Scottish independence: Rupert Murdoch cools on SNP as he considers Scottish Sun’s stance

Mr Murdoch’s statements on Twitter yesterday made for uneasy reading inside the Yes camp

Rupert Murdoch will decide over the next few days whether to throw the Scottish Sun’s support behind the Yes campaign – amid signs that he is  beginning to cool on the SNP. 

David Dinsmore, the Sun’s editor, who was previously in charge of the Scottish edition, accompanied the global head of News Corp on a weekend visit to Scotland.

Using his global media empire’s private jet and making stops in Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Fife, News UK sources said Mr Murdoch wanted to judge “the mood” of this week’s historic vote.

On a stop off in a Glasgow pub, the News Corp boss said that he was “considering” giving the Yes campaign the backing of the Scottish Sun.

However, Mr Murdoch’s statements on Twitter yesterday made for uneasy reading inside the Yes camp. One read: “Have to worry about some of Salmond’s allies. Far-left socialists and extreme greenies. Must change course to prosper if he wins.”

He added later: “SNP not talking about independence, but more welfarism, expensive greenery, etc and passing sovereignty to Brussels.”

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