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Nincompoopery is not just limited to elderly voters

Our Scottish columnist Rab McNeil, a supporter of the Yes campaign, gives his view on a dramatic week for his country

Well, thank goodness that's over. A few days ago I bumped into one enthusiastic politician, who told me: "I could do this for another couple of years."

But most people just wanted it to end. Still, we've all learned lessons. Previously I was against lowering the voting age. Now, I believe it should be lowered again - at the other end. I propose a voting limit of 65.

How the old have let down the young. One elderly woman said to me: "But what happens after alicsammin dies?" She thought she was voting for a president for life. The media campaign of presenting this as one man's deluded dream clearly succeeded in some cases.

But bewildering nincompoopery was not limited to the old. One young man, interviewed on television, said he feared the economic uncertainty that independence would bring. He was selling The Big Issue.

It'll be odd to see the country without its window posters and saltires. Yes ruled the world of fenestration: "Indaewindaes" as they were called. The No posters only really came out in the last few days. Some undecideds put up posters saying "Aye but no but", after the Little Britain TV character, or "Mebbes aye mebbes naw", catchphrase of former football manager Kenny Dalglish. A new term was coined for those professing patriotism but not wanting Scotland to rule its own affairs: the "proudscotbuts". How many times did we hear it? "I'm a proud Scot but ... "

Best quote came from a young Yes lass on Newsnight: "I want to live in a community not an economy." Best placard: "Aye, have a dream". Worst polling day slogan: "If you don't know vote No", the most abject political message of modern times.

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