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The Telegraph is a quality broadsheet and in my opinion the best paper on the market with great sports coverage, interesting news articles and useful stock market and financial information.
I buy the Telegraph mainly because I feel it represents very strongly my political views and would say that it is definately a paper dominated and geared towards conservatives. Its right wing angle on stories offers something which few other media outlets offer and is what I enjoy about the paper.
Also for anyone with shares or an investor I would recommend buying the telegraph as its financial section is very good and its tips have helped me out quite a bit as well as make me a good bit of money.
Overall I would say that the reporting in the Telograph is brilliant and I would not read any other paper (with the exeption of the FT) and so I fully recommend that you read it to.
I dont like the telegraph because it is really rubbish. the words in it dont make any sense and the pictures are all blurred, like i dont know what it is. i dont know who the people are in it, i have only heard of michael jackson and he isnt in there very much any more. the cross word at the end makes my dad mad cos he cant do it, and he has to cheat. he just puts in any old thing and pretends it right, and if i say oi! he says whack, and hits me.
Im not a big fan of broadsheets and only get this one like the Star for its weekly fantasy football scores.The Telegraph are the best paper for that and have by far the fairest and most intricate game giving every player a chance. The Times unlimited transfer version was just to darn expensive and favored the white-collar boys banging in those charges free on the office phone. The old Conrad Black Tele was staunchly Tory where as this time under a new regime it has backed the winning team in Blair as its more about commercial influence and selling papers over loyal journalism now. Any how New Labor are diluted blues from the same red brick universities anyhow. The paper is set out in a business conservative style with inevitable headlines on the crackdown on mobile phone thieves. They just so happen to be predominately black gangs that steel from Telegraph readers children. Theres a”cracking”picture of one of the Bush clan who’s been arrested for trying to obtain drugs to feed her addiction. She has that distinctly vacant look about her with the eyes going in different directions like George W does. Papers like these have lots of sketch commons which MPs and political types use to get their point across or attack others.not very interesting reading and quickly ignored. Nice story about neighbors in plush flats complaining about a Zulu dance troop making too much din in the next door theatre. I wonder if they are South Africans in the block that are moaning. Oh and cows having their pooh scented has been elevated to page three. Who says these stiff rags don’t have a sense of humor. Now theres amore blue collar headline”worker killed over row over football”. Another one about a seedy city guy who tried to pay of a 17-year-old girl he raped with a twenty grand cheque. But he’s a Sri-Lankan working over seas so that one will have to be dealt with “diplomatical
ly”. The first of the mobile phone ads although its not tacky and involving fascias or ringtones thank God.PC World are apparently offering unbeatable computer bargains in their January sales, except all the big white and black goods chains have conveniently exactly the same prices in their bargain buckets. Coma girl told you have a new daughter!.No that’s not a metaphor for dim underclass single teen mums wondering around vacuously dropping babies but a woman who actually had a child in a coma. Sounds like a Radiohead song doesn’t it. Then we have a full-page ad that must have cost more than the Millennium Dome total refunded ticket cost with numbered films stacked on top of each other with an oblong whole. Aghh you role the page and the answer of the mystery is reveled. It’s a weenie HP camera. Edexcel are still losing exam papers again whilst a tiny column reveals Tony Blairs old family doctor in his constituency has been canned for reasons unknown. Is there a story there. Did he stop using MMR or is he the man who knows weather Blairs kids didn’t have the jab. Watch this space, as these cerebral papers are where the real truth lies if you look hard enough. A full-page ad for “experienced corps” for the over fifties catches the eye. All trades and professions required.www.experiencedcorps.co.uk, we will find you anew career!.Got to be an ad for MI6.OrNetto checkout assistants. The first woman coroner to have a baby gets a nice wholesome photo. Girls that’s the main reason why theres a glass ceiling and unfair wage structure you know. Lots of talk about Anderson’s and just how corrupt Enron were right under the noses of their accountants. Oh and Mandelson just so happened to allow them to build a power station after a bung to New Labor. Can’t believe they are going to sell of the Post Office.No more 27p letters anymore. Looks like nothing is sac
