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The Internet's Funniest Responses To The Scottish Independence Debate

Scotland decides. People make jokes.

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It's the most exciting night of the year. It's the STV Scottish independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling.

This is the worst game show ever. #ScotDecides

Elizabeth Windsor@Queen_UK

This is the worst game show ever. #ScotDecides

8:54 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eee, cannat wait tuh see Captin Darling oota Blackadder debatin Scottish Independence wur Alex Sammon #ScotDecides

Cheryl Unofficial@CherylKerl

Eee, cannat wait tuh see Captin Darling oota Blackadder debatin Scottish Independence wur Alex Sammon #ScotDecides

8:09 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

In the event of a tie, tonight's Darling-Salmond debate should be decided by who can recite the most Hugh MacDiarmid from memory. #indyref

david wheatley@nemoloris

In the event of a tie, tonight's Darling-Salmond debate should be decided by who can recite the most Hugh MacDiarmid from memory. #indyref

2:26 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Obviously there was a lot of speculation as to who would win this bloody battle.

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Unfortunately, STV's online stream broke so no one outside Scotland could see anything.

Not sure why I can't get STV on Sky when i can get nigeria's version of Channel 5 #ScotDecides

Sathnam Sanghera@Sathnam

Not sure why I can't get STV on Sky when i can get nigeria's version of Channel 5 #ScotDecides

9:00 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

STV HQ in lack of planning for increased web traffic: "It's politics, nae one will do web streaming for a boring debate"

Ricky@RickyHardy

STV HQ in lack of planning for increased web traffic: "It's politics, nae one will do web streaming for a boring debate"

8:07 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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But luckily they brought in the right people to sort it out.

20:04BST: THE #INDYREF DEBATE ORGANISERS HAVE ENLISTED "EDINBURGH TRAM SCHEDULING SYSTEMS" TO ENSURE THE PROGRAMME RUNS ON TIME.

DIMBLEBOT@DIMBLEBOT

20:04BST: THE #INDYREF DEBATE ORGANISERS HAVE ENLISTED "EDINBURGH TRAM SCHEDULING SYSTEMS" TO ENSURE THE PROGRAMME RUNS ON TIME.

8:05 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Every time someone avoids the question, drink! *slides under table immediately* #indyref #ScotDecides

Martin Belam@MartinBelam

Every time someone avoids the question, drink! *slides under table immediately* #indyref #ScotDecides

8:58 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

(Everyone who played got very drunk.)

And then we were off, albeit with some hangover from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games.

It's all gone a bit weird on the #indyref debate.

Jim Waterson@jimwaterson

It's all gone a bit weird on the #indyref debate.

8:18 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The real battle was happening in the world of creased shirts.

In the right corner wearing the purple tie is SALMOND #ScotDecides

SRUCSA President@SRUCSAPresident

In the right corner wearing the purple tie is SALMOND #ScotDecides

8:10 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I'm voting Yes because Alex Salmond's tie choice is a lot more playful and fun than Alistair Darling's choice.

Declan Paterson@declanp92

I'm voting Yes because Alex Salmond's tie choice is a lot more playful and fun than Alistair Darling's choice.

8:23 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Poor choice of tie for Salmond there, not the type of man I'd want running the country if that's his attire #ScotDecides

Darren Milne@dar_milne

Poor choice of tie for Salmond there, not the type of man I'd want running the country if that's his attire #ScotDecides

8:25 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There was a bit where Alastair Darling was a bit reluctant to give a yes or no answer.

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There was quite a lot of consideration of what currency Scotland would use.

"What's your favourite cheese, Alistair?" "Cheddar, which I buy using the pound. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN B FOR THE CURRENCY?" #scotdecides

Wings Over Scotland@WingsScotland

"What's your favourite cheese, Alistair?" "Cheddar, which I buy using the pound. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN B FOR THE CURRENCY?" #scotdecides

9:13 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#Salmond embarrassed to admit his currency Plan B is to trade in gilded Tunnock's Teacakes #currencyalternatives #ScotDecides

Martin Parlett@MartinParlett

#Salmond embarrassed to admit his currency Plan B is to trade in gilded Tunnock's Teacakes #currencyalternatives #ScotDecides

9:14 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

My understanding is that the morning after the #IndyRef all English pound notes in Scotland will spontaneously combust #ScotDecides

Martin Belam@MartinBelam

My understanding is that the morning after the #IndyRef all English pound notes in Scotland will spontaneously combust #ScotDecides

8:41 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There'll be 20 Ecks to the £ in an independent Scotland #indyref #ScotDecides

General Boles@GeneralBoles

There'll be 20 Ecks to the £ in an independent Scotland #indyref #ScotDecides

8:28 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There were an awful lot of anecdotes.

Can we please outlaw all "I recently met..." type anecdotes from all leaders and political debates? #ScotDecides

The Media Blog@TheMediaTweets

Can we please outlaw all "I recently met..." type anecdotes from all leaders and political debates? #ScotDecides

9:42 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some of them were about the proliferation of Scottish pandas and the absence of Scottish Tory MPs.

#ScotDecides Yes Vote: because there are more pandas in Scotland than there are Conservative MPs.

Laura Jean McLellan@petitch0ux

#ScotDecides Yes Vote: because there are more pandas in Scotland than there are Conservative MPs.

8:10 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Plus pandas are cuter than Tory MPs #ScotDecides

Claire Malcolm@clairebear_x_x

Plus pandas are cuter than Tory MPs #ScotDecides

8:24 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And there was a lot of talk of Plans A, B, C, and D.

It's ok Mr Salmond, I've found Plan B for you #ScotDecides

Gareth Milner@mrgarethm

It's ok Mr Salmond, I've found Plan B for you #ScotDecides

9:11 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Of course, there's no doubt that a young Alistair Darling might have done better.

If only young Alistair Darling was taking part in the #indyref debate.

Jim Waterson@jimwaterson

If only young Alistair Darling was taking part in the #indyref debate.

8:36 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some people had views about the portrayal of the respective campaign leaders, which isn't all that nice.

There were some people who were very bothered about language.

People got excited about the finale.

And then it was all over, with some incredibly highbrow responses from supporters of both sides.

The wheels have come off #ScotDecides #indyref

General Boles@GeneralBoles

The wheels have come off #ScotDecides #indyref

8:17 PM - 05 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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