Scotland Shows the World How Democracy Was Meant to Be

The version used by the Scotland Office.

The version used by the Scotland Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s two thirty in the morning here, and I’ve stayed up way too late watching the results form the vote in Scotland.

They voted to not seek independence.

I have to say I’m quite impressed, perhaps not so much by the end result as I am the process.

The people came out in incredibly high numbers (86%) to cast their ballot and have and opportunity to have their voices heard. They ranged from 16 all the way up to seniors entering their second century. It was truly impressive, and a lesson for us all in how the democratic process should work.

Each person had one vote, and each vote counted. All citizens, who are, after all, the real stakeholders, had a chance to have their say. The older people, who had seen so much and had a wealth of experience, and the young people, who will be the ones to occupy whatever sort of word they created, all stood up to be counted.

While I was listening to the returns, I was reading Twitter posts, and I took heart at how many people from all around the world,  were noting the high voter turnout and citizen participation. I think we can all learn so much from that.

I just hope that, as the memory of the vote fades away, people will not forget the power of the individual to make a difference. Yes, the “no’s” may have won, but the high number of those who voted “yes” made a huge statement. They will not be ignored. They are a force to be reckoned with, and if England wants to keep Scotland as a partner, they will need to take their needs into account.

 


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