The papers: 'The disunited kingdom'

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For the newspapers, in Scotland and elsewhere around the UK, the day after Scottish referendum results came out is a day of reflection, recriminations - and plenty of rhetoric.

If you want to know how Scotland voted, the Times can tell you in detail.

The paper's survey suggests that women were much bigger backers of the No vote then men, executives and middle managers were also keen unionists, but skilled manual workers were likely to vote Yes - and although 16 and 17 year olds were the keenest independence voters, those aged 18-24 showed a slight bias for retaining the status quo.

The figures also show that dissatisfaction with Westminster and worries about the NHS were the big vote winners for the Yes camp, whereas the currency issue was the biggest issue among those selecting No.

Pollster Peter Kellner in the same newspaper explains why pre-referendum surveys underestimated the strength of the No vote.

The "coyness" of No voters - few wore badges or displayed posters - explained "why journalists reported more signs of Yes support.

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"While Yes Scotland won the battle of the badges, Better Together won the battle of the ballot."

The Daily Mirror's Brian Reade observed the vote being followed by a boisterous crowd in the Scottish capital who had pooh-poohed polls as "English propaganda".

"When Glasgow, their final hope, came out Yes, it triggered scenes I never imagined possible in an Edinburgh pub. Delirious screams of: 'Thank you, Glasgow, we love you Glasgow, you beauties.'"

But gradually hope ebbed away for the Yes men and women and when Edinburgh resolutely rejected independence "it was the final, crushing blow. Some fell to their knees, others choked back tears."

The Daily Telegraph's Gordon Rayner also observed events: "Outside the Scottish Parliament building, nationalists who had spent the night hoping for a new dawn reacted with a mixture of anger and tears.

"Some sat staring at the ground, wiping their eyes on their Saltires and Lion Rampant flags, while others stormed off, unable to hide their frustration.

"One man wrapped in a Saltire stomped down the Royal Mile, a look of thunder in his eyes, accusing his fellow countrymen of being '[swear word redacted] chickens'. Mercifully, tension did not spill over into violence, thanks partly to a heavy police presence."


'Quick fix'

With the voting and counting over, the politicking returns.

The Independent reports "the cross-party consensus that defeated calls for Scottish independence has been shattered immediately by a bitter row between the Conservatives and Labour over David Cameron's plans to bring in 'English votes for English laws.'

"Labour accused the prime minister of 'playing party politics' with a 'quick fix'... without its large contingent of Scottish MPs, a Labour administration could struggle to get its budgets and laws passed by the Commons."

The Tories in return said Labour was kicking "the English question into the long grass", while the exiting SNP head Alex Salmond warned Westminster parties against reneging on the extra devolution promised to Scotland.

The Daily Mail says the "political truce that helped save the Union" has collapsed over Mr Cameron's proposal.

It adds: "Mr Cameron's move to seize the mantle of English nationalism was also designed to spike UKIP's guns. Leader Nigel Farage had been preparing to make the cause of English nationalism his latest battle cry."

The PM's opponents are not only across the Commons floor, the paper continues, but "there was also a growing revolt in Tory circles over a separate, last ditch funding 'bribe' to the Scots".

The Mail says Boris Johnson is leading "the Tory rebellion" over the pledge to maintain the Barnett formula, the method of calculating public spending levels in the different parts of the UK.

The Daily Telegraph interviews the formula's inventor, Lord Barnett.

The 90-year-old devised the calculation in 1979 when he was chief secretary to the Treasury in Jim Callaghan's government.

Lord Barnett tells the Telegraph that his solution - which aimed at saving money by getting rid of the need to have secretaries of state for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - was "fundamentally flawed" as it used incorrect figures for Scotland's population.

The resultant "over-allocation" of £1,600 more per Scot than per English person "means [the Scottish government] have been able to do things that we can't, like [cap] prescription charges and university fees. That's not fair on English taxpayers," the former politician says.

"The real problem is that now no politician wants to tackle it," he adds.

But he cautions: "In my opinion, the leaders will have a job getting any new devolution plan through that keeps the Barnett formula."


Heir to Disraeli?

There is no shortage of columnists providing their analysis of events in Scotland - and Westminster - in Saturday's papers.

In the Daily Telegraph, Peter Oborne says Mr Cameron's "English votes for English laws" pledge had "seized the initiative".

"The prime minister made himself the improbable spokesman for English national sentiment, and made UKIP feel irrelevant.

"Labour is now in mortal crisis, while Mr Cameron's unscrupulous virtuosity is starting to make him look like the heir to Benjamin Disraeli."

In the Daily Mirror, Kevin Maguire says the prime minister has plotted a "divide and rule" tactic.

"Cameron's intention... by excluding Scotland's mainly Labour MPs isn't to supply free prescriptions to bring England in line with Wales and Scotland.

"No, the Prime Minister is plotting to turn England into a permanent Tory fiefdom, inflicting deeper pain on the poor and low paid in England."

Journalist Ruth Wishart, a Yes supporter, writes in the Guardian that she and many other independence advocates thought the campaign was less about relationships with England then "our relationship with ourselves. About taking and using the kind of responsibility that would never again leave us mocked as 'subsidy junkies'."

Conservative MP John Redwood, writing in the same paper, says "as we now seek to put into legislation what Gordon Brown called home rule for Scotland we will need to do the same for England - and for Wales and Northern Ireland, if that is their wish.

"More powers for councils may well be a good idea. It is one the English parliament could implement. But it is no substitute for England having its own parliament to balance the new federal UK. What is good enough for Scotland is good enough for England."

Janet Street-Porter - one of the many celebrity pundits writing about the referendum - uses the Independent to praise Scots voters for the engagement they have shown to the political process and enthusiasm.

"Over the past few years we've been afflicted by a creeping paralysis - a stultifying cynicism about politicians of all parties.

"It's been easier to stand on the sidelines and sneer, not to bother making our mark on a ballot paper.

"You have shown us that politics can reach straight to our hearts, that every vote counts and that people who don't agree can accept a result and move forward together."

For a round-up of the Scottish papers' front pages, click here.


Unhappy captive

With Scotland absolutely dominating the papers, other stories are pushed into the mid and back sections.

The Daily Mirror interviews a friend of British journalist John Cantlie, who is being held captive by Islamic State jihadists.

Commenting on the video released of Mr Cantlie criticising the attitude of the British and US governments, John Hogan says "the person in the video is not the person that I know.

"I can tell from the tone of his voice when he is being sincere or is unhappy. He looked extremely stressed."

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The Guardian looks in depth at the £297m fine imposed by the Chinese government on British pharmaceutical giant GSK over a bribery scandal.

"GSK could face further fines from the UK's Serious Fraud Office and US department of justice, which are both investigating bribery allegations which also stretch to Poland, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon," the paper notes.

The frenzy unleashed by the release of the iPhone 6 is also much reported.

The Daily Star reports on the "joy of 6" for Apple product fans with some queuing overnight outside the company's shops to buy the iPhone and internet prices soaring to triple the £539-£700 gadgets.

"Demand has been so high for the phone in Britain that Apple has limited customers to two handsets each," the paper adds.

Elsewhere, the Star tells of a UFO spotted over Portsmouth.

"It didn't look like a cloud and it was moving very fast," says one observer.

While the Daily Mail has good news for those of us with the sniffles.

The paper says an enzyme found in Arctic cod has been found to stop the common cold "in its tracks".

The paper says a spray developed from the substance claims a 99% efficiency of stopping the virus from spreading. It is due in the shops later this month.

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