AS a committed supporter of home rule and one who voted No, I recognise the enormous debt that our nation will owe to Alex Salmond and those in the Yes campaign in the decades ahead.
IAIN Macwhirter, Robbie Dinwoodie, Ian Bell and Alan Taylor in their analysis pieces (Scotland Decides, The Herald, September 20) all make the basic mistake of equating the Better Together campaign with those who voted No.
HAVING listened to Gordon Brown speaking in Fife this morning, I would make a plea to him.
NO doubt Alex Gallagher, when he argues that "No must mean No for a generation" (Letters, September 20), would like to see the independence question put to bed, whether through referendum fatigue or otherwise.
I AM astonished that certain commentators contend that the referendum has put the question of Scottish independence to bed for a generation or more.
FOR me the referendum was about a vision of Scotland's opportunity to show a new face to the world.
Ian Campbell commented on the "British" penchant for creating artificial states (I'm English and voting Yes for real change, News, September 14).
True Scots should not be too despondent about the referendum result.
It only took only until his first speech for David Cameron to tell us that it is now time to listen to the millions of English voices.
From the chance of being one of the richest nations to gain independence peacefully, Scotland slips back into obscurity as a part of a discredited British state.
I am devastated.
I cannot express how delighted I am that the referendum proved to be a triumph for those who wished the UK to remain intact.
THE SNP will never have more propitious conditions for achieving their main (many would so only), historic aim of Scottish independence than occurred this week.
Scotland voted yesterday to remain a part of the United Kingdom and there appears to be no doubt that this outcome was influenced by the last-minute promises made by the three Westminster Unionist parties.
CLEARLY post-referendum there will be more than 1.6 million people in Scotland in various states of disappointment, ranging from acute despondency to mild frustration.
AS I write the polls are just opening on this momentous day for our country; by the time most people are reading this the result will be known.