- As voting continues, the media and parties are starting to try to deduce how it’s going. There’s some evidence of a shy No vote…
47% of Yes voters wore a badge, vs 20% No. Asked why not, 29% of NO said they feared negative reactions, vs just 6% of YES – YouGov #indyref
— Matthew Holehouse (@mattholehouse) September 18, 2014
- …and some claims of differential turnout (though no hard data):
Labour MP tells me “the good No areas are voting heavily” in Glasgow. But poorer, Yes-leaning areas “not so much yet”. — George Eaton (@georgeeaton) September 18, 2014
- TrendsMap is running a live map of every tweet that urges a Yes or No vote – watch it online here.
- So far there has been one reported arrest at a polling station…
- …but by and large things are going peacefully:
Friendly atmosphere at the polling station I’ve been at in Dundee – opponents sharing that most sociable of chocolate bars – the Twix…..
— steven morris (@stevenmorris20) September 18, 2014
- That said, things are rather less quiet in Westminster, where John Whittingdale has become the latest Conservative MP to express his concern over plans to continue the Barnett Formula. He told the Daily Mail that:
“I for one would be very concerned at the idea that my electorate would continue to subsidise the Scots even after they have been given all these powers to raise even more money.”