The referendum seem to be out there forever the arguments became all too familiar and both sides had thier diehards shouting the odds and accusing the other side of foul. Well in the end the vote was close very close considering the size of the turnout. If nothing else it became a wake up call for the political elite. The people have found their voice and the genie is now out of the bottle so beware. MPs north and South of the border yes it exists. Despite the best attempts to say it did not. Remember the United Kingdom really should be the United Kingdoms the s standing for Scotland which three hundred years ago took over the South. That is why there is a Scotland Yard! in London after all. James VI of Scotland became James I of England and there was a union of the crowns. Many Scottish Nobles moved with the crown and populated the area near Westminster which became known by the nickname (that Stuck) as Scotland Yard! Now three centuries later and a deluge of advantages gone south, not to mention the income from the Oil in the North Sea, the Devolution debate would not go away and after a couple of decades and two referenda Donald Dewar announced There will be a Parliament in Scotland! he liked that so repeated the phrase.
Nearly a decade later the issues arose again and a Referendum was called by the powerful SNP who became, despite the plans the majority party in the Scottish Parliament with the power to call for a referendum. Two years ago it was put on the agenda and on September 18. 2014 it took place with a world record turnout to vote with 97% of those eligible to vote signing up and ovall turnout on the day was prob ably 90%.
In the final weeks of the Debates the Government south of the border were paniced into giving rash promises and sending big packages of more power to the Edinburgh Parliament! A win win for the Nationalists. It gives them reason to continue.
The next few months till a General Election will ensure that the top topic is to be Scotland! So Scotland the Brave continues.
In my next blog I plan to put out some of the information those voting should have been given but were denied by the powers that be both sides of the border.