December 8th, 2010

Industry Research : Guido Has More Readers Than Times

And lo it has come to pass as Guido predicted. Back in June (“The Times’ Paywall of Death”) this blog offered a wager that within 12 months no Times political columnist will have more measurable readers online than Guido. We now have authoritative confirmation of the prediction having come true.

According to industry analysts Experian Hitwise their research suggests that approximately 54,000 people access The Times, with as few as 28,000 being paying customers. On Monday this blog served 75,233 pages, the average weekday readership is circa 60,000.

Last week The Times revealed snidely that Guido has paying advertisers. Have a look at The Times front-page online today (you can see it for free) and you will see not one single paying advertisement. It is no longer a commercial proposition. Print advertising is in long term decline, online advertising is growing at some 10% per annum. This blog has been more profitable than Times Online for years, now it also has more readers and more advertisers. Murdoch is making a strategic error on a grand scale…


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    The Telegraph is likely to go behind a paywall within the next 12 months aswell. Commercial suicide, not that we should be bothered – the main stream media are part of the problem. Let them all wither!

  2. 2
    Sir William Waad says:

    Some of The Times’ columnists might be better off breaking away and setting up their own website where they could write what they liked and profit from their own ability, instead of slaving away in Murdoch’s salt mine.

  3. 3
    misterned says:

    This is another reason why the establishment media are supporting the wikileaks “leaks”.

    This is giving the global authorities all the ammunition they need to clamp down on the blogs and restrict them to the same laws that apply to the media. No more anonymity in posting articles, or even comments to articles. Bloggers may need to get an expensive licence to blog, which could be revoked easily. The US, EU, Russia, China, etc, all are looking at these sort of laws.

    The establishment are not happy that the blogosphere has started setting the news agenda.

  4. 4
    Sarah Tweet says:

  5. 5
    F0ul says:

    So, you have the names and addresses of at least 28k of your readers?
    You know exactly how often they come to your website, and what type of things they are interested in?

    Didn’t think so!

    Murdoch is slowly proving to the world that the future of internet publishing is about having a breakdown of your readership to be able to sell a very specialist advertising package to the right people- its not about eyeballs – that world is over- didn’t you get the memo?

  6. 6

    Errror, eh…? Aside with the spelling correction, did you put a bet on your readership numbers versus the Times….?

  7. 7
    Tin Foil Hat Watch says:

  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    The Instructions to the microwave in my office kitchen has more readers than Gordon Browns new book.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    When I was a wee lad from South Africa I used to read the Times every day and loved it. Used to read the leader writing down the first five words I didn’t understand, and then used them that day. Not really speaking much English in South Africa I needed this.

    But I stopped reading this magnificent newspaper when they moved all the classified advertisements off the front and back pages. Some guy from Canada who made his money buying radios cheap as there was no signal and then started his radio station and made a fortune selling the radios again. Can’t remember his name but I think Britain made him a Lord for ruining this newspaper.

  10. 10
    Steve Miliband says:

    Does this mean that all entrances to Universities must be made wider? More bloody roadworks.

  11. 11
    Hot off the press says:

    Wikileaks’ cablegate is bankrolled by the Guardian, New york times and Der Spiegel

  12. 12
    retardEd Miliband says:

    Hey! I’m the one who cometh up with vacuouth thoundbiteth. Your time hath been and gone, tho you thould thut up.

  13. 13
    The Times revealed snidely that Guido has paying advertisers. says:

    £29,000 from CCHQ.

    Which might explain why a ‘Libertarian’ blogger who couldn’t wait to print the Telegraph expenses disk stuff while proudly proclaiming the wonders of ‘free speech’, is now quiet as a mouse about wikileaks founder being in jail.

    Dave would rather not talk about wikileaks.

  14. 14
    John says:

    Murdoch making a mistake?

    Oh, good.

  15. 15

    I think you’ll find that their audience has become more selective.

  16. 16
    Tin Foil Hat Watch says:

    So how did they pay Bradley Manning? Or is he a CIA double agent?

  17. 17

    It would be morally wrong not to provide university entrances that can be navigated by handicapists and fatties…..

  18. 18
    Taxfodder says:

    Murdoch’s greatest wet dream is all about his ability to spout arguments to suit his own agenda and successfully persuading the gullible to stand in line and pay for it.

    He has no exit plan he is too old to learn and too stupid to change.

    His products are redundant plain and simple.

  19. 19
    Tessa Tickles says:

    And Siamese twins.

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    I assume all the Dirty Digger’s titles are pay to view on the net, if so, it will not bother me as I refuse to read the titles especially the Old Tit and Bum (Sun), also I will not subscribe to Sky, why are they constantly trying to push sport, the subs will go higher and higher so that the masses can watch 22 little men kicking a bag of wind for 90 mins, the ranting of fox news and the like, if folks got out and played games of football they would be healthier.

  21. 21
    Nick Clegg says:

    First ?

  22. 22
    soft on crime, soft on the causes of crime says:

  23. 23
    Goodbye Murdoch says:

    I was shocked to see that 28,000 cretins would actually pay to view the Times Online shite that Murdoch serves up. Unbelievable.

