One error of judgment that the outgoing First Minister committed was being lured into a binary-type 'yes' or 'no' referendum. I am sure most of Scotland would have opted for the 'Devolution Max' option had it been available. But that is politics and the 'Better Together' campaign won decisively. So the matter has been settled for now.... Or has it?
Labour should be commended for their efforts to bring the disengaged into politics, whether those for whom the referendum in Scotland rejuvenated their interest in politics or for young people and ethnic minorities. They should go further too, they need to ensure the regions where the anger at Westminster bubble matches that felt by many Scot, once again take part in the political process, both for their chances in 2015 and for the condition of British democracy.
Should devolution extend to England too? Should Scotland now get the 'devo max' option that didn't appear on the ballot paper? Should Scottish MPs continue to vote on English-only issues in Parliament? These are all thorny issues as we want to decide what the Union should look like to bring it up to date.
In the early hours of Friday morning, after a long, hard-fought, bitter campaign, it was confirmed that Scotland wanted to stay in the comfort zone of the Union.
The people of Scotland have spoken, and they believe we are better together after all. The dust hasn't settled on this historic vote, but the win for 'no' was gained by English politicians entering the fray at the last minute and promising more powers for the region...
Many businesses will understand the questions that Scottish voters have been asking - is it better to collaborate with your peers to drive success, or to go it alone? Ultimately, the strength brought through collaboration has won the popular vote.
Whilst Plato had rather unflattering views of democracy, believing the wise philosopher should rule the state, this is what we have and is far better than any other method of rule we see in the world today. The onus is on We the People to make it work.
The people of Scotland have taught the rest of us an invaluable lesson. They have shown us that people do still care about the country they live in, its future, and how it is governed, and that they can become engaged, enthusiastic and passionate if they believe their views will make a real difference. So surely we can learn that lesson and build on it. Now it's time for the rest of us to demand that we too are given the same opportunity to make our voices heard, so that we too can have a say in what kind of country we and our children will live in.
It is up to all of us to carry on the flag of hope of a fair, more secure society for all across the whole of the UK. A new constitutional settlement is part of that. The prospect of hope for a better future from radical change in our approach to the economy and environment is another critical ingredient.
This year I did one of the few shows on the Scottish Referendum. In fact, it appears to have been the only one to be against Scottish Independence. How did the people of Scotland react to my sticking my slightly reddened comedy nose in? Generally, really well.
I have never been a big fan of Gordon Brown. In fact, I've never voted Labour in my life. However, whatever my personal feelings, if I was advising Gordon Brown, this is the picture I would paint for him. Like him or loath him, if he is the man that saved the Union, this all becomes quite plausible. Watch out Salmond. The Clunking Fist of Brown isn't finished with you, or the SNP, just yet.
As far as the English people are concerned, a Scottish split ought to mobilise a much-needed look closer to home, where the skewed political and economic landscape of a London-centric England shows a growing need to address our own socio-economic problems. Perhaps the collected counties of Northern England ought to demand a similar referendum; try telling the average northerner that their voice is heard down in Westminster.
There is something visually disappointing about an island with borders. When the people of an island feel the need to draw lines between themselves, it seems like a failure of human nature. In light of the impending referendum I find myself asking does the world need another border? Is this not a backward step in the progressive advancement of humanity?
Vote 'no' for your future, and the future of your children, your grandchildren. Vote 'no' in solidarity with your friends and family across the UK. Vote 'no' to live in a safe, stable and prosperous nation. Vote 'no' to have the best of both worlds. And vote 'no' to be proud to be Scottish and proud to be British. Make the patriotic decision, and say 'thanks, but no thanks'.
England, Wales, and Scotland have been bound together as a sovereign state since 1707. Of course there will be some turmoil if that union is unwound, but whether this uncertainty scares you depends on whether you are thinking about the stock market over the next 12 months or the history of the country for the next 307 years.
If it's Scotland's pound, as Alex Salmond said, it's the people's Scotland. Let us stay together, all of us. Just as Britain is the product of collective endeavour, so Scotland is the product of the shared effort of these islands.