Analysis: Referendum results night (in bite-sized chunks)
Keeping up with what is happening as the results of the Scottish referendum come in. Here are some bite-sized chunks of analysis.....
If there is a "No" vote - as seems likely - what might be the impact upon the SNP? Clearly, there would be a period of introspection. But would the party fragment? I think not.
Firstly, even if the vote is lost, this would be a good performance for the wider independence cause.
Secondly, the SNP is not the same party as the one which faced a rethink in the aftermath of the very different referendum in 1979.
The Nationalists are now a party of government, a decidedly outward-looking and professional outfit.
Time for the people to speak
The final day and confidence is the keynote on either side. Certainly, that was so at the two competing rallies I attended in Glasgow.
At the Yes event in the city's Buchanan Street, the talk was of empowering a generation. The talk was of enabling Scotland to build a more prosperous and just society.
Political parties make power play
Perhaps it might help if we took a little look at the pledge of more powers set out by the pro Union parties today.
The one that was trailed last night by Gordon Brown and covered on the telly and the wireless.
Impassioned pleas as end in sight
Entirely understandably, there is the sense of an end game. But that does not mean in the slightest that the passion has drained from this referendum. Absolutely the reverse.
Two speeches today exemplify that phenomenon, in different ways. Both Alex Salmond and David Cameron delivered emotive and emotional arguments.
A remarkable electoral event
So where are we?
With each side eager to assign gloom and despondency to the other. Chaos, says one. Despair, says the other.
Different perspectives. Different pitches. Different leaders. Different venues. But a common thread.
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all campaigned in Scotland today urging people to reject independence.
Symbolism and pragmatism
Symbolism all around. Behind the three pro-Union Scottish party leaders, the Holyrood Parliament. Beyond, in the distance, Calton Hill where they previously declared their joint support for more devolved power.
And the first minister?
Together, yes - but scarcely chums
It may not be outright panic. But it is hardly calm, measured insouciance either.
Better days may - or may not - return for Better Together but, right now, it is scarcely glad confident morning.
Are you excited or anxious ahead of the referendum?
Consider this referendum. Yes, yes, I know, you do little else. But reflect upon the emotions stirred by said plebiscite.
Are you enthralled or enervated? Are you intrigued or underwhelmed? Perhaps above all, are you enthused by the prospect of independence - or apprehensive? Are you excited or anxious?