Sooner or later, modernity has to come even to the oldest institutions – and so, the oldest continuous publication in the UK, and one of the oldest in the world, has gone online. The London Gazette is not just the country’s oldest newspaper: it is also the worthiest.

It contains no gossip, no interviews, no photographs, no inaccuracies, nothing but official announcements set out in bald detail, without commentary. It is a newspaper for the Leveson era, telling its readers only what the authorities decide that they need to know.

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