red. Oh a special Telegraph offer. Waxed jackets with quilted linings no less. Only 29-99,all very Tory.Or how about the Corgi Spitfire on a stick for 15 quid. World News is something that usually gets one paragraph in American papers but manages four here.I do like to keep up with who the yanks are going to bomb next.The Philippines are odds on favs at 4-5 as they plan to mash the smallest non threatening Muslim group on the planet. Well you have to start a war somewhere when an oil company is about to bring down your administration, let alone a pretzel. Australia’s no nonsense approach to asylum seekers is reaching a critical stage with suicides and protests. The last twin tower survivor is wheeled out to pump up American patriotism along with the Black Hawk Down screening to justify the next attack. The golden jubilee gets a double spread and unsurprising support here with a list of the Queens engagements for the celebration. Terrorists take note. Entertainment’s to share the page with a Science section up next that wouldn’t be worth my time that’s for sure. These big uncontrollable pages are a nightmare to move in a cheeky summer’s breeze so this part of the paper can be totally ignored. If a breeze does catch on it’s like trying to haul in a spinnaker on an ocean going yaught. But big papers make you clever to attractive girls so always bare that in mind on your lunch break guys. Features section kicks of with an article on hunting in LA believe it or not with the Californian glitteratti all suited up. A rather more exceptable American innovation is the printer cartridge refill system, which retails for 29-99 again. These printer companies extras are a bigger con that recognized mobile phone cases for a similar price. Reviews section next on theatre and the arts, which again means nothing to me. Health and Well being is next for the ladies with a page full of cu
t-price airline ads and that inevitable Valentines message box to fill in. The education section with John Claire is nudged up to the girly guts of the paper. Before comment and the letters page just around the corner lead you into the business and male finish to the broadsheeet. Columnist Peterborough is strangely quite readable and I confess I have plagiarized some of his snippets over the months on dooyoo. The official Daily Telegraph comment is picking up on the timely announcement that Saudi want the token American force out of their Kingdom, which hints at possibly more involvement in September 11th maybe. The announcements page is the usual hiding place for coded spy message’s as the urban myth goes and society weddings that just simply has to be mentioned here darlings. The obituary column is an essential broadsheet must where the upper class gets their rightful send of epitaph for subsidizing the Conservative government/paper.. The military chaps tend to be quite entertaining a read strangely. Wouldn’t recommend that of course.. Some old farts get a column on what evers bugging them about the working class with paragraph on chess!,way before the sports pull out.Bishop to E5 looks about right. Two page spread for TV and radio listings. Comment from people who get paid to watch TV.Never seen that job advertised even here. Shares page next followed by the remaining of the paper on business which again is essentially what people buy this for. Finally we have an excellent sports pull out including their top of the pile fantasy football. The Telegraph writers are the best in the business with the likes of Winter, Phillip and Hayward regularly winning the big prizes for scribes. As this is the only day the lower classes buy the paper we are treated to a much easier crossword o the back page. Although its still to hard for words but at least you can get four or five clues before you scribble
all over it in thrustration. On the whole it does its job as the bastion of older middle class man and is essential brief case filler along with the packed lunch. Reggie Perin wouldn’t be seen with anything else.
The only reason I buy the Telegraph is for its excellent Fantasy Football on Wednesday. I can’t say I have ever bought one for other than sports reasons. There football game is second to none and im sure whacks up sales on the day of the weekly scores significantly. Mondays sports pull out is also ever concise and enjoyable with some excellent column writers in Winter and Phillip. The rest of it is a Tory mouthpiece with the oniuos task of keeping the Conservative Party alive and kicking before IDS sends it into oblivion. The crossword is fun as they make it easy on Wednesday for fantasy footy fans like me and if im lucky a may get ten right and two clues I never thought I would get. The classifieds still have sad middle aged women looking for rich guys to keep the Kensington lifestyle and poodle going. And still the odd secret coded message from mi5 operatives. The news content is excellent though with lots of stories and articles that never get near the red tops as its on a need to know basis. The education feature by John Claire is very telling around A-Level and University showing up the worse education colleges and schools to the best. The prejudice against the working man in our elite institutions is alarmingly illuminated with startling statistics. Most of the comment is political and having ago at New Labor and the liberal types they so hate.I doubt if you could get a letter printed on these pages if you were negative towards the blue party. At 50p its good value and with weekly pull outs and a bulky Sunday issue for twice that it’s still the best value broadsheet out there. The photography inside is stunning at time and they just don’t print any old photo for the sake of it. I cut the best ones out and store them away for some as yet unknown reason. The employment extra pull out is strictly for professionals and the wages start at 30 grand a year. The fashion supplement is for
girlies and the travel one comes out on the weekend one pound paper, but its really rather good. If you want to buy this paper and enjoy it then you need to be a plumy type in the armed forces who read the obituaries or an out and out Tory. For me it’s the best daily for sports and you like kind of grown up with one under your shoulder in your shirt and tie. Girls even smile at you when you open the doors for them.
