Nicola Sturgeon has launched her bid to become the new leader of the SNP and Scotland’s first female first minister with an immediate warning that the Westminster parties will face an angry backlash if they fail to keep the promises they made on more powers for Holyrood.
HE burst out onto Edinburgh’s Royal Mile from a side street after the results swung against separation, and channelling the words of that little-known unionist Amy Winehouse, loudly sang: "They tried to make me leave the UK, I said: No! No! No!"
"I’m swithering," said a woman outside the parliament building in Edinburgh as she used a local term for swinging backwards and forwards without being able to make a decision to explain where she stood as Scotland’s future hung precariously in the balance.
THE UK looks finished, from where I’m sitting. It’s true my view is a little bit obstructed right now, after a “Yes Scotland” rally in Glasgow’s George’s Square. But no matter how the people of Scotland vote today, I believe the joyous euphoria released by the “Yes, Scotland” campaign means the days of the UK are numbered.
The Dáil resumes after the summer today and, as Gerard Howlin puts it so succinctly elsewhere on this page, it does so “serene in the knowledge that alone of the five main legislative assemblies on these islands, it is impervious to the possibility of effective change”.
Tomorrow the people of Scotland will vote on those most powerful and seductive ideas — the freedom to manage their own affairs and the intoxicating prospect of ending a relationship with a once-brutal and dominant neighbour that Scottish nationalists have, for centuries, described as exploitative, limiting, outdated, unwelcome, and a tarnished relic of a kind of Rudyard Kipling imperialism no longer acceptable, in Europe at least.
The edge of the union is an angry place to be. With less than 12 hours to go before Scotland decides its destiny — forever if it breaks away, for a generation if it decides to stay — it is clear that the fault lines exposed by the referendum will sear through this country for long after the ballots are counted.