February 21st, 2012

Sunshine for Salmond

Given that his father’s family moved from Scotland to Australia this could just be sentimentality, however if Murdoch did decide to back Salmond in the referendum, it could all get very interesting. The Scottish Sun swung behind the SNP at the last Scottish elections, just four years after saying a vote for them would be putting Scotland’s head in a noose.

One to watch…


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    Fat Boke says:


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    A Scotch on the rocks for me.

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    Desperate Dan says:

    You have to envy Scotland having Salmond. He sticks up for Scotland and the Scottish and wouldn’t waste his time with the touchy-feelly bowing down and handing out cash to every loudmouth pressure group that characterises Cameronism.

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    Perse O'Nally says:

    Everyone would win?…..the English certainly would.

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    tommy5d says:

    Eh? The guy’s a socialist. He hands out cash at every opportunity he gets. It just happens to be a lot easier getting along with people when you’re buttering their bread at every opportunity.

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    Sweaty Sock says:

    He’s the perfect Socialist, since it’s always other people’s money he’s spending.

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    anon says:

    With the majority of Scottish Labour MPs having emerged from under a stone, surely you mean a rock on the scots.

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    Carpenter Hall says:

    For a Start Gordon’s constituency would starve, Rosyth Naval base CLOSED. Then there would be Faslane CLOSED. RN ship building CLOSED, RAF Lossiemouth CLOSED, Jock BBC CLOSED, RBS CLOSED, Dounreay CLOSED, Scotch pound ILLEGAL TENDER, Barnet gift aid SCRAPPED.

    Go for it Jockland.

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    Voltaire 1764 says:

    “In general, the art of government consists of taking as much

    money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the


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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Salmong and The Scots Gnats need squashing. What good will Independence do other than make Edinburgh’s lawyers richer?

    Chuck it Rupe.

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    Top Boy says:

    Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

    Seek help TaT.

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Go and ‘compete’ with what? Is Murdoch going gaga?

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    dignitass says:

    Ambiguously worded tweet.
    Euthanasia? Assisted suicide?
    Believe Murdoch is just offering them more rope

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    Gerry Mandering says:

    Just to expand on the point. He’s spending English money to boost his popularity. And given that there is no appetite for the conservatives (or even UKIP) north of the border, he is using his political opportunities effectively.

    Now if south of the border were given a referendum then his tune would change as the prospect of no cash would see the need for a Greek-style bailout.

    The problem is not in Holyrood – its in Westminster

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    Loungelizard says:

    What Murdoch means is ‘Awa an bile ya heed’

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    Gonk says:

    + 17679

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    pp says:

    England doesn’t have a champion because it isn’t a coherent entity.

    I have as much/little in common with midlanders/northerners as I do Scots.

    If the island of GB can’t hold together then south-east/london should get independence too.

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    Anonymous says:

    ‘Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other’

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    Just saying says:

    Launch campaign for the Sun on Sunday. He’ll be calling for public sector workers to be shot next.

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    Cunning stuntman says:

    Maybe you have hit the nail on the head as to why Murdo really wants the Scots (Brown, Blair, Darling et al) to be completely **ck*d – hence his support of the salmon.

    Velly cunning these Chinese…

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    Steve Miliband says:

    The whole Independence arguement is centred around North Sea Oil.

    ”It’s ours, England has had all the revenue. If we’re Independent we can have it all and be very rich and get more state handouts”

    It works especially if you don’t mention the fiddly details

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    Ludwig says:

    I wonder how he would like to be known.
    King Alack? Colonel Salmond? Would he wear a crown or a peaked hat and a uniform with lots of gold braid? Would he take up residence in Balmoral Castle? So many questions!

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    Dim sum says:

    Everybody needs a chink in their armour.

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    Cunning stuntman says:

    The English completely support the idea of disgustingly rich Edinburgh lawyers if the quid pro quo is the independence of the Scottish hordes and the removal of their hands from our tills.

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    Well it's a thought says:

    I thought Mandy Pandy of boys and some other unknown place was kingmaker and Murdoch was thrown out into the wilderness, oh dear Liebour have really pissed the real kingmaker off if this happens, oy vey?.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Or that Salmong wanted to give 16-17 year olds the vote – keeping the place on a par with Cuba and North Korea.

