One of the things I will miss most about living in the UK is the fabulous Guardian. Reading it online is not nearly the same and I'm already mourning the loss of lazy Saturday mornings tucked up in bed with tea, toast and the best newspaper on the planet.
The last few weeks the UK media has been agog with the salacious details surrounding the phone hacking scandal and the subsequent closure of the 168-year-old News of the World. Be they tabloids or broadsheets, there's no doubt the Poms love the Fourth Estate; the Newpaper Society's website tells me there are currently 1200 regional and local newspapers in the UK.
The best take on Britain's print media probably comes from Bernard, the private secretary from the old BBC comedy Yes, Minister, who neatly summed up how Brits' choice of newspaper says oodles about their political, cultural and social leanings:
"The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country, the Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country, the Times is read by people who actually do run the country, the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country, the Financial Times is read by people who own the country, the Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country, and the Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.’”
Sir Humphrey: “...what about the people who read the Sun?”
Bernard: “Sun readers don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big tits.”