Friday, September 19, 2014

UPDATE: Scotland Makes "Once in a Lifetime" Decision on Thursday... and they say... NAE

A West Highland terrier scampers past Scottish independence graffiti on a World War II defensive emplacement, near Pitternweem, on the east coast. Photo: by Kieran Dodds, Panos via National Geographic

A day to come seems longer than a year that's gone. -- Scottish proverb

SNP leader Alex Salmond has said the Scottish referendum is a "once in a generation opportunity".

Speaking to Andrew Marr he said that a simple majority, however close, would be accepted by both sides in the campaign and there would be a "generational" gap before another independence referendum.

The latest opinion polls ahead of the 18 September referendum have suggested the vote is too close to call.

10 questions on Scottish independence you were too afraid to ask

From passports to pandas, your questions answered about how an independent Scotland could change our lives.

The Simpsons' groundskeeper Willie has a few things to say prior to the Sept 18 Scottish elections.

Scotland the free: Remain part of Great Britain? Or should the Scots 'go it alone'?

Charles Wooley admits this story is personal.

You see, it's the story of his birthplace - Scotland - and the historic decision it must make in September.

Scots will vote on whether to remain part of Great Britain or to 'go it alone': to finally be free from the "Sasinacks", the English, who have lorded over them for centuries. There will be many whose knowledge of Scottish history extends only as far as Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart.

But for Charles, the argument over Scottish independence has been life-long and one that has his own family divided.

The Great Dictator Speech by David Hayman

Why Scotland voted "Nae"

The following post-referendum poll from Lord Ashcroft does a good summary of who voted how and why. However, the most telling distinction is the following:

Voters aged 16-17: YES: 71%; NO: 29%
Voters aged 65+: YES: 27%; NO: 73%

How will last night's vote look like in 5, 10 or 15 years when today's 17 year olds are Scotland's prime demographic?

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