Wednesday, October 27, 2004

the drift from labour

Further evidence that the kick against Labour continues; at a talk in London yesterday Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has indicated that the paper is seriously considering a shift of allegiance to the Liberal Democrats. Such a shift would be "very dramatic", he said, but there was "every chance" it could happen.

Actually, I don't think it will, personally - the ties between the paper and the public services which have benefited from Labour are too strong. But it's only a tolerably effective domestic policy which prevents them - prevents any of us - from turning completely from this bitterly disappointing, shoddy party of government.

BBC NEWS Politics Guardian 'could support Lib Dems'

10 comments:

BB said...

Actually the Guardian's Labour affiliation is not that old, as it is a 'liberal' paper, unlike the Mirror. I don't have the book in question here, but I think I remember reading that 1979 was the first election they supported Labour.

Once upon a time we only needed the Mirror, but that's declined hugely - in all departments.

jonathan said...

Yes, that's true. Who did the paper support in the 1983 election, do you know?

BB said...

If I get time to go home before the Bloggers meetup I'll look at the book. For 1983, I'm 99% sure they'd have supported the Alliance. 1987 is a different matter though.

I believe they even supported the Tories once, but I'll check.

jonathan said...

Yep, I think you're right about '83. Not so sure about them supporting the tories though, but perhaps you're right. So if the Guardian turns to the Liberals does that mean that the party would be campaigning the next election with only the Mirror on-side? Suppose it depends whether the Observer goes with it.

BB said...

I guess so. Don't read the Observer enough to know if there's much difference.

Actually I think they'll both advocate "a Labour government with a stronger Lib Dem presence (and a smaller majority)", and therefore tactical voting.

I think a lot of people would go for that (and no that's not an Official position ... or is it?)

BB said...

Oops, how silly of me. The Daily Herald (which became The Sun) supported Labour right up to 1970, and The Times did in '45. Then both papers went right downhill...

BB said...

Oops, how silly of me. The Daily Herald (which became The Sun) supported Labour right up to 1970, and The Times did in '45. Then both papers went right downhill...

BB said...

Oops, how silly of me. The Daily Herald (which became The Sun) supported Labour right up to 1970, and The Times did in '45. Then both papers went right downhill...

jonathan said...

Goodness, Andrew, you and your two doppelgangers certainly do think alike...

BB said...

My mistake was to - after 5 minutes waiting for the comment to be published - press stop and try again. Third-time lucky, I foolishly thought.