Referendum round-up: Ten weeks to go

It's 10 weeks to go until the referendum and, with the debate ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Each Friday, we'll give you a round-up of the big referendum stories, the small referendum stories, and the weird ones from the far-flung corners of the internet.

We'll also take a look at what you've been saying on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media outlets.

So, here's what's been going on this week.


Thursday night's Question Time, from Inverness, was the first ever to feature a no-politician panel.

But the undoubted star of the show was #Highlander, whose passionate (very passionate) defence of the Union propelled him to the top of the UK trending charts.

The Huffington Post declared him the "best ever Question Time audience member", and Buzzfeed called him "THE most enthusiastic pro-Union supporter in the history of television".

STV's Claire Stewart demanded: "Bring back #highlander in fact put him on the panel! #bbcqt".

Hand-holding on hold

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A hand-holding event along the length of Hadrian's Wall to "show the love that exists between the four nations of the union" has been shelved.

Rory Stewart, Conservative MP for Penrith and the Borders, wanted to make the grand gesture before the 18 September referendum.

Instead, people are now being invited to pile up stones in a border cairn as a "visible marker of the union".

Whether a pile of stones will be the deal-breaker which swings the referendum remains to be seen.

Darling/Salmond - it's on

Cancel your plans for 5 August - Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond are having a debate on STV.

The politicians both tweeted about the two-hour head-to-head which will take place six weeks before the Scottish independence referendum.

The question is, will the debate settle all of their differences once and for all?


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There's going to be a referendum horror film, according to The Scotsman.

The news was met with joy by social media pun-makers, sparking the #indyrefhorror hashtag.

Highlights include Jim's "Aye! No! what you did last summer", and Greg Hemphill's "Rosemary's Maybe".

But first prize goes to journalist Euan McColm's "The Which Blair Project", referencing the two campaign directors: Blair Jenkins and Blair McDougall.

Tune in, tune out

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On Tuesday night, the latest of the BBC's referendum debate programmes came from Portree - but it clashed with a certain football match Brazilians would rather forget.

People were faced with the "impossible" decision of choosing between the debate, hosted by the BBC's James Cook, and one of the most historic games in World Cup history which saw Brazil thrashed by Germany 7-1.

During the programme, @ElginMorayScot tweeted: "Germany are 5-0 up, and I missed it listening to Jenny Mara!" (Note: Jenny Marra is a Labour MSP and was on the TV debate panel)

We're sorry, @ElginMorayScot.

Uniformly negative

Everyone has been quick to register their disdain for Team Scotland's Glasgow 2014 parade outfits.

And, unexpectedly, it gave us a rare moment of agreement between the two referendum sides.

Scott tweeted: "Team Scotland Commonwealth Games uniform has managed to unite both sides of #indyref: We all hate it! #Glasgow2014"

Satirical website, The Daily Mash, also suggested that the "patently ridiculous" uniforms are a ploy to whip up a Anglo-Scottish tensions ahead of the referendum.

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