The Nos Have It

The no-voters, i.e. those who voted against Scottish independence, won the vote yesterday, 55%-45%. So Scotland will remain, for now, part of the United Kingdom.

Prime Minister David Cameron proclaimed this morning: "There can be no disputes, no reruns—we have heard the settled will of the Scottish people." So, that's it, Scotland! You had your democracy and now it's OVER! Forever!

If anyone was confused about why there are lots of people in Scotland who voted yes, well, it's kinda shit like that.

In a bid to keep the union together, Westminster had promised a greater devolution of power to Holyrood (Scottish parliament) if no took the day, and now comes the time to make good on that promise. Andrew Black at the BBC has a good piece detailing what that means, in practical terms.

image of a Scottish thistle
Onward, Scotland.

ETA: One of the most incredible stories about the referendum was the voter turnout, which was an astonishing 84.5%, "a whole and a new record for any election held in the UK since the introduction of universal suffrage in 1918."
As he conceded defeat, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond told supporters: "The process by which we have made our decision as a nation reflects enormous credit upon Scotland.

"A turnout of 86% is one of the highest in the democratic world for any election or any referendum in history - this has been a triumph for the democratic process and for participation in politics."
Can't argue with that. It was an extraordinary thing to watch, even from afar.

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