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A clutch of new editors is beginning to revive the fortunes of the liberal press. Richard Gott argues that the important battle is not between left and right, but between seriousness and trivialisation. He also confesses his own small role in nudging the Guardian newspaper down-market

By Richard Gott   July 1996

Recent ructions at the pompously-named Guardian Media Group, coupled with the change in ownership and editorship of the New Statesman, and the appointment of a new editor at the Independent, draw attention to the fortunes of the left-liberal press. They may even presage a change in the political clout of what for years has been denigrated as “the chattering classes,” a group once perceived less pejoratively as “the progressive intelligentsia.”

The arrival of fresh faces, distinctive yet similar and coming all at the same time, suggests that important developments are in the wind-not just those which may foreshadow a Labour…

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