Originally called the Manchester Guardian, my regular newspaper was first printed to report on what became known as the Peterloo Massacre, in 1821. Cavalry attacked an unarmed and peaceful crowd attending a meeting calling for greater voting rights. Eighteen were killed and several hundred injured, out of the estimated 60,00 in attendance.
Since that first day, it has always taken a progressive view what now we would call left of centre. In the 1860s, it supported the blockade of the Southern ports of the Confederacy, even though Manchester’s wealth and influence depended on cotton. The city centre has long had a statue of Abraham Lincoln.
In July 1914, in an anti-war piece, the editor declared “We care as little for Belgrade as Belgrade cares for Manchester”. But once war was declared it became supportive of the need to honour our country’s obligations to Belgium. Before and after the War, the Guardian supported women’s suffrage - the main movement for it having been formed in the city.
So, a long, long history of progressive social and political reporting. And some damn fine recipes.