The Scottish Sun has announced its backing for the Scottish National Party in the forthcoming Holyrood Elections in May.
The tabloid newspaper, the Scottish sister title to The Sun, today runs with a piece entitled ‘Play it again Salm’ as it back First Minister Alex Salmond to be re-elected, stating; “we believe that the SNP are best placed to help drag Scotland out of the economic shambles left by Labour - and to help drive our country forward.”
However, Scotland’s largest tabloid newspaper also admits that it does not believe in all of the agendas set out by the party, but says that it is a party it trusts to govern Scotland for the benefit of the people.
Prior to the 2007 election, The Scottish Sun described voting for the SNP as being akin to putting Scotland’s head in a noose, leading to questions being raised as to why the title (which would not outright back a party during the British General elections last year,) has changed its policy.
The Guardian is running a piece analysing just that, highlighting theories surrounding the influence of power that Salmond may have in Westminster and how much good he can do to Rupert Murdoch and News International’s cause.