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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 15:55
Andrew Milligan/PAIlluminated yes and no signs near Dunblane in Scotland. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA
Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "Scottish independence, Scottish politics..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 14:34
ITN/ITNEd Miliband Photograph: ITN
Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "Manchester, Labour party leadership, Ed ..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 14:18
Photograph: Yui Mok/PADavid Bowie (pictured performing on another occasion) made an unexpected intervention in the the debate over Scottish independence at this years Brit awards.
Author: "Ben Quinn" Tags: "Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, Sco..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 13:34
Robert Perry/EPAPolice said they had brought the situation under control by about 9.30pm. Photograph: Robert Perry/EPA
Author: "Libby Brooks and agencies" Tags: "Scottish independence, Glasgow, Politics..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 13:29
Photograph: Gary CaltonPetrol station near Balmoral Castle.
Author: "Gary Calton" Tags: "Scottish independence, Photography, Scot..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 13:02
ITN/ITNGordon Brown Photograph: ITN
Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "Scottish independence, Gordon Brown, Sco..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 10:18
Reuters/ReutersFighting in Glasgow Photograph: Reuters
Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "Scottish independence, Glasgow, Scottish..."
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Date: Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 10:14
Garry F Mcharg/PAGordon Brown's intervention in the referendum campaign has been credited with helping to secure the no vote. Photograph: Garry F Mcharg/PA
Author: "Chris Johnston and Ben Quinn" Tags: "Scottish independence, Gordon Brown, Sco..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:48
Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty ImagesPro-union supporters celebrate as Scottish independence referendum results are announced at a 'Better Together' event in Glasgow, Scotland Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Author: "Severin Carrell, Patrick Wintour and Rowena Mason" Tags: "Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, Sco..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 21:42
Murdo Macleod/GuardianDouglas Alexander is warning his Labour colleagues not to underestimate the extent to which voters are demanding change. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
Author: "Patrick Wintour, political editor" Tags: "Scottish independence, Douglas Alexander..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 19:30
Photograph: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty ImagesA home-made sign spotted outside the polling station as people arrived to vote in west Glasgow, Scotland.
Author: "Carmen Fishwick and Aisha Gani" Tags: "Scottish independence, UK news, Scotland"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 19:01
Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPAPrime minister David Cameron is 'delighted' that Scotland's referendum returned a no vote, but he has angered some over plans for constitutional reform. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA
Author: "Patrick Wintour, political editor" Tags: "Edinburgh, Scottish independence, UK Ind..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:49
Lefteris Pitarakis/APDavid Cameron now needs to balance the demands of his backbenchers and the need to fulfil the vows he made to the people of Scotland. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP
Author: "Patrick Wintour, Nicholas Watt" Tags: "Scottish independence, David Cameron, Go..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:30
Handout/REUTERSScotland's first minister Alex Salmond announces his resignation. Photograph: Handout/REUTERS
Author: "Severin Carrell" Tags: "Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, Sco..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:14
Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty ImagesPro-independence supporters push each other in a shopping trolley in Glasgow, Scotland, following defeat in the referendum on Scottish independence. Photograph: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
Author: "Libby Brooks, Steven Morris, Ben Quinn, Esther Addley, Helen Pidd and Caroline Davies" Tags: "Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, Pet..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:07
Photograph: Andy Rain/EPAA motorcyclist takes his daughter for a spin in the side-car of his bike as he rides through central Edinburgh. Photograph: EPA/ANDY RAIN
Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "Scottish independence, Scottish politics..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 18:05

So its a no, but only just. And what a journey. I wonder if it might have made a difference if the yes had been to stay and the no a big negative to the union. There was something about the yes for me, as a Scot living in Birmingham, that made it feel disloyal to Scotland not to want to go with the yes. No might have felt less of a rallying cry and the results might not have been so close. And what of tribalism, anyway? The Breathes There the Man poem by Sir Walter Scott, which I recited at school, has hugely tribal sentiments; and I proudly waved a Scottish flag at the annual gala march. We bullied the English girl who came to our primary school. Then I went to live in Nigeria, during the Biafran war, and witnessed the effects of tribal hatred of course, it was about oil too but decent Ibo academics were killed or forced to leave their homes and jobs. I began to have a feeling of being a citizen of the world: feeling the colossal unfairness that the accident of birth bestows. I felt I was not part of any cultural group there. This detachment from a group identity meant that there were no longer cultural clues to place people with: class, accent, clothes nothing helped. Plus the fact that many intelligent people were poor and uneducated. So I had to take people as they presented themselves, to learn to read them using other, un-culturally cluttered, information cues.  

So here I am again, the same amount of Scottish as yesterday, but where yesterday it felt like a layer, a foundation of my being, today it feels somehow less important. It doesnt matter today as it might have done if the yes vote had won, and Scotland had become an exclusive club, excluding me from being Scottish.

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Author: "Guardian Staff" Tags: "Scottish independence, Scottish politics..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 17:47
Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty ImagesScotland votes no and raises the spectre of the West Lothian question. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images
Author: "Alan Travis and Tom Clark" Tags: "Scottish independence, David Cameron, De..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 17:30
Murdo Macleod/GuardianNicola Sturgeon, deputy first minister of Scotland. She makes no secret of being to the left of Alex Salmond. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
Author: "Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter" Tags: "Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, Sco..."
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 17:22
Murdo MacLeodThe pressure is finally off for Alex Salmond. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod
Author: "John Crace" Tags: "Scottish independence, Alex Salmond, Sco..."
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