Credit where it’s due to The Guardian
Campaign and me personally have written some critical words about The Guardian newspaper recently. Its obsession with the News International phone hacking scandal seemed out of proportion, but then that’s just my opinion.
But Easter Monday’s edition of the paper was a cracker. Its treatment of more leaked memos, this time linked to the treatment of those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay by the Americans, was expertly done and important journalism at a time when our freedoms are under threat. Its achievement was thrown into even greater relief by the piss poor quality of most other newspaper content over the weekend as hacks disappeared for the Easter break.
The Guardian seemed alone in producing real journalism combined with informative features and entertainment (its obituary of the Only Fools & Horses writer John Sullivan was the most thorough I read all weekend and its “Pass Notes” on Morrissey were a treat).
I’m looking forward to more of the same and let’s hope readers, who have seemed stubbornly resistant to The Guardian’s charms of late, will take notice. Good content like this deserves a larger audience.