Posted by: christinelaennec | September 17, 2014

Tomorrow

Tomorrow, September 18, 2014, is an extremely important day in Scotland.  Tomorrow Scotland will go to the polls and answer this question:  Should Scotland be an independent country?  Two boxes:  Yes or No.

Window posters for No and for Yes in the Scottish independence referendum, Glasgow, September 2014.

Window posters for No and for Yes in the Scottish independence referendum, Glasgow, September 2014.

People are talking about nothing else, and in fact it has been a topic of conversation in our house and most other people’s houses for months.  The Dafter has been following it all with increasing interest, especially as she will be able to vote.  She is well aware of the gravity of the choice, and of the momentous occasion this is.  A voter turnout of over 80% is predicted. Many windows on our streets have signs in them now.  Regardless of the outcome, the United Kingdom will never be quite the same, as the Westminster government is now offering increased devolved powers to the Scottish parliament if there is a No vote.

So by Friday we will know what direction our country will be taking.

Thanks to everyone for your good wishes, thoughts and prayers about the Dafter’s continuing recovery.  We’re having ups and downs but the general trend is up, very thankfully.

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Responses

  1. I hope Scotland stays with us.

  2. The talk, on both sides of the border, has been of little else, Christine. As you say, the referendum has bent the minds of a nation. I strongly suspect a ‘No’ result, having read and listened widely, to the opinions of both camps. And there have been some pretty persuasive voices in the campaign. It’s up to Scotland now but, whatever the outcome, I wish its people well.

  3. The talk, on both sides of the border, has been of little else, Christine. As you say, the referendum has bent the minds of a nation. I strongly suspect a ‘No’ result, having read and listened widely, to the opinions of both camps. And there have been some pretty persuasive voices in the campaign. It’s up to Scotland now but, whatever the outcome, I wish its people well.

  4. It has been weighing heavily on our minds too. Life will never be the same in the UK again, whatever the outcome. Hoping and praying people will think hard before putting their cross in the box. xx

  5. Whatever the outcome it will never be the same, interesting times ahead whatever the outcome. Glad to hear your daughter is still doing well, fingers crossed and prayers that this will remain the trend.

  6. Pretty much thinking and talking about nothing else ourselves. 🙂 Seems like the radio and tv here are also covering it closely. This is so historic. Never thought something like this would happen in our day. With my love of the Stuart history this seems surreal for our day. The vote is in our prayers whatever the outcome. Also praying for you and the Dafter and the ups and downs. Appreciate prayer myself for this very hectic time and trying to stay on top of my own health in the midst of it all.

  7. Christine, I listened to an NPR report a while ago about this vote and of course have been interested for some time. I am on the edge of my seat regarding tomorrow’s outcome.

  8. We do not get a lot of news about the referendum here, but I have been following this on satellite radio from Quebec. It is a serious decision, and I would like to know more about how this developed.

    Wishing you, Scotland, and the Dafter the best. xo

  9. Glad to hear the Dafter continues to do well. Good news!

    When I was reading about the referendum in Scotland on the 18th, I’d had to think about my immigrant ancestor: Rev. William McGregor. He was a Baptist preacher in Scotland – which I’m thinking was not too common at the time. I believe he was also a Jacobite and fought the British assimilation. He was born in Scotland about 1730 and first appears in North Carolina history in 1771. If I had to guess how this many-greats-grandfather would vote on the 18th, I’d think it would be NO! 😉

    • Obviously, I was interpreting the vote wrong – I thing my many-greats-grandfather would have voted YES for separation from Great Britain! It will be interesting to see how it turns out! 😉

  10. Like everyone I know I am longing for this to be over. People are so stressed and anxious, losing sleep over possible outcomes. My main hope is that whatever the result, as whatever nation we end up being, we can put aside the very deep divisions in civic society that have resulted from this campaign.

    • Amen to that.

  11. Good to hear the Dafter is continuing to do well.
    Whatever the vote, I wish Scotland all the best and a peaceful future.
    Keeping you in prayer,
    Anne♥

  12. People are even talking about it here in Australia. I suppose that’s because we have a kind-of-similar issue which has been on many people’s agenda for some time: whether to become a republic. We had a referendum in 1999, which was defeated, partly because of the question’s specific wording. Electors were asked whether they approved of:

    “A proposed law: To alter the Constitution to establish the Commonwealth of Australia as a republic with the Queen and Governor-General being replaced by a President appointed by a two-thirds majority of the members of the Commonwealth Parliament.”

    It’s interesting to me that your question does not suffer from that “specificity” problem…the opposite seems true!

    I am also interested that the Dafter can vote. In Australia you would have to be 18 (I think she is younger than that?).

  13. Glad to hear the dafter continues on an upward trend. It’s a big subject everywhere but I’ve been dismayed at the misreporting in the media. Apparently we are rioting in the streets. It couldn’t be further from the truth. all the marches we’ve seen in Glasgow have been jolly affairs with many families involved. We will accept whatever decision is made with the same attitude I’m sure. I hope your daughter enjoyed her first trip to the polling station 🙂

  14. Wishing the best for your beautiful country. The home of my ancestors…. So glad to hear The Dafter is continuing a trend upwards. Very good news. xo Karen


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