It will still come down to the wire, but today the odds against a Yes vote in next week’s Scottish Referendum have lengthened again, and it seems that people are finally coming to their senses.
Apart from anything else, we’ve seen some great humour during the process.
We’ve seen a few good natured discussions and debates, and (probably more) bad natured ones. We’ve seen a lot of shouting, as passions rose. We could have done without a lot of nastiness from supporters of both sides (in various places, including public comments at newspaper sites, for example. They can be completely NSFW and very racist).
We’ve seen plenty scares (from both sides).
Some of the things that have happened have been, well, bizarre (The only word left to describe the Scottish referendum campaigns is bizarre).
Though the Yes campaigners will not agree, I think that this article in The Scotsman, is pivotal.
Both sides are in agreement that politics in Scotland and the rest of the UK will never be the same. Politicians of all hues finally realise that they can no longer get away with things anymore. This is actually still important in the context of the Referendum, but will also have an impact afterwards, whichever way the vote goes.
It looks as if I won’t get a ‘free’ holiday after all – when the odds at the bookies against a Yes vote were ridiculously high a while back, I put all the winnings I’ve been making on very occasional bets on cricket, on a Yes majority outcome. The thinking being that if there’s a No vote, then I’ll be happy anyway, but if there’s a Yes vote, at least I’ll have something to look forward to. You see – there’s two things you should never do with your heart rather than your head – those two things are: vote, and gamble. And in this case, my bet is something that I’d be delighted to lose.