The Saturday Telegraph is a massive read and would be ideal for that long train journey. It is a Saturday version of The Sunday Times which is both better and worse in some ways. It can at time be hard work reading the paper word by word. These are my comments section by section. Main Section This contains lots of news, comment, weather and business. Business should be a separate supplement. Its business pages are probably the best in the UK press. The best write outside the business pages is in my opinion Craig Brown. Sport Like the other Sports Sections. However Mihir Bose does seem to have he best insight into business and sport or scandal and sport compared to other journalists Magazine I like this although it does seem to duplicate parts of the other supplements. The true fashion pages are here as are the interiors pages Gardening I loath gardening but the supplement is so good that I think it is worth taking to my mum when I visit her Your Money The personal finance supplement is better than most as it seems to cover more issues and provides a better understanding than the others. However like all the Personal Finance supplements it does not attempt to explain why certain investments are good and not so good. What is a good return on an investment is a simple question not answered by any Newspaper supplement unless it is a savings account. The supplements all seem to provide standard PR releases. For instance on VCTs, no one has bothered to explain whether there is any advantage in buying a VCT on the stock market (after the IPO) and if there is, why? However this supplement does provide a better insight into both personal finance and insurance matters than the rest. Travel This supplement is occasionally of interest for someone who has not been on holiday away from home for over 10 years. However it will be of general interest to any regular traveller/holidaymaker. Weekend Technically a ho
tchpotch but I like it as it usually has several readable articles. The ready to wear page is not as good as when it started out. One of the duo that started it has left (maternity leave?) Television and Radio Nice and easy to use Supplement except that Granada ITV is not as useful as Yorkshire ITV listings where I live. Motoring I do not have a driving licence but I find the Ask Ripley pages in particular informative. Property The properties are too grand and big. The queries pages is of interest. Art and Books This supplement was surprisingly interesting. It is more than just a book/theatre/art review. Non-literary books, photography, humorous (?) quotations, CD reviews etc are all included. The best for your children This is another (one-off) supplement to give to those family or firends that might find it useful. To sum up, politics apart, it is readable, interesting and at times entertaining.
They are only for old codgers, and people who work in the city to look interested in whilst commuting to the office. This is the general impression that I had regarding broadsheet newspapers, and the people that read them. That was until I started to read them myself. There are several to choose from including the Times, Observer, Independent and my choice the Telegraph. In my opinion it is not the content of these broadsheet newspapers that give them a smaller reading than that of your conventional tabloid, it’s the shear size of the damn thing, that does it for me. I’m sure that the women will be shouting that size does matter, but in the case of newspapers and mobile phones, small is definitely more desirable. The telegraph describes itself as ‘Britain’s biggest - selling quality daily’, while I cannot confirm or deny this claim, I do however know that if I don’t get my copy fairly early in the morning then there are no copies left and I have to settle for another broadsheet instead. I can hear the rumours starting now, ‘a student that reads!’ can this be possibly true? ‘Why doesn’t he read the Sun or Star?’ is there something wrong with the poor lad? So I can tell you that there is nothing wrong with me, I can read, and I am a student, and read a quality daily, as part of the up to date reading for my course. The actual newspaper itself is split into 8 sections, and some of these sections are again split into sub sections. We begin with the news, which is mainly concerned with the goings on in Britain, ranging from at the moment foot and mouth, to air rage. The next section is world news, of which I have a particular interest in, and as you have guessed it, it’s full of world news. Then we have the features section; this is again split into 4 sections of law, arts, health and style. To be plainly honest it is not very often that I read th
is section of the paper, as it contains nothing of interest to me what so ever, however sometimes an article does grab my attention, and I have found them to be both informative and well written. Next we have the comments, this section is surprisingly about comments on current topics of interest, and is normally written by guest writers who have a relevant opinion on the topic, an example being a leading banker talking about the economic state of the country. Then we have the obituaries, normally a short couple of paragraphs telling the life story of somebody who has sadly passed away in the recent time. Then it’s the business section, which appeals to the business types on trains, and you know who you are. You are the people who look down your noses when asked by students and other young people if the seat opposite is taken, judging us all by what you read in the newspaper. I can assure you that if we have had the manners to ask if the seat is taken, then we do not intend to rob you or poke fun at your I’ll fitting suit or swept across hair. Sport is the next section, and I do have to admit very comprehensive, giving us up to date information is a wide variety of sports, across the globe. It also contains articles on transfers and other such sporting occurrences. While other papers (Sun, Star) print speculative reports the Telegraph normally limits itself to that, that it can confirm from somebody more substantial that an inside source close to somebody famous, or a close friend. This close friend business also confuses me, as surely a close friend who is privy to sensitive information would not continue to go behind the stars back, without getting caught, surely? Then we have to favourite TV and radio section, giving you all the day’s listings of TV, satellite, and radio stations. As well as the odd bit of TV gossip, and who’s either going to die, or be in what over the next few weeks. Then we have the tr
