I suppose I should say something. I’m disappointed to say the least. Not just in the result of the referendum but in the way some of my fellow Yes voters are acting about it.
I voted Yes because I wanted to make the world a better place through an independent Scotland. And I’m not a nationalist; I don’t consider myself to be one. I believe Britain could have been a force for good were it not for the politicians in Westminster being more interested in money than in people - quite frankly I don’t think we’ll ever be rid of such governments now. I voted Yes not just because I thought Scotland would be better off running itself, though there would have been indeed been significant teething problems, but because the rest of the UK really needed a wake up call.
If you voted No, I don’t hate you. You voted for what you felt was best. I only hope what you voted that way with the right reasons in mind. I hope you didn’t, for instance, vote No because you want nuclear weapons, stricter immigration or just because you identify as British, among other things. I don’t say that condescendingly either - I genuinely hope you have not voted in favour of these things, in the same way that the people of Scotland voted, in large part, for the SNP but against its main ideal of an independent Scotland.
Going forward, I think us Yes voters need to take some time to lick our wounds and then remember why we voted Yes in the first place. No voters aren’t our enemies. They’re not “disgraceful” or “cowards” as I’ve seem them labelled today, by my own friends. Quite the opposite personally. “It takes courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends,” or however that saying goes exactly.
Right now, I want my fellow Yes voters to ditch the “No-shaming” and redirect your attention to where the real problems are: in Westminster, in the banking system, and in each and every food bank and nuclear-equipped submarine across the country.
I also want England, Northern Ireland and Wales to sit up and take notice of these issues we fought for, with pencil and paper for an entire day. These problems aren’t unique to Scotland but sometimes it certainly feels like the answers are. Let’s all start afresh, not just the voting population of Scotland.
But let’s start tomorrow. Today is a day for listening to Freedom by Wham! on repeat - a song I believe both sides of the debate can enjoy. Yes voters, take pride in knowing that for a single day you made Westminster shit themselves in fear. No voters, take pride in knowing that you made a difficult choice. I just hope you made the right one.