June 29th, 2011

Dirty Hari: Johann Story Rapidly Unravelling 

Guido is fairly sure Johann Hari has breached Article 1 of the PCC Code. He has admitted misleading his readers. Despite the desperate attempts by his editor, Simon Kelner, to spin that his favorite son is being attacked for political reasons, the Hari-wagon is coming off of the tracks.

The Telegraph are coming down on him heavily. Firstly there is Brenden O’Neil rightly pointing out that “the notion that one can reach “the truth” by manipulating reality should be anathema to anyone who calls himself a journalist.” Janet Daley weighs in with a valid arguement:

“Many, if not most, of his interviewees were people whom he admired and whose political views he shared. By replacing what he admits were often their less-than-articulate responses to live questions with text from their published works, he was performing a service to their reputations which was worthy of a spin doctor or a professional propagandist.”

Toby Young points us to the career ending decision:

“His fate now turns on whether the committee that awarded him the Orwell Prize for Journalism asks him to return the prize (and the £3,000 prize money). It is hard to see how they could do otherwise, given that Hari still doesn’t seem to think his cut-and-paste habits are anything to be ashamed of.”

And in a slap to Kelner’s face and reputation, this issue goes beyond any left or right divide. The New Statesman is being particularly thorough in making sure the golden child of the left is held to the level of accountability that his platform and reputation deserve. The most damning revelation of the day so far comes from the Staggers, who reveal that Hari directly lifted other peoples work for an “interview” he did with Chavez in 2006. The dictionary definition of plagiarism. 

Meanwhile The Guardian have provided a helpful poll on whether you think Hari’s apology was enough, needless to say it’s not looking good for him. Guido is digging around rumours of Hari being fired from his student paper for “making things up in order to make a story stronger”. He also bought you two more accusations of plagiarism earlier and Forbes have compiled cases of Hari getting his facts completely wrong, deliberately perhaps. Hilariously historian Guy Walters has found Hari lifted text Ann Leslie’s biography for his own interview with her. No wonder she said he wasn’t “a real journalist” on Newsnight last night. Brian Whelan, who triggered this onslaught has found another smoking gun.

Right now hundreds of articles by the disgraced bard are being scrutinised, fact-checked, cross-referenced and flagged up. You shake one branch….


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

    Oh dear , Thats another leftie screwed then ;-)

  2. 2
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    Even the Daily Mash is down with this shit.


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Shouldnt he juat change from a journolist to a opinon writter?

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    Andie99uk says:

    It matters not his politics.
    What he did was unfogivable to readers who trusted the indy & Hari to deliver the truth, not a hashed up rewrite of something else.
    IF he is too cowardly to fall on his sword, then he deserves to be pushed.
    AFTER giving back the Orwell & £3000.

  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am a synchronised swimmer

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    Ah! Monika says:

    We’ll give you a second try at this one Billy

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    Kevin T says:

    The only defence he has left is that he hasn’t been caught deliberately making a fact up or misrepresenting someone. So far everything that’s been revealed is in the grey areas (albeit far greyer than a broadsheet editor should be prepared to put up with, let alone defend). He only has to be caught in one clearcut instance of making something up and that’s the end of him. Even Kelner can’t defend a liar.

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    codswallop says:

    There is a God.

  10. 10
    Desperate Dan says:

    The quotes he lifts from the published works of his inarticulate lefty interviewees are probably written, or at best finessed, by editors employed by the publisher.

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    Moussa Koussa says:

    Torygraph today… Oh dear

    Moussa Koussa, Colonel Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief and foreign minister, is facing calls to return to Britain for prosecution after The Daily Telegraph tracked him down to a luxury hotel in the Gulf.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Okay, Let me try and put it this way.

    Polly Toynbee writes word for word from the labour “lines to take” (even if they are lies)

    Hari copies word for word from other people and it is a crime?

    Is it truth we judging or is it the difference between a Journo and a Opinon writter?

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    Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget the old Private Eye allegations: http://student.cs.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/articles/article0003736.html

  14. 14
    Montgomery Cheddar says:

    The Independent is full of mentalists who write made-up bullshit. Seems rather unfair to single him out. That said, I’m enjoying seeing him get taken apart, the odious little turd.

