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3:22pm on Friday, 19th September, 2014:

Good Result


The result of the Scottish referendum was pretty well what I was hoping for: Scotland remains in the union, but with so strong a vote against it that there will have to be changes to the way the rest of the UK is governed, too.

Of course, I don't expect the changes to go far enough, especially given the short timetable that the leaders of the three main national parties agreed — in fact vowed — to follow. We might get a fudge that addresses the West Lothian Question, but it would take much longer to get an English or regional assemblies that have the same powers as the Scottish Assembly even used to have, let alone what it will have.

Oh, and by the way, tennis player Andy Murray, "no" campaigns are negative by definition. If the question on the ballot paper had read "should Scotland remain part of the UK?" then you'd have been voting for the union because of the "negativity of the no campaign"...

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