Long time for the dust to settle after referendum

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Four weeks on since the referendum vote, and yet there is clear evidence that the dust will be a long time settling on the issue.

In fact I would go even further and suggest we will have independence before 2025, for despite the best efforts of the over 60’s who generally voted no, it is clear that younger people crave to be free of Westminster.

In fact had some of my own age group had more faith, rather than voting with fear of losing money, we would now be negotiating a deal to separate from the UK.

In the run up to the vote on September 18 I had the feeling us Scots had sufficient confidence to take their courage in both hands and go for it, but no it was not to be and the yes lobby were sent home to think again.

The debate was in my opinion flawed on both sides, leaving those of us who wanted a reasoned discussion about the issues that really mattered. In the end it was the pound in your pocket logic which held sway, not an opportunity to talk about how things could be done differently away from Westminster.

In the end Alex Salmond had to go, particularly after appearing to concede that a vote not to take the high road to independence would end any attempt for at least a generation to have another crack.

His party were clearly unhappy with his stance, and in the circumstances he simply had no choice, but to call it a day.

What happens now remains to be seen, though given the politics of fear brought to voters south of the border by the one trick pony who call themselves UKIP, there must be a number of the elected this side of Hadrian’s Wall who must be wishing they had voted yes.

Away from the world of politics, a more bloody battle was being fought in of all places the world of English cricket after Kevin Peitersen revealed his total contempt for his “bullying” former team mates in the England team.

As someone who writes about the willow on leather game,

I was astounded by the venom of his attack, but more surprised by the inept responses from the English cricket authorities who failed totally to come to terms with the civil war the former England player had started after naming key figures in the dressing room.

It proved to be a very dark place, if you believe Peitersen.

The blood letting emanating from the issues made politicians seem positively angelic, oh that Ellon Gordon match reports were half as interesting, though I have often wondered about those who manage the affairs of the Aberdeenshire Grades cricket.

Even at Mannofield where our top cricket team in the area play there are some strange goings on, but nothing like the shindy currently engulfing the game south of the border to its eternal shame.