Probably way too early for this, and I know many Scots are genuinely heart-broken at the moment, but above is a breakdown of how people voted in Scotland’s referendum on independence. It comes with several caveats given the British nationalist and Tory-leaning source but it provides a useful overview of what might have happened until better emerges. Several questions spring to mind. Given the significantly higher “Yes” preference amongst younger voters did the SNP and others go to the polls ten years too early? How will that demographic react to the bitter disappointment of the outcome so many had committed too? Will the SNP reap the rewards of a potential push-back against the “No” vote in the Holyrood and Westminster polls? Will some “No” voters follow the Québec-model of the 1980s and ‘90s by voting “federalist” in referendums but nationalist in elections? Conceivably will the SNP itself face electoral-trouble as the disaffected pro-sovereignty voters fall away or abandon politics altogether?
A dreadfully uncertain time lies ahead for our Gaelic cousins. And that nagging doubt will always remain: if the “Yes” campaign had dealt with the currency issue differently could it have all been different?