Letter from the editor
The values that have inspired the
Observer during its 227-year history have rarely seemed as vital as they are today. We are entering a year that will be dominated at home by our divisive and unresolved debate about Brexit, and abroad by aggressive nationalism and rightwing populism, and by the looming threat of trade wars.
So a Sunday newspaper that champions internationalism, progressive liberal policies and civilised discourse is vital to our national conversation: a paper that is committed to remaining at the heart of Europe; that celebrates diversity and social progress; that challenges hostile rhetoric and actions aimed at immigrants and refugees; and that defends the achievements of the welfare state and the NHS.
And one that is committed to the very best writing about the arts and literature, as well as first-rate and comprehensive sports reporting and engaging lifestyle coverage. Not to mention our award-winning
Observer Food Monthly magazine. The Observer is the place to find the finest Sunday writing. From Andrew Rawnsley to Eva Wiseman, Jay Rayner to Rachel Cooke, Kenan Malik to Daniel Taylor, Laura Cumming to Nick Cohen, Mariella Frostrup to Tim Adams, David Mitchell to Rowan Moore, Carole Cadwalladr to Robin McKie, Mark Kermode to Nigel Slater and many, many more, the paper provides the most rigorous, perceptive and insightful reporters and commentators.
Quality journalism – such as our award-winning investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal – comes at a price. We have been sustained by the support of readers who buy the paper, attend our events, make financial contributions through the Guardian website. As part of the independent Guardian Media Group, we have no wealthy proprietor or shareholders to fall back on.
But conditions are very tough for news organisations. Costs such as newsprint are rising, competition is fierce, sources of news, however unreliable, are proliferating. And we have to make sure our business remains viable in the long term.
So, from next week, the price of the Observer will increase to £3.20. There will be no change to our subscription prices, so buying the paper in this way will continue to offer
Observer readers the best value for money, as well as boosting your local retailer. If you don’t already subscribe you can do so by visiting theguardian.com/subscriptions or by calling 0330 333 6767.
The Observer has not increased its price for almost three years, and only does so now from necessity, aware of the difficulties this may present to some readers. But we believe we provide excellent value for money – and that our voice must be heard louder than ever in defence of the values we represent.
Thank you again for your support.
Paul Webster Editor The Observer