Voting breakdown causes divisions (Alistair Brown)
We can now breathe a sigh of relief and get on with the rest of our lives following the independence referendum.
A couple of thoughts spring to mind. The turnout was excellent and a credit to all. The majority was quite conclusive at 55.3 per cent for the no campaign.
However, we were led to believe that 97 per cent of the eligible electorate registered to vote, with about 85 per cent actually doing so. The remaining 12 per cent either could not or did not bother to move themselves.
I contend that most of these folk were content with the status quo and could perhaps have been added to the no vote. This gives a much more conclusive result of 67 per cent rejecting independence with 33 per cent for.
For such an important and clear-cut election, I think all the ballot boxes should have been collected in one central venue. Counting should start at 7am the following morning and the on going totals announced every hour or so.
No reference to any geographical area should be made and the final result would be straight numbers for and against. Referring to regions only causes criticism and division and the inevitable comparing rich and poor areas with political party affiliations.
Although the SNP promoted this campaign each side was represented by many smaller parties. The end result, which I actually agreed with, leaves a rather sour taste and belittles it with petty and divisive politics. It was too important an election for this and we can well do without this legacy.
I fear that the yes lobby will not take the democratic will of Scotland lying down. Look out for more sniping, griping and trouble-making from them.