Scotland decides 1) No wins by 55.3 per cent to 44.7

Scottish flag“Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. … With the results in from all 32 council areas, the ‘No’ side polled 2,001,926, votes to 1,617,989 for ‘Yes’. … The result became a mathematical certainty at 06:08, as the returning officer in Fife announced a comfortable No vote. … Shortly afterwards, Mr Salmond said he accepted the defeat and called for national unity.” – BBC

  • “‘We have chosen unity over division,’ Alistair Darling, head of the No campaign, said early Friday in Glasgow. ‘Today is a momentous day for Scotland and the United Kingdom as a whole.'” – Daily Telegraph
  • “Early voting figures show Scotland is tonight heading for the highest election turnout in British electoral history.” – Daily Record
  • “As the result of the referendum over Scotland’s future emerged early on Friday morning, business began to react with relief although voicing concern over continuing uncertainty.” – Financial Times
  • “Sterling is rallying and the London stockmarket is expected to post strong gains after a majority of Scots voted to stay in the UK.” – Financial Times

And comment:

  • Newspaper mastheads“Scotland’s task now is to begin to turn a divided nation into a united one.” – Scotsman editorial
  • “By a clear margin, we have said we want to remain part of Britain – and sent a clear message that there must be radical change.” – Daily Record editorial
  • “Cool heads are in short supply after the tumult of the independence vote. But they have never been more important.” – Sun editorial (£)
  • “No arguments about this vote, but another referendum will be unavoidable” – Ian Bell, The Herald
  • “Yes has lost, but the UK is still shattered” – Andrew McKie, The Herald
  • “Lesson of referendum is that people of Scotland – and UK – want major political change” – Torcuil Crichton, Daily Record
  • “The Scottish Independence roller-coaster ends… for now” – Alan Cochrane, Daily Telegraph
  • “It is hard not to see this as a celebration of democracy.” – Philip Stephens, Financial Times
  • “Yesterday, more than 100,000 Scottish children had one extra decision to make during their lunch break: whether or not to break up the United Kingdom.” – Robert Hardman, Daily Mail
  • “The effects of Thursday’s no vote are enormous – though not as massive as the consequences of a yes would have been.” – Martin Kettle, The Guardian

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Scotland decides 2) Cameron moves to address the English Question…

Cameron tweet

“David Cameron has said it is time for ‘our United Kingdom to come together and to move forward’ after Scotland voted against independence. … The PM said he was ‘delighted’ by the result, which he said settled the issue for at least a generation. … In a statement outside Downing Street he said there had to be a ‘fair and balanced’ settlement with English MPs deciding on laws applying to England. … He said Lord Smith of Kelvin had agreed to oversee the process of devolving more powers over tax, spending and welfare to Scotland, with draft legislation by the end of January.” – BBC

  • “The Scottish referendum has let the ‘devolution genie out of the bottle,’ according to the chair of the Local Government Association… as he demanded that local areas in England and Wales were given the same powers as Scotland.” – Daily Telegraph

Scotland decides 3) …but he could still face a scrap with his own MPs

PERRY Claire“Two-thirds of English MPs want generous subsidies to Scotland to be axed if the country voted to stay in the UK. … David Cameron sparked fury among Tory MPs this week by pledging to keep the controversial Barnett formula, as part of a desperate bid to persuade Scots to vote No to independence. … Even his ministers were last night in open revolt over the issue, with Transport Minister Claire Perry warning the Prime Minister to stop handing out ‘financial party bags’ to Alex Salmond.” – Daily Mail

  • “David Cameron was under increasing pressure last night to recall parliament even if there was a ‘no’ vote, to allow Tory MPs to respond to the commitment to hand Scotland more power and retain its funding formula. … Furious Tory MPs are demanding a meeting of the 1922 Committee, which represents the interests of backbenchers, regardless of whether the commons is recalled.” – The Times (£)
  • “A former Tory minister has accused Downing Street of sending MPs to ‘buy ice creams’ in Clacton ahead of a by-election instead of going to Scotland to fight for the union.” – Daily Telegraph

And comment:

