Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, dominated Glasgow’s Buchanan Street as she conducted a Press Conference earlier today, announcing that she is a candidate to lead the SNP and to lead Scotland as its first woman First Minister.
She made her declaration speaking from inside the window in a reception area of the Royal Concert Hall, overlooking the hub of the city that deserted its Labour affiliations to vote for an independent Scotland and one of whose constituencies she represents.
Mr Sturgeon will not have been blind to the nuance of her chosen location for the announcement – also dominating the statue in the street below of Labour’s Donald Dewar, Scotland’s first First Minister, one of those who imagined that devolution would shoot the SNP’s fox – now one of the historic unintended consequences of Tony Blair’s political myopia.
Dressed in red, Ms Sturgeon warned that ‘it had better be’ an honourable new devolution settlement from ‘Westminister’ of ‘they would pay a heavy political price’.
Having begun by saying that she accepted the result of the referendum, although refusing to rule out another shot at independence, she said that if ‘Westminster’ played it straight in the added powers to be devolved, they would find her ‘a wiling partner’.
Chief Treasury Secretary, Danny Alexander, looking a little ruffled, appeared on camera shortly afterwards to reiterate the unequivocal commitment of the United Kingdom to delivering on scedule – and that is not actually in doubt.
The way the generations voted
This morning, YouGov removed any foundation for the current First Minister, Alex Salmond’s attempt to ignite a socially destructive intergenerational warfare by describing voters over 55 years of age as ‘an obstruction to the young’ in their desire for Scottish independence.
YouGov’s analysis has shown that, with 55.3% of the overll vote opting for ‘No’; and the 65+ group voting strongest for a ‘No’, neverthess:
- 51% of 16-24 year olds voted ‘No’;
- 53% of 40-54 year olds voted ‘No’;
- 51% of Scots-born voters said ‘No’;
- 20% of SNP supporters voted ‘No’.