I’ve just got back from holiday in Crete, where we went for a week, after the campaign of fear and mis-information (and in some cases downright lies) carried out by the Better Together campaign, resulted in Scotland remaining in the UK. It wasn’t the landslide that BT hoped for 55-45% in favour of staying in the UK.
There’s footage doing the rounds of ballot papers – all with YES votes – that were discarded in the street and not counted. The guy posting the clip on youtube said he was reporting it to the Electoral Commission. If it’s legit, it needs a criminal investigation. Then there’s Ruth Davidson (leader of the Scottish Tories) being interview under caution by police after she let slip on tv less than an hour after the polls closed that postal votes had been opened and counted prior to the 18th and that it was looking good for her side.
The political genie is out the bottle and doesn’t look like it’s going back. The three pro-indy parties (SNP, Scottish Greens and Scottish Socialists) have all seen their memberships swell AFTER the fight was lost. Green’s have quadrupled their membership, and the SNP are now have the third largest membership of ANY UK party, knocking the LibDems into 4th place.
Let’s look at what this means. A Scottish party, now has a larger membership than one of the main UK wide parties.
There’s a Hope over Fear rally in Freedom Square (ok, George Square, but the 45%-ers have re-named it), this Sunday, and Radical Independence are having a convention in November.
The battle may have been lost, but with the population now politicised to an extent that it never previously had been, it looks like the war is far from over.