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This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

…and it’s 12th September. The Guardian will, quite literally, never be the same again.

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Comment from Barnaby Olthwaite

    20.40, 03/09/2005

It has never been the same since they removed “Manchester” from the masthead!

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

    22.56, 03/09/2005

Very true, but the editor says that this current change is even bigger than that one – it will certainly be interesting to see what they’ve come up with… And, for the record, I think it’s still the most northerly aware of the broadsheets, which tend to think that that anywhere north of Coventry is not worthy of coverage.

Comment from Samuel Pickwick

    19.47, 04/09/2005

Is a change for the sake of change, such a good thing?

If this is such an unprecedented change, will it not alienate the established readership of The Guardian?

Will the change attract more new readers than those it loses?

Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)

    16.43, 05/09/2005

It’s certainly not change for change’s sake – it’s change to try and reverse, or at least attentuate, the plummeting sales figures. I’m certainly concerned that it might alienate the established readership – myself included – and I guess we just have to hope that it arracts more than it loses, without it been driven to become such a populist paper (though, of course, with its Scott Trust ownership, sales figures are far from the be all and end all with The Guardian in quite the same way they are for everyone else)

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