When we decided to stage a live iDebate in Scotland one week before the referendum, we were interested to see if the readers who applied for tickets reflected the national opinion polls.
The result so far: just under a third of i readers who have tickets for next week’s event support Scottish independence, just under a third think that Scotland is “better together”, and more than a third are undecided. A lot to play for, then, for our four panellists.
Our debate Scotland Decides takes place in Edinburgh next Wednesday, 10th September. The doors open at half six. There will be a drinks reception afterwards, giving you the chance to meet our editorial team. Free tickets are available to i readers at ind.pn/iscotlanddebate.
The case for independence will be made by the Scottish Government’s Minister for External Affairs, Humza Yousaf, and Yes Scotland’s Operations Manager, Sarah-Jane Walls. Arguing for the Union will be the Campaign Director of Better Together, Blair McDougall, and a member of the official Opposition.
Ticket-holders get the chance to submit questions in advance to our panel. We’ll choose a balanced mix of them on the night.
Phil Norton wants the long view – “Where do you see Scotland in 50 or 100 years?” – while Robert Murphy notes the Better Together posters proclaiming “More Powers for Scotland, Guaranteed” and demands to know: “What will those extra powers be?”
Jane Adams asks our panel: “In the event of a narrow victory for No, how do you think the attitude of Scots to English people resident in Scotland will change?” Marlene Conway wonders: “What coinage will I need to buy the i newspaper in an independent Scotland?”
Keep them coming!