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Date: 19 September 2014
Today's Topic: Scotland says 'NO' to independence
Triggers: BBC News Report
My Grump: Thank god that's over!
Thank you Scotland for keeping the United Kingdom, United!
Thank you Scotland for keeping Great Britain, Great!
SCOTLAND VOTES NO against becoming an independent country by 55% to 45%.
Votes NO 2,001,926 or 55.30%
Votes YES 1,617,989 or 44.70%
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has thanked those who voted for independence but accepted that "Scotland has decided No at this stage". He conceded defeat in the Scottish independence referendum, saying he accepts the verdict of the people and called on everyone else to do the same: "I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland".
Prime Minister David Cameron said that the victory margin of around 55%-45% had settled the issue "for a generation... perhaps for a lifetime". Speaking outside Downing Street, Mr Cameron said he would ensure that commitments to further devolution to Scotland made during the campaign would be "honoured in full".
In all fairness, the question was worded to give the YES campaign every chance of success: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" It nearly always feels good to say 'Yes' rather than 'No', so the Yes vote was always going to be strong. Which do you prefer to say to your children, or partner; Yes you can have an ice-cream, or Yes let's go for a night out. Or, No you can't sleep over at your friends, or No I have to work.
When you're on the NO side you are almost always playing catch-up or having to justify your decision. For that reason Yes is easy, No is hard. No wonder it seemed like the No campaign was a bit negative. No is a negative word. So the Yes campaign needed only to turn every statement you gave into a negative point and they are on the way to winning. Which is exactly what happened, wasn't it?
In my view if the question had read: "Should Scotland remain in the United Kingdom?" the vote would have been nearer 75% Yes to 25% No. Because for the reasons stated above, but also because it highlights how strong we are all together, truly Great Britain.
Please share your thoughts below, thank you.