Daily Mail is a British right-wing middle-market tabloid newspaper, founded in 1896. The Mail on Sunday was first published in 1982. Scottish and Irish editions followed in 1947 and 2006 respectively. It is Britain’s biggest selling newspaper after the Sun, and the only UK paper to have a female readership of over 50 per cent, which is a curiosity given that the paper holds relatively traditional views on the role of women.
Infamously, the paper was a staunch cheerleader for fascism up until the outbreak of World War II. A notorious article written by Lord Rothermere (one of the paper’s founders) in July 1934 in praise of Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists was headlined “HURRAH FOR THE BLACKSHIRTS”.