Scotland rejects independence

The Scots have voted not to become independent from Great Britain. I haven’t seen a final count, but it looks the “no” tally will slightly exceed 55 percent.

That’s not as close as some expected, but probably close enough to induce more pandering to the Scots in order to avoid a different result in a future referendum.

I would like to have seen Scotland vote to go it alone for the reasons stated here. At the same time, I wouldn’t have minded a resounding defeat of the referendum. A close vote in favor of maintaining the Union seemed like the worst outcome, and today’s vote, though not a “near death experience,” was too close for comfort.