  • telegraph“The exasperation, felt by both Conservatives and a few Labour colleagues, is over Mr Brown’s attempts to direct and dictate the offer of more devolution to the Scots, perhaps at English expense. What business does a former PM have trying to decide the affairs of nations that rejected him in 2010?” – James Kirkup, Daily Telegraph
  • “David Cameron did the right thing, so why does Scotland’s vote feel like a defeat?” – John Rentoul, The Independent
  • “If the three Party leaders think they are going to get through Parliament their panicky devo max programme, they have got another thing coming.” – Frank Field, The Sun (£)
  • “Labour are the biggest losers from this fight” – Philip Collins, The Times (£)
  • “MPs who want to connect with voters should head down to the pub” – Isabel Hardman, Daily Telegraph

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Scotland decides 4) Salmond tells Westminster to honour its promise of greater devolution

Salmond tweet

“Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, has said he accepts his defeat. … He said: ‘It is important to say that our referendum was an agreed and consented process and Scotland has by a majority decided not at this stage to become an independent country. … I accept that verdict of the people and I call on all of Scotland to follow suit in accepting the democratic verdict of the people of Scotland.’ … Mr Salmond called on the main unionist parties to make good on their promises of greater powers being devolved to the Scottish Parliament.” – BBC

  • “The First Minister had been due to appear at his local Aberdeenshire count tonight – but pulled out to slip away to Aberdeen Airport instead, where he was expected to fly to Edinburgh.” – Daily Mail

Scotland decides 5) The Queen may issue a statement to the country

The Queen“The fate of the United Kingdom is being ‘closely’ followed by the Queen tonight, as she is poised to lead an attempt to heal the wounds of Scotland’s rancorous independence battle. … Palace officials say the monarch is being kept abreast of the latest news from counting centres across Scotland. … And senior advisers are due to meet from 1am to plan the official response to the break-up of the Union or the need to heal the bitter divisions of the campaign. … Sources said the Queen was also considering delivering a message to the country over the coming days in an attempt to encourage unity.” – Daily Mail

Scotland decides 6) Police investigating alleged electoral fraud in Glasgow

“Police in Glasgow are investigating ten cases of suspected electoral fraud. … Voters turned up at polling stations to find that people had already voted using their names. … Glasgow City Council confirmed that there had been 10 instances where people had gone to vote and found their names had already been crossed off the list.” – Daily Mail

  • “Hundreds of people were still revelling through the wee small hours in George Square after the referendum results for Glasgow were announced.” – The Herald
  • “Few arrests were made and both the Yes and No campaigns were saying their supporters were being allowed to go largely unimpeded to the booths.” – Financial Times

And comment:

  • “Glasgow, that has been the place for the Nationalists, that has been their citadel. It has certainly been more of a hubble-bubble cauldron than the official capital, Edinburgh. And it was where the action was as the polls closed.” – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail

Scotland decides 7) Murray says he’s still part of Team GB

Tennis balls“Andy Murray vowed to carry on playing for Great Britain – despite revealing his support for Scottish independence yesterday morning. … Speaking exclusively to MailOnline the Wimbledon winner said he had followed ‘everything’ in the independence debate over the last couple of weeks and wanted to let his feelings be known. … But he claimed the result would not affect his loyalty to Team GB in the upcoming Davis Cup tie against the United States. He also issued a plea for unity whatever the result of today’s referendum.” – Daily Mail

  • “The Harry Potter writer, who declared her support for the No campaign with a £1 million donation earlier this year, said as the final result became clear: ‘Been up all night watching Scotland make history. A huge turnout, a peaceful democratic process: we should be proud.'” – The Herald

The British journalist being held captive by ISIS…

ISIS“Photojournalist John Cantlie is shown on the latest Islamic State propaganda video claiming he has been ‘abandoned’ by the Government and pleading with them to ‘negotiate’ with his captors. … The slickly-made video, which has Arabic subtitles, marks a significant change of tactics by IS, who have previously released barbaric footage of hostages, including Mr Haines, being executed in a desert. … Calm but clearly speaking under orders on the 3min 21sec clip posted on YouTube, he admits he does not know his fate.” – Daily Mail

