The last refuge of the "tartanshirt" scoundrels that is social media still contains some of the shell shocked 'useful idiots' who bought salmond's lies. Their rage is strong and their hatred is palpable as they stammer out their loud-mouthed defiance. It must be difficult for some NO campaigners not to feel a pang of sympathy for them but, not for me. They are behaving in defeat exactly as they did in the campaign, shamefully. The lies, abuse, and belligerence continues as the predictable and wretched cries of "we were cheated" ring out and the world looks on askance as they humiliate Scotland with their grotesque reactions to the clear, decisive and richly deserved defeat. Can anyone recall the Labour Party accusing the snp of cheating when they won in 2011?. Did Labour call for a rerun?, did Labour try to declare themselves as winners despite losing?, did Labour accuse the snp voters of being tricked?. One victory for the snp in a referendum would see the end of all elections, there is now no doubt of that.
The NO campaign was always IMO going to win but two things happened to our advantage as polling day approached, these two things were connected and they were catastrophic for the separatists. The first happened because they were becoming aggravated at their lack of growth in support and they made what turned out to be the biggest blunder of the campaign. They decided to take a chance on fear, they turned to negativity and in doing so they chose to use the most emotional and provocative of all subjects, the Scottish NHS. They deliberately started scaring the old and defenceless, the parents of young children with serious and chronic conditions and those for whom the NHS is a constant comfort blanket in their lives.
Battle commenced immediately on this volatile issue and this led to the second catastrophic event to hit the snp in the campaign, this was the angry intervention of the man who is still by far the biggest political beast in the UK Gordon Brown, and he was not pleased. Overnight he became the story and the separatists were immediately in a panic as he cut a swathe through their lies and shabby deceitful tactics. With 3 weeks to go the 'Scottish Lion Roared' and the whole of Scotland listened and so did the UK as he went on a rampage across the country galvanising the NO campaign, crushing our opponents and steadying the ship containing the 'silent majority. From the point that he intervened the yes campaign were bound to lose, all the big hitters on the NO side tactfully stepped aside as 'big Gordy' shook salmond and the yes campaigners warmly by the throat. there is nothing in UK politics more guaranteed to strike terror in to an opposition than the approach of Gordon Brown when he is 'ready to rumble' and so it proved as he delivered the result with a little help from salmond and the snp whose bottle crashed at a crucial time. All thanks to Gordon Brown. He clearly has a huge part to play in politics, possibly Scottish politics if he wants to meet the challenge, I hope he does.