Did The Telegraph Change the Hay Festival?

It was a controversial swap; the Torygraph replacing the Grauniad.  The January post on this blog asking “Will the Telegraph change the Hay Festival” was tweeted more and attracted more comments than any other post this blog has published.  Now the curtain has closed on the 2011 festival we can take a view ‘ex post’.  My view is; it did a bit.  The session with Stuart Rose and Digby Jones would have been quite different with a Guardian journalist in the chair.  Yet there was much in the classic Hay mould – Jon Ronson, liberal to the core for one.

Enough of my views, what do you think; plus ça change or plus c’est la même chose?