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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%

Council

Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire
Angus
Argyll & Bute
Clackmannanshire
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
Dumfries & Galloway
Dundee City
East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire
East Lothian
East Renfrewshire
Edinburgh
Falkirk
Fife
Glasgow
Highland
Inverclyde
Midlothian
Moray
North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire
Orkney Islands
Perth & Kinross
Renfrewshire
Scottish Borders
Shetland Islands
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire
Stirling
West Dunbartonshire
West Lothian
Electorate

175,745
206,486
93,551
72,002
39,972
22,908
122,036
118,729
99,664
86,836
81,945
72,981
378,012
122,457
302,165
486,219
190,778
62,481
69,617
75,170
113,923
268,704
17,806
120,015
134,735
95,533
18,516
94,881
261,157
69,033
71,109
138,226
Yes

41.39%
39.64%
43.68%
41.48%
46.20%
46.58%
34.33%
57.35%
47.22%
38.80%
38.28%
36.81%
38.90%
46.53%
44.95%
53.49%
47.08%
49.92%
43.70%
42.44%
48.99%
51.07%
32.80%
39.81%
47.19%
33.44%
36.29%
42.13%
45.33%
40.23%
53.96%
44.82%
No

58.61%
60.36%
56.32%
58.52%
53.80%
53.42%
65.67%
42.65%
52.78%
61.20%
61.72%
63.19%
61.10%
53.47%
55.05%
46.51%
52.92%
50.08%
56.30%
57.56%
51.01%
48.93%
67.20%
60.19%
52.81%
66.56%
63.71%
57.87%
54.67%
59.77%
46.04%
55.18%


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.



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