The Conservatives called this general election because their polling suggested that they would win a landslide victory, with some polls putting Tory support at close to 50% and Labour’s support hovering around 30%. No matter what Theresa May says about Brexit or “strong and stable leadership” it is clear that the election was called for her own political purposes. It was therefore widely thought that manifesto week would be a formality where the Tories are characteristically ambiguous and thus would maintain their lead. The popularity of Labour’s policies and the surprise announcement about Tory changes to pensions and social care have cast doubt on the idea of a coming landslide. The media is now changing their emphasis to focus on the Tory own goal.
I consume a lot of media, indeed it could be said that I am expose to too much. I spend hours every day reading news articles online, watching videos on current affairs, reading newspapers etc. It is this very passion for news and current affairs that fuels my desire to write. As I went to my local newsagents to pick up my daily copy of the paper I spotted a new broadsheet along the bottom row entitled The New European. It looked incredibly professionally done, unlike the short lived New Day, and caught my eye with it’s tagline: “the new pop-up paper for the 48%”. Of course anyone who is remotely politically savvy could see that this was a reference to the recent EU referendum debate, and so this was clearly an attempt to bring together the pro-EU 48% behind a common newspaper. On numerous occasions I have explained why I voted to leave the EU however unlike the many millions of people who voted in the same way as myself, I do not have a philosophical opposition to cosmopolitanism, which seemed to be the ideological starting point of this paper. Indeed I do see myself as quite cosmopolitan and so I picked up the paper to see what was what.
A new part of conventional wisdom is that print media is dying and it is being replaced by online alternatives. I believe, however, that people take newspapers for granted and that in many ways a newspaper is a beautiful. Although I am aware of the irony of a blogger writing a defence of newspapers on the platform that is killing newspaper sales, I still think it is important for us to look at these publications from a more romantic perspective. Rather than viewing these as in their last throws, I think it is important that we keep newspapers alive and hopefully my rose-tinted argument will shall convince you of my position.