    His other wee proposals for residency qualifications would exclude most Scottish international footballers, rugby players and so on.

    Salmong wants the place to be like a banana republic only without bananas, hot weather but with midges.

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    Oh dear. says:

    But you dont mention what he said about Falklands?

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    pissed off voter says:

    spot on. SNP popularity is not driven by a desire to part from England or the English, it is driven by a desire to escape the seat of corruption that is Westminster.

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    Nippin de Aire says:

    My Yahoo news page tells me they sacked one of their journalists for writing that line a day or two ago. Insensitive buggers aren’t they.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

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    Well it's a thought says:

    Not another Penn, I hope not.

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    Fuz Zee Bare says:

    Phew! Glad you are only joking!!

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    Anonymous says:

    … and when the money isn’t exactly yours to start with …

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    Anonymous says:

    I say yes too!

    Then we will have an English parliament, without Liebour ever being able to get a majority!

    Bring it on, and quick!!

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    Desperate Dan says:

    I think it’ll come as a bit of a surprise to readers of The Guardian and Political Betting that the Tories have fallen behind in the Polls. Their readers were never told the Tories were ahead in the Polls in the first place.

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    bald old git says:

    Murdoch looking for new politicians to do business with …

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    Bring it on! says:

    Without the Scottish Labour MPs Labour would never ever again have a majority at Westminster. What’s not to like?

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    Taxfodder says:

    You have to smile.

    Scotland would do just fine, they would set their economy to attract an awful lot of investment, relocations from England and a lot of talent too.

    One could easily see Wales, Southern Ireland and others in the mix at some point.

    Not everybody wants a Queen or is daft enough to enjoy propping up a blood sucking establishment elite.

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    Spartacus says:

    banana republic? – with over a million nigerians living (mostly in the south-east of england) in britain, its a bit like the pot calling the kettle black

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    Labour voting benefit sponger says:

    Anything that helps smash the v1le Labour f1lth is welcome. Well done Murdoch this could be the first really damaging strike. Now there’s just the benefit sponging northern and London power bases to smash. Welsh v1le Labour is on the way out anyway.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Murdoch fishing for Salmond.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Scotland can’t compete.

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    Spartacus says:

    just as britain cannot be run on insurances and burger bars, scotland’s economy cannot survive solely on its biggest export – biscuits.

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    Anonymous says:

    Rupert sure knows where to apply the knife. A good first reply to Gordon McMorons, “I’m going to destroy you” threat. More to come I hope.

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    Dim sum says:

    My other half’s inscrutable. It’s all water off a Peking Duck’s back to me

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    Loungelizard says:

    They’ll make a packet out of it.

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    Let's get pissed says:

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    OoOoO says:

    “…….Scotland would do just fine…….” errr bollocks

    they havn’t done anywhere near fine despite being pumped with huge amount of tax money

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    brave it says:

    Who cares?

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    BBC CLOSED :-)

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    Fake Blood says:

    So the scots commit national suicide and at the same time kill the Labour Party? Lovely revenge Rupert and excellent news all round.

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    The beast of TRALEE says:


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    M says:

    The jocks support salmond because they think he can get more free money off the rest of the union
    Kill that idea , you end salmonds career

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    If that Hunt Cable hadn’t blocked Rupert’s little plans for TV, would the devious Aussie have bothered to offer backing for Salmong and The Scots Gnats?

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    The beast of TRALEE says:


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    Anonymous says:

    Southern Ireland sounds nice – where is that I want to go there.

    Oh you mean the Republic of Ireland or even Eire.

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    Universal Hiss says:

    No they don’t.

    They just hate Labour ,the Libdems & the conservative rump more than the nats.

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    Sleepless in Kirkaldy says:

    I don’t agree. The SNP were disciplined and didn’t scare people in the run up to the last Scottish elections. They benefited from the anyone-but-Labour backlash from the Credit Crunch. They remain popular because they have stayed disciplined and people are still angry with Labour. That could change, especially if Labour become more credible.

