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Scottish referendum: the results as they come in

Full coverage of the 32 local counts that will determine the outcome. 

6:08am - Result 30 It's officially over. The No side needed 85,112 votes in Fife to get over the line - they won 139,788. 

After his astonishing speech on Wednesday, it's wonderfully poetic that it was Gordon Brown's hometown that sealed victory for the Unionists. 

5:58am - Result 29 Aberdeenshire has voted No by 108,606 (60 per cent) to 71,337 (40 per cent). That's some shellacking for Salmond in his backyard. The No side is now just 85,112 votes short of victory, with Fife potentially taking it over the line when it declares shortly. 

5:56am  - Result 28 Argyll and Bute voted No by 37,143 (59 per cent) to 26,324 (41 per cent). 

5:54am - Result 27 Edinburgh, the second largest voting area after Glasgow, voted No by 194,638 (61 per cent) to 123,927 (39 per cent). That's a thumping win for the Unionists, and far larger than the Yes victory in Glasgow. 

That the former went 61 per cent No and the latter 53 per cent Yes does much to explain why this was a comfortable win for No. 

5:39am As I've just written in a separate post, there is no doubt: Scotland has rejected independence. After only securing a narrow victory in Glasgow (53-47), it was clear that there was no way back for the Yes side. 

5:10am With 26 of the 32 declarations made, No leads by 54 per cent to 46 per cent - and that's before the Unionist stronghold of Edinburgh has declared. 

5:09am - Result 26 East Ayrshire voted No by 44,442 to 39,762. 

5:05am - Result 25 South Ayrshire voted No by 47,247 to 34,402. 

5:04am - Result 24 North Ayrshire voted No by 49,016 to 47,072. 

5:01am - Result 23 The Scottish Borders voted No by 55,553 to 27,906. Turnout was 87.4 per cent. 

4:53am - Result 22 West Lothian voted No by 55 per cent to 45 per cent. 

4:51am - Result 21 Glasgow, the largest of the 32 areas, has voted Yes by 194,739 (53 per cent) to 169,347 (47 per cent). It's a victory, but by a far smaller margin than the nationalists needed. They were hoping for a share of 60 per cent plus, and on a higher turnout than 75 per cent. 

4:47am - Result 20 Perth and Kinross voted No by 62,714 (60 per cent) to 41,475 (40 per cent). That's a very poor result for Yes in the city where they held their final pre-vote rally. 

4:45am - Result 19 South Lanarkshire voted No by 121,800 to 100,990. 

4:43am - Result 18 North Lanarkshire voted Yes by 115,783 (51 per cent) to 110,922 (49 per cent). 

4:36am With more than half of all declarations in, the national totals stand at No 56 per cent and Yes 44 per cent. As I wrote earlier, the Unionists are on course for a bigger win than the final polls suggested. 

4:33am - Result 17 East Dunbartonshire voted No by 48,214 to 30,624. Turnout was 91 per cent. 

4:32am - Result 16 East Renfrewshire voted No by 41,690 (63 per cent) to 24,287 (37 per cent). 

4:29am - Result 15 Dumfries and Galloway has voted No by 70,039 to 36,614. Turnout was 87.5 per cent. 

4:27am Result 14 Aberdeen voted No by a huge margin: 84,095 (59 per cent) to 59,390 (41 per cent). 

4:25am - Result 13 Angus has voted No by 45,192 (56 per cent) to 35,044 (44 per cent). That's a terrible result for the Yes side: the area is represented by an SNP MP. 

Turnout was 85.7 per cent. 

4:20am - Result 12 The declarations are coming in thick and fast now. Falkirk has voted No by 58,030 (53 per cent) to 50,489 (47 per cent). Turnout was 88.7 per ent. 

4:19am After 11 declarations, the totals now stand at No 53 per cent and Yes 47 per cent. 

4:16am - Result 11 Stirling has voted No by 37,153 (60 per cent) to 25,010 (40 per cent). Turnout was 90 per cent. 

4:15am - Result Ten East Lothian has voted No by 44,283 (62 per cent) to 27,467 (38 per cent). Turnout was 88 per cent. 

4:10am - Result Nine Midloathian has voted No by 33,972 (56 per cent) to 26,370 (44 per cent). Turnout was 87 per cent. 

4:06am - Result Eight West Dunbartonshire has voted Yes by 33,720 (54 per cent) to 28,776 (46 per cent). Turnout was 87.9 per cent.

3:54am - Result Seven Renfrewshire has voted No by 62,067 t0 55,466. Turnout was 87.3 per cent. 

After seven declarations, the totals currently stand at No 51 per cent and Yes 49 per cent. 

3:51am - Result Six Yes are finally off the mark. As expected, Dundee has voted in favour of independence by 53,620 (57 per cent) to 39,840 (43 per cent). Turnout was 78.8 per cent. 

The nationalists will be buoyed by their victory, but many were hoping for a far bigger win that that. 

3:33am - Result Five Inverclyde has narrowly voted No by 27,329 to 27,243. Turnout was 87 per cent. That's five straight defeats for Yes (they were hoping to win here) and further evidence that this won't be their night. 

