Murdoch backs SNP and Tories

April 29, 2015 at 11:32 pm (elections, media, Murdoch, populism, posted by JD, scotland, Tory scum)

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

Scottish Sun

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.

Sun contrast

Scottish and UK editions of the Sun have taken contrasting views on the general election

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 Steve Bell 30.04.15 Illustration: © Steve Bell 2015



  1. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    The left that left Labour were conned into thinking that as long as they shut their mouths a socialist utopia would be on the horizon post independence. They will go down in history as quislings and more so as sad political incompetents.
    The founders and present leaders of the SNP are right wing middle class.
    IT SHOULD BE NO SURPRISE THAT THE MURDOCH PRESS supports the real Tories and the Tartan variety.

  2. Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

    Jim the sad thing is she did not hiv tae get her tits oot on page 3.

  3. Ùr-Fhàsaidh said,

    No, not at all. Papers are famously whimsical.

  4. John R said,

    I’m curious. Does anyone know if the Scottish Sun have anything to say about the SNP supporting a Labour Govt?

    • Glesga Keeping Scotland Free From Loonies said,

      Labour have to be in power to get support. In any case the SNP would do what they did in 1979. The SNP would support the Tories and make the same excuse as the Libs.

  5. Candia said,

    My post on the 24th April on WordPress- ie/ before the Sun’s front page linked Princess Leia to Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond to Yoda.
    Take a look, folks!

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