Saturday 19 January 2019

Winners & Losers

WINNER: Gordon Brown. The former prime minister broke out of what seemed to be a long sulk since losing the 2010 election, and delivered a barnstorming defence of the United Kingdom which gave the No campaign some badly needed energy in the final days.

LOSER and WINNER: Alex Salmond. The leader of the Scottish National Party, which exists mainly to pursue independence, went down fighting for what he called a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win back the nation's independence. He led a campaign that energised all of Scotland. And in losing, he gained promises from UK political leaders of important new power for the Scottish government.

WINNER: David Cameron. The prime minister stood to be in trouble if the vote had gone the other way. However, his promise of more powers for the regions may cause grumbling in his Conservative Party.

WINNER: J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author, who gave 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) to the No campaign.

LOSER: Tennis ace Andy Murray, whose tweet in favor of the Yes campaign on the day of the vote has inspired a backlash from fans.

LOSERS: Chris and Colin Weir, who gave £1m to the Yes campaign, leaving them with barely more than £160m (€203m) from their Euromillions lottery win.

WINNER? Queen Elizabeth II, whose comment urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future" was widely interpreted as a nudge for the No campaign.

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