  • “A letter from more than a hundred UK Muslim leaders calling for Alan Henning to be released by his Isis kidnappers is to be translated into Arabic and read by a leading imam in an online video as the campaign grows.” – The Independent
  • “Islamic State (Isis) fighters have captured villages and besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria near the border with Turkey in a major assault that prompted a commander to appeal for military aid from other Kurds in the region.” – The Guardian

…as Obama says, “we do not give into fear”

OBAMA headshot blue“More than 40 countries will assist the U.S. in defeating ISIS, President Obama announced Thursday in a special national address. … Mr Obama’s speech follows the approval by Congress today, to arm Syrian rebels in the fight against the terrorist network.  … The president again insisted that no American troops will be sent back to Iraq to fight on the ground. Instead the U.S. will continue air strikes against ISIS, with new help from French allies. … ‘Americans are united in confronting the threat from ISIL,’ President Obama said from the White House. ‘As Americans, we do not give in to fear.'” – Daily Mail

  • “President François Hollande has announced that France will conduct air strikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq.” – The Guardian
  • “Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko called on the US to provide his forces with military weapons to fight Russia, in an emotional appeal to a joint session of Congress in which he claimed the world was on the edge of a new cold war.” – The Guardian

Davies on Britain’s border controls: “They must be the laughing stock of the world”

Davies Philip NEW“A borders row erupted last night after a Latvian killer was named the prime suspect over missing Alice Gross. … Arnis Zalkalns, 41, was jailed in 1998 for battering his wife to death in his homeland. … But after just seven years inside he was free to move here without immigration officials or police knowing of his murderous past. … ‘It’s completely unacceptable for a convicted murderer from another country to ever be allowed to stay in this country,’ said Tory backbencher Philip Davies. … ‘I have no confidence in our border controls as far as I can see – they must be the laughing stock of the world now.” – Daily Mail

  • “Brussels gives killers open door to Britain.” – Daily Mail editorial
  • “Killers should not be able to cross our border” – Daily Telegraph editorial

Mike Hancock quits the Lib Dems

“Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock has resigned from the party, officials have confirmed. … The Portsmouth South MP, who had faced allegations he sexually assaulted a constituent, handed in his resignation earlier in the week. … The news was only revealed in answers to questions posed by the Independent newspaper on Thursday. … In June, Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg told the BBC Mr Hancock had “no future” in the party and he would be expelled.” – BBC

Coop-a-rama 1) A vow to cut the number of low-skilled migrants coming to Britain

COOPER Yvette looking right“Labour will next vow to cut the number of low-skilled migrants coming to Britain – ten years after they opened the floodgates to eastern Europe. … In a desperate bid to hit back at Ukip, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper will pledge a crackdown to help blue-collar Brits. … She plans to target rogue firms and black market gangs hiring overseas workers – in the hope it will stem the influx of cheap foreign labour.” – The Sun (£)

Coop-a-rama 2) Action against FGM

“Courts should be given new powers to prevent girls being taken abroad if they are at risk of genital mutilation, Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said on Thursday. … In an interview with the House Magazine in the runup to the Labour conference, she said a Labour government would introduce female genital mutilation (FGM) protection orders, giving legal powers for civil courts to intervene and prevent FGM, including by preventing the removal abroad of a child at risk.” – The Guardian

Coop-a-rama 3) Plans for schoolchildren to receive relationship lessons

Family shield“Children should receive compulsory relationship lessons to prevent violence against women, Yvette Cooper has said. … Speaking in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal, the Shadow Home Secretary said the lessons should be included in the curriculum to help change attitudes. … She insisted a ‘massive culture change’ was needed to stop sexual abuse victims from receiving blame.” – Daily Mail

  • “Labour big guns Ed Balls and his wife Yvette Cooper dressed up as the Von Trapps this summer – for a Sound of Music tour. … Ms Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, revealed the pair belted out the musical’s hits as they Climbed Every Mountain on a family trip to Salzburg, Austria.” – The Sun (£)

Labour wants firms bidding for Government contracts to pay a living wage

“Firms bidding for government contracts will have to offer higher wages to their lowest-paid staff under Labour plans. … Ed Miliband is expected to announce at Labour’s conference next week that firms seeking government work will have to pay the so-called ‘living wage’, which is more than £1 an hour higher than the national minimum wage. … The move is the centrepiece of a package which will also see significant increases in the minimum wage, and a new formula to prevent it falling behind inflation.” – Daily Mail