usty regulars such as ‘bridge news’, ‘chess’, and ‘letter’s’. The regulars also includes my mothers favourite of the crossword, and we often battle against each other to see who can complete it first. More often than not she beats me, but I’m sure that she is having outside assistance, in the form of my father, but it’s worth it on the odd occasion when I do beat her! It also on many occasions during the week, and definitely on Sunday has several pull out sections on various topics, (normally rubbish) including appointments, homes, arts, healthy living, and the whole other multitude of stupid topics that the modern readers demand. This section I’m afraid goes straight into the bin on the first occasion that arises. The Telegraph I have found to be a great source of daily relevant information on both home and world topics, however in recent months I have disturbingly noticed that more and more adverts are appearing in the paper, and less articles are being featured. Surely it will not start printing outrageous claims on the front cover, and having large pictures of minor celebrities drunk or shopping on the centre pages in future? Instead of turning itself into a tabloid to increase its circulation, it should instead cut down on the actual format size of the publication, because people just don’t want corners of a huge newspaper dipping into their cornflakes in the morning. All in all it’s a great daily publication and for 45p wont break the bank balance, so take my advice and give your brain some enjoyment, and read the Telegraph.
Maybe it is just because of the way I am but I find the Telegraph seems to put into clear and concise English the daily happenings , particularly within the UK, that not only interest me but also those that I would otherwise perhaps ignore because they do not relate to my particular sphere of interest. In other words, they make the happenings in the world come alive. Maybe, so far as UK politics are concerned, they have a strong right wing bias but then I do not think that that there is a paper that does not have an opinion and surely they , as well as all of us must have an opinion on most subjects. Notwithstanding a certain bias I think that they do try to give an honest resume of most of their reporting.
What do we expect from a Newspaper? What do we want from a Newspaper? Obviously the answers to these questions will be very personal. Most types of Newspapers will give us the News Headlines probably with a Left or Rightwing slant but the main difference between newspapers will be the quality of the articles inside the front covers . If you want salacious, titillating gossip then you must go for the comic variety, and this is what many of us want in our daily read. Some of these articles can be quite entertaining, but this is something we must remember that they are basically written to entertain the reader and NOT to inform! If on the other hand the only sleek glistening body we want to see on page 3 is an advertisement for a car then one must go for what are colloquially called the ‘quality’ papers. (This word quality could be a misnomer because one’s hands get as black whichever type one chooses! Oh dear! I am NOT being racist here anyone who reads a newspaper will have to agree the hands get BLACK and so does any pale coloured apparel.) Anyway back to the newspaper question. If one wants informed articles then the Telegraph is a very good read. On occasion some of the articles have a slight tendency to ‘lean’ but the intelligent reader can easily make their own judgement on the facts given. Once again I digress. What does this newspaper I have chosen to read today, the Monday Telegraph, have in store for me. Firstly there is a fourteen-page Sport supplement. This I would normally discard to the recycling pile but because of the possibility that the reader has interest in this subject I shall speedily give it the once over! On the front-page is an article on the Celtic Rangers match (with pictures) which is continued on pages 2-5 along with news and pictures of other weekend football. Also on page one is the beginning of an article on a possible Lennox v Tyson showdown and boxing is c
