Kevin Lindsay puts it on the Record

01 May 2015

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's organiser in Scotland, has written a barnstorming piece for the Daily Record, Scotland's biggest-selling newspaper, today spelling out why Rupert Murdoch is urging readers of the Sun in England to vote Conservative and readers of the Scottish Sun to vote SNP.

Under the headline 'Sun is backing SNP in Scotland and Tories in England Because He Wants to Stop Labour government' Kevin writes:

Rupert Murdoch is trying to keep Labour out of Downing Street because Ed Miliband is the only politician in the UK to stand up to him in the last 20years - and he doesn't like it.

No one should be surprised by the Sun. It’s Vote SNP here, and Vote Cameron there. But it’s the same stop Labour message across the UK. That’s because the Sun is looking out for Rupert Murdoch’s interests.

Ed Miliband is the only politician in the UK to stand up to him in the last 20 years. Rupert doesn’t like it, that’s why he’s doing everything he can to keep Ed out of Downing Street. He isn’t backing the SNP because he cares about Scotland. He’s backing the SNP because he wants to stop Labour and knows every seat the SNP take from Labour makes that more likely.

Ed has been taking Murdoch on while all Alex Salmond has done is cosy up to him (Murdoch hailed Salmond as “my friend”, remember) and take Murdoch's money for his book.

It’s not just personal though. Labour’s agenda of standing up for ordinary people worries the Dirty Digger.

Murdoch has spent years using his media empire as a battering ram against working people whenever they attempt to standup for themselves. From Brisbane to Bilston Glen, it’s profits first and people second for Wicked Uncle Rupert. Whether it’s been crushing his own employees at Wapping in the eighties or relentless campaigns to brand the health and safety legislation that is a matter of life and death in many workplaces as “red tape”.

Backing the SNP is also an insurance policy for big business. Suppose the SNP get enough seats to deny Labour a majority. A minority Labour Government would put forward its plans for a ban on exploitative zero hours contracts. The only commitment the SNP have on zero hours contracts is to hold a “consultation”. Which proposal will the Con-Dems support? Not difficult to work that one out. It’s the same story on fees for employment tribunals, giving tenants rights and a whole lot more.

The Sun wants us all out waving SNP flags so that Rupert Murdoch gets left alone to keep counting his money. Don’t be fooled. It's Labour that worries Rupert Murdoch and that’s a good reason for backing Ed Miliband all by itself.

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