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The Scottish Sun fails to back either party in Scottish Independence Referendum


By Stephen Lepitak | -

September 16, 2014 | 2 min read

The Scottish Sun has chosen a neutral stance in the Scottish Independence Referendum election, telling its readers in Scotland that it is sure they will make the right decision.

Surprising most, The Scottish Sun has chosen to back neither the Yes or No campaigns ahead of the vote on Thursday.

Its front cover on Wednesday 18 September features pictures of Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond both smiling next to text in the middle that read: "Britain's Got Talent V The Ecks Factor".

Inside the leader claimed that the newspaper understood the people of Scotland and their "desire not to be shackled to Westminster". It also highlighted the opposing tones from both campaigns, and claimed that the Better Together campaign "misjudged" the people of Scotland, making then dig their heels in harder the more they were told not to vote yes.

"We believe in the people of Scotland to make the right decision" it concluded. "Whichever you choose, the Scottish Sun will continue to fight for you and our Scottish principles."

The stance follows owner Rupert Murdoch's visit to Scotland incognito in an effort to test the feeling before choosing a party to back, and has failed to choose a side as a result.

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