  24. 24

    That’s racist, you have to call them ‘conjoined twins’. The appropriate authorities have been contacted, give yourself in for re-education…..

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    ‘Ere, hold on, stop messing about Ted!

  26. 26
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Looking through The Times print edition the other day, I was amused to see it’s got nearly as many editing mistakes as the – quite an ‘achievement’.

  27. 27
    Cast Iron Cameron says:

    Let sunshine win the day!

  28. 28
    misterned says:

    And George Soros.

  29. 29
    The Conservative Party says:

    Knife-carrying chavs are just boisterous little scamps! Bless ‘em all!

  30. 30
    Glenn Beck says:

    Thank you my little poodle and parrot.

    Though I may have mixed up wikipedia ands wikileaks because I’m a retard like you.

  31. 31
    retardEd Miliband says:

    I pulled a nathty frown in rethponthe to that comment, but then I realithed you can’t thee me.

  32. 32
    misterned says:

    You sound as deluded as Glenn Beck, you tinfoil obsessed fuckwit!

    You’ll be telling us that you believe the official Sept eleventh narrative as published by the official commission. Even though the authors themselves do not believe it and have stated publicly that it is not the truth. Neither I nor YOU know who was really involved in the planning and execution of those attacks.

    Unlike you, I do not subscribe to flights of fancy tosspot ideas, only what can be proven by forensic evidence and the laws of physics.

    Here are a few truthful clues for you to help you get in touch with reality.

    Kennedy was shot from above and behind, and NOT from a grassy knoll.

    Man DID land on the moon.

    Diana was killed by injuries sustained in a traffic accident.

    The Loch Ness Monster is nothing more than a marketing strategy

    Elvis is Dead

    You are a tinfoil obsessed idiot!

  33. 33
    misterned says:

    Glenn, fuck off and die you tosspot, your chemically enhanced rants are bullshit and so are your politics!

  34. 34
    EdMiliband says:

    We will be pwoduthing an online version of ‘campus news’ very soon

  35. 35
    nutter watch says:

    Did the spac-elizards tell you to parrot everything Glenn Beck says?
    Was David Icke behind 9/11 or Bin Laden?


  36. 36
    Mr Plum says:

    I agree, once a plum always a plum

  37. 37
    nutter watch says:

    Beck admits that he doesn’t “know if Soros had a hand in [WikiLeaks] but I think he absolutely knows what the operation is.”

    If someone made a comic book of Glenn Beck, George Soros would depicted as one big, flaming, rotating eye

  38. 38
    misterned says:

    spac-elizards are not real… Stop taking the drugs you tinfoil obsessed lunatic.

    You tell me who was behind 9/11 because all I can find on that subject is consp1racy theories and NOTHING else.

    Come on, engage in the facts if you dare!

    I bet you won’t because you really are Cuckoo. Your delicate little psychological state cannot handle truth. You prefer to hide within the nutcase delusions painted for you by the lying mainstream media don’t you?

  39. 39
    Mr Plum says:

    Give them a hug

  40. 40
    Dave the Heir to Blair says:

    We’re all in this together!

  41. 41
    mystery solved says:

    Bin Laden and Al Qaeda

    now fuck off nutter and go back to watching Glenn Beck

  42. 42
    Dave Griffiths says:

    I’ll bet the vast majority of your page hits are from your RSS feed. The feed reader downloads those automatically. Most of us will then just scan the articles quickly marking each one as read or possibly just do “mark all as read” if the subjects don’t look interesting. This is quite different from going to a newspaper site to read an article. Oh and BTW when you read the article from the feed reader and don’t bother visiting the site itself you don’t see the adverts – but shhh, don’t tell the advertizers!

    Also comparing a few lines of political gossip with a complete online newspaper is a bit grandiose.

    And well said by whoever pointed out the complete silence from Guido on the wikileaks front. Wouldn’t like to upset those paymasters eh?

  43. 43
    misterned says:

    I have no idea what Glenn Beck has said about wikileaks. I have not listened to him since I watched one of his fake, chemically enhanced rants, where he was crying and blubbing like a total tosspot.

    Him, Palin, Faux news…. All tosspots, All puppets.

  44. 44
    misterned says:

    … And where is the PROOF?

  45. 45
    you're full of shit chum says:

    of course you haven’t neddy

    you just rant like a maniac about George Soros exactly like he does because… ?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !

  46. 46
    EdMiliband says:

    After last weeks inter college debating competition I will twy and have six more welevant quwestions today. I don’t want to give the game away but expect, gritting of campus, use of the minibus, union subs and canteen food to play a major wole.

  47. 47
    Julian waiting for an Aids test says:

    The whole Wikileaks story is a major PR stunt!

    I’ve yet to find a single story in the leaks that wasn’t already in the public domain previously!

    If you want real leak type stories, you need to visit – that’s the one the madia ignore because it actually does do what it says on the tin!

  48. 48
    No more broken promises says:

    is that a pledge ?

