The Internet’s Funniest Responses To The Scottish Independence Debate

Scotland decides. People make jokes.

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

Rules were set out.

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


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)

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)


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



Lots of people prepared their drinking games.


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

— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam)

(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)

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)

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)

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)

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


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)

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

— Martin Parlett (@MartinParlett)

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

— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam)

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

— General Boles (@GeneralBoles)

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)

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)

Plus pandas are cuter than Tory MPs #ScotDecides

— Claire Malcolm (@clairebear_x_x)

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)

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)

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

Awkward. #ScotDecides

— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK)

Darling is a muppet #ScotDecides

— mrgєєєєⓖ ツ ™ (@mr__geeee)

There were some people who were very bothered about language.

People got excited about the finale.

Extra time coming up at Ibrox.

— Wings Over Scotland (@WingsScotland)

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)


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