  • “A raft of business leaders including the chief executives of Kingfisher and Nomura have signed a letter calling for the minimum wage to rise faster now that growth has returned to the economy.” – The Guardian

A mansion tax could cost Labour marginal seats

Miliband Labour Left“A quarter of all London homes that would be hit by a ‘mansion tax’ are in Labour constituencies, new research has suggested. … Some of the party’s most marginal seats would be among those worst-hit by new levies on properties worth more than £2 million, as proposed by the shadow chancellor, Ed Balls. … Labour MPs, candidates and local councillors are worried that the mansion tax, which would hit up to 100,000 home owners, could unfairly target their constituents and deter people from voting Labour.” – The Times (£)

Health workers vote by two-to-one in favour of strike action

“Health workers have voted by more than two to one to back strike action for the first time in more than 30 years in a row over a continuing NHS pay freeze. … Members of Unison, the biggest health workers’ union, have backed the action following the government’s decision this year to reject a pay review body recommendation for an across-the-board 1 per cent pay rise.” – Financial Times

  • “Two-thirds of hospitals have sent teams of managers abroad to recruit foreign nurses, an investigation has found. … And more than three-quarters are hiring nurses from abroad thanks to staff shortages across the NHS.” – Daily Mail
  • “The family of a grandmother who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances outside a hospital accident and emergency unit has criticised the NHS for the care she received.” – The Guardian

The police speak out against problem drinking

“Police will today issue an unprecedented plea for moderation in drinking as they admit defeat in tackling Britain’s excessive boozing culture. … The country’s most senior officer responsible for fighting alcohol-related crime called for an end to the attitude which tolerates out-of-control drunkenness as ‘normal’. … Chief Constable Adrian Lee also admitted officers’ efforts to combat booze-fuelled yobbishness and violence had ‘barely scratched the surface’ of a problem that is ‘blighting our communities’.” – Daily Mail

  • “A paedophile doctor was able to continue sexually assaulting children in his care because specialist child protection investigators withheld evidence about him from police for more than a year.” – The Times (£)

Ian Birrell: We must tax sugar!

Sugar cube“Obesity has become a national crisis threatening to overwhelm the Health Service, which is being forced to treat ever-growing numbers of patients with weight problems and associated health problems so severe they end up in hospital. … So what is to be done? … Instinctively, I recoil at nanny-state diktats, lectures from politicians (of all people) over how to live our lives, and the idea of government intervention unless absolutely necessary. … But the health crisis unfolding before our eyes demands urgent action — even if it has to be forced on us through legislation.” – Ian Birrell, Daily Mail

Welby admits to having religious doubts

“In a light-hearted but personal interview in front of hundreds of people in Bristol cathedral last weekend , Justin Welby said: ‘There are moments, sure, where you think “Is there a God? Where is God?”‘ Welby quickly added that, as the leader of the world’s 80 million-strong Anglican community, this was ‘probably not what the archbishop of Canterbury should say’.” – The Guardian

News in brief

  • Royal and Ancient golf club at St Andrews votes to allow women members – Daily Mail
  • Mortgage lending falls by 5 per cent in a month – Daily Mail
  • Ireland’s economy grew by 7.7 per cent in the year to June – Financial Times
  • Met Office warns of high air pollution levels in south-east England – The Guardian
  • World population to reach in billion in 2100, claims study – The Guardian
  • Sierra Leone orders three-day curfew in battle against ebola – The Times (£)

And finally 1) It doesn’t add up

Calculator“Turnout in Scotland’s independence referendum is expected to be very high, but surely not as big as CNN was predicting on Thursday night. … In a news report on the network’s evening broadcast, a graphic appeared on screen which showed that Scotland has given the independence referendum 110 percent.” – Daily Mail

And finally 2) Sex appeal

“A former ‘Sex Worker of the Year’ who claims to have slept with more than 1,000 men is to stand as an independent MP. … Self-confessed ‘high-class courtesan’ Charlotte Rose, 34, will be going up against Ukip defector Douglas Carswell and 1980s television star Giles Watling in the Clacton by-election, in Essex.” – Daily Mail