  49. 49
    misterned says:

    By the way, Glenn Beck thinks that 9/11 was performed by Bin Laden and Al Qaeda (which is actually the name of a database of western backed Islamic personnel trained to attack soviet forces in Afghanistan)

    See I told you he was a nutter, just like you!

    The official commission report is disowned by its own authors as “not the truth” and cannot be relied upon as accurate.

    There should be a new, independent investigation to get to the truth.

    You still think ‘Al Qaeda’ and Bin Laden did it? I am not denying it, AT ALL! all I want is for someone to PROVE IT!

    Oh and the proven faked video confessions do not count!

    You would think that IF the official narrative was true, that they would have found proof in Afghanistan.

    However, Mueller, the former head of the FBI stated that in the “treasure trove” of information discovered in Afghanistan, they never found so much as one A4 sheet of paper linking Bin Laden to 9/11. There was NOTHING.

    So come on, where is the PROOF?

    I deal in evidence based information. Something that has a tie to truth. You believe in wild unproven theories peddled by the mainstream media liars.

  50. 50
    Nobody believes Government Propaganda says:

    And that’s why the U.S. is doing everything it can to shut wikileaks down and jail him.

  51. 51
    Goodbye Murdoch says:

    I refuse to subscribe to Sky too. I got a complete satellite kit from Lidl for £59.99 and installed it myself – it’s the best value item I’ve ever bought – literally thousands of TV and radio channels. Friends of mine struggle to pay £30+ per month to slimebag Murdoch – I think they’re deranged. If you look about there’s loads of free sport. Anyway there’s no way I’d pay to watch the grotesquely overpriced freakshow that the Premier league has become.

  52. 52
    he's foaming at the mouth now says:

    your medication is ready neddy

  53. 53

    So you keep saying, but it is still rubbish. Guido’s links to Wikileaks probably pre-date you ever hearing of it.

    When we have something to add to the story, we’ll pixel it. It goes without saying that Guido is a strong supporter of Wikileaks.

  54. 54
    Greg Beales says:

    Workers on Southeastern trains are to be balloted for strikes in a row over jobs, it was announced today.

    The Rail Maritime and Transport union said its members based at Charing Cross and Victoria in London will vote in the next few weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action, with the result due early in the new year.

    The union said the company planned to cut the post of team leader, claiming there would not be enough staff on duty to dispatch trains safely and on time.

    Political blogger,Guido Fawkes said: “Just days after their services collapsed into total chaos in the cold snap, Southeastern have been caught out yet again cutting staffing and operational costs to maximise profits in a move that will not only cause chaos on the platforms at Victoria and Charing Cross but which would also compromise safety.

    “Southeastern have got the nerve to jack up fares by 13% while hacking back on platform operations that will delay and disrupt the dispatch process while putting their staff in the firing line as and when things go wrong.”

  55. 55
    Anonymous says:

    It’s a novel way of keeping the prison population down.

  56. 56
    P. Doff says:

    Long live Guido… long live the Queen.

    Not inferring the two capitalized words are connected, mind you!

  57. 57
    misterned says:

    See you are just as deluded as Beck! You cannot answer my questions with the proof, so, you attack with insults.

    Thank you I accept your tacit admission of defeat.

  58. 58
    Thomas the Tank Engine says:

    Sounds like a job for a Fat Controller

  59. 59
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I don’t really believe in an “establishment media” that somehow has connections with a “global authority”.

    That other stuff. Simple question: what is the most worrying “conspiracy theory” that has been exposed as true. With good evidence. Perhaps Watergate, but that was shite.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    Guido would’ve creamed if he got the whole £29000.

  61. 61
    The Velvet Nuclear Attack says:

    GOOD! And if the Telegraph charges then it will too lose readers and I will come and park myself here.. the MSM issue badly researched op-ed comments from people who dare not invite controversy lest they lose their job. Even Wikileaks which *could* be a CIA op, dares not mention either 911 or the WMD in Iraq. So good for you and yes we will tolerate the annoying adverts as long as you do not become part of the establishment as Drudge and Alex Jones have. More power to your elbow.

  62. 62
    Right Right Wing (Mrs) says:

    I am not surprised.

    I am surprised at the treachery of William Hague though:

    On bended knee, Hague gives the keys to Conservative HQ to his new masters in London – the EU.

    Tell us that one about Tories being “Eurosceptic” again – duplicitous, two faced traitors.

    Will the real Conservative Party please stand up.

    Blue Labour out.

  63. 63
    FINK says:


    WIll you give a job please ?

    You never even refer to me any more….

  64. 64
    Up sh1t creek says:

    At least we didn’t find this out from The Times paywalled website. The UK government set free the person convicted of the Lockerbie bombing because trade deals were more important. How do those families feel now? No wonder the US and UK want to stop these embarrassing leaks, it’s showing everyone just how much corruption in government there is.

  65. 65
    misterned says:

    It is documented fact that Soros funds wikileaks.

    Or are you claiming that because Beck claims this it cannot be true? Suggesting that whatever Beck says is not true? In which case why do you agree with Beck about 9/11?

    None of your additions to this blog today have stood up to rational scrutiny have they?

    Go and have a lie down in a dark room you tinfoil obsessed nutcase.