    As far as the subsidy from England, the GERS figures on the Scottish Government website show for 2010/11 (latest year available) that the Scottish Share of UK spend was £59bn, 38% more than Scottish revenue. If the SNP preferred measure of North Sea revenue allocation is used, there is still a net overspend of 23%. This compares with a UK national overspend of 25%. Oil revenue will therefore not be a panacea, and the Barnett Formula has been eroded by population change.

    Just thought some numbers might be of interest

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    Do you have a licence for that TV? says:


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    Ex-Tory says:

    2014 is going to be bad year. A good chance of Scottish Independence and a likely EU elections win for UKIP. The markets will collapse and the UK will be in trouble.

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    The Doddering Old Fart says:

    Birds of a feather stick together.
    Or, like in the case of these two, shit and a wet blanket.
    Mrs Fart doesn’t give a toss about either of them, or Scotland for that matter.
    You never know, they may both get Sun Burnt.

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    Gerry Mandering says:

    I wouldn’t go quoting the GERS figure’s. The administrator is still trying to find the cash ;)

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    Gerry Mandering says:

    Your salient point seems to have passed DC by. I wonder why?

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    Anonymous says:

    Ryan Air already preparing to “get the fuck out of here” O’leary not a good man, but he sure knows how to make money and Scotland are not on the list.


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    Say what? says:

    Aye a socialist government would be all in favour of less tax on business… Are you mad?

    Southern Ireland has never been part of the UK, and Salmond has already said he would keep the Queen – who happens to provide a net gain for the country in terms of tourism.

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    We all live on Coronation St says:

    Your lack of things in common with us is because we drink real beer, you TOWIE watching shandy lover.

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    Nippin says:

    Hi Dim, Mine too. Yum sing!

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    Rupert Murdoch says:

    I am only getting my own back on the English Establishment for dissing me.

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    wot u alredy new p.94 says:

    2 4 by 2s want to fuck up scotland, so what’s new

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    Rabbi Burns Night says:

    The one on the right’s the neep and the one on the left the tattie.

    Together they will be Addressing the Haggis on Devo Max Day **

    ** Isn’t Devo Max a hairspray produced by Alberto VO5 ??

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    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    You have got to remember that Keith Rupert Murdoch hates Britain with every fibre of his being. The addled old bufofon even brought up Gallipoli yet again in his testimony to the House of Commons, before Johnny Marbles tried to flan him. There’s no way KRM could resist the opportunity to smash Britain into pieces, and stick it to the monocled English toffs who sent the Diggers over the top. Of course if Western Australia wanted to declare independence, taking its mineral wealth with it, he’d probably see it differently, but since he’s a Yank now, it’s none of his fucking business.

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    Kered Ybretsae says:

    MacMurdoch will help rebuild Hadrians Wall!

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    The Scots want Devo Max says:

    Most Scots want Devo Max so why are we being offered sugar on shite?
    Murdoch is using the Scots to get back at the Coalition and Labour for turning on him. The Scots can see through this game. Murdoch is far too tarnished to be taken seriously at the moment. His support for Salmond may infact do damage to the Independence cause. Murdoch is likely to remain toxic for years to come. I doubt the Scots will take the Murdoch endorsement seriously.

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    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Hello nail head, meet hammer.

    By supporting the SNP and Scottish independence he removes the MPs for Scotland from Westminster.

    By removing Scottish MPs from Wesminster Labout will spend eternity plus or miuns a couple of years out of office and perhaps even out of opposition.

    By completely f****ing over the Labour Party, he gets his revenge on Tom Watson and his mates for causing him so much grief – which in itself was revenge for Murdoch withdrawing his support for Labour.

    Murdoch has always been two steps ahead of the Labour Party, but then again, that’s not too difficult is it?

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    surlyscot says:

    The Jocks only voted for Kim-Jong-Fat-Bastard- Salmond because he promised to freeze the council tax – again. He’s a smarmy shithead who talks bollocks.
    for instance – Robert the Bruce was a fucking Norman and William Wallace allegedly hailed from Shropshire – scottish patriots – dream on,.

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