18/09/2014 06:48 BST | Updated 18/09/2014 07:59 BST

Scottish Independence Vote Front Pages Leave A Lot To Be Desired

The biggest, most energised election to ever take place in the lifetime of most Scottish people is today - and these front pages have seemingly completely failed to reflect it.

The Scotsman, one of the country's biggest papers which is backing a 'No' vote, showed its 'excitement' with an amazingly dull picture of a man holding signs on an empty concourse.

A man! Holding signs directing people where to go for the vote count after the polls close! No wonder turnout is predicted to be huge.

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A man holding a sign. Could it be an omen that an election is about to take place?

One Tweeter called it "the most grindingly dull front page in the history of newspapers".

Journalists reacted with disbelief.

One tweeter suggested times were so tough at the paper, it could not afford to send "someone up a hill with a flag" for the standard, much-loved stock image that has been on so many front pages during the campaign.

Another asked why a photo of "the public toilets in Cumbernauld"

The Scotsman was not alone in producing a subpar splash on polling day.

A wrap around Glasgow tabloid The Daily Record's got off to a good start, quoting Scotland's immortal bard Robert Burns.

With such poetry in its heart, what does the paper have to say to its readers?

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"Choose well Scotland".

It's like the front page equivalent of all those 'whether you're Yes or No, please do vote' tweets.

Maybe if Robert Burns were alive today, he'd have tweeted the same.


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For the second day running, The Scottish Sun has published a noncommittal front page.

Yesterday, the paper was accused of "bottling it" for publishing "the naffest splash ever" which depicted Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling as X Factor judges.

Rupert Murdoch had said his paper was considering backing a Yes vote.

Today, it has published a front with a blank space for people to write in their thoughts.

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...which the internet duly did.

Meanwhile, on Fleet Street, flags and Robert Burns' quotes featured on front pages - but they have appeared quite tame, emphasising the significance of the vote rather than strongly and colourfully coming down on one side, as tabloids famously have at key electoral moments.

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As the state broadcaster, the BBC is restricted by the electoral law to only reporting factual accounts of the election today with nothing that could be construed as influencing the vote, until the polls close at 10pm.

But other publications are not affected by this.

Today's front pages are a far cry from the sort ot tabloid headlines that usually accompany general election day, including the famous Sun headline in 1992 that opposed Labour's Neil Kinnock becoming prime minister and famously led it to declare 'It's The Sun Wot Won It' afterwards, or the left-wing Mirror's opposition to David Cameron in 2010.

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