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Guardian readership

On 20 Mar 2013 at 5:18pm Wapping Walter wrote:
I was in the newsagents on the high street the other day and the person in front of me commented that he had never visited a newsagent that stocked so many copies of the Guardian. Thos amused me as if the posts on this forum are to be believed most of the inhabitants of Lewes read the Daily Mail. Any comments?
On 20 Mar 2013 at 5:27pm Southover Queen wrote:
This place is a special protected space for Daily Mail readers in Lewes, where they're safe from the depredations of Guardian readers, who are famously aggressive towards them. They have to hide their proclivities in polite society otherwise.
On 20 Mar 2013 at 5:42pm Wrapping Walter wrote:
I think that they would say they are polite society.
On 20 Mar 2013 at 7:36pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
The lady in the shop on the Nevill told me they sell more Guardians than anyh other paper.
On 20 Mar 2013 at 9:39pm Expat Two wrote:
Does that mean Lewes Guardian readers can legitimately tell right wingers, who are clearly in the minority, if they don't like something they can always go and live somewhere else?
Can a Lewes Guardian reader say "We don't want your sort round here"?
On 20 Mar 2013 at 11:57pm grafter wrote:
blimey,does anyone actually still buy papers? I am a total slag and read articles online from the Guardian,Telegraph,Independent and yes the Mail and many others. No point in only reading articles by people you know you agree with is there?
On 21 Mar 2013 at 3:26am Expat Two wrote:
I get the Guardian Weekly, its all pretty depressing stuff really, I usually feel like going postal by page 5. There's nothing sensational in a newspaper that takes 5 weeks to get to me either, when I'm looking at the internet on a daily basis. If it wasn't for the Maslanka puzzles and the book reviews I'd probably give it a swerve.
Reading a hard copy is far easier and pleasant to read than a tablet - although I imagined years ago that the internet would, by now, be emailing downloads to subscribers, which would mean adapting to A4 newspapers but otherwise give them what they've got without delivery or paper or production costs that go with it.
I sometimes dip into the Mail's website for a laugh too - and to their credit, it usually delivers.
On 21 Mar 2013 at 8:35am Pete wrote:
No grafter, like you, I don't buy papers any more, well, the occasional Observer, but otherwise it's the web and BBC for all news.
On 21 Mar 2013 at 8:52am pervy pete wrote:
I buy the Sport every day as I like to read the truth.
On 21 Mar 2013 at 11:52am Nixon Scraypes wrote:
In the early sixties I delivered papers on the nevil estate and as far as I can remember it was mostly Mail,Express,Mirror and 2 or 3 Times and Guardian.We always had a Conservative M.P.When I was older I could not figure this out as most people I knew were left-leaning and supposed it was the surrounding rural vote that put them in.Then suddenly along came Norman.Now of course I don't vote or read the papers.It's all spin,take it from your paper-boy!
On 21 Mar 2013 at 7:27pm Boris wrote:
it's the Mail and the Telegraph for me. Telly wise, you would do well to better Fox news.
On 21 Mar 2013 at 7:41pm Zebedee wrote:
On 22 Mar 2013 at 1:22pm brixtonbelle wrote:
My son had a paper round a couple of years ago. He covered the majority of the High St and Southover/ Rotten Row. The vast majority of the papers he delivered were The Torygraph and the Daily Heil. Of course that could just mean that the Guardian readers preferred to walk to the newsagent and pick up their paper themselves, but I reckon the majority of Lewes leans to the right, rather than left. It's just the lefties appear to have higher profile in the town.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 1:28pm GhostBike wrote:
ANd that area is representative of Lewes generally?
In Nevill/Wallands - judging by Leicester Road and Nevill newsagents - it's Grauniads all the way.
The town council results would suggest that this is more representative:

Check it out here »
On 22 Mar 2013 at 1:33pm GhostBike wrote:
".We always had a Conservative M.P.When I was older I could not figure this out as most people I knew were left-leaning and supposed it was the surrounding rural vote that put them in"
Lewes town (pop 17,000) doesn't have that much of an effect on the wider consituency - there are significantly more voters in Seaford (pop 24,000). Add Newhaven (pop 12,000) and Peacehaven (pop 14,000) as well as Polegate (9,000) and you have to come to the conclusion that Lewes town residents form only about 15%-20% of the electorate of the ward.
The name confuses people of course. Perhaps if it was renamed to Seahaven & Lewes it would hammer it home.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 2:48pm brixtonbelle wrote:
Ghost Bike - I wasn't suggesting that area was representative of Lewes, but the town council results certainly seem to back up my supposition that the town is more right leaning (I put Lib Dems on the right of centre now). Interesting that it takes more votes to get elected in some wards than others - the Labour guy in Priory ward got far more votes than Matt Kent in Bridge ward, but Kent was elected and Steve Watts not.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 5:29pm GhostBike wrote:
That depends on your point of view. However I've lived all around the South East and in a few towns of comparable size to Lewes. I would say that it is far more left-leaning and 'liberal' than any of those places, and indeed probably more so than the national average. It certainly's isn't hardcore trot though, it's not the Welsh Valleys or something.
Try living in Beaconsfield or Godalming, Solihull or Alderley Edge for a few months, and you'd see what i mean.
On 22 Mar 2013 at 5:49pm Compass wrote:
Any connection between DFL people and Lewes being left leaning and liberal. Certainly would account for high Guardian sales in Lewes.
On 25 Mar 2013 at 1:27pm brixtonbelle wrote:
I take it all back. I met some real Lewesian declared communists on Saturday. All working for the BBC of course.....
On 25 Mar 2013 at 1:52pm Blip wrote:
Does anyone else find that Guardian readers become very patronising to you if they find out that you read the Times or Torygraph? Or is it just me?
On 25 Mar 2013 at 5:23pm Blip wrote:
I just remembered that I used to know someone whose father was a proof reader at the Grauniad. Sadly, he died of a heart attack. At the risk of sounding callous I have to say that I hope it wasn't work-related.
On 28 Mar 2013 at 7:57am Nevil Rook wrote:
"Interesting that it takes more votes to get elected in some wards than others - the Labour guy in Priory ward got far more votes than Matt Kent in Bridge ward, but Kent was elected and Steve Watts not. "
Higher turn out in Priory ward and slightly higher electorate number is the answer.

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