So the Scots voted No to independence by 55% to 45%. I very much doubt that will be the end of it. It’s going to rumble on and on.
The United Kingdom isn’t quite as united as it was, now that we all know that nearly half of Scotland wants to leave the Union.
And now Alex Salmond has announced that he’s stepping down as First Minister of the Scottish parliament, and as leader of the SNP (after saying he wouldn’t if he lost the referendum).
And the leaders of the three mainstream UK parties have presented a wretched sight, as they all headed to Scotland to more or less beg the Scots to remain in the Union, promising them even more devolution than they’ve already got. Some Westminster politicians are saying these promises were made without any consultation of parties or parliament. So they’re all going to have some explaining to do when they get home.
And it’ll have set Scot against Scot, as Yes campaigners turn on No campaigners, and vice versa.
And some politicians are now proposing an English parliament, where the English alone vote on English affairs – which will mean yet another layer of government, and yet more politicians who won’t represent their constituents any more than the current bunch do.
There are no winners. It’s one of those ill winds which really does blow nobody any good.