You voted N0 to the chance of governing ourselves.
You voted YES to the Tories systematically dismantling the NHS.
You voted YES to keeping nuclear weapons within 30 miles of your capital city.
You voted YES to continue paying for these weapons of mass destruction and therefore reducing funds available for everything else.
You defended before the entire planet an unelected upper chamber with 92 hereditary peers, whose archaic rules have been out of date for centuries and whose 775 members earn £300 a day just for turning up.
You voted for a relationship that is so unbalanced and unfair that you are actually threatened and intimidated for even entertaining the thought of upping sticks and leaving it.
Despite Scotland repeatedly refusing Tories, you voted for them to get into power to make laws for you and your children anyway.
Did you believe the pledges of a Labour party and a Liberal party who jumped into bed with the Tories in roughly the time it takes the average human being to blink?
Did you believe that a Westminster-centred media was telling you the truth about how wealthy your country really is?
Did you believe Ireland can have open borders with the UK but Scotland can’t?
Did you take seriously the words of three political parties who have betrayed you time and time again?
Did you think Scotland wouldn’t be totally crucified in the event of a NO victory?
Are you happy for your kids to be subjects and not citizens, of a monarch who is somehow allowed to be called Elizabeth II even when your entire country didn’t even have an Elizabeth I?
Did you think that your hatred of one person should affect the future of five million people?
Did you think referendum was all Alex Salmond’s doing when the people of Scotland gave him the mandate to hold it in the first place, and a huge percentage of Scots openly give up their free time to actively support it on a daily basis?
Did you listen to a Let’s Stay Together campaign that sent you letters signed by bleating millionaires, and which was fronted by the son-in-law of the Duke of Westminster, one of the richest men in Europe and a Scottish landowner who stood to lose millions in Land Tax in the event of a YES vote?
Do you still think the powers of our parliament can’t be revoked in a heartbeat?
Did you believe the campaign literature that constantly quoted the Tory-founded and wildly pro-business IFS?
Did you think the Financial Times was joking about Westminster deliberately lying about our oil bonanza?
Did you think Forbes Magazine was merely kidding when it stated that no-one can stop us from using the pound?
Did you think Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey can use the pound but Scotland somehow can’t?
Did you think that other countries who welcomed independence wouldn’t have given their right arms for the oil we have when they were starting out?
Did you think we wouldn’t become a trade and exports and renewable energy powerhouse in spite of our almost-perfect situation and geographical location to do just that?
Did you think little countries can’t do it when the Top Ten Richest Countries in Europe and the Top Ten Richest Countries in the World are undeniable testaments to the contrary year after year?
Did you believe that getting a democratic say in what actually happens to your own country is anything but a good thing?
Do you still imagine that the socialist movement once known as the Labour Party actually exists despite having had its heart ripped out by a war criminal twenty years ago?
Did you think a nation of world-famous inventors, entrepreneurs and engineers couldn’t govern itself when the rest of planet Earth can?
Do you still believe in an honours system that increasingly seems to resemble the Sex Offenders register?
Do you think that foreign wars in which our young men and women have been, can be and will be sent to needlessly die in dust-covered countries thousands of miles away are justified?
Do you think a political system in which only two sitting prime ministers have ever even set foot on the Shetland Islands, 34 years apart, can be defended?
As a matter of interest, do you hand your pay packet into your neighbours, for them to give you a “percentage” of it back?
Do you voluntarily keep your neighbours’ stockpile of weapons in your own house?
Do you really you believe you are not entitled to the pound your forefathers sweated, worked and died for over three hundred years for,
Did you believe the words of people who told you that you couldn’t do it?
Do you think a massive inferiority complex is good for you?
Would you call an entire nation with a world-famous culture and identity wanting to govern itself “separatism”?
Do you really support unilateral military action over the international law a hundred million people died to gift to you?
Do you think you are somehow economically better off with a financial capital that is hundreds of miles away in another country?
Do you really believe in a union borne out of corruption and intimidation, and against the wills of the people of England and Scotland?
Do you really uphold the rights of financial terrorists to do as they please while the poorest in society suffer for it and bail them out with their own money?
Do you think that these ridiculous bank bailouts are even necessary in the first place? After seeing Iceland telling the corporate criminals to get lost, jailing the bankers, and now reaping the rewards by prospering as the eighth richest country in Europe, even while we get treated to more and more food banks, library closures and hospitals shutting down?
Did you treat the most negative, fear-driven and insulting political campaign in modern history with respect?
Did you think that an entire nation rising to its feet before the world, only to whimper “Sorry! We can’t do it!” before sitting mutely and meekly back down again would not become a global laughingstock?
Do you live your life obeying the instincts of fear and cheerless pessimism over the instincts of hope and possibility?
Maybe you don’t do things because you’re just too scared to do them.
You may spend the rest of your lives woefully trying to defend yourselves to the people who come after you and who demand to know why, or lie about how you voted.
BUT you will get another chance to get Scotland out of the control of quagmire of corruption that is Westminster.
There is an election on the way. Watch and compare what you get with what you think you voted for. You will be better placed to judge the election promises that will come from all sides.
Ensure that an independence supporting party is elected in your constituency. This will usually be the SNP, but if the Greens or the SSP have a chance of winning then vote for them, if you prefer.
(This post draws heavily on a pre-referendum post by Steven McBrian There is more here )