ontinued on page 12. There is dart's information on page 6 and horses on page 7 with pages 8 and 9 covering all the ‘bits’, you know golf, squash, judo etc. etc. Pages 10/11 are full of Rugby and racing covered on the next two pages with cricket on the back. Very comprehensive coverage of the weekend sport and other important sports fixtures on the horizon. Of course the front page today is much the same as in all the media. It is a celebration of the victorious sailing achievement of our young Derbyshire lass. The science editor has quite a chunk of the first page, also, re- genetic instructions. (Now I am no scientist but the whole interesting article is written in words I understand.) This article is continued on page 2, with a full report on pages 4 and 5 and an Editorial comment on page 21. There is an article about Mills and Boon’s battle for St Valentine’s Day’s readers of romance. Politics comes quite a long way down this front-page’s priorities, there is an article about the Cabinet Secretary and the Hinduja inquiry (you know this passport business) a bit about the EU Force and about an inch square on the Dome!!(Is it worth that much?) Along the top above the newspaper titles there are usually some tempting prompts of inside pages, “Kate Reddy, Her guilty secrets- Features page 15 and Camouflage Chic, Dressing for the front line-fashion page 17. Sometimes one IS tempted and turns straight to those pages! Pages 2 and 3 continue with current news and this carries on to page 11. There are a couple of innocuous political articles on page 2. (Who else? Mandelson and Portillo!!) The secrets of life article on pages 4 and 5 are absolutely fascinating. It is with great difficulty that I don’t quote huge tracts of it right now! Page 7 has an article (8” X 8”!!) on Michael Flatley holding a little boy with artificial legs, who had been inspired to dance by this man, and had been award
ed a Child of Achievement award. Lovely picture.(Was it you, libertybell who wondered what he was doing?) On page 10 there is a Telegraph promotion-Fly to America for £199 return-collect the tokens!See ALL the papers do it! Pages 12,13 and 14 contain World news- Snow blocks aid to starving herdsmen.- Man fights off cougar to save cyclist.- LABOUR leaders ready to join Sharon cabinet-Oh! It’s the Israeli Labour party. There was a Valentine riot in Kanpur yesterday, by Hindu youths, attacking shops which sold Valentine cards because they said they were “loaded with sex” (They probably were!!) Last to mention but not least, the world’s smallest bird, the blue macaw, has joined the ranks of animals thought now to be extinct! How many newspapers is that fact in!! Page 15 is Features. It has a very interesting article on Zoe Wannamaker, her relationship with her father and her decision to marry at 45 years old, fascinating. Page 16 is Health and Wellbeing-concentrating on the brain. You would have to read it if you are tempted to think this an intellectual paper. The last paragraph: “Katz also says that it is important to focus your attention regularly, to make regular changes in routines, changing the order in which you do things-even going to work by different routes and trying to use your senses in a new way, whatever you are doing.” Now THAT’S hardly highly intellectual or right wing stuff is it? At the bottom of this page is what is on at all the London Theatres and contact numbers. Page 17 is Fashion and pages 18 and 19 are on the Arts. This includes painting, orchestra, piano and cello, opera and the theatre. Obviously these pages vary with interest as to the inclinations of the person reading, much like the sport pages I suspect. Pages 20 and 21 are pages I often turn to first. There are the Editors comments on topical items AND there are the letters to the Editor, always an interest
ing read. Surprisingly the letters to the Editor, which are printed, show an amazing diversity of opinion. The W F Deedes, lately deceased, column has been a difficult slot to fill. The obituaries take the whole of page 23 but there are some very interesting articles. Today one of the articles was on Peggie Scriven who was the first British woman tennis player to win the singles at the French championships. There should be a place in our lives and our newspapers to remember the worthwhile achievements of those who have died recently. Business news occupies pages 24-31. Now I can quite understand that these are pages you can either take or leave, but in this age of selling things off a surprising amount of people own shares in various commodities! Finally pages 32 and 33 tell us what is on the box and radio. There are some quite informative reviews as well. I said finally but in actual fact there is still the back page. Crosswords! What more can I say? I cannot finish the cryptic crosswords in any of the other papers but the Telegraph. I will know ALL the words in the answers it is just having a bent enough mind to work out the clues. There are three crosswords on this back page, a general knowledge one, the cryptic one AND a quick one. It has got to be my favourite page, but there again I like the Comment page and the foreign news is good and................ Well I never! You see the Daily Telegraph is so ‘Gripping’ that I nearly forgot to tell you all the other stuff. The Daily Telegraph was launched on June 29th 1855. It has been going quite a long time hasn’t it? It is older than the Express, the Mail, the Financial Times etc.etc. It was, in September of that year, the first London newspaper to be sold for 1d. (For the younger reader that was a LARGE brown penny coin, much prized by us oldies, it was worth 4 farthings and 12d made a shilling, which was replaced by the 5p piece in 1970!) This paper had much foresight in that it invented a box number system for classified advertisements in 1857, how about that then!! (Where would our ‘lonely hearts’ pages be, without box numbers? Not that the Daily Telegraph has a ‘lonely hearts’ page!! ) The issue number of the paper that I had been writing about earlier was number 45306 and for any of you mathematicians you will see that is just about right. Almost one hundred and fifty years! But wait! We now have the opportunity to go on the net for the news and opinions from the UK and all around the World and this includes a searchable database. Even the weather is not a problem we can get a daily outlook, the general situation or a regional breakdown of the weather, just look at www.telegraph.co.uk. MODERN TECHNOLOGY! WHERE WILL IT ALL END!