  15. 15
    Professor Sir Robert Winstons says:

    So Hari is a smug, lying, mendacious cu’nt……..in other news a Pope has done a shit in the woods by Littlehampton Tescos

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    Kevin T says:

    Incidentally, to those leftists defending him, what would be your opinion of a police detective who catches a crack dealer bang to rights selling his wares to kids outside a school. The cop watches him do it and takes crystal clear video evidence of him doing it. Then before the case comes to trial the video goes missing. That’s the one piece of solid, uncontrovertible evidence the prosecution has. Without it, the case collapses and the dealer goes back to selling crack to kids, albeit more carefully. The cop KNOWS the dealer is guilty, having witnessed him dealing, but his word will not be enough. Is the cop justified in planting evidence on the dealer in the service of a greater truth?

  17. 17
    Osborne fucking the economy says:

    Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services union, said it was the most important strike in his union’s history, adding: “Everything we have ever worked for is under attack.”

    The Prime Minister launched a fresh attack on the strike, while business leaders warned it will have a “significant impact” on industry.

    David Cameron told MPs there was no case for industrial action and repeated that the proposed changes to public sector pensions were “fair”.

    Speaking at Prime Minister’s question time, he said he hoped “as many mums and dads as possible” would be able to take their children to school despite the action.

    “I don’t believe there is any case for industrial action tomorrow, not least because talks are still ongoing. It is only a minority of unions who have taken the decision to go ahead and strike.


  18. 18
    Yasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    Yoo dirty fuckin English pig
    I hate all Englishists

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    Dirty Hari says:

    I know what you’re thinking, punk. Did he copy 8 articles or just 7? To be honest, I’ve forgotten myself in all this excitement. But seeing as I’m a leftie journalist, the most dishonest writer in the world, you gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

  20. 20
    Yasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    Shuddup cu’nt

  21. 21
    Jabba the Cat says:

    This skewering is particularly special and delicious. After all, Hari is the leftie golden poster boy, straight to the top of the leftie greasy pole whilst still in his nappies. It is a moment to be savoured.

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    Faceless Bureaucrat says:

    Was I alone in catching that fatuous arse Peter Wilby (former short-term Editor of the Independent and the man who was ‘dismissed’ from the New Statesman) defending Hari on the BBC R4 ‘PM’ programe last night? Wilby’s ‘everybody does it…’ comment was jaw-dropping in its arrogance and his constant reference to ‘this young man’ made one wonder exactly what special skills Hari had that attracted Wilby’s eye and encouraged him to give him his big break at the Indy…

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    Desperate Dan says:

    NO. He should retreat to his library with a revolver and a bottle of the finest malt and do the decent thing.

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    Jess The Dog says:

    Didn’t loose words on the Today programme cost a journalist his job with the BBC, and lead to a witch-hunt which caused a man’s suicide? With plenty of scrutiny over contemperaneous notes and sources? No-one can admit to this sort of serial and deliberate deceit in this shameful and unapologetic way, and expect to remain in journalism.

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    Pork Scratchings says:

    Hari Kiri by a thousand cut and pastes

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    Eamonn U Ensis says:

    O/T Obama has just announced in live broadcast to the “American People” that the USA can no longer keep on spending money they haven’t gotand cutting taxes if they are to reduce deficit and cut risk of Greek style default they must start to cut public services and raise taxes …Gordon’s “Best Mate” has finally seen the light and realised that Gordon was talking total “Balls” all along ……he’s even talking Defence Spending being cut which is a serious no no for a US President to announce he’s thinking of given the huge Defence Lobby in the US……the Greek Tragedy is focusing minds wonderfully well apart from Labour’s of course who are still living in la la land of cutting VAT ,spending more on public services and protecting teacher’s pensions and continuing to max out the nation’s credit card………….

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    Mata Hari says:

    Never speak to me again. You’ve blackened the family name

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    martin sewell says:

    Hari/Greece/un-deportable Somalian criminals – in one day we are getting the complete picture that today nobody has to face the consequences of their actions. All of these problems are as a direct result of Leftist/Liberal standards.

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    AndyN says:

    This just gets better and better.

    Hari’s toe-curlingly sanctimonious arguments were frequently propped up by laughably anecdotal “evidence” (“…polls show… “…most people think….” “…someone said to me recently….” ) that was never attributed or linked.

    Now I realise why – none of it happened or even existed.

