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…


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

    Does anyone read the spectator?

  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?

  5. 5
    Frasier Crane says:

    Yes. I am the editor, I should know

  6. 6
    Joss Taskin says:

    Does anyone read the Huffington Post ??

  7. 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.

  8. 8
    Jonty Pryor, Labour Liar says:

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

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

    Totty watch tag?

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    It’s the next big thing, apparently.

    Yeah, right.

  11. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    Get her off BBC QT as well

  12. 12
    Wise words from Nigel says:

  13. 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    Just becuase the allegation was withdrawn doesn’t make it false.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 ?!?

  14. 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 !

  15. 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”

  16. 16
    jeremy hardly says:

    Yeah, let’s get another leftie on, we can’t get enough of ‘em.

  17. 17
    Desperate Dan says:

    The BBC had to apologise for her ill-mannered oikish behaviour on The Moral Maze a few weeks ago. She kept telling everyone who didn’t agree with her that they were too stupid to understand anything.

  18. 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.

  19. 19
    Sandpit Harry says:

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

  20. 20
    Man with a cup of coffee says:

    Who is Melanie Phillips?

  21. 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,

    PS: actually, the door is probably unlocked.

  22. 22


  23. 23
    Christian Guru Murphy says:

    A boorish rentaquote.

  24. 24
    Steve says:

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

  25. 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 !

  26. 26
    Oor Wullie says:

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

  27. 27
    Blofeld says:

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

  28. 28
    Archer Karcher says:

    Six Months?

    Six weeks.

  29. 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.

  30. 30
    Lambton Worm says:

    Dear god no. Don’t put ideas into their heads.

  31. 31
    Desperate Dan says:

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

  32. 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.

  33. 33
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    The Daily Mail will love it if they’ve got pretty daughters. Esp if one of them has a massive yet perfect arse.

  34. 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 ?

  35. 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

  36. 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?

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

    Typical woman then :-)

  38. 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.

  39. 39
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Poisonous bitch.

  40. 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.

  41. 41
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

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

  42. 42
    K. Maguire says:

    But only half as interesting.

  43. 43
    Archer Karcher says:

    Phillips gets it, so does this guy.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

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

  45. 45
    Archer Karcher says:

    Since when has a religion been a race?

  46. 46
    Bad Habits says:

    That is because she used to be a Lefty. Old habits die hard I suppose!

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

    Who has more houses , Tony Blair or Micheal meacher?

  48. 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.

  49. 49
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Another right wing J bites the dust. who cares

  50. 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.

  51. 51
    Mr Slater's Parrot says:

    (fluff) (cuttle) (tappity-tap) SQUIIIIIIRRRRRKK-K… (wait)

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

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

  53. 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.

  54. 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…

  55. 55
    left windgers go away says:

    rubbish, just like the self serving shite you right

  56. 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.

  57. 57
    Jabba the Dog says:

    Obviously has not yet got round to dumping the lesbian haircut and clothing?

  58. 58
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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

  59. 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.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

  61. 61

    And the most opinionated, self-righteous, and unnecessarily hysterical journalist award goes to….

    Its a Tie!
    Melanie Philips and Laurie Penny !

  62. 62
    Selohesra says:

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

  63. 63
    tony says:

    people who know me say I’m a pretty straight kind of guy

  64. 64
    AJC says:

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

  65. 65
    tony says:

    i might be able to help you there

  66. 66
    rabbi lionel blue says:

    would she be happier on the do you ish chronicle?

  67. 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….

  68. 68
    Kev's Nan says:

    Haway our Kev. Yer na yer only read Viz.

  69. 69
    Kev's Nan says:

    1st sentence – correct.
    2nd sentence – who cares.

  70. 70
    Terrible But True says:

    Well, we all make mistakes.

    Especially in the vicinity of Israel.

    If… some more than others.


    Maybe Mel can get a gig on the One Show, where they can be very forgiving, depending…

  71. 71
    Two Fat Ladies - Cleggerty Clegg says:

    Neither. Its Chris Huhne.

  72. 72
    The End of the Rope says:

    A bit of a one trick pony.

  73. 73
    Frank Field's gone native says:

    Another woman that Rod Liddle wouldn’t get jiggy with…

  74. 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.

  75. 75
    scratch and sniff says:

    shouldn’t that be “the only”?

  76. 76
    Jimmy says:

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

  77. 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.

  78. 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

  79. 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.

  80. 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?

  81. 81
    Fitbad the Tailor says:

    Any adult show will do, whatever they call it.

  82. 82
    Reimer says:

    Yeah, that old one. Very good

  83. 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.

  84. 84
    joescotus says:

    oi what about good old r.fisk of yer “independent”…….

  85. 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?

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