The votes have been cast, the results are in, and Scotland has decided to stay within the United Kingdom. As I watched the results come in last night, I don’t mind admitting I was on the edge of my seat the entire time I was watching from my computer. As a die-hard proponent of the United Kingdom, I have to admit I was very pleased with the results. It seems there was a larger percentage of No voters than what the polls had led us to believe were there in the last few days, but we all know polls can always be somewhat askew.
Even though I, personally, was happy with the outcome, I realize there are also those who are not and feel dejected, depressed, and isolated at the moment. I know from experience how this feels, and believe me, it’s not a good place to be. I do hope, however, that the two sides of this vote can come together and work toward a solid, unified, working United Kingdom that seeks the betterment of all its citizens, whether they be English, Scottish, Northern Irish or Welsh.
Both sides, I believe, worked very hard for their side, and I believe both sides believed in their message and that they both believed their viewpoint was what was ultimately best for Scotland, and the United Kingdom as a whole.
Now, however, I feel it’s time to put aside the differences on the issue of independence and work together with the reality of what we have: a Scotland that is part of the United Kingdom. Over the years, I recognize there have been differences and opposing opinions on how things should be done, and I recognize the hurt that has been caused – not just for one, but also for both sides of the issues. Now that we are on the other side of the vote, let’s work together, but let us also acknowledge there is much work to do to heal the wounds that might have been caused by the vote.
How can we do this? The answer to that question, I think, will be different for each individual and each situation. In order to do this, however, changes may have to be made on both sides of the issue.
In saying this, I hope that it is clear to the powers that be in Westminster what this vote was, and what it was not. I hope Mr. Cameron and the rest of the Tories realize that, even though the No side was victorious, this was NOT a vote for the Tory status quo. I don’t feel that Scottish independence would have been voted on in the first place if Tory policies as they are now were acceptable. Of course, that’s only my personal opinion, and I’ll be happy to admit I’m wrong if I am. I do hope the devolution policies are quickly forthcoming, and that they help to heal the Union from the internal bruises it now has. I also hope devolution also happens for England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well. Fair is fair, regardless of what side of the fence you stand. I know this won’t be the only thing needed in the future of the Union, but at least it can be a start.
As we move forward as a United Kingdom, I hope and pray time heals our wounds and we are reminded that we are family, even though we might squabble at times over various issues and problems. As Her Majesty The Queen said today, “Now, as we move forward, we should remember that despite the range of views that have been expressed, we have in common an enduring love of Scotland, which is one of the things that helps to unite us all. Knowing the people of Scotland as I do, I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.”
God Save The Queen, and God bless ALL the people of the United Kingdom!