During a weekend that saw voters shifting to the right, it was fitting for the Guardian to recall its triumphs against corruption and complacency (The 200 moments that made the Guardian, 7 May). The term “Guardian reader” has become a derogatory jibe aimed at those who want to challenge inequalities and stereotypes. As a lifelong subscriber, I feel proud to have been informed and educated by journalists of the highest calibre, with the most altruistic of motives. If allowed to choose just one of your 200 moments that made me smile, it was the downfall of Jonathan Aitken, whose attempt to undermine your investigative campaign backfired. Thank you to all the journalists who put truth and justice before personal reward.
• In September 1955 I started as a research student in the pharmacy department of Manchester University. My research director, Dr Jack Thomas, strongly recommended that I start reading the Guardian. This was perhaps the best advice he ever gave me and I have been a reader ever since. I still look forward to receiving the print copy each day, which my wife and I divide up so we can both enjoy it over breakfast.
• The affectionate stories sent in by readers reminded me of my interview at Newcastle University back in 1973. I was hoping to train as a history teacher, and when asked what newspaper I read, I proudly named the Guardian. After a pause, one of the tutors leant forward to correct me: “You mean the Manchester Guardian.” Despite this faux pas they still offered me a place.
Pickering, North Yorkshire
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