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It was worth a crack, says Ken

Saturday, 20th September, 2014

Ken Abbot has been closely following Scottish referendum. Ken Abbot has been closely following Scottish referendum.

By Andrew Robertson

Ken Abbot is a proud Scot and a “Yes” man.

The South Broken Hill resident has been closely following events in his homeland where millions of voters have just turned out for the Scottish independence referendum.

What was predicted to be a close result has ended up being a comfortable win for the “No” camp, so Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom.

It’s a result that didn’t really surprise Mr Abbot, who arrived in Australia from Scotland in 1970 as a ‘Ten Pound Pom’.

But it has left him feeling slightly disappointed.

“Personally I’d be sorely tempted to vote yes and have a crack,” Mr Abbot told the BDT before final results were in yesterday afternoon.

“They always say the grass is greener on the other side, but you don’t know if you don’t have a crack.

“I have a feeling provided the right people are there to run the country ... I think they could just about do the job.”

His view was at least shared by a majority of voters in his hometown of Dundee, Scotland’s fourth largest city, where the No vote was comfortably outnumbered.  

The Scottish National Party has a strong connection with Dundee which probably explains the result, according to Mr Abbot, who last visited the city with his family two years ago. 

He believes the vast majority of Scots would have also voted for independence had they known the country’s financial security would not be jeopardised. 

“But when you realise what’s involved in creating an independent Scotland ... there’s so many things involved and getting a definitive answer from either party is like getting blood out of a stone.”

What’s certain is it will be a very long time before another Scottish independence referendum is held.

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