I managed to stay awake and follow the live streaming of referendum results from BBC Scotland. All the votes have been counted, and – as you probably know already, unless you’ve been living under a rock – the majority of people in Scotland voted ‘No’ to independence.
At the end of the day it’s a victory for democracy; Over 84% of the Scottish public showed up at the polling stations to cast their vote, and for the first time 16 and 17-year-olds were granted the opportunity to take part. The sheer weight of ‘Yes’ voters has been enough to burst the bubble at Westminster. And the referendum has provided people throughout the U.K. with a much needed breath of fresh air.
Now the battle-axe is very much in David Cameron’s hands; Will he succeed in turning the U.K. from the – relic – it was in danger of becoming, into a modern dynamic democracy? A decentralized government, with more autonomous power granted to the people of Wales, and Northern Ireland, as well as Scotland?
He’s got a fight on his hands, and with a general election next year–there’s no time to waste.
(Please excuse these political rantings, normal service will be resumed. I just got caught in the spirit of the times.) Russell.