogger James Williams writes.

Political questions so often dismissed by Joe and Jane Bloggs in the run-up to elections and referenda (the 2011 assembly law-making vote springs to mind) were not only welcomed but initiated.

Engagement levels went through the roof, encapsulated perfectly by a Glaswegian freelance cameraman with whom I spent a day filming.

He was a Celtic fan who had never voted in his life. As we awaited an interviewee on the outskirts of Edinburgh, he was called with the offer of covering The Hoops' Europa League away match against Salzburg.

The dream job, right? There was one problem - the game was on September the 18th. It would have meant leaving for Germany before polling stations opened and returning after they closed.

He refused the work, saying: "I can't miss the referendum; it's just too important."

Scotland's national conversation has concentrated minds in every corner of this precariously United Kingdom.

Nationalist blow

In Wales, politicians of all colours are now grappling with the big question: Where do we go from here?

But it's also a question ICM Research put to 1,006 Welsh adults in the days following Scotland's vote.

The Unionist campaign won in Scotland by a margin of 10%. The telephone poll conducted on BBC Wales' behalf suggests it would have been a much wider margin in Wales.

It found just 3% support for independence - the lowest recorded level ever and an obvious blow to Welsh nationalists.

However, Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood says she is "encouraged" that most people surveyed - 49% - want to see more powers for Wales. A reflection perhaps of the direction of travel in Scotland where further devolution was offered as a carrot to No voters.

The status quo is the preference of 26%, while 12% want the assembly abolished - down from 23% since our St. David's Day poll.

These constitutional issues are going to dominate debate in the coming months. It's time to get the anoraks out - winter's coming after all!

Eurosceptic army

But there's also the small matter of a general election on the horizon and, according to our survey, UKIP is keeping up its momentum.

After topping May's European poll across the UK and pushing Labour all the way in Wales, the party continues to defy predictions that its bubble would burst.

Nigel Farage's Eurosceptic army is on 14% - double what the party had in February - but not enough to win any Welsh seats in the Commons.

Their impact on marginal seats, however, could be decisive.

The poll will be of some concern to Labour, who have seen their support in Wales slowly eroding over the last couple of years. Our survey found it sits at 38% (down 4 points).

With the election expected to be tight, a failure to pick up as many seats as hoped in Wales could scupper Ed Miliband's chances of entering Number 10.

The poll doesn't make for good reading for the other Welsh parties either: the Conservatives are down 1 point on 23%, Plaid Cymru is also down one on 13%, and the Liberal Democrats are down two on 7%. See here for analysis by Professor Roger Scully of the Wales Governance Centre of how these figures could impact on seats.

Plenty to chew over, but there's still a long way to go until the 7th of May 2015.