June 23rd, 2011

A Little More on Mel’s Move

Last Thursday Melanie Phillips  unexpectadly announced that she was no longer going to be writing for the Spectator and would be moving her conversation starting pieces to her own personal website.

In a strange coincidence there is an expensive looking retraction on the front page of the Spectator’s website today, referencing a story by Phillips. If Guido could make a helpful suggestion, perhaps Mel could go write for HuffPo…


85 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Does anyone read the spectator?

    • 5
      Frasier Crane says:

      Yes. I am the editor, I should know

      • 13
        Anonymous says:

        Just becuase the allegation was withdrawn doesn’t make it false. And, it was made in January so plenty of time to ‘punish’ her.

        Maybe she has left them, for being so spineless as to apologise ?!?

        • 85
          Dick the Prick says:

          Mel gives good opinion and i’d be surprised to see her Huffing it. Speccie has limited funds and perhaps discretion is the better part etc etc. Ah, fuck it, move on – next! Online journalism eh? Who’d do it?

      • 52
        Anonymous says:

        Here’s one ex reader – since the exclusion of Mark Steyn. Nothing yet forgiven!
        John G

        • 59
          Sir William Waad says:

          Steyn was always interesting but always wrong. He claimed for years that bin Laden was dead, you may recall, and when we invaded Iraq he predicted the immediate downfall of Assad in Syria. He is an impassioned writer but hopelessly fact-blind.

    • 6
      Joss Taskin says:

      Does anyone read the Huffington Post ??

      • 10
        Anonymous says:

        It’s the next big thing, apparently.

        Yeah, right.

      • 40
        Sir William Waad says:

        I never had much time for Arianna Stassinopoulos when I was up at Cambridge but one has to admit that the blowsy old madam has a darn good product with the Huffington Post. It’s pitched at exactly the right level for the chattering classes. Out here at Waad Magna we leave chattering to the jays but, for fully urbanised humans, chattering is an important way of coping with stressful overcrowding and I can understand why the Huffer Puffer appeals to them.

    • 31
      Desperate Dan says:

      It has an 80,000+ circulation – twice as many as the New Statesman.

      • 42
        K. Maguire says:

        But only half as interesting.

      • 67
        Terrible But True says:

        Strewth, Polly best watch out… the BBC will have her Green Room hammock turfed out on the steps of Broadcasting House in the name of ‘better representation’* before you can say Haw… Haw.

        Meanwhile, back at Nick Robbo’s ‘So what about the workers?’ blog….

  2. 2
    MrAngry61 says:

    Seems like a pretty bad mistake, alleging that someone’s been expelled from Israel without checking properly.

    Never mind, at least her articles will still be available on-line.

  3. 3
    Melanie says:

    Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma
    Look what they’ve done to my song
    Well it’s the only thing I could do half right
    And it’s turning out all wrong, Ma
    Look what they’ve done to my song

    Look what they’ve done to my brain, Ma
    Look what they’ve done to my brain
    Well they picked it like a chicken bone
    And I think I’m half insane, Ma
    Look what they’ve done to my song

  4. 4
    Billy Preston is the 2nd best 5th beatle says:

    Is it my shift today then?

    • 29
      Winston Smith says:

      Billy Preston is definitely the best 5th Beatle. I reckon he’d even be a better 4th than Ringo.

      Maybe a new job for Melanie Phillips could be as Middle East Peace Envoy? She always seems very impartial to me.

  5. 7
    Desperate Dan says:

    The Spectator without Melanie Philips will be an enormous imporovement. I hope she takes her unsavoury fans with her as well.

  6. 8
    Jonty Pryor, Labour Liar says:

    I will post an insulting, off topic and pointless comment as soon as I can think of one

  7. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Totty watch tag?

  8. 12
    Wise words from Nigel says:
    • 15
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      Even wiser words from the past.

      “I despise what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it”

      • 27
        Blofeld says:

        Melanie Philips wouldn’t agree with you. She will not tolerate views other than her own.

        • 37
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Typical woman then :-)

          • Selohesra says:

            Only two women in recent history been shown to exercise consistantly good judgement – Maggie T (usually) & my wife (never wrong)

      • 36
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        So I’m allowed to say Nigel is offensive?
        (While I’m at it… he can call a country “not proper” when its made of 2 parts that don’t like each other much. What is the right number … 5 ?)

        What has he said this time anyway?

      • 78
        Weygand says:

        I’m sure Voltaire’s actual words were “Say that again and I’ll ‘ave yer” – I remember seeing the film with Ray Winstone

  9. 14
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    After all the death and meyhem in Afghanistan
    we throw in the towel and walk away
    we are in talks with the Taliban
    telling them they must not take back the country after we run away
    i will give it less than six months before they are back in control

    What a waste of time ,lives and money !

    • 19
      Sandpit Harry says:

      Relax – it took us 6 years to find it out what the Russians found out in 20 !

    • 21
      Dave's talks with the Taliban says:

      Dear Taliban, the keys to the country are under the doormat. We’ve left some milk in the fridge. Please don’t burn down the girls’ schools we built. If you do, please don’t do it in front of the cameras, at least not before 2015.

      Best regards,
      DC.

      PS: actually, the door is probably unlocked.

      • 25
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        And please accept all the new weapons vehicles and uniforms that you will find lying around
        after all the new army and policemen have fled for the UK with their families to claim asylum for fear of being killed by you
        If you manage to capture Mohammed Karzai please ask him what he did with the 21 billion pounds that we gave him to improve your shithole,before you remove his head
        thank you !

        • 34
          MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

          8 out of 10 members of the Afghan forces can’t write their own name or recognise a number between one and ten !
          so how did they know 8 out of 10 couldn’t do it then ?

