Day of des­tiny

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Scots to­day took a first con­fi­dent step to­wards in­de­pen­dent na­tion­hood. A huge ma­jor­ity has voted Yes to the first par­lia­ment in Ed­in­burgh for nearly 300 years. There was no doubt­ing the mood of the elec­torate. On a turnout of just over 60 per cent of vot­ers, 74 per cent voted Yes to a de­volved Scot­tish par­lia­ment and 67 per cent voted Yes to giv­ing it tax vary­ing pow­ers.

In North Ayr­shire, on a turnout of 63 per cent, 76 per cent voted Yes to the first ques­tion and 60 per cent voted Yes to the sec­ond. One pe­cu­liar­ity in the Ar­ran vote was when the bal­lot boxes were loaded on to the he­li­copter to be taken to the Mag­num Leisure Cen­tre in Irvine, the he­li­copter could not take off. Four North Ayr­shire staff were called in, with the lo­cal sergeant in at­ten­dance, and the votes were counted in Lam­lash as mid­night ap­proached.

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