For years, it seemed like a pipe dream – a quirky political aim that appeared more based on an emotional reading of history and reality rather than a genuine promise for change in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. But in the days running up to the September 18 vote to decide the future of Scotland, that all changed. The “No” vote won out in the end, but the future of Scotland – and the UK – is still likely to be very different than the present.
The post-mortem of that vote will probably unfold for years to come but in the interim, a few things seem rather clear. Scotland voted “no” but that’s not actually trueH.A. Hellyer