Having been awake for roughly 25 hours, my head was very thankful to hit the pillow when the final IndyRef result was released at approximately 6:30am… After I grabbed a few hours kip, I decided that my time would best be spent re-visiting the streets which I had travelled the previous day. I just about managed to scramble the £1.50 in change which I needed for the bus (the “exact change” bus rule in Edinburgh is certainly something I would never be able to get used to!) and I hit the Royal Mile.
I felt a totally different vibe in the city centre in comparison to that which I had experienced on polling day. There were far fewer people on the streets, and there appeared to be far less of a buzz about the place than there had been 12 hours before. However, it wasn’t long before things began to pick up, and I realised that the IndyRef debate had not been put to bed… As I walked towards the castle I came across what appeared to be the beginning of a YES supporters protest. Two men, dressed in kilts, unveiled a humongous saltire upon which the words, “BBC Shame Media” and “Rigged Vote” were stitched, as well as the names of the four regions which voted in favour of independence. With a lot of commotion developing around the two men who began to loudly declare their case to a gathering crowd, I thought it would be rude not to ask them for a quick interview…
For the remainder of the day I continued to over hear conversations about the IndyRef result, and the future implementation of the promises made by “The big Three” at Westminster concerning more powers for the Scottish Government.
While I was taking a ten minute break from social media over lunch with friend, I suddenly heard a frenzy of people discussing the resignation of Scotland’s First minister and Leader of the YES campaign, Alex Salmond. Lunch was swiftly pushed to one side, and my attention promptly return to the Twittersphere to see whether or not the rumours that were quickly spreading around the cafe, were in fact true. They were.
That evening in Edinburgh, I thought that the attitude towards Salmond and the YES campaign would have totally changed upon his resignation, however that was not the case. In fact YES supporters appeared to be more supportive of Salmond than ever before! When I asked whether they had felt abandoned by his resignation, they told me “not at all! He has shown us true leadership, and I applaud the fact that he has stepped aside and actually did what he said he would do in the case of a NO vote, which is probably more than can be said of the government at Westminster…”
As I went to bed that night, I saw on Twitter that a few riots had broken out in Glasgow at George’s Square. From the Twitter coverage it looked pretty bad, and rather packed with an extremely high police presence evident. A part of me was therefore apprehensive that there would be further trouble, yet I was excited to be travelling to “the scene of the crime” (George’s Square) the following morning to meet up with two friends on a trip which we had planned weeks in advance. This way I would get to see my friends, and get a sense of what exactly had taken place the night before from people who were directly affected in the area. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew it would be a different experience to the one I had encountered in Edinburgh.
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