Google Answers Logo
View Question
Q: The Guardian ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: The Guardian
Category: Reference, Education and News
Asked by: theiduff-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 03 Sep 2006 20:42 PDT
Expires: 03 Oct 2006 20:42 PDT
Question ID: 761987
what is the political leaning of the newspaper The Guardian?
Subject: Re: The Guardian
Answered By: politicalguru-ga on 03 Sep 2006 23:54 PDT
Dear Theiduff, 

The British news paper "The Guardian" is, as Probonopublico's
commented, usually regarded as a "leftish" newspaper.

Wikipedia writes : 
"Editorial articles in The Guardian are generally in sympathy with the
liberal to left-wing ends of the political spectrum. This is reflected
in the paper's readership: a MORI Poll taken between April-June 2000
showed that 80% of Guardian readers were Labour Party voters, (cited
in International Socialism Spring 2003, ISBN 1-898876-97-5); according
to another MORI poll taken in 2004, 44% of Guardian readers vote
Labour and 37% vote Liberal Democrat[1]."
"Until the foundation of the Independent, the Guardian was the only
serious national daily newspaper in Britain that was not clearly
conservative in its political affiliation. The term "Guardian reader"
is therefore often used pejoratively by those who do not agree with
the paper or self-deprecatingly by those who do. The stereotype of a
Guardian reader is a person with leftist or liberal politics rooted in
the 1960s, working in the public sector, regularly eating lentils and
muesli, living in north London wearing sandals and believing in
alternative medicine and natural medicine as evidenced by Labour MP
Kevin Hughes' largely rhetorical question in the House of Commons on
November 19, 2001:

    "Does my right hon. Friend find it bizarre ? as I do ? that the
yoghurt- and muesli-eating, Guardian-reading fraternity are only too
happy to protect the human rights of people engaged in terrorist acts,
but never once do they talk about the human rights of those who are
affected by them?"[31]
(SOURCE: Wikipedia, The Guardian, <>). 

I hope this answers your question. Please contact me if you need any
clarification on this answer before you rate it.
Subject: Re: The Guardian
From: probonopublico-ga on 03 Sep 2006 23:22 PDT
Subject: Re: The Guardian
From: dcmtr-ga on 06 Sep 2006 07:52 PDT
The Guardian is probably the most leftwing mainstream paper in the UK.
However, the leader line on many issues isn't heavily leftwing, just
centre-left-ish and often quite pro-Blair. Sister paper the Observer
took a pro-war stance on the Iraq war. One of the things that makes
the Guardian distinctive is that it gives column space to some quite
radical commentators, such as George Monbiot.

Important Disclaimer: Answers and comments provided on Google Answers are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Google does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. Please read carefully the Google Answers Terms of Service.

If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by emailing us at with the question ID listed above. Thank you.
Search Google Answers for
Google Answers  

Google Home - Answers FAQ - Terms of Service - Privacy Policy