Anyone casually reading through my previous reviews may think me a lightweight on the newspaper front as the only two papers I've reviewed have been The Sun and The Sport.The Sun is still my regular purchase for reasons given in my great review and I still maintain that I don't actually buy The Sport.My girlfriend does however get the Daily Telgraph and it's like got pictures and stuff!. I find that to enjoy a broadsheet you need a big table and an hour or so.As this is rarely possible I don't really do the Telegraph justice, but I do think it has great sections,features and excellent fair minded reporting.Still known as 'The Daily Torygraph' in the once witty 'Private Eye' I think it has moved from the right although not as near to the left as some.If you define a paper by it's readership it does appear to be slightly dated with the letters page given over to dull rants from the titled gentry and old war horses,bitching on about Mandelson,the Dome and the price of tea at Heston services!. Don't let this put you off though, the paper does have a lot to offer.The news reporting is indepth and although an English bias is evident a smattering of local stories does filter through to the Scottish editions.A story that The Sun covers in a paragraph can cover a half page,although you can get lost in the detail.They try to remain highbrow but market forces mean that celebrity gossip also features,with one of the front page teasers today announcing "Sophie Dahl gets a new haircut" although I may be missing the irony here. Columnists include Boris Johnston who is a bit pompous but funny none the same and diarist Peterborough whose scoop today was that Labour's new logo looks like that of Excite.The diary page also include maloprops and misprints that interest rather than amuse. The obituary page is a national institution with a half page devoted to people you've only just heard of as
they've died.Much respect to todays entries Leonard Caplan and Alfred Cohen,who doubtless don't know me either!. The paper also boasts an excellent business section with pages of charts and graphs to enable you to lose your cash more efficently.Practically every stock,bond and pension fund is listed and the financial news and tips are well informed and presented.The business section is also the home of 'Alex' a daily cartoon about a business shark and his meek chum Clive. At the back we have,as ever, the sport which is again dominated by the English preoccupation of losing at cricket!.Some Scots football is included and usually covered by Roddy Forsyth who knows his stuff.Infiltrating the sport section is the TV page which is again exhaustive giving indepth details of the night's programmes and reccommended viewing.A mix of programmes are usually suggested with soaps and documentaries getting equal column space.A daily column reviews the previous night's fare but it's rare that we watch the same shows.The column is more informative than funny and could do with the wit of someone like Victor Lewis Smith. On Thursday the paper provides it excellent internet guide 'Dot Com Telegraph'.This eight page pull out is an anorak's dream with pages devoted to 'Change your cursor' and 'Is yours floppy?'.This pull out is essential for net heads and newbies alike with it thourough but plainly worded tips and solutions.New console and PC games are also indepthly reviewed. A last word would be reserved for the paper's cartoonist Matt,who wins 'Cartoonist of the year' annually.Roughly drawn the cartoon make that difficult feat of being both topical and funny seem easy.I won't describe any here as the laughs would be lost in translation,but as they are on the front cover you can steal a quick look at the news stand. The Telegraph may suffer from an old fashioned image
but I'd suggest you give it a try and you may be pleasantly surprised.
I was interested to hear high praise for the Telegraph the other day from a young Ukranian guy working behind the bar in a London pub. He explained earnestly that he wanted to improve his English so he read a paper every day and he wasn't good enough to read the Sun yet. He found the easiest paper the Telegraph, because it was written in "clear words" that he could look up if he was baffled. All the slang and the in-jokes and general tabloidese of the little papers "looked like a different language sometimes." The Telegraph is an excellent paper which really does care about the words it uses, which is why I read it (and I like the crossword...). Nice to see that it is appreciated.
