OK, it's been a few weeks now since the referendum - Scotland remains in the UK for now, but is this the end of the campaign for Scottish Independence?
Some Unionists might want to think of Scottish Nationalism as having been "dealt" with, seeing that the Union side won by a "decisive" margin in the referendum and made Alex Salmond, arguably the most charismatic leader in 21st century Britain, leave the political arena. In their mind, the Nationalists have lost decisively, and should now just shut up and accept their place in the Kingdom
However, that belief not only naive, but it is totally mistaken.
45% of the Scottish people decided on the 18th of September - "you know what, feck the rest of ye, we'd rather be governed by our own government, not the one England wants to give us" (or something to that effect). 45% is a lot more than the low 30's predicted a year out before the vote, and more importantly in the Westminster FPTP system, Glasgow and some other Labour strongholds voted "YES", which in itself leaves Labour vulnerable if the Pro-Independence parties decided to run "unity" candidates in the next GE in 2015.
Also, some might forgot that the promise of what is effectively Devolution Max in exchange for staying in the Union did help clinch the NO vote - you may quibble that, but you can't deny polls showing over two-third support for Devo max. The powers struggle: poll reveals support for devo max | Herald Scotland
However, by linking Scottish Devolution to the West Lothian question, David Cameron has become embroiled in a political squabble with Labour over "English Votes for English laws" - which Labour rejects. However, this squabbling is not going down well in Scotland, which leaves the door open for the SNP, under it's new leader, Nicola Sturgeon, to champion the cause of Scottish Devolution.
And by god, the SNP will sure have the men(and women) to do so. The SNP's membership has surged dramatically, from around 25,000 before the referendum to over 76,000 in less than three weeks, as the grassroots army moblised by the pan-nationalist YES Scotland campaign search for a political home (other smaller pro-independence parties, such as the Scottish Greens, have seen similarly dramatic rises in membership). In comparison, both the Scottish Labour and Scottish Tory parties have less than 30,000 members between them, and the SNP is now the largest party in Britian after the UK-wide Tory and Labour parties.
What do I think?
1) If the SNP/other pro-Independence parties don't take some seats from Labour in 2015, I'll eat my laptop.
2) If - and this is looking very likely - the Tories/Labour screw up the implementation of Devo Max, then that will benefit the Nationalists in the long run, as come the next referendum, it'll be difficult to have last-minute promises about more powers for Scotland within the UK taken seriously.
3) If Westminster does give Scotland Devo Max, then it could give the oppertunity for the SNP to prove that Scotland is capable of standing on it's own two feet, which could aid another Independence bid in the future.
Either way, Scottish Nationalism isn't going to be killed "stone dead" quite as easily as some Unionists may like.
NOTE - By "Unionist", I refer to all those who favours Scotland remaining in the UK. I'm not referring only to the "Unionist" community in the North.