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  By Online Ed
 
I remember one day waking up and wondering which party had won a crucial by-election.  It was winter 2006 and I had been off work with a dreadful bout of flu.
 
I had just discovered something called the internet existed and found myself on a forum which discussed Scottish politics.  The theme always seemed to be independence and the SNP.

By Mark McNaught

The cross-party ‘vow’ made at the last minute to thwart the possibility of a ‘yes’ vote may have been effective in securing a ‘no’ in the referendum.  However, it could conceivably go down in history in securing de-facto independence for Scotland, if Scots hold Westminster’s and Holyrood’s feet to the fire.

It is important to focus on the specific promise to make the Scottish parliament ‘permanent’, and what that means constitutionally.

  By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Those were the words of Jackie Bird on September 9th, a mere 9 days before the independence referendum.
 
One day earlier Gordon Brown had surprised everyone by promising even more powers than was previously on offer should Scots vote No.  The former Labour leader described the prize as 'Home Rule' and announced a timetable within which legislation would be drawn up.

By Alex Mooney
 
After the initial shock and desolation over Scotland refusing its independence, many on the Yes side roused to anger and lashed out over the weekend.
 
Social media exploded with a flurry of vengeful blogs and some ranted on Twitter as the blame game began.  Fingers were pointed at the No voters who 'betrayed their country'.  As a psychological release it might have been therapeutic but as a tactic it was senseless.

  By George Kerevan
 
REGARDLESS of how you voted, we can all agree on one thing: Britain had a near death experience last Thursday. The fascinating question is why the world’s financial markets felt so threatened by the prospect of Scottish independence. The peaceful secession of a mere 8 per cent of Britain’s citizens is hardly the stuff to trigger a run on sterling or a collapse in inward investment to the entire UK – predictions made during the referendum campaign.

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