The current totals now stand at 55-45. 

3:04am After four declarations, the result now stands at 57.8 per cent for No to 42.2 per cent for Yes.

3:00am - Result Four Eilean Siar (formerly the Western Isles) voted No by 10,444 (53 per cent) to 9,195 (47 per cent). Turnout was 86 per cent. In a competitive field, this is the biggest blow to the nationalists so far tonight. They had long assumed they would win this area. 

All the signs are pointing to a No victory, and a larger one than the final polls suggested (there seems to have been a genuine "shy No" effect). Yes supporters can maintain dignity by not behaving like Republicans in 2012, pretending that they are still on course to win when the result is beyond doubt.

2:53am There are only three results in, but the Yes side are already moving the goalposts, briefing that anything above 45 per cent would be "a good result" for them. They do so with some justification, however. Two years ago, when the referendum date was agreed, MPs were telling me that 70-30 would be a good result for them. 

2:40am - Result Three Shetland has voted No by 9,951 (64 per cent) to 5,669 (36 per cent). Turnout was 84 per cent. 

2:02am - Result Two We have our second result. Orkney, one of the most Unionist areas of the country, voted No by 10,004 (67 per cent) to 4,883 (33 per cent). Turnout was 84 per cent.

1:52am Turnout in Glasgow was 75 per cent. That's lower than many expected and suggests that Yes may not have enjoyed the dramatic surge in working class support they were hoping for. This said, Unionist sources still fear that they have lost the city.  

1:39am Our Scottish blogger James Maxwell reports that a senior UK trade union leader told him that he would have voted Yes. 

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, who may or may not be the figure in question, described Alex Salmond's arguments as "seductive" last year and hinted that he would vote Yes. 

1.32am - Result One First local total announced: Clackmannanshire votes No. Yes: 16,350 (46 per cent). No: 19,036 (54 per cent).

This was an unexpected result, as the Yes campaign hoped for a win there. But it is the smallest county in Scotland (known as the "Wee County") so the impact of a No vote here shouldn't be overplayed.

1:10am Nationalist blog Wings Over Scotland shares my view on the Dundee turnout. 

1:00am Turnout in Dundee was 79 per cent - that's certainly not impressive. And as a Yes stronghold (with around 70 per cent backing independence),  it doesn't bode well for the nationalists. 

12:20pm The first turnout figures have been released. In Orkney, 84 per cent voted and in Clackmannanshire 89 per cent did. Most commentators are using adjectives such as "remarkable" and "stunning" to describe these figures, which leaves me bemused. This was a unique vote on a country's status, entirely distinct from regular elections (which suffer from "wasted votes" and other defects).

For comparison, turnout in the 1995 Quebec referendum was 93.5 per cent. That's impressive. In the case of Scotland, I'm more surprised that more than 10 per cent apparently have no opinion on whether their country should be independent. 

10:30pm YouGov has just published its final poll, based on recontacting voters after they had voted, which suggests a victory for No by 54-46 per cent. That is line with predictions from the Better Together camp, who are in confident form tonight. 

10:00pm: Scotland's 5,579 polling stations have now closed. The most important count in the country's history has begun. The final polls may have put No ahead, but they did so by too narrow a margin for the Unionists to be certain of victory (not least in an unprecedented vote of this kind). 

As Anoosh has previously reported, the final result is likely to be announced at Edinburgh's Lowland Hall between 6.30am and 7.30am tomorrow morning. But before then, there are 32 local declarations taking place. As a result, it's possible that we will know which side has won before the final announcement. 

Here are the declarations to look out for. 

2am Perth and Kinross, and North Lanarkshire

These two areas, accounting for 4.2 per cent of the electorate and 6.3 per cent respectively, will offer a good early indication of how Scotland may have voted. 

3am Dundee

Representing nearly 3 per cent of the electorate, Dundee, where polls suggest 70 per cent support for Yes, is expected to declare at this time. 

3am Aberdeenshire

The home of Balmoral, which accounts for 4.8 per cent of the electorate, is likely to vote No by a large margin. 

4am Fife, and Highland

The Highlands (4.4 per cent) , where the No vote is strongest, and Fife (7.1 per cent), where the race is tighter, will declare around this time. It's estimated that 70 per cent of votes will have been counted by now. 

5am Glasgow

The largest local area, with 486,219 registered voters (11.4 per cent), this is regarded by both camps as the key swing city. 

5am Edinburgh 

The capital, which has 377,413 registered voters (8.8 per cent) and leans heavily towards No, is also expected to declare around 5am. Around 96 per cent of votes will have been counted by this stage.

6am Aberdeen

Scotland's oil heartland is likely to be the final area to declare. With 4 per cent of registered voters, it could determine the outcome in the event of a tight race. 

And here's the full 32.

