Be careful who you mix with

Many politicians would cut off one of their body parts to win the support of one of Rupert Murdoch's papers. I'm not sure whether Alex Salmond has gone that far, but the Scottish Sun has today backed him as its choice to remain First Minister of Scotland.

     

     Scottish Sun, 19 April 2011

I would simply let the paper do a complete U turn on its policy for the election in 2007. Whether they support him or not is entirely up to them, and I would advise Salmond to keep his distance and "treat those two impostors just the same".

After all, the Sun's condemnation did not stop him becoming First Minister in 2007, so will the same paper's support now really make a difference? It's probably better to conclude that the Sun is following public opinion rather than forming it.

     

But then why has Alex Salmond allowed himself to be pictured holding the paper? I think it's a mistake. It implies that he is in thrall to the Scottish Sun rather than the other way round. It makes him appear as ridiculous as Lembit Öpik did in his flirtation with the Daily Sport.

     

Who knows, this might have the effect of reducing rather than enhancing the SNP's prospects ... and who knows, this might be exactly what Murdoch intended.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why doesn't The Sun have a Welsh edition? Instead when it comes to Assembly elections we get people campaigning on UK wide issues.

glynbeddau said...

God help us if the Sun ever had a Welsh edition it probably the Welsh Mirror which was just a anti Plaid attack site.

But at the last Election in Scotland the Sub so supports the SNP was still in love with Tony Blair.Now its anti-labour again as it was in the late 80's and 90's when it claimed to support independence in Scotland .

I hope Alex Salmond is using a very long spoon if he's supping with Murdoch.

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