  66. 66

    Err, why doesn’t he have any adverts? Theory v Reality

    And yes we do have demographic data about our readers.

  67. 67
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    PROOF of al-Q in afganistan?
    Its a bloody big place full of big mountains and deep valleys.
    I bet they plan things by sitting down and talking – So there could not be proof anyway.

    What was this treasure trove? And how could it possibly hold information about 9/11 which, after all, didnt need enoromous amounts of paperwork to explain the plan.

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    The leftist ones would surley starve.

  69. 69
    Aaaaraaraahhovici says:

    Come on Fink

    Dont’ let the side down

    Never deal with the howwible Guido…

  70. 70

    What was so impressive about your first chin that made you get three more….?

  71. 71
    misterned says:

    How about Bush and Blair conspiring to lie about Iraq’s WMD to gain the public’s support for war?

  72. 72
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    soros. wikileaks. LINK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  73. 73
    Chav says:

    It’s pronounce ‘narf’, like innit blud.

    Dya nar armeen ??

  74. 74

    That figure includes no feed reader hits.

  75. 75
    Dr Stantz says:

    Only suitable message I can give to the Dead Tree Press after seeing this news.

  76. 76
    misterned says:

    Not everything, just enough to delude the masses!

  77. 77
    jgm2 says:



    13 years of much-trumpeted ‘investment’ and hospitals in T*ry constituencies still falling to bits. To teach them a lesson. And now that the C*U*N*T*I*N*G Labour party have squandered all the fucking money buying up votes the BBC suddenly discovers that, fuck me, the last government actually didn’t invest fuck all in hospitals beyond employing one million labour-voting fuck-witted bedwetters, box-ticker and bastards to monitor diversity.


    Nowhere to be seen while the c*u*n*t*s were fucking the economy, rigging the figures and squandering all the cash employing all their mates. But now there’s no cash left they’re wandering about the place lamenting the lack of investment. Again.


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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    You’ll have to do better than that to compare to the convoluted bollocks you are coming out with.

    a) it came out quite quickly.
    b) Its stretching the truth, so rather easier to do.
    c) All the players have clear, understandable roles.

    The only conspiracy there, is “why did blair do it”. Suggestions of vanity, and britain’s requirement to keep matey with the USA for future military support make sense.

  79. 79
    Mike Hunt says:

    Am I surprised? No.
    Is anyone surprised? I very much doubt it.

    Good to see what we all knew at the time set out for us all to see, and boy does it smell.

    Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

  80. 80
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    And you’re the only one thats a genius.

  81. 81
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    What the bloody hell were they doing then …. why didnt our global leaders just plant some vaguely convincing WMD manufacturing equipment in iraq, Plenty of time between invasion and catching Saddam.

  82. 82
    Throw another Windmill on the fire says:

    Cancun sets record breaking low temperatures three days on the trot.

  83. 83
    Tessa Tickles says:

    It’s a novel way of keeping the overall population down.

  84. 84
    Violet Elisabeth Bott says:

    Camputh News, thurely…

  85. 85
    Steve Miliband says:

    And now the blame lies with the coalition…….

  86. 86
    I hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

    You’re correct in what you say, Guy. Congratulations. Unlike you, journalists at The Times always have been able to write grammatically correct English. Your use of commas and full stops is appalling. As the English language winces under the onslaught of “absolutely” and “very real” and fewer and fewer read anything more challenging than the wording on their lottery cards, we who care about spoken and written communication should be on our guard. Your esteemed and valuable forum should be one of the bulwarks against the creeping rot.

  87. 87
    jgm2 says:

    Aye, if the Chinese were pulling this stunt Amnesty International would be writing stiff letters to the Embassy.

    Look at all the swooning going on just ‘cos the Chinese won’t send a delegation to the Nobel prize about some fucking poet or other. Oh – nasty Chinese trampling all over ‘free speech’ like that.

    Some Ozzie bloke publishes a data-stick full of ‘leaks’ and by the end of the week he’s got a couple of rape charges against him, his website is subject to constant cyber-attack, his government disowns him, our government arrest him and refuse him bail, VISA stops allowing funding (but remain quite happy to make any number of identical payments to b*nk accounts opened up only a day or two prior in Russia to enable laundering of plundered cash from mug internet buyers).

    This is a latter day ‘War of Jenkins Ear’. The fucking yanks are just insane with power, throwing their weight around.

    This isn’t about ‘w*k*le*ks’. This is a clear warning to anybody who is thinking of blowing the whistle. Don’t. Or we’ll fuck up your life.

  88. 88
    EdMiliband says:

    I’m having lethons, which ith helping sometimes

  89. 89
    Tessa Tickles says:

    ‘Team Leader’ is just another layer of useless fat in a corporate hierarchy and any organisation that phases it out is being quite progressive.

  90. 90
    Sres says:

    Another bunch of wikileaks that we all knew, that was never reported, the only reason wikileaks is making news is because the governments are in such a flap about it…

  91. 91
    Harridan Harmanhater says:

    That’s ‘gwitting’ surely Ed ??