"Police corruption in Britain is now so widespread it may have reached levels which normally only occur in unstable Third World countries, according to a confidential document obtained by The Telegraph...The document is the minutes of a meeting organised by the National Criminal Intelligence Service." Daily Telegraph 27/9/98. Well done The Telegraph for telling us about corrupt coppers! Is that why Damilola died? The police are so busy helping the drugs barons that they no longer bother to keep our streets safe? Surely not! Detective chief inspector Elsmore Davies of Merseyside police sold information to drugs baron Curtis Warren according to The Daily Telegraph 27/9/98. "In 1992 it became clear to Sir James Sharples, the Chief Constable, that some of his officers were selling vital details of police operations against drug dealers - details such as the identity of undercover informers, the date and time of proposed arrests...A joint operation by Customs and the regional crime squad...found notorious drug dealers ...were ringing numbers inside Merseyside police drugs and fraud squads... (And outside Merseyside?) 'Finding a cop who'll help out is not a problem,' said one drugs smuggler...A contact in the Crown Prosecution Service...could ensure that vital pieces of evidence were 'lost'." (In London)"Detective constable Neil Putnam said that senior-ranking officers were involved in protecting junior officers from being investigated...Mr Putnam, who was involved in stealing drugs and accepting money for nearly a decade, said he had protection from senior officers across the force who have not been convicted...." Sunday Telegraph 3/12/00. SO, IS POLICE CORRUPTION THE REASON WHY IT IS NOT SAFE FOR TEN YEAR OLDS TO WALK HOME FROM SCHOOL? Are the police too busy counting their ill-gotten gains? I'm sure it's not as simple as that. I'm sure most of the polic
e are honest decent citizens. In the Sunday Telegraph 3/12/00, Dr Theodore Dalrymple writes: "The brutality of daily life in Peckham is the result of every social trend that 'progressive' thinkers have applauded: the weakening of the police...the constant mockery of all forms of social restraint and convention; the undermining of all forms of authority, from parental to educational and judicial; the breakdown of the family and the rise of mass illegitimacy and fatherlessness; the tolerance of the most blatant public disorder; the indifference posing as openmindedness about the mass consumption of drugs; AND the admiration accorded to the vicious, depraved, vulgar, brutal and deeply stupid British popular culture..." YES!!!!! The Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph have got it right. I have poured over the Guardian, The Times, The People, The Mail etc. BUT the best coverage of what led to Damiola's death has been in The Telegraph. AND what's life like in Lagos where Damilola used to live? Dalrymple, in The Sunday Telegraph 3/12/00 writes: "Lagos is very violent. Expatriates feel obliged to sleep in strong CAGES set up in their bedrooms, so that armed burglars (ARMED , SO IT IS SAID, WITH WEAPONS HIRED FROM THE POLICE) do not molest them as they clear out all their possessions." And to be fair to the British police- when they do arrest young thugs, the punishement of the courts is often a slap on the wrist.
The Daily Telegraph is as interesting to read as it always has been, including articles written by who I believe to be the top journalists in the country. It is true that it has been a right-wing newspaper but that seems to be changing as all the newspapers seem to be drifting towards the middle in order to claim the maximum readership possible. Would you prefer the tabloids? The way in which serious articles are surrounded by comical ones? I think not. There is a time and a place for this and next to important article is not one of them. The Telegraph however, may have been overtaken in quality by probably only one other broadsheet, the Guardian. The Guardian, with its more interesting articles, ranks more highly for entertainment as well as informative purposes but I am not willing to let the Telegraph drop yet!
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This is a very good quality newspaper, and is a broadsheet. It does not have as many readers as some of the other newspapers but the features in it are very good, particularly on Saturdays. It has 12 features then. It has a comprenhensive spports team who cover a variety of sports, the focus being on football, and this is mainly what I read. I also like the sections on tennis when Grand Slams are on. It also has good business pages and the news around the world is very well done. It is a bit expensive for 45p but if you want a quality paper with news in it, then buy this one you will not regret it.
As a right-wing non-Tory, this paper is the one that is nearest my political views, and I must admit that I do read it because it is a bit of a rebellion against the conventional views among other students. However, along with The Independent I find it is the only daily paper that assumes its readers are intelligent when choosing what to feature in its editorial and features section. I find the opinions expressed about abortion, fertility and education too far right, but at least it's better than The Mail, in which every feature article seems to be one big thinly-veiled attempt to tell women to get back to the kitchen sink.