          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            10 out of 10 socailist goverments always run out of other peoples money .

      • 74
        Glyn H says:

        Or see page 3 of this weeks Eye. Cartoon on Taliban Negotations. “If you don’t give in, we’ll quit”. Seems succinct to me.

    • 28
      Archer Karcher says:

      Six Months?

      Six weeks.

    • 32
      bergen says:

      Once the Americans had finally caught up with Bin Laden and discovered that he had been holed up in Pakistan for years, I guessed that they would get out of Afghanistan as quickly as decently possible.

      They were there after Al-queda in general and him in particular.They were never going to sacrifice their men and money over a vicious internal civil war in a bankrupt country with few natural resources other than narcotics.

    • 41
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      Vietnam all over again. Moral: don’t get involved in twattish wars everyone but the politicians know are unwinnable.

  10. 18
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Labour are at it again (BBC Parliament), shouting. Why are they so loud mouthed.
    Angela Eagle has shown a use for old cooking oil, it’s plastered all over her hair.
    Margaret Beckett, what an old horse, spouting shit.
    Labour hypocrisy at work again.

    • 22
      COMRADE BOB CROW (ANNUAL SALARY £258,978) says:

      WE SHAWT SHOWT SHAHT YEL LOWDLY LAWDLY WITH ALOT OF NOYS 2 SHOW WE R MORE CLEVERER THAN U.

  11. 24
    Steve says:

    Note how the comments section that that announcement is censoring all negative comments. Nothing but fawning praise there.

  12. 26
    Oor Wullie says:

    I hear there may be a late night BBC3 adult highbrow show in the offing:
    ‘At Home with the Rosenbergs’.

  13. 35
    and hes LBW caught behind and completely stumped says:

    Spectator doing a bit of housekeeping and door locking…mind you they are so inconspicuous these days who really cares who they hire or lose on the way to continued obscurity

  14. 38
    Anonymous says:

    every TV news program,paper and news media still kicking the shit out of this goverment 24/7 didnt realize Cameron sent the troops in to Afganistan.
    Labour truley get away with everything they have done to this once great country.
    Does the UK have a death wish listening to all the crap and lies from the media you would say yes.
    Just wish they had taken the time to cross examine Labours policys in the last 12 years sorry it wasnt their fault.Wankers all of them.

  15. 39
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Poisonous bitch.

  16. 43
    Archer Karcher says:

    Phillips gets it, so does this guy.

  17. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Nothing libertarian about Melanie’s racist ranting. Her absence will greatly improve the Spectator.

  18. 47
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Who has more houses , Tony Blair or Micheal meacher?

  19. 48
    Rev I M Jolly says:

    The old crone can be quite good value on some forums but in the Spectator she has been nothing but a laughingly naive, utterly partisan pro-Israeli apologist for ages now, I can’t recall the last time she wrote about anything else.

    Every time another piece comes in Frazer Nelson must be like ‘FFS, why does she always write the same old pish?’.

    Good riddance I say.

    • 56
      bergen says:

      Recently she has been writing about Israel to the exclusion of just about everything and I think it has been self-defeating.

      It’s a shame because she can write quite perceptively on matters generally but her readership must be reduced by now simply to Middle East bores of either persuasion.

  20. 49
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Another right wing J bites the dust. who cares

  21. 50
    Jon Shuttleworth says:

    So Mad Mel has got the sack then? It may be that she is suffering from a progressive decline like Lady Thatcher.

  22. 53
    No2IT says:

    Adieu Mel P. You won’t be missed.

    In this world of there is much space for rational argument and moderation.

    You stoked the fires of unrest and discontent. You know it. That’s how you made your money.

    There’s no room for you in the modern world.

    Now buzz off.

    I know a good hotel in East Jerusalem you could go for a holiday.

    Ever been to Ramallah? It’s only half an hour down the road. Worth a visit.

  23. 54
    Tom Baldwin says:

    Good one Guido

    “If Guido could make a helpful suggestion, perhaps David “Bottler” Cameron could go fuck himself or call a General Election…

  24. 64
    AJC says:

    She is barking – it couldn’t happen to a nicer person!

  25. 76
    Jimmy says:

    Surely you should put in a cheeky bid for Mad Mel. She’d be an excellent fit.

  26. 77
    Border Terrier says:

    Heard her speak at a Tory conference fringe event – like being drenched in paint stripper. Painful, unpleasant and pointless. Hubby is okay.

  27. 79
    General Zod says:

    She is a monomaniac, frothing-at-the mouth lunatic. She never belonged at the Spectator and htey are well rid of her.

    They admitted to me that they allowed her to censor responses to her blog entries.

  28. 80
    Anna says:

    LOL – it was clear from Mel’s extremely terse final Spectator post that some disagreement had occurred. None of the usual guff, from both sides, about ‘how much I’ve/We’ve appreciated . . .” etc. I do like Mel, and think she draws attention to important issues mostly neglected by the MSM, but sometimes she can go a bit over the top – whether that is frothing & justified anger, or a completely false allegation, is anyone’s guess. One remembers Mark Steyn’s sudden exit from UK media, in particular The Spectator & Telegraph. He was another extremely forthright commentator (still is, outwith UK boundaries!). Couldn’t be anything to do with craven media fear, censorship, and UK’s appalling libel laws?

  29. 83
    Mad as hell not going to take big ones anymore says:

    Personally I can’t read her bile. You know what’s she going to say anyway. She could shock us all by not being so completely biased and I might decide to read her articles or listen to her on broadcast media. She just comes accross as a witch and does exactly the opposite to winning people over to her viewpoint with her manner. And yeah the Camille paglia look doesn’t endear me to her either.


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