Murdoch cooling on the idea of independence #indyref

Rupert Murdoch, he is famous for backing certain parties in electoral contests and has recently flirted with the idea of carrying forward his support for the SNP in 2011 by backing a Yes vote on Thursday.

However this interesting report drawing on his recent Twitter comments show that he is cooling on the idea of independence;

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.”

Is he just toying with the Yes side? Or could he tip the balance for the SNP to win on Thursday?

Answers on a postcard…..

David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs

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