Sunday , 8 December 2019

Scotland says no to independence

2 flagsScotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters conclusively rejected independence.

With 31 of the country’s 32 council areas having declared after Thursday’s vote, the “No” has a majority lead of over 55% (55.3%), while “Yes” over 44% (44.7%).

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the UK stated: “Now the debate has been settled for a generation. There can be no disputes. No rewrites.”

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland said: “I accept verdict of the people and call on all of Scotland to follow suit.”

He added that it is a campaign that has “touched sections of the community than have never before been touched by politics”.

He also stated that Scotland expects the promises of further devolution by Unionist parties “to be honoured in rapid course,” and that he would “work constructively in the interests of Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“Let’s not dwell on the distance we’ve fallen short – let us dwell on the distance we have travelled,” he concluded.

Yes campaigners however won in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, by 53% to 47%, winning 54% in West Dunbartonshire and landing a convincing 57% win in Dundee.

But Edinburgh, the nation’s capital, rejected independence with 61.1%, and Aberdeenshire with 60.4%.

While Glasgow, Scotland’s most populous city, voted in favour, the margin of victory sufficient to swing the national vote to Yes.

Johann Lamont , leader of Scottish Labour said: “[I’m] delighted that Scots have voted for better, faster, safer change as part of the UK.

“Let’s begin fixing the divides in our society.”

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister said there was a “real sense of disappointment that we have fallen narrowly short of securing a Yes vote … but the overwhelming majority of people want change.”

Out lesbian leader of the Scottish Conservative Party stated: “Scotland had the biggest, broadest conversation about our future. We have to come together again and move forward together. It’s all our home.”

Out bisexual MSP, Patrick Harvie, of Scottish Greens stated: “Well the result looks disappointing. But losing the energy & motivation of people who’ve become re-engaged in politics would be even worse.”

Out gay Councillor Gordon Matheson, the Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“This has been a long and hard fought campaign which has engaged a record number of Glaswegians. We must all accept the democratic decision of the Scottish people and move on.

“While the referendum has been divisive, both sides agree that political change is needed. This requires all parties and broader civic society to be involved in the discussions that will follow. My priority will be to ensure that Glasgow receives additional powers and resources so that we can succeed as an economic powerhouse and address the persistent health and social inequalities that we face.

“The UK and Scotland will emerge stronger if the role and status of cities increasingly take centre stage, rather than centralising powers at Holyrood and Westminster. This is Glasgow’s agenda and one that we share with our sister cities throughout Britain.”

Speaking with KaleidoScot, human rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell, who supported a Yes vote, said: “Well done Scotland. The Scottish people showed the rest of the UK how to reignite mass political engagement and debate.

“They made Westminster politics look boring, remote & elitist. Despite the no vote, the whole of the UK still needs democratic reform; including a written constitution, elected House of Lords, proportional representation and a federal system with regional government in England.

“Scotland has opened a debate about what kind of society we want to be. That debate must continue and lead to democratic reform and renewal throughout the UK,” added Tatchell.

A majority of LGBTI Scots have said in a poll conducted by KaleidoScot they would vote for independence, all party leaders stated their commitment to LGBTI equality in Scotland and some have called for increased powers in the case of the No vote.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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2 comments

  1. Hardly a conclusive vote. Basically around 57% of under 65s voted Yes – and the 73% of pensioners voted No. The average life expectancy in Scotland is low at 81 years; and there was only 400 000 votes in it. There are a million pensioners in Scotland so the youngest 65 year olds have on average 16 years left; that gives a mortality rate @ 62500 per year. So given that Yes only need 200 000 votes to swing their way in a little over 3-4 years demographics alone will give Yes a win.

    This is only the start. 45% is the Yes baseline and rising. Promised Devo plans on a No vote have now been shelved, less powers for Scottish MPs are planned, and gagging laws have been introduced to prevent fundraising for political campaigns – and now even those who voted No are angry and swinging to Yes.

    This is not an endorsement of the Union. It is the Union's death knell.

  2. ^ Oh ye of little faith. I hope you're not in charge if Scotland ever does become independent. The people of Scotland have spoken whatever their age and this has put to bed a referndum for a generation NOT for the next 3-4 years. You can't keep having a re-referendum in hope to make the outcome any different.

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