The newspaper was founded in 1821. It was founded by textile traders and merchants. The Guardian was seen as ‘an organ of the middle class’ , or in the words of C.P. Scott’s son Ted ‘a paper that will remain bourgeois to the last . "I write for the Guardian," said Sir Max Hastings in 2005, "because it is read by the new establishment", reflecting the paper's growing influence.
Three of the four people who wrote leaders for the Guardian, joined the Social Democratic Party on its foundation in 1982. The paper supported Tony Blair when he wanted to lead the Labour Party, (Guardian leader, 2 July 1994) and to become Prime Minister (Guardian leader, 2 May 1997).
The Observer [change]
The Observer is the Sunday edition of The Guardian, mostly the same except with a different name.
Those who read it have a centre-left political orientation. The Guardian is considered British centre-left (described by American conservatives as "left-wing" as US politics are generally farther to the right of the UK).
- Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England, Progress, 1973, p 109
- Ayerst, The Guardian, 1971, p.471
- New Statesman 21 Feb. 2005
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