- From the section Election 2015 Scotland
SNP-backers who claim to be on the “left”: does this not wake your ideas up?
(Adapted from the BBC website):
General election: Scottish Sun backs the SNP
The Scottish Sun newspaper has backed the SNP in the general election campaign.
The newspaper, which is Scotland’s best-selling title, also supported the party at the Scottish parliament elections in 2011.
The UK Sun, meanwhile, has backed the Conservatives.
In one of the reasons for supporting David Cameron’s party, it urges voters to “stop SNP running the country”.
In a front page inspired by Star Wars, The Scottish Sun pictures Nicola Sturgeon as Princess Leia and encourages voters to back Ms Sturgeon’s party.
The Scottish Sun has changed its allegiance to political parties over the years.
In the late 1980s, it followed the UK Sun’s support of the Conservatives and Margaret Thatcher.
By 1992, the Scottish paper proclaimed its support for independence with the memorable headline: “Rise Now And Be A Nation Again.”
However, while it backed independence, it did not formally endorse the SNP.
In 1997, it joined the UK paper in backing Labour and Tony Blair.
Then, in 2007, The Scottish Sun’s front page on the Scottish parliament elections proved controversial.
It featured a hangman’s noose in the shape of an SNP logo with the message “Vote SNP today and you put Scotland’s head in the noose”.
Later, the UK Sun returned to the Conservatives, and by the 2011 Scottish Parliament elections the Scottish tabloid was backing the SNP.
During the Scottish independence referendum, the newspaper did not state its position.
Steve Bell 30.04.15 Illustration: © Steve Bell 2015