The Scottish Independence debate will persist

There are a number of reasons why 55% of the Scottish population voted No in the recent Scottish Independence vote. Some chose to remain part of the UK due to safety in numbers, others were not convinced about the chances of a prosperous economy in an independent Scotland. Others are simply proud to be British. In the end, too many important questions were left answered by the Yes Campaign. However, one statistic that will worry Westminster is that over 70% of 16 to 17 year olds voted Yes.

There was a lot of debate about giving the vote to 16 and 17 year olds. At first it was merely seen as a ploy from the Yes campaign to influence the impressionable youth. As it turned out, many individuals of that age were not only genuinely interested in the debate, but were also clued up on both sides of the argument.

A popular term in British politics at the moment is ‘out of touch’. The fact that so many under 24s voted Yes illustrates that the future generation of Scottish voters do not trust Westminster. Many of them believe that British politics right now is all about telling people what they want to hear. The Scottish referendum vote has shown that young Scots are tuning in; they want to make sure politicians know that they are working for the people and not for themselves.

It will be interesting to see if the referendum has any effect on the General Election in 2015. In Scotland, the SNP are hoping to make unprecedented gains in Labour strongholds. Labour leader Ed Miliband is currently not very popular in Scotland; siding with the British Conservative party in the Independence debate has not done him any favours.

Hopefully the engagement of young people in the Scottish Independence referendum has given Westminster a wakeup call – a new generation of passionate, forward thinking individuals are ready to stand up and challenge the politics of the United Kingdom. SNP leader Alex Salmond was only 6% away from an Independent Scotland. He said that the referendum was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Westminster is unlikely to agree to a referendum for another twenty years, but there is a sense in Scotland that the Yes voters will not disappear and that they will have the chance to vote again for an independent Scotland. If Westminster is unable to gain the trust of the under 24 year olds in Scotland, an independent Scotland may only be a generation away.

By Jonathan Isaacs

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2 Comments on “The Scottish Independence debate will persist”

  1. October 8, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    While the Scots are taking actions to protest illegalities during the vote, perhaps the courts will rule another, clean election needs to occur, and the wait for independence will be much shorter than next generation.

  2. John Large
    October 29, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    All the questions about policy put to Yes Alliance were answered fully and concisely, unfortunately BBC and all MSM in UK, (bar one newspaper), supported the Better Together campaign so case for Yes campaign was never aired in a fair manner. Lots of evidence for MSM bias. But our time will come.

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