    Slice of cooked goose, anyone ?

  92. 92
    Stupid geographers suddenly elevated to status of scientists says:

    Look, it’s very simple.

    When the temperature decreases – it’s weather.

    When the temperature increases – it’s climate change.

    Please find enclosed my funding application.

  93. 93
    Lurker Researcher says:

    Guido and Wikileaks on BBC Culture Show:

  94. 94
    Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

    Does the job come with a diary secretary ?

  95. 95
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “we will tolerate the annoying adverts”

    Just use Firefox and NoScript – and do a block on images from – and this site’s an advert-free zone.

  96. 96
    Climate scientist on the hunt for Big reasearch grant says:

    It’s even simpler

    When the temperature decreases – it’s Global warming
    When the temperature increases – it’s Global warming
    When the temperature remains the same – it’s Global warming

    And it’s all man made.

  97. 97
    Ho Hum says:

    Calm down dear !!!!.

    You are beginning to sound like a Rabid Neo Con Misguided Zealous Nutter. Oh Yes – that is what you actually are.

  98. 98
    jgm2 says:

    Labour lost. Get over it.

  99. 99
    Ho Hum says:

    Great News… Lib Dums are to all vote in favour of massive fee rises. Therefore their Crucifixion Can Continue. ( thats 3 “C’s” )

  100. 100
    Tessa Tickles says:

    It’s Thatcher’s fault.

  101. 101
    Stupid geographers suddenly elevated to status of scientists says:

    I stand corrected.

    Please find enclosed my funding application.

  102. 102
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    What’s all this nonsense with ‘conjoined’ – ‘con’ means ‘with’ – joined already means ‘attached to’, so why prefix it with ‘con’. They’re either joined or they’re not joined.

    The ‘con’ is just waste of keyboard-time, pixels and toner.

  103. 103
    jgm2 says:

    Awwww. Did Wabour wose the ewection? Awww don’t cwyyy.

  104. 104
    sJ says:

    Sorry, you served 75,000 pages, or had 75,000 unique visitors? There’s a distinct difference between the two, which would be worth clearing up – if you served 75,000 pages, I’d take a punt at you having roughly 20-30,000 unique daily visitors max, meaning you aren’t in fact bigger than The Times. If its actually 75,000 daily uniques, then fair play to you, but that’s not pages served.

    Still, I’d argue with your statement as the Times Hitwise figures are not 100% accurate, as Hitwise is a sample-based data set, not straight-out counts (Admittedly, it’s a massive data sample, but still not accurate)

    I’m totally against the idea of the Times paywall, but if you are going to state ‘We now have authoritative confirmation’ that you have more visitors, make sure you do.

    Until the Times releases official figures then all of this is mere speculation.

  105. 105
    David Cameron says:

    My Green Taxes will fix climate change, magically.

    If they leave you struggling to afford food, why don’t you just sell some of your investments, or transfer funds from your offshore accounts?


  106. 106
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Perhaps the leaked cables are numbered, and we’ve got

    #1234 Hague looks a bit camp
    #1235 Gadaffi is a bit of a git.
    #1237 Gordon Brown is inept
    #1238 The sky is blue.

    And #1236 is something they REALLY don’t want us to know about.

  107. 107
    It goes without saying that Guido is a strong supporter of Wikileaks. says:

    Which must be why you don’t say it very much.

    You think him being in a British Jail right now isn’t worthy of comment?
    You think this isn’t the exact time Wikileaks needs public and vocal support as it is attacked and it’s ability to fund itself is cut off by corrupt banks?

  108. 108
    retardEd Miliband says:

    I thuthpect you’re taking the pith.

    But I’m not thertain.

  109. 109
    Ho Hum says:

    Arrr, did you win the election…..nope.

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:


    look it up

  111. 111

    When windowlickers in the comments start dictating editorial policy on the blog Guido will quit.

  112. 112
    Ho Hum says:

    are you talking about Ed, or Gove ( I go to foowarnce )

  113. 113
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Global warming has cleared all the snow where I live.

  114. 114
    Thomas the Tank Engine says:

    Sorry was that Dairy Section?

  115. 115
    jgm2 says:

    Awwww. You wost. Awwww. Shame.

  116. 116
    bmp2 says:

    Awww… did Dave fail to even get a majority against a useless cun’t like Brown and has to take it up the shitter from Clegg now or he won’t be PM?
    Awww don’t cwyyy.

  117. 117
    retardEd Miliband says:

    Hello? Ith my thurname not a give-away?

  118. 118
    Nick Clegg says:

    Pardon me while I rake Dave right up the shitter. If I fall you fall Dave so no blubbing HHHHhhhnrrrrrggghhhh!! Ahhhh….

  119. 119
    Steve Miliband says:

    And Labour are proposing what exactly?

    When they all agree, in a few years hence, it seems thaye might cobble together a Graduate Tax. Great idea, tax the fuckers for the rest of their lives.

  120. 120

    Well we write fast, the blog turns out five stories a day, if we had all day to turn out 800 words the prose would be beautiful.

    Of course the position of blog sub-editor is still available and unpaid.