1 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - 2am 02:00
2 North Lanarkshire - 2am 02:00
3 Inverclyde - 2am 02:00
4 Orkney - 2am 02:00
5 East Lothian - 2am 02:00
6 Perth & Kinross - 2am 02:00
7 Moray - 2am 02:00
8 Clackmannanshire - 2:30am 02:30
9 West Dunbartonshire - 3am 03:00
10 Dumfries & Galloway - 3am 03:00
11 Angus - 3am 03:00
12 South Lanarkshire - 3am 03:00
13 East Renfrewshire - 3am 03:00
14 Dundee - 3am 03:00
15 Falkirk - 3am 03:00
16 Renfrewshire - 3am 03:00
17 East Ayrshire - 3am 03:00
18 Aberdeenshire - 3am 03:00
19 Stirling - 3am 03:00
20 Midlothian - 3:30am 03:30
21 Argyll & Bute - 3:30am 03:30
22 West Lothian - 3:30am 03:30
23 South Ayrshire - 3:30am 03:30
24 Shetland - 3:30am 03:30
25 East Dunbartonshire - 3:30am 03:30
26 Fife - 4am 04:00
27 Highland - 4am 04:00
28 North Ayrshire - 4:30am 04:30
29 Scottish Borders - 5am 05:00
30 Edinburgh - 5am 05:00
31 Glasgow - 5am 05:00
32 Aberdeen - 6am 06:00

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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The footie is back. Three weeks in and what have we learned so far?

Barcleys, boots and big names... the Prem is back.

Another season, another reason for making whoopee cushions and giving them to Spurs fans to cheer them up during the long winter afternoons ahead. What have we learned so far?

Big names are vital. Just ask the manager of the Man United shop. The arrival of Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger has done wonders for the sale of repro tops and they’ve run out of letters. Benedict Cumberbatch, please join Carlisle United. They’re desperate for some extra income.

Beards are still in. The whole Prem is bristling with them, the skinniest, weediest player convinced he’s Andrea Pirlo. Even my young friend and neighbour Ed Miliband has grown a beard, according to his holiday snaps. Sign him.

Boots Not always had my best specs on, but here and abroad I detect a new form of bootee creeping in – slightly higher on the ankle, not heavy-plated as in the old days but very light, probably made from the bums of newborn babies.

Barclays Still driving me mad. Now it’s screaming from the perimeter boards that it’s “Championing the true Spirit of the Game”. What the hell does that mean? Thank God this is its last season as proud sponsor of the Prem.

Pitches Some groundsmen have clearly been on the weeds. How else can you explain the Stoke pitch suddenly having concentric circles, while Southampton and Portsmouth have acquired tartan stripes? Go easy on the mowers, chaps. Footballers find it hard enough to pass in straight lines.

Strips Have you seen the Everton third kit top? Like a cheap market-stall T-shirt, but the colour, my dears, the colour is gorgeous – it’s Thames green. Yes, the very same we painted our front door back in the Seventies. The whole street copied, then le toot middle classes everywhere.

Scott Spedding Which international team do you think he plays for? I switched on the telly to find it was rugby, heard his name and thought, goodo, must be Scotland, come on, Scotland. Turned out to be the England-France game. Hmm, must be a member of that famous Cumbrian family, the Speddings from Mirehouse, where Tennyson imagined King Arthur’s Excalibur coming out the lake. Blow me, Scott Spedding turns out to be a Frenchman. Though he only acquired French citizenship last year, having been born and bred in South Africa. What’s in a name, eh?

Footballers are just so last season. Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane can’t score. The really good ones won’t come here – all we get is the crocks, the elderly, the bench-warmers, yet still we look to them to be our saviour. Oh my God, let’s hope we sign Falcao, he’s a genius, will make all the difference, so prayed all the Man United fans. Hold on: Chelsea fans. I’ve forgotten now where he went. They seek him here, they seek him there, is he alive or on the stairs, who feckin’ cares?

John Stones of Everton – brilliant season so far, now he is a genius, the solution to all of Chelsea’s problems, the heir to John Terry, captain of England for decades. Once he gets out of short trousers and learns to tie his own laces . . .

Managers are the real interest. So refreshing to have three young British managers in the Prem – Alex Neil at Norwich (34), Eddie Howe at Bournemouth (37) and that old hand at Swansea, Garry Monk, (36). Young Master Howe looks like a ball boy. Or a tea boy.

Mourinho is, of course, the main attraction. He has given us the best start to any of his seasons on this planet. Can you ever take your eyes off him? That handsome hooded look, that sarcastic sneer, the imperious hand in the air – and in his hair – all those languages, he’s so clearly brilliant, and yet, like many clever people, often lacking in common sense. How could he come down so heavily on Eva Carneiro, his Chelsea doctor? Just because you’re losing? Yes, José has been the best fun so far – plus Chelsea’s poor start. God, please don’t let him fall out with Abramovich. José, we need you.

Hunter Davies is a journalist, broadcaster and profilic author perhaps best known for writing about the Beatles. He is an ardent Tottenham fan and writes a regular column on football for the New Statesman.

This article first appeared in the 27 August 2015 issue of the New Statesman, Isis and the new barbarism