Monday 5 December 2016

Having spoken about refashioning case for Scottish independence, Sturgeon now has her chance

David Torrance

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Nicola Sturgeon reacts as leaves after voting at a polling station at Broomhouse Community Hall in east Glasgow. Photo: Getty
Nicola Sturgeon reacts as leaves after voting at a polling station at Broomhouse Community Hall in east Glasgow. Photo: Getty

Yeats is handy for occasions such as this, if a little hackneyed. "Things fall apart," he didn't write of the European Union, "the centre cannot hold". "The best lack all conviction," he could have written of the 'Remain' and 'Leave' campaigns, "the worst are full of passionate intensity".

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The events of yesterday morning unfolded in an almost comical fashion. UKIP's Nigel Farage conceded, then un-conceded, while one Scottish government minister I encountered reminisced about Billy Joel.

Political commentators are required to find the right words when something like this happens, but we're rarely in a fit state to do so, sleep-deprived and only able to form snap, and inevitably incorrect, impressions as to what's actually going on. Emotionally I feel surprisingly little, either as a Scot, Brit or European - perhaps it'll take a while to sink in.

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