Supporters of Scottish Independence came up short of their goal in the vote yesterday:
Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout.
A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom’s separation.
Unionists won 55 percent of the vote while separatists won 45 percent with 31 of 32 constituencies declared.
Political leaders of all hues agreed that Britain would be changed for good nonetheless.
Unionists cheered, kissed and drank wine and beer in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city where secessionists won, while nationalist leader Alex Salmond conceded defeat in Edinburgh, which supported the United Kingdom.
“Scotland has by a majority decided not, at this stage, to become an independent country. I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland,” Salmond said.
Go here to read the rest. Head triumphed over heart in this case. Clearly the enthusiasm, especially among the young, was on the side of independence, but there were too many unanswered questions about how an independent Scotland would make a go of it along. Additionally, in the words of Mr. Jefferson, there were no “long train of abuses” that warranted a radical change in government. At any rate, the Scots have spoken.