Unlike the Battle of Waterloo the result of the Scottish referendum wasn’t ‘a close run thing’.
In 28 out of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas the result was no to independence. The result might have settled the issue of Scottish independence for a generation but it hasn’t settled the debate over devolution.
Using the figures for local authorities is frankly miseading and dishonest though it would be healthier if the vote was spread out more . The result was a lot closer than few would have predicted a year before the vote.
|Yes or no||Votes||Percentage|
|Invalid or blank votes||3,429||0.09%|
And with the huge surge in membership for those parties who backed a YES vote with the SNP nearly doubling its membership. The independence question will not disappear for ageneration, especially if Westminster does not deliver on its promises
he then goes on to attempt to answer the English Question except he doesn't apart from appearing that it can be solved by "A peoples Convention" of the whole UK and that people in England should apparently have a veto on further devolution
The future shape of what has been one of the most successful countries in the world should not be left to the 1% of the population who belong to political parties. I agree that a constitutional convention needs to be set up but it should be dominated as conventions in British Columbia and Iceland were by ordinary voters not politicians.If so would this be weighted, or woulds such a Convention be delegated by English Members?
Voters selected as they are for jury service at random. The deliberations of the convention should then be agreed or even rejected by a referendum of all voters in the UK.
It is not a narrow Nationalist concern unless you regard Wales,Scotland,Northern Ireland and Cornwall as mere regions of the UK maybe the same as the South East of England.
Indeed Jeff Jones, clearly (well not so clearly) believes the rest of the UK and English voters should have been able to veto Scottish Independence.
It was frankly a disgrace that although Scottish independence could have a major effect on all of us who live in the UK we were excluded from having a say. You also cannot have major constitutional change where 65% of those eligible to vote don’ take part as happened in the ‘give us the tools to finish the job ‘referendum in Wales in 2011.Politicians for too many of us who live in the UK are the problem not part of the solution. So far they have made a mess of constitutional change and brought the UK close to break up. The future of the UK I would argue is far too important to be decide by the 1% active in politics.The constitutional Question will not be easy to solve . But it will not bee solved especially in Scotland by the rest of the UK saying "We will decide on what your future will be.
Jeff Jones may have a point in that such debate should go beyond the Political Class.
But thats what actually happened in Scotland especially on the YES.
Even the SNP must have been amazed how much the YES campaign went beyond that Part and how many with no political affiliation were beating the streets campaigning for a YES vote but I doub't this can be replicated on a UK level.
The English Question must be addresed but it is up to the people to address it .