Over the weekend “Yes” and “No” signs have all disappeared with few exceptions. The media of course will be busy covering the aftermath of the referendum for a bit longer.
While the winning side is evidently pleased and seems only mildly cautious, whether or not all devolution-promises will be kept, the defeated pro-independence camp has morphed into the “45plus” movement, trying to preserve the fabric of its alliance. I’m interested if there will be an impact on the 2015 general elections and even more so on the 2016 scottish parliament vote. Their proclaimed goal (alongside the SNPs core-agenda) is to give the independence movement a landslide win to provoke another referendum.
With all due respect and without meaning to be cynical: It took “Westminster” not more than a week of intense campaigning to persuade/scare enough people to vote “no”. The SNP want a majority in 2016 to get another referendum within five years – how a coalition of unionist parties could fail to prevent this is hard to imagine.
The only scenario I can imagine, where things would shift dramatically, is if there was a Tory/UKIP majority in 2015, followed by the threat of Great Britain leaving the EU. In this case, I am pretty sure, Scotland would seek and ultimately find it’s way out of what many here feel is a stranglehold of an establishement that does not represent the people’s best interests.
Brian Cox said “independence will always be the elephant in the room”, Lesley Riddoch put it “The genie is out of the bottle. It is the spirit of independence”. No matter what the metaphor, the hope and positive energy that came to surface in the past weeks is about a lot more than nationalism, to me it actually has nothing to do with the same.
Another word on #45plus. Now, I don’t normally advocate commercialisation, but if I had a say in any of Scotlands many fine distilleries, I’d make sure a “Yes” edition were soon to be on the shelves: Distilled in 1999, the year of the first scottish parliament, botteled in 2014, after maturing for 15 years, conveniently containing 45% vol. Feel free to pick up the proposal, dear dram manufacturers.
addendum: this acticle by Kevin McKenna is a great roundup , if anyone is interested.