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I'm a liberal, so it pains me to admit that I read the Daily Mail. But the paper is superb at non-political news stories— and it fills in some key gaps in the Guardian's coverage

By Don Berry   February 2008

Most of my friends are, like me, founder members of the wet liberals’ party that was born in the 1960s. So when they ask me, “Now that you’ve retired from Fleet Street, what papers do you read?” I’m always rather embarrassed, as my answer is: “The two I most often read are the Guardian [nods of approval] and, er, the Daily Mail” [cries of “oh no!”]. So far my perverse behaviour has been kept private, but now I feel it’s time to reveal all.

I have been two-timing in this way for some years. Initially, I offered a series of…

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