Envious of chance to write a page in history

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Unless you have been living in a cave for the past year, tomorrow heralds the most exciting and, without doubt, the most crucial vote in the modern history of the United Kingdom.

I feel a bit envious because the Scottish Referendum is history in the making – an event any of us living in these parts will not have any involvement in.

I feel a bit like the geeky kid at school forced to watch a wild party through a window as this is a poll which really means something and, regardless of the outcome, will be a day few will forget. For those who want an independent Scotland, a Yes vote really will mean freedom - a chance to show the world what this small country can do on its own.

For the unionists, a No vote will be vindication for their long held view that the majority of their compatriots share their believe that they are better off belonging to the bigger ‘club’. While I have a sneaking suspicion the status quo will be maintained, the pollsters really have not got a clue what the result will be, which is what makes this referendum all the more thrilling.

Just 4.2m people will be eligible to have their say at the ballot box tomorrow but any of the 60m other UK residents who claims the poll doesn’t effect them has haggis between their ears. The separation of Scotland from the rest of the UK will be a messy affair which will dominate the business of the next Westminster Parliament and could, according to those who should know, have a damaging effect on our economy’s drawn out recovery.

The fact it is too close to call is down, in no small, part to the initial complacency on the part of this nation’s ruling classes. David Cameron, his political allies and even his foes were happy to leave the No Campaign to Alistair Darling with the personality of a tartan tea towel.

They were satisfied by the early polls which put the Yes campaign in a distant second place but there is a real danger this complacency will see Cameron and his Westminster chums remembered as the men and women who lost the Union. Some say Cameron should stand down in the event of a Yes vote – I for one agree.

Whatever the result, the arguments will go on for years in bar rooms and debating chambers. We have heard both sides, watched all the insults fly and now all we can do is sit and watch those lucky so and sos north of the border take part in a truly historic poll.