30 March 2017

The Guardian

I've been a life-long reader of the Guardian and I used to love it - it formed part of my identity as I grew up and has been a trusted source of commentary on major events throughout my lifetime. Recently, however, not so much. Their coverage of the referendum on the UK's membership of the EU was as cack-handed as everyone else's: doom-mongering on an unprecedented scale, it was impossible to sort the facts from the fiction and a leave vote was presented as the end of the world. And thus they played a part in the eventual result. Their coverage of the Scottish referendum a couple of years ago was just as bad - doom, gloom and why is anyone even considering voting for a divorce?
And now they are at it again. Quoting polls as if Brexit and Trump never happened. They seem not to have realised that pollsters are up their with economists and, ahem, journalists, as amongst the least trusted people on the planet. So, no, I won't be sending you a fiver a month as I'd come close to doing - your tiresome diatribes in favour of the status quo on almost every issue ever are just too much to bear.

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M, Soho