Congratulations to the youth of Scotland for their conduct throughout the referendum.
Their actions, particularly in accepting a result that was contrary to most of their wishes, has been an example to us all.
I encourage every young person who took part in the debate to keep fighting for what they believe. The referendum has awoken us from a terrible bout of apathy. Our society suffered a great deal during that slumber. I became dreadfully disillusioned after taking part in the demonstrations prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
I now realise that was a horribly negative reaction. You may lose a battle but the fight goes on.
As 18th-century political philosopher Edmund Burke famously said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
A new generation found its voice during the referendum. I very much hope it is here to stay.