Scottish independence round-up: Postal vote | Trident

CATCH up on the day in the Scottish independence debate, with this round-up of stories featured on our dedicated referendum microsite.

For the latest on the Scottish independence debate, visit our dedicated referendum website. Picture: TSPL
For the latest on the Scottish independence debate, visit our dedicated referendum website. Picture: TSPL

Police have launched an investigation after a number of members of the public reportedly tried to sell their independence referendum votes on eBay.

According to STV News, eBay users offered the postal ballots for sale just days after the first papers were delivered to addresses across Scotland.

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Meanwhile, staff at Highland Council have been banned from displaying Yes or No referendum stickers in their personal cars.

They’ve been warned they’ll be breaking the rules if they fail to act in a politically neutral way – and that includes displaying stickers on their cars during office hours.

In other news, the Dumfries and Galloway Conservative and Unionist Association have cancelled a planned “champagne celebration brunch” for the morning after next month’s independence referendum.

Our supplements on some of the key issues in the independence campaign – international affairs, financial affairs, welfare and young people – are now available as a free eBook.


Every day we highlight some of the most interesting and talked-about articles on the Scottish independence referendum - here are some of today’s best pieces, as featured on our Indyref microsite.

Claire Stewart of National Collective tackles the continuing row over the #PatronisingBTLady video produced by Better Together, as well as looking at the wider role of gender in politics.

Paul Ingram, executive director of the British American Security Information Council, looks at the issue of Trident nuclear weapons in the Scottish independence campaign.

James Mitchell, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh, looks at the success of the recent ‘Our Islands, Our Future’ campaign.

The pro-independence campaign is seeking a mandate far beyond self-rule – and it looks expensive, writes Bill Jamieson.

Vice’s Liam Turbett hits out at some of the more commonly-used tropes, arguments and memes of the referendum campaign, calling for a moratorium on mentions of the yet-to-be-born, deceased, and Edinburgh’s pandas among others.

Alan Convery highlights the University of Edinburgh’s free new online course on Scottish independence. The online course features video seminars designed to educate on the reasons for, and impact of, the upcoming referendum vote.

Kirstein Rummery, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Stirling, looks at the approaches of the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ camps when targeting female voters.