Midlothian decides we’re ‘Better Together’

And so the widely expected dramatic climax to the referendum failed to materialize.

You could say that it finished with more of a pop than a bang.

Nationally, exit polls were indicating a comfortable win for the Better Together campaign hours before a single ballot had been counted, while locally it was common knowledge, long before the official result was declared by the council’s chief executive, that the Yes-camp had been defeated in all six wards in Midlothian.

Perhaps that could go some way to explaining the sullen mood at last Thursday’s count in Bonnyrigg, where a somewhat deflated atmosphere was tangible on both sides of the divide.

There were no relieved or satisfied smiles from the Better Together camp, even as they racked up victory after victory in other parts of the country.

Neither was there any of the tribal posturing that is normally witnessed at such gatherings.

“Tired” was how one Labour politician described the 150 or so people inside the hall.

Not because it was the wee hours of the morning but because it was the end of a long and twisting journey that has seen communities, friends and even families divided over the issue of independence.

Put simply, the nation was exhausted.

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