Let’s work together whatever the result

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

Tonight the last votes will be cast and tomorrow we will know if Scotland is to be an independent country.

The result will bring joy to many and will be greeted with despair by others ... but it’s vital that these differences are put to the side.

First Minister Alex Salmond’s comments are often lauded by Yes campaigners and derided by the No camp, but one statement he made this week should resonate with everyone.

He said that, whatever the result, after the referendum we have to be one Scotland, working together to make it a better country for everyone.

But it won’t be easy. Campaigners have been abused, signs have been vandalised and insults have been slung back and forward.

When The Falkirk Herald held a referendum hustings to mark 100 days until the vote, the one thing that struck me was that the speakers from both sides all wanted the best for Scotland and its people – they just had widely differing views on how that would be achieved.

I take some heart from that.

Independent or not we all have to take the cards we are dealt and work towards making Scotland as great as it undoubtedly can be.