Rupert Murdoch The Scottish Sun Scottish Independence Referendum

Surprised Karen Barlow tweets image of incognito Rupert Murdoch in Glasgow's Sloans bar as he considers backing the Yes campaign


By John McCarthy | Media editor

September 15, 2014 | 4 min read

You know how it is, you're on a trip through to Glasgow from Motherwell and you decide to pop into a pub for a drink, only to bump into Rupert Murdoch having a swift half across the bar while visiting Scotland, supposedly undercover.

Murdoch having a quiet drink in Sloans

Well that's what happened to Karen Barlow, who was visiting the bar with fiancé Bob Campbell to organise the couple’s upcoming wedding reception. While in the bar Karen realised the bar staff were accommodating none other than the billionaire media mogul.

Karen tweeted the image of Murdoch, stating her surprise that they crossed paths in the Glasgow Ciry Centre bar, Sloans, owned by Itison and Dada founder, Olly Norman and based near the Scottish Sun’s headquarters.

Of her surprise encounter, Karen told The Drum: “My partner Bob and I were in Sloans in Glasgow to discuss arrangements for our forthcoming wedding reception that we're holding in their lovely ballroom.

“It was fairly early in the day and the bar wasn't too busy and we noticed an older gentleman in a baseball cap standing at the bar but didn't think anything of it. Then Nicola, Sloans' wedding coordinator, came over to say she would be a wee bit delayed in seeing us as she was currently looking after Rupert Murdoch...the older man in the baseball cap.”

Karen added: “It was a bit weird being six foot away from one of the most powerful men in the world and while I don't necessarily agree with what Mr Murdoch and some of his publications stand for, I did think there was something a bit cool about sharing a bar with such an infamous individual at the same time we were sorting out what our guests were going to be eating on our wedding day.”

She concluded: "It's a pity Murdoch didn't buy us a drink to celebrate our big day."

Rupert Murdoch on Sunday tweeted that his attempt to visit Scotland incognito had failed.

On Sunday, the media mogul also discussed the pros and cons of Scottish independence with a seeming admiration for the movement - if not its practicality.

Murdoch's presence in the country has sparked rumours that the Scottish Sun will declare its support for Yes in the coming week, in a move similar the national newspaper’s last-minute backing of the Tony Blair’s Labour party in 1997.

Rupert Murdoch The Scottish Sun Scottish Independence Referendum

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