And so it ended, with wild rallies all over the country. After two long years of preparations and months of feverish debate, Scotland's amazing referendum campaign is finally over.
And as I write these lines, Scots are heading to the polls to decide whether Scotland should become an independent country.
The campaign ended with a final message from the YES side urging them to take their own future in their hands, and choose hope over fear.
Our nation is alive with energy and excitement about the future. And the collective democratic awakening in Scotland goes further and deeper than the independence movement alone. For all of this, Scotland is richer. It is this popular energy which gives confidence for Scotland’s future. Together, we can harness the passion, drive and vision that abounds in Scotland today and use it to build a better society.
It ended with a final message from the NO side warning of doom and disaster.
Despite having campaigned for separation their entire 80 years of existence, the Nationalists have been unable to answer some of the most basic questions they have been asked during this campaign. As we vote today we still don’t know what currency would be in our pocket in a separate Scotland or what separation means for pensions and public services.
And a reprimand from the police for trying to further fuel their obscene climate of fear.
The Scottish Police Federation has issued a statement accusing the media and no campaigners of exaggerating the extent of aggression deployed during the Scottish referendum campaign. Brian Docherty, the chairman of the federation, said in the statement: "The referendum debate has been robust but overwhelmingly good-natured.
It ended with their relentless negativity, driving tennis star Andy Murray to come out for the YES...
Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this!
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) September 18, 2014
Like so many others who refused to be bullied and cowed into submission.
It ended with the ghastly corporate media which has spent the entire campaign denigrating and diminishing the Scottish people, now begging them to stay...
And this writer defying the herd, pointing out that Great Britain is not so great anymore. Calling what is happening in Scotland a velvet revolution.
Surely if this “political reformation”, as John Harris described it, happened anywhere else, we would be calling it a velvet revolution and marvelling at democracy in action. It may well be fierce, shouty and messy, but these are undeniably voices from below and we should listen.
And celebrating CHANGE.
So I say yes. Take a leap towards self-rule. One can be on the side of change or against it. The thing is, change is here now, whatever happens. Finally, thankfully, yes.
It ended with Duggy Dug in his basket having a NO nightmare...
In yet another example of the creative ways the YES side used social media to get their message out, and counter the onslaught of Big Business and their stooges in the MSM.
And at the end of this long campaign it ended with Alex Salmond, the country's First Minister, who was reviled by those stooges more than anyone else in Scotland.
In the crudest possible ways...
But never let his vicious opponents provoke him or lower him to their level.
Stuck to his positive, hopeful message from the beginning to the end.
Was criticized even by some on his own side for being too plodding or too boring.
But when he had to, rose to the occasion in the final critical debate, decisively defeated his NO opponent Alistair Darling.
Told Scots all they had to do was believe in themselves.
And is now closer than ever to his dream of an independent Scotland...
Which is the dream of millions of Scots, and is also the dream of this Scottish-Canadian.
For I have never seen such a wonderful exuberant carnival of democracy. It has made my spirit soar like an eagle over the rugged highlands and the wild North Sea I know so well.
And I can't wait for OUR velvet revolution.
I have no idea what's going to happen. I'm afraid the NO side might win because they have targeted seniors with their evil scaremongering campaign and they are vulnerable.
I know that because I spoke to my Mum today and she was frightened of what might happen. For which I will NEVER forgive them.
But what I also know is that Scotland will never be the same.
I know that a new generation has come forward in numbers never seen before to join the struggle for independence.
And I know that now that it is reborn, that dream will never die...
For every Scot who ever lived and fought for freedom.
Let hope defeat fear.
Scotland FOREVER !!!!
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