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Negatives and Positives

September 19th, 2014 (07:09 am)
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Oh Scotland. I think you’ve made a big mistake.

But you made it clearly, on a fantastic turn out. And while 45% isn’t enough for the change I wanted to see, that’s an enormous percentage that voted not just for a bit of change but for actual independence. It wasn’t half the population, but it’s close. The percentage who want to see significant change short of that is greater still.

And you’ve been promised that change, albeit in vague terms by politicians you don’t think much of, who don’t currently seem to have much of a clue of how to deliver it. The next step is to make sure they deliver, and don’t take your No vote as a blind acceptance of the status quo.

Alex Salmond’s concession speech was a great example of how to continue the positive attitude to change that’s brought us this far.

On a more personal note, I expect the political content of this blog will now go down. You may be relieved to hear that! For me, independence was a project for improving my country that was worth breaking my political silence for. Having got here, I won’t be giving up on that, but it’s now a change that won’t be coming soon. Now, whatever side we were on yesterday, let’s work for a better Scotland within the United Kingdom.


Posted by: a_cubed (a_cubed)
Posted at: September 19th, 2014 08:14 am (UTC)

Any new settlement of powers on the cottish Parliament, however, MUST this time solve the West Lothian Question. It is appalling that Scottish MPs at Westminstr still get to vote on issues that only effect England and Wales.

Posted by: Gavin Greig (ggreig)
Posted at: September 19th, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)

That kind of depends on the Unionist parties now. The SNP already voluntarily abstain from votes that don't have an impact on Scotland, and of course independence would have solved that problem in a very complete way! Within the UK, it will be difficult (impossible?) to find a solution that doesn't short-change someone - because sometimes there will be a legitimate Scottish interest. For example, decisions taken in England and Wales can affect funding for distinctive Scottish policies through Barnett consequentials.

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