Scotland's papers: Election polls and veterans 'witch hunt'Published5 May 2021SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage caption, The majority of Scots who support holding another independence referendum want it to be held after the pandemic is over, according to The Herald. It is among many of Scotland's papers discussing election polls, the day before the Holyrood vote.Image caption, The Metro reports on two polls that are indicating a majority for the SNP, but with only 43% of voters saying they want an independence referendum in the next five years. The Metro is looking at data from YouGov for The Times and Opinium for Sky News.Image caption, The SNP is facing its worst result since 2007 according to polling in The Scotsman. It writes that the party is set for a "shock result" that will leave it short of a majority, in the poll conducted by Savanta ComRes for the newspaper.Image caption, The Scottish Daily Mail says there are "just 24 hours left to block the SNP" as it looks at polling data ahead of election day. It says the prospect of a Holyrood majority for Nicola Sturgeon's party is "on a knife edge" as leaders faced each other in the final TV debate on the BBC last night.Image caption, Calls for the "witch hunt" of soldiers who served in Northern Ireland to stop is the front page of The Scottish Daily Express. Two former paratrooper who served during the Troubles were acquitted on Tuesday of the murder of an Official IRA man 50 years ago.Image caption, The Northern Ireland veterans "witch hunt" is also the lead in the Daily Telegraph. The paper says campaigners and military leaders have demanded an end to prosecutions after the first of a series of trials "collapsed in just six days".Image caption, Support for Scottish independence "slips back" to 45%, the same level as 2014, according to a YouGov poll for The Times. The paper also writes about calls to protect Northern Ireland veterans after the "farcical" collapse of the trial in Belfast.Image caption, A mum who was jailed for six years for neglect after her daughter starved to death "in squalor" has been given a prison cleaning job, writes the Scottish Sun. It says her relatives are in "horror over her ploy" to get early parole.Image caption, The i newspaper writes that the UK's "holiday list" for quarantine-free travel will be released on Friday. It says the Scottish government may advise against travel abroad for "slightly longer" than the UK government.Image caption, The National front page asks whether Douglas Ross is the "worst leader ever?". It says the Scottish Conservative leaders was "on the ropes" during last night's BBC leaders' debate.Image caption, A former surgeon "exposed himself" on a balcony amid a "bitter planning dispute" with his neighbours, writes The Courier as it reports on a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court.Image caption, A man is missing and feared dead after a late-night blaze reduced a house to rubble at the village of Dores near Inverness, reports the Press and Journal.Image caption, Plans for a new city centre complex with offices, flats and retail will create 900 jobs in Dundee, writes the Evening Telegraph.Image caption, Edinburgh council chiefs have refused to reveal the names of officials on a panel reviewing the city's historic links to slavery, fearing they will become targets for abuse, reports the Edinburgh Evening News. It says the man leading the probe, Sir Geoff Palmer, has labelled the abusers as "minnows".Image caption, The Evening Express says "ambitious plans" to transform the site of a former BHS store in Aberdeen have been revealed by the city council.Image caption, The Glasgow Times reports on a probe into a "huge blaze" in Glasgow city centre and says that police are appealing for witnesses.Image caption, "Break it to us gently, Nasa" is the headline in the Daily Star, which reports that scientists have warned that the planet has " no chance of surviving an asteroid collision".Related Internet LinksDundee Evening TelegraphHerald ScotlandThe ScotsmanDaily RecordThe Scottish SunThe TimesThe NationalDaily Mail OnlineDaily ExpressDaily StarEdinburgh Evening NewsGlasgow Evening TimesAberdeen Evening ExpressThe BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.