Perhaps just as well on the vote.
'Spoke to an open-minded Brit today who understood both sides of the issue. When I explained that they would have to redesign the Union Jack - taking out the blue field and white cross as background for the red crosses; well, that settled the issue. You can't redesign the flag! Scotland takes the best parts out, what if Northern Ireland wants to put in some green!'
anonymous. the data lounge.
Another sigh of relief, the Duchess of Alba no longer a figurehead option.
Like the battle of Waterloo, the battle for Scotland was a damn close-run thing. The effects of the no vote are enormous — though not as massive as the consequences of a yes would have been. The vote against independence means, above all, that the 307-year Union survives. It therefore means that the UK remains a G7 economic power and a member of the UN security council. It means Scotland will get more devolution. It means David Cameron will not be forced out. It means any Ed Miliband-led government elected next May has the chance to serve a full term not find itself without a majority in 2016 when the Scots would have left. It means the pollsters got it right, Madrid will sleep a little more easily, and it means the banks will open this morning as usual.
For Scots, the no vote means relief for some, despair for others, both on the grand scale. For those who dreamed that a yes vote would take Scots on a journey to a land of milk, oil and honey, the mood this morning will be grim. Something that thousands of Scots wanted to be wonderful or merely just to witness has disappeared. The anti-climax will be cruel and crushing. For others, the majority, there will be thankfulness above all, but uneasiness too. Yesterday’s vote exposed a Scotland divided down the middle against itself. Healing that hurt will not be easy or quick. It’s time to put away all flags.
The immediate political question now suddenly moves to London. Gordon Brown promised last week that work will start today on drawing up the terms of a new devolution settlement. That may be a promise too far after the red-eyed adrenalin-pumping exhaustion of the past few days. But the deal needs to be on the table by the end of next month. It will not be easy to reconcile all the interests — Scots, English, Welsh, Northern Irish and local. But it is an epochal opportunity. The plan, like the banks, is too big to fail.
Alex Salmond and the SNP are not going anywhere. They will still govern Scotland until 2016. There will be speculation about Salmond’s position and the SNP will need to decide whether to run in 2016 on a second referendum pledge. More immediately, the SNP will have to decide whether to go all-out win to more Westminster seats in the 2015 general election, in order to hold the next government’s feet to the fire over the promised devo-max settlement. Independence campaigners will feel gutted this morning. But they came within a whisker of ending the United Kingdom yesterday. One day, perhaps soon, they will surely be back. -Martin Kettle
SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE. Why NOT give it a go? "The more there is devolution, the more power structures break down, the more power, hopefully, will reach people that matter, the normal people." -Russell Brand
Sure ‘tis a leap of faith, creating complex new issues to surmount. An overly-optimisitic, rosy picture may well have been painted by the yay-sayers. It’s called hope. Independence brings new beginning for the disspirited.
Scare tactics swirl. Gloom and doom projections: no turning back for Scotland, foreboding premonitions of a possible mass Scot exodus to England, fear of crippled Scot EU status for years, combined with ‘better together’ brainwashing, the treacherous unknown fate of Britain’s Scottish-based, nuclear-armed submarines, and the saga of North Sea oil. Currency challenges seem trivial by comparison.
Nonetheless, a massive voter turnout. Wake to the ensuing chaos, sighs and moans, mixed with victorious jubilation. If nothing else, an exercise in nationalism. Sweet dreams United Kingdom.
"Apparently, nowadays, you aren’t allowed to speak to your own fans about anything, lest it be a rant….
This not a rant. This is just me saying, HELLO CLEVELAND!”
Gee whiz, girl you’re the one for me. Shady baby, so is the riffffffff. Infectious. Up and down our grooving’ spine.
alt-J - Left Hand Free
Why should a women cook? So her husband can say “My wife makes a delicious cake” to some hooker???
Joan Rivers : A Piece of Work
WE WANT MORE. Irreplaceable, current, brassy, divine wit, comedic fearlessness, unapologetic, no holds-barred-hilarious.
Raised on her humor, she skilled us. Walk into a room, observe the quirks, blurt irreverent things, laugh at yourself, dish it to others, break the ice, soothe with laughter. And it ain’t always pretty. Not always the best ‘work done’, but always good hair. She was the first, and remains the only.
Front and center at her Sundance documentary premier. Grateful to witness genius funny lady live.
‘Cause every chorus was your name.