Where Angles Fear to Tread

September 19, 2014

Still united

Filed under: Uncategorized — Obtuse Angle @ 4:49 am

With only the last few results to come in, the result is being called for No. The margin looks to be solid enough to rule out a Quebec-style neverendum, but nonetheless Yes clearly represents a very large minority in Scotland.

No doubt there will be a push now from some to maintain the status quo, but there is at the very least a real chance this will fail. Scotland will demand the extra powers promised to them in the panicky last days of the Better Together campaign. England , convinced that it’s deal is getting worse all the time (and decreasingly inclined to prop up what they see as an ungrateful Scotland) will finally insist on an answer to the West Lothian question. UKIP will capitalise on the feeling of unfairness to feed their anti-politics message, the Tory backbenches sense a chance to cripple Labour with EVEM or an English Parliament, and the Lib Dems will demand a Constitutional Convention so they can dust off their several millions of pages of plans to rebuild the system. Oh, and then there’s Wales and NI.

I expect this will rumble on through the conference season, into the Clacton by-election, and beyond, but these are now matters for another day. For now, sleep calls.

The battle’s done, and we (kinda) won, so we sound our victory cheer.
Where do we go from here?

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