Letter from the editor: Happy Saturday!

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Welcome to the weekend, and welcome to the first Saturday edition of i, the concise daily newspaper the nation has taken to its heart.

For regular readers of i, this is what you’ve been asking for ever since we launched. And for new readers, I hope you’ll enjoy our approach to news. We operate on a need-to-know basis: we’ll tell you everything that’s going on in the world, and we’ll do so with clarity, brevity and quality.

Even though it’s a weekend, we appreciate that there’s still pressure on your time (shouldn’t you have fixed that leaky tap, by the way? And doesn’t that dog need a walk?) and you’d like us to get straight to the point in our news coverage. But it’s also your free time, and our new section - Leisure & Pleasure, which opens on page 25 - is packed with ideas to help you make the most of your furlough, from food to gardening, from arts to travel.

We’ve got two pages of puzzles at the back of the paper, award-winning sports coverage, and plenty of advice on money matters from our personal finance experts. There’s commentary and opinion from our stable of acclaimed writers, and some new features, including a weekly counterblast from Robert Chalmers (page 18), who takes aim at something, or someone, he doesn’t like. He took offence when I called him a miserablist in yesterday’s i, but he’s the man who was once forced to leave a pub because they were going to have a happy hour! This week, he’s explaining why optimists drive him crackers.

All in all, we think it’s a winning package and, at 30p, it surely represents the best value since, well, the launch of i. We hope you like it. Either way, let me know what you think. Happy Saturday!

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