It has been affectionately known as the 'Grauniad' by it's many admirers for some time due to the large numbers of typos that used to appear there. It is not far left but I suppose that depends on how far to the right you are.
The depth of it's coverage and the quality of the journalists that work there will make it my first web read every day and the main paper I buy when I'm in the UK. I recommend it to all your readers.
"So bad it induces horrific stomach cramps." Ooh! Good one.