  121. 121
    misternednutter says:

    ned’s just some fuckwit who saw loose change once and believed every word of it and watched Glenn Beck rant about Soros and Wikileaks and believed every word of that

    a witless retard in other words

  122. 122
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Sounds like the big society to me.
    I look forward to the stewed tea and stale scones at the village hall when I’ve finished. hoorah.

  123. 123
    Ho Hum says:

    Ho Hum I’m Dumb

  124. 124
    Jonty says:

    I don’t mind the graduate tax. Because I didn’t graduate.

  125. 125
    Mr Plum says:

    Heard some nerd on the radio yesterday apparently our cold weather is due to unusually warm weather over Greenland

  126. 126

    Work is something you know fuck all about.

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    Engineer says:

    At what point does the provision of free online news become unsustainable?

    The print media have been struggling to make a profit for years. They are subsidising their on-line product at present; advertising revenue probably doesn’t cover all the costs. At some point, some or all of them will want to ditch print and distribution costs, but they can’t really do much about the journalism costs – whether they’re staffers or freelance, they’ll still want paying. It’s obvious that online provision is cheaper, and advertising revenue will offset some of the production costs, but at some point the readers will have to pay for what they are getting just to cover the costs.

    Murdoch may have mistimed the implementation of his paywall at The Times, but I can’t help feeling that he’s just recognising an economic inevitability. (I’m not saying that I like it, just that paywalls are going to happen whether we like it or not.)

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    occam says:

    the media are by and large sensationalism obsessed fuckwits who pander to corporate interests and governments when they have to

    only tin foil hatters think there is some nutty conspiracy with them all receiving their orders from an all powerful world government of bad bond villains

  129. 129
    money talks says:

    Because the CCHQ windowlickers at least pay you well to dictate editorial policy.

  130. 130
    Steve Miliband says:

    Worked where I live.
    We’ve had snow for nearly 2 weeks, but all roads were clear very quickly because people did it themselves.

  131. 131
    My Kancock says:

    I can’t stop my wick from leaking. Do I need an east European plumber?

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    BOOM goes the dynamite! says:


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    Alex says:

    Can’t believe misinterned has the cheek to moan at other people’s views being abusive when his or her first comment starts by calling someone a “tinfoil obsessed fuckwit”.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    The president of the united states is a lizzard from the planet bumfart

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    bergen says:

    I get mocked in the office for refusing to subscibe to anything from Murdoch on principle.I think he has made a serious error.He depends on everyone else following suit.So long as there is an advertising paid quality alternative,he’s in trouble with the added danger that his papers generally will slowly slip out of mind.

  136. 136
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Oh no, you’re going to be zapped by them. And I’ll be in jail in sweden for mishandling a goat.

  137. 137
    Anonymous says:

    Nobody will pay for an online newspaper. We just don’t like it.

    So, leave it free and you’ll get readers. Charge and you won’t.

    n x free readers = no income.
    0 x paying readers = no income.

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    give it time says:

    250,000 cables

    a mere tiny fraction of which have been done

    wait till they start on Iraq

  139. 139
    Anonymous says:

    Billy was interviewed but unfortunately was unsuccesful.

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    WokinghamChris says:

    Yes, the Telegraph has lost its way and is now barely worth reading for free.

    Yet another institution destroyed by pandering to PC and women.

    We move on from the self-serving opinions of lefty metropolitan trendies like Mary Riddell and seek out alternative sources of information.

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    Simon says:

    Alternatively, News Corp could buy Guido out. Murdoch’s gold is perhaps being flown in as we write.

  142. 142
    When Clegg falls Dave falls says:

    Dave failed to even get a majority against a useless cun’t like Brown.
    Get over it.

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    The BBC says:

    We plan to have one on top of the license fee…have you any idea how expensive champaign is!

  144. 144
    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Ah but many a sheeple didn’t know about many of the disclosures in wiki-leaks as they take Sky News / BBC as fact, so maybe it will wake a few more people up to the world around them. Other than ‘Enders, X-Factor etc

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    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Mary Riddell should be sent to a Gulag, although she would probably complain as there’s no quotas on females, and disabled access is non existent but the “multi-cultural” aspect may sweeten the deal.

  146. 146
    Sky News says:

    hows the local school Steve, need a paint you go.

    hows the local hospital Steve, need some help…off you go.

    hows the post office Steve, should really open Sat morning for a few hours… steve thanks for volunteering.

    hows the grass verges on your road steve, need some you go.

    PS can you please pay your council tax on time steve.

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    Socialism Ate My Future says:

    Wouldn’t even be discussing this if Blair hadn’t introduced tuition fees, where were the NUS then?!

  148. 148
    Tom says:

    Anglo American Mining have an advert on there.

  149. 149
    Mr Slater says:

    Oi! You leave my Parrot out of this!

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    Terrible But True says:

    @BBCRoryCJ Rory Cellan-Jones – Political blogger Guido Fawkes claims he now has more readers than the Times

    Well, who can confirm anything these days? Hence the ‘claims’, as the BBC uses for anything from any non-Labour source, but they seem to ‘say’ when it is. Must be something to do with who they mix with.

