Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Will The Guardian go Lib Dem??

. Sunny Hundal has an interesting Liberal Conspiracy; he ponders the diema of left-of-centre publications like the New Statesman and Guardian faced with the unpalatable choice of backing a unpopular government or the Conservatives, who are not exactly their target readership. Sunny thinks that, at lease in the case of the Guardian this will be solved by a backing of the Liberal Democrats.

I think in the Guardian's case there has been some clear kite-flying in favour of at least the Cameroon wing of the Conservative Party. Earlier on this blog I looked at the kite-flying article talking about 'constructive engagement' with the Cameron-wing and they were part of the 'Progressive future' series of debates that the Guardian held. I think what we will see is a vauge editorial line calling for change from the Guardian come the election, which is a de facto call for a Conservative vote in alot of areas. They may well urge a Lib Dem vote where applicable; ie, against Labour where we are the main competition but the main thrust of what they say will be calling for change and a grudging acceptance of the incoming Conservative government. What they may endorse us as is the opposition essentially and say there should be more Lib Dem MP's to hold the Conservative administration to account.

The Guardian is notably not afraid of tacking away from it's readership base as it did over the Iraq war and The Independant is in such a poorly state that it is unlikely to be able to steal readers off of it so yes my money is a Guardian vote for change.

3 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

I think the Guardian will follow the government's scaremongering when it comes to election time - look at those evil Conservatives who are going to cut things, aren't they bad, dont vote for them blah blah blah.

Darrell G said...

Letters,

Have to respectively disagree with you there :). The one way they could take this line is to, rightly, point out Cameron is a clique is in his own party but I just don't see it....

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