I love the night before the vote – the realisation that the campaign is over, that the polling station staff are preparing for the morning and in every home across the country people are ready to have their say.
We all think we know what might happen. But we don’t. Until every cross is pencilled in and each ballot counted, it remains the Great Unknown – the peoples’ expression of our democracy, imperfect and sometimes dysfunctional as it is.
This time tomorrow, a few minutes from 10, the doors will close and the sovereignty of the people will rest in those dark boxes.
Hearts will be broken tomorrow. Hopes will be dashed. Some good people will leave the stage (and some charlatans with them). But, if the evidence holds true, there will be tumult and relief too and maybe history made. Last September we lost the war but I think we’ve won the peace. And, if that evidence does stand, Scotland will speak with a voice we’ve rarely heard before and never on this scale – united and progressive.
We should be proud of ourselves and we should be proud of our democracy. Let’s get out tomorrow and make those voices heard.by