A retired teacher, she loves Polly Toynbee but always turns first to the Guardian’s cartoons
When I was at school, we had a much admired schoolmistress who said: “Buy the Manchester Guardian,” and so I first started reading the paper at college in the 1950s. It seemed to be a moderate paper compared to others and was easier to read than the Times. I also really liked the women’s page. As a former English teacher (now retired), I encouraged my students to read it. I’ve always been interested in newspapers and reporting as I wanted to be a journalist.
Today I read the Guardian thoroughly every day. My husband and I both like Polly Toynbee: she just writes so well (I used to use her articles in school as examples of good writing). I also like Jonathan Freedland and George Monbiot. I enjoy the financial pages, letters and editorial but the first thing I look at is the cartoon. I particularly liked the royal wedding cartoon by Martin Rowson last year.
Subjects are covered with more depth and seriousness in the paper. My son and I thought it was very fair in its reporting of the riots last year. He is a police officer – and he said the coverage was kind to police. What I like about the Guardian is its ethical outlook. It has stuck to its core principles.