There will be deep disappointment in the local YES camp this morning (this observer can testify to that) but if the bag of a fag packet devo deal from the three Westminster leaders develops into real radical change then Scotland will be the winner. How that progresses remains to be seen however, with more voices joining the disgruntled Westminster MPs who are unhappy with the (as yet mystery) package Here in Scotland though both sides talk this morning of healing divisions but generally, the referendum campaign has been good humoured in Nairn, the posters will come down and life will quickly return to normal and friends and even families on both sides of the referendum debate will find other things to talk about. Life goes on.
It was remarkable to see the large numbers of voters heading for the polling stations (around 90% in Nairn). People stopped to engage with the YES and NO folk outside Millbank, there seemed to be a desire to savour the day whatever the result. It is perhaps unlikely that we will ever see 90% turnouts again in our lifetimes but hopefully people will stay engaged; there was a suggestion from someone on the radio that “you don’t have to be a politician to be involved in politics.” Here’s hoping that the input from the young and other newly activated voters (it wasn’t just 16-18 year olds asking the way to the polling station entrance) continues because politicians at all levels will be inclined to perform better if every move they make is under public scrutiny. Please stay involved folks.
One of our readers articulates his referendum aftermath thoughts in a post below and states “we’ll need to stay on guard against remote decision makers”. Indeed, soon traffic lights and planning decisions will be back on the top of the agenda. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if at sometime in the future we could move to a point where the planners and other authorities listen to the local community instead of telling us what to do. The traffic needs to go the other way back up the chain. Communities need to be in control. How to achieve that in a continuing atmosphere of austerity though? However we voted yesterday we have to stay united as a community in getting the best deal for Nairn and the County hinterland beyond. A big barney perhaps looms for the best DevoMax deal for Scotland but we need to continue to generate heat on the micro level too and stand up for our collective corner. Devolution for Nairnshire too please!