    Plus anyone from Aunty raising poor factual substantiation will be less than popular with colleagues in the news radio dept. at the moment, one suspects.

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    not a conspiracy nut says:

    Assange is a creepy rape-o with a hardon for attacking America, who has nothing remotely interesting to say about any real dictatorships or freedom-suppressing states. Just looking at his friends tells you all you need to know: Ken Loach, John Pilger and the Guardian

  153. 153
    Steve Miliband says:

    I wanted to get to work, like most of my neighbours so we cleared the snow, realising the councils were clearing most of the main routes. I did not expect a member of the Government to do it for me.
    I give some of my time to voluntary work, because I can.
    Most of the hedgerows/verges are maintained by local farmers, because, er it’s their land.
    I have recently given lifts to people who can’t get around. It’s called community spirit

    Your world must be very unpleasant

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    try reading the fucking cables next time says:

    China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia

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    Engineer says:

    So how do they cover the costs?

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    rick says:

    The only conspiracy there, is “why did blair do it”

    I’ll give you a clue: upwards of £60 million, plus a very large property portfolio. Are you there yet?

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    proving my point for me says:

    Exactly. Publishing the US’ opinion of those states (and embarassing for the Saudis purely because they were caught out holding reasonable views for once)

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    misterned says:

    No NOT proof of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan you muppet.

    The fact that the database in which was stored the details of all the personnel used in Mujahadeen cells used to attack the Soviets in Afganistan was called “Al Qaeda” would tell you that!

    Proof AQ solely committed 9/11 from caves in Afghanistan, without warning or in any other way alerting the US defence or intelligence system at all and some-how managed to trick the most advanced air-defence system on the face of the planet to not be able to find 4 large passenger jet aircraft for over 80 looooooooong minutes culminating in a successful attack on the Pentagon itself, when Andrews AFB was 10 miles down the road?

    How did “Al Qaeda” get the USA to change its standard operational procedures wrt hijacked aircraft, stopping 4 star generals from taking action, in May of 2001?

    There was NO evidence found in “Al Qaeda’s” camps, HQ, cells, caves anywhere in Afghanistan linking Osama to the 9/11 attacks. NONE, Not one sheet of paper, not one computer file or email and that is according to the head of the FBI at the time!

    That is NOT my assertion, that is Muellers!

    So come on, where is the PROOF? You have provided NONE! I am still waiting.

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    misterned says:

    But that is a factual observation, not an insult.

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    misterned says:

    Do you even know the actual dictionary definition of “conspiracy”?

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    MI7 says:

    It’s obvious to anyone with an ounce of inutition and insight that 9/11 was a false flag attack.

    And in my experience the corporate media is occupied by two types of jounralists, the first is repeaters who repeat what they’re told spiking there ‘stories’ with a left or right bias, they’re not part of a conspiracy just totaly locked into a left/right paradigm and heavily indoctrinated by the education (i.e. propaganda) they recieved in school/university/television.

    The second type is fully paid up establishment shills who know what’s really going on but for lack of ethics play along with the game and willingly pump lies and propaganda into the masses. These types are alot less common than the first type but they exist generaly in more senior positions to the first type.

  162. 162
    misterned says:

    You know I often wondered the same thing…

    Then I dicovered that they had indeed tried, but what you are unaware of is that Valerie Plame’s excellent team of undercover anti-proliferation agents (operating under the front of Brewster-Jennings & Associates) found them and stopped the team planting them.

    This was but one of the reasons that Cheney committed a Federal Felony (a high crime) by unlawfully having that CIA front outed.

  163. 163

    It is obvious only to loonies. Please go away.

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    Anonymous says:

    Times front page is carrying an ad. It’s for themselves!!!!!!!! I will never subscribe to a paywall. Stick that in your pipe Daily Torygraph.

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    MI7 says:

    Says the guy who sits next to Nick Cohen, an establishment propaganda merchant if there ever was on – and a pretty second rate one at that.

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    misterned says:

    There is no all powerful global government…yet.

    There are several bunches of competing corrupt international corporatists who share interests on the boards of banks, media and think tanks, who are wanting to put in place what could become a single global government though. These competing groups are what I refer to as a global corporatist elite.

    There are factions within factions and these overlap and individual people change sides all the time.

    How anyone can claim that there is no corporate elite, attempting to steer the planet into an ever more centralised system, moving more and more powers to supra national authority into fewer and fewer hands, in spite of all the evidence, like the speeches of political leaders calling for a new world order, and Blair calling of a “unipolar” world order and warning of the dangers of a “multipolar” world order, and the daily reality of the EU, and the fact that the EU is spreading its tentacles more and more to link up with North American Integrationists, is frankly unaware of reality.

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    misterned says:

    Please provide proof of your 9/11 theory.

    I have not seen a convincing proof beyond all doubt supporting any theory, official or otherwise.

    That is the WHOLE POINT!

    People pick pieces of evidence, which in themselves are interesting and adds to plausible theories, but not enough to provide overwhelming proof.

