What now? 10 of the best responses to Scotland’s referendum vote

kevin williamson (Bella Caledonia)

wrote a simple, sombre considered column on the emotions of the result.

jenny lindsay (poet, performer, campaigner)

urged everyone to take a deep breath and calm down. Instead of launching into a continued campaign, Jenny states that all Yes groups should go through a sensible process of re-organisation now that the referendum has taken place.

This will make the groups transparent, democratic and more effective in meeting their aims.

sarah beattie smith (Green Party, Edinburgh)

called on Yes Campaigners to join a wider coalition for change and to “build that new Scotland, not to build a bunker.”

Responding to a natural desire for the ‘45%’ to stick together, she explains that there is a need to “keep fighting for the Scotland that I believe the vast majority of people want to see – free of nuclear weapons, where poverty is a thing of the past and where we care for people and planet for now and into the future.”

zara kitson (So Say Scotland)

reflects on the result, the response and reasons to be positive.

“It was up to our generation to learn from this, not be beaten by it. If we threw in the towel now – that’s it, goodbye democracy, equality, social justice, and any other progressive change we might work for. With this in mind – I reminded people this didn’t mean it was over – perhaps even a new kind of beginning…”

lesley riddoch (broadcaster, researcher)

writes that the democratic engagement can continue and that is can change Scotland for the better.

irvine welsh (writer)

says that this “glorious failure could yet be Scotland’s finest hour” with a new generation educated and engaged in politics for the first time in decades.

Robin McAlpine (Common Weal)

decides to get stuck into the priorities for a post-No Scotland. He explains why it’s important to get over the result and focus on improving campaign organisations, developing a strategy to win and having a strong policy program.

kate higgins (blogger)

says that it’s time for a break. After a long campaign in the media, online, on street corners, it’s time for some gardening. Kate’s fed up with gender representation in the Scotland’s media, but also thinks there’s plenty of positive life left in Scottish politics and independence.

derek bateman (broadcaster)

argues that constitutional chaos is continuing. He urges the Yes Campaign to accept the result and now campaign for maximum devolution for Scotland and watch the unraveling of Westminster due to the ‘English question’.

loki (rap artist and campaigner)

draws a line under the Yes Campaign which he urges to engage in the new debate for social and democratic change. He says that campaign groups need to reform themselves to reflect the values they stand for and build bridges with people who previously rejected them.

Groups and parties

‘the 45% group’

Many Yes Campaigners sought solidarity in ‘#the45’ & ‘#the45plus’ to recognise the 1.6 million people who voted for independence. This has encouraged discussion about ‘what next?’ with most determined to continue to campaign for independence in the future. It has faced criticism for appearing exclusive.

national collective

An editorial announced that National Collective will continue as a home of culture and politics. Criticising the media coverage and political threats made during the campaign, NC states that it will continue to support change in Scotland.

women for independence

WFI wrote in the Sunday Herald that they’ll be staying actively involved in empowering women’s voices in Scottish politics. A conference has been planned for October in Perth to decide the next steps, which is already vastly oversubscribed.

radical independence

The left-wing campaign for independence has announced a 3rd conference at the Marriot in Glasgow this November. It has attracted over 6,000 attendees on facebook.

newsnet scotland

Online news source Newsnet Scotland has launched a campaign to encourage the devolution of broadcasting to Scotland. The petition has already attracted over 21,000 signatures. This follows long-running criticism of the BBC’s handling of the referendum. Many voices are calling for the TV license to be ignored in Scotland in protest.

independence supporting parties

The SNP, Greens, and the Scottish Socialist Parties have all reported dramatic surges in their membership numbers.

As of Monday night, the SNP has attracted an incredible 20,000 new members to become the UK’s 3rd largest political party with over 45,000 in total.

The Green Party in Scotland has more than doubled its membership in four days. 3000 new members have joined to push the total over 5000.

The SSP have attracted 2000 new members.


The Labour party is hosting its national conference in Manchester. Having previously attacked Yes Campaigners as ‘blood and soil nationalists’, Labour leaders are now asking for cooperation with Yes Campaign groups.

Margaret Curran MP has announced a plan to visit 10 of the most Yes supporting areas in Scotland – areas in Labour constituencies in Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and West Dumbartonshire – to understand why they voted Yes.

Labour are also in face off with David Cameron, who has added ‘English Votes on English Laws’ to the program for constitutional reform. Labour are worried they will lose their Scottish MPs for Westminster votes.

David Cameron

The morning after the referendum result the UK Prime Minister said that more powers for Scotland would occur “in tandem” with reform for England. This was not mentioned before the referendum. It is required to ensure that Conservative MPs support the proposal for Scotland and it benefits the Conservatives chances of winning the next General Election.

British nationalists

British loyalists ran riot in Glasgow city centre on Friday night in response to the referendum result. Images showed members of the National Front and British National Party making nazi salutes and assaulting members of the public.

An electrical generator outside of the Yes supporting Sunday Herald newspaper was set on fire. Police Scotland have launched an enquiry into the unrest. 15 arrests have been made.







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3 Responses to What now? 10 of the best responses to Scotland’s referendum vote

  1. Jet Cuthbertson says:

    Well consolidated list. Please switch the hyperlinks to the author’s name, instead of for the whole paragraph underneath though- making my eyes blur!

  2. Hello! Thanks so much for this! Could you amend to just being Jenny Lindsay, rather than “of National Collective”? Speaking entirely in an individual capacity on not on their or anyone elses behalf in my piece for Bella. Thanks!

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