Scotland has spoken - A Powerful Response

Peter B. GiblettStarred Page By Peter B. Giblett, 19th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3klnqqq1/
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The world watched and Scotland decided. There will be many who will be surprised by the result of the Scottish Independence referendum, yet the truth is Scotland has spoken and they have done so with the world watching on.

One Day

September 18th 2014 was certainly a day that history was made - Scotland voted for its future on the emotive issue of whether or not Scotland should become an independent country, I had heard many friends debating this topic for many a year but once I saw the fourth result at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, or as those of us from south of the border may know as the Outer Hebrides (also known as the Western Isles) vote "No" it indicated to me that those who supported Scotland to remain as a part of the UK had gained the upper hand.

But why would a small electorate of 22,908 matter so much? Well it was these islands that were seen by many as one of the first places to support Scottish independence back in the 1970s and even-though there are larger places this result being the fourth district of 32 to declare seemed important.

==== Image from the BBC Website (2014)

Yes or No

The question "Should Scotland be an independent country?" is a very direct question and on the surface should be easy to answer by any individual in the ballot box. I have been to Scotland many, many times and have even lived there for a short time so I was well aware of the emotions involved as well as many of the issues.

However there is clearly a divide of opinion and the reasoning behind many people's decision.

Of the people I know in Scotland there were some big divides with those in Glasgow proudly campaigning for a "Yes" vote, whilst those in Edinburgh and the Lothians being ardent "No" supporters, but in other parts they were very mixed. This gave me the impression that it would be a close result and I was very surprised to find some that I thought would be saying "Yes" going the other way. This referendum seemed in many ways to be a clear opening for a "Yes" vote, but that did not happen.

==== Image by CTV News (2014)

The World Watches

For one day Scotland became the centre of the universe - the world watched this election with baited breath. Can this English/Canadian have an opinion on this, of course but in reality the only voice that matters is that of the Scottish people and they have committed their future to the UK at this time.

To me the real telling point is that I expected Glasgow to provide a 2 to 1 majority in favour of independence but the fact that there was only a 53.5% Yes vote across the city was the point at which it was known that Scotland was saying "No" even though there were 12 areas that still had not declared their result.

Then of course this poll was not devoid of scandal, which is shown in the following video:

I suppose every democratic decision has its doubters and they will be vocal for quite some time.

==== Scotland Map Flag image by trustdeedadvice.org

The right result for Scotland?

Of course there will be those that will argue for many years that this was the wrong result, I expected it to be very close, perhaps being decided by less than 1%, but then I expected heavier support for the "Yes" campaign in Glasgow - but would that have made any difference? Who is to know.

We should give Scotland a round of applause (and a day off).

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Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, Edinburgh, Glasgow, No Vote, Outer Hebrides, Referendum, Scotland, Scotland Speaks, Yes Or No

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author avatar Mariah
19th Sep 2014 (#)

What a campaign it has been indeed Peter...surprisingly there was only an 80 per cent turn out of voters in Glasgow, perceived as being the don't knows.. so don't vote.. and those who choose not to be on the electoral register and therefore cannot vote..a big factor in the overall NO camp comes down to uncertainty with the effect on interest rates, ie concerns relating to mortgage repayments and the projection of the initial inevitability of price rises in Scotland in the early stages of the transition to Scottish Independence, following the effects of the recession, many are reluctant to enter into uncertain financial waters, and likened to any major changes, it was never going to be plain sailing, but that said, we'll never know now whether a move to independence could have been the best move we've ever made..the people have spoken as they say, Alex Salmond standing down is understandable but to his great credit, he has lead Scotland to the polls to make the most important political decision of their lives and with a 45 per cent YES vote, Cameron has also heard the other half of Scotland's opinion too, let's see if he delivers on his pre- referendum promises now.
Thank you for writing and sharing this post Peter, very much appreciated by your Scottish wikinutter.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
19th Sep 2014 (#)

Well I watched the results come in over night and this morning felt compelled to comment.

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author avatar Retired
19th Sep 2014 (#)

I have been following this and doubted it would pass, for the same reasons stated by Mariah. Uncertain future in uncertain times.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Sep 2014 (#)

There are certainly uncertain economic times and it is difficult to take such a leap at such times.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Sep 2014 (#)

Good to know the pulse of the people once in a while everywhere but finally there should be no losers as majority decision should prevail. Like in sports where the games are more important than the results, democracy should prevail in politics - siva .

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Sep 2014 (#)

I think we should move to more representation directly by the people and I think we would see many changes as to how our nations are run.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
20th Sep 2014 (#)

Interesting article.

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author avatar Ptrikha
20th Sep 2014 (#)

People have given their vote, and as someone said "Its a decision for a lifetime". I do not think more debates should be there.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
20th Sep 2014 (#)

There will always be debate though.

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author avatar M G Singh
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

Interesting. Yet 45 % voted for independence and thats a large number

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

Yes it is, but also remember there was a 10% differential in the votes, so that is a sizeable majority

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author avatar AjaySinghChauhan
25th Oct 2014 (#)

vary intersecting post and thanks for sharing it with us.

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author avatar Abdul Batin Bey
28th Jun 2015 (#)

an interesting article, everyone I know from Scotland wanted an independent Scotland so I was surprised when this did not happen. Who knows maybe they'll try again in a few more years.

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