    For example, there is a LOT of evidence that the US knew the attacks were imminent. They recieved detailed and specific warnings from Russia, Germany, France, South Affrica and elsewhere. Did they allow them to happen on purpose?

    I need proof, rather than cherry picked circumstantial evidence.

    I do wonder though, why the 4 star general in charge of NORAD on the day that the US defence system failed worse than at any time in their history, was promoted so soon afterwards, when many believe he should have been arrested and charged with criminal negligence and failing in his duty to defend the US airspace.

    The idea that they could not have predicted terrorists using airliners as missiles is bollocks. They ran drills for that exact scenario. The Navy had even drilled defending against people flying a plane kamikazi style into the Pentagon. So they knew an attack was imminent, and when it happened, they did NOTHING for 80+ minutes…

    Again, not proof of a Conspiracy over a Cock up. But then why reward the person in charge of the cock up?

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    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Careful Guido, there might just be a cash bid on the way! Murdoch getsagleam in his eye.

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    Alex says:

    Well if you really believe you can make such a comment about someone you know nothing about outside of a few comments on an internet blog and claim that it’s factual rather than speculation on your part, you’ve just invalidated everything you say, and there’s no point in taking notice of you as you don’t possess the intelligence to be taken seriously.

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    Great Granddad says:

    And I thought that my cup of cynicism was already full! Guido selling out to Murdoch. The mind boggles. Mind you, he is Irish…

  171. 171
    Jimmy says:

    You’re new here aren’t you?

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    mong watch says:

    The Saudis were caught red handed funding terrorists.

    Are you fucking retarded ?

  173. 173
    Tin Foil Hat Watch says:

    never engage with a conspiracy loon
    they think everything they say is a FACT just because they say it

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    GF says:

    please go away loony

  175. 175
    nutter says:

    please go away loony

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    nutter watch says:

    fuck off loony

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    misterned says:

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    Old Cauliflower Nose says:

    Totally agree number 1. Anything connected to the NUJ is a large part of the problem.

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    proving my point for me says:

    …and it took a Guardian-sponsored rape-o to inform you of that? Bloody fast, you mong-watchers

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    Anonymous says:

    I am not good at spelling, when I used to go to the tech I used to read the Telegraph that was over 30 years ago are the spelling mistakes just as bad?

  181. 181
    Anonymous says:

    It’s in the name dear boy

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    Simon says:

    Roy Thomson, later Lord Thomson of Fleet. Owned the Sunday Times too and (I think it was he) allowed Harold Evans free rein to run it better than before or since. Also owned Scottish TV and at least part of an N Sea oilfield. Often cited to entrepreneurs of my generation as an example of the power of endurance, as he went broke several times in his native Canada before making it.

    Apologies for any inaccuracies – the memory fades with time.

  183. 183
    Simon says:

    Trouble with the original proposal (everyone with a knife goes to jail automatically) is that it would have hoovered up not only the scum, but also blameless granddads who have carried a penknife in their pockets since they were boys 50+ years ago and have aggressive intentions only towards recalcitrant packaging. That is obviously daft, and it is just possible that Ken has seen sense.

  184. 184
    Simon says:

    You young people don’t now the half of it. You had to see the Guardian 50 years ago to see typesetting incompetence at its apogee. That’s why in some circles it’s still referred to as the Grauniad.

  185. 185
    Simon says:

    Given that the country cannot afford Bliar’s brainless rush to get half of our yoof, however gormless, into tertiary education, and that too many unis have expanded their provision of degrees awarded for collecting coupons from cornflakes packets, something’s got to give.

    The future needs to be one in which about 10% go to uni, in my estimation. How does a govt get from here to there? Push up the price, cause weaker unis to fail and disclaim the credit for the sector getting back to where it should have been all along, blaming weak university managers instead.

    After that, we can have a rational discussion about who funds students’ places – but not until much of the poisonous legacy of Bliar/Bruin has been unwound.

    My heart does bleed for those poor youngsters who were so cruelly misled, with their A levels worth an O level of 40 years ago, aspiring to degrees worth, often, nothing at all. Time for some straight talk from the education team in the coalition, setting out what a disaster our state system has become and how they will respond, urgently, to it.

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    Simon says:

    More mindless modding???

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    Leaving the Tory Party says:

    Quite right. I am coming to that conclusion too. Politics is going back to what it should be, individuals with something interesting to say. I am pissed off at reading the DT and the houseroom they give that idiot Mary Riddell and the sycophancy of Brogan and D’Ancona.

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    Leaving the Tory Party says:

    So you should be. Glad to hear it.

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    they really are this stupid says:

    “who has nothing remotely interesting to say about any real dictatorships” “China, Iran, Russia, Saudi Arabia” “proving my point for me”
    truly you are one of the most stupid posters ever to appear on this site

    and what kind of fuckwit thinks funding terrorists are reasonable views?

    proof and speculation

    there’s a difference retard

    look them up

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    sJ says:

    Yes, I don’t read this blog at all – I was intrigued by the headline though, as I’m interested in the success/failure of the Times paywall. Turned out that the article was totally inaccurate, and therefore thought it might be worth mentioning. Obviously not eh?

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