    Even the smarmy, deluded riposte on his website contained this: I called round a few other interviewers for British newspapers and they said what I did was normal practice and they had done it themselves from time to time.

    Yeah, sure you f*cking did.

    Bye bye Hari :-)

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    Time 2 CTRL, ALT & DEL says:

    this guy would make it in politics where truth is never a key

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So , No freedom of speech? I am so confused…..

  32. 32
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Don’t worry, the digging is going on apace and every single word the little twerp has ever written will be turned over and compared. Expect plenty more to surface in due course.

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    Sly And The Family Stallone says:

    Hari’s probably wishing he’d died in mysterious circumstances in a portaloo at Glastonbury after a dressing down from the PM over a leaked memo as the press, especially Guido, would take far less interest.

  34. 34
    Peace through superior firepower says:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive!

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    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m an uzi 9 milimeter.

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    Chiel says:


    You, Sir, are an accessory to fraudulent journalism. The realities of Hari’s posing as a serious journalist are these:

    1 Hari is only interested in Hari’s progress and trophy collecting
    2 Hari’s interviews are a form of PR on behalf of the interviewees
    3 Hari’s entire oevre of “Interviews” will reveal a pattern of Google/Cut and Paste/Scenario setting/ always about Hari’s advancement of the causes being promoted by the Iterviewee.

    Mr Kelner you are well aware of his modus-operandi but because of your own financial interests you are obliged to promote this worthless piece of gobshite as a serious journalist.

    For fucks sake the pair of you should are a disgrace to a disgraceful “profession”.

  37. 37
    Moussa Koussa says:


    Yeah earlier today had lunch in my local. Everyone was talking about the Hari situation.

    None starter…Move on…Get over it.

    Your begining to sound like Nasty Zelots…Oh sorry, that is what you are


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    A boy was shot dead in north London to avenge the “humiliation” of a rival who was put in a dustbin by the victim during a row, the Old Bailey has heard.


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    A lazy, Marxist BBC piece of dogshit says:

    Why is this a story really?

    He’s a principal member of the lefty press, of course he tells lies and has utter contempt for the gullible hand wringers who read his ‘work’

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    Archer Karcher says:

    He’s a lefty, he does not know what decency is. No he will play the victim card for all he is worth, which isn’t much.

  41. 41
    Order-Order Spokesman says:

    Buy a T-shirt.


  42. 42
    Alex says:

    What, take a slug of the malt, cough his guts up because it hurts his precious little throat so much and then accidentally shoot himself in the foot during the coughing fit?

  43. 43
    Badbobby says:

    Johann Hari’s going down, going down, going down
    Johnann Hari’s going down, next it’s Polly Toynbee

    He told lies to earn his fees, earn his fees, earn his fees
    He told lies to earn his fees, next it’s Polly Toynbee

  44. 44
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Hoisted by his own petard!

    I’m lovin it

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    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    More interested in the BBC scandal paying off Byford for £950,000 on top of his pension pot. The licence fee holders are being robbed by these left wingers. Guido, what else can you dig up at the BBC?

    CaMoron didn’t answer the question at PMQs about politicians pensions. Bland reply that public should get value for money- has he gone effing mad! Politicians providing value for money with their salaries, expenses, second homes, offices, lobbying interests, second jobs etc. Wake up caMoron you are sounding really dull and out of touch. Nothing fair about teachers pensions compared to MPs.

  46. 46
    Order-Order Spokesman says:

    Opps that was meant for you Sir.

    Buy a T-shirt.


  47. 47
    Johann Hari the new Piers Moron says:

    He would be good as a showbiz writer or PR in entertainment as that sort of stuff is allowed. Maybe he should consider writing for Heat magazine.

  48. 48
    Lord Lucan says:

    Hari-gate…why isn’t this Hari-gate already??

    Claiming trademark now

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    Anonymous says:

    Blatantly justified, which is what they used to do in the so called “bad old days” – they didn’t fit up innocent bystanders for the hell of it, they fitted up hardened criminals with teflon coatings.

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    A lazy, Marxist, BBC piece of dogshit says:

    The degenerate, cocaine addled, filth at the BBC will welcome him with open arms

    A hard leftist liar will always find work as a ‘journalist’ with those cu’nts

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    Johann Hari the new Piers Moron says:

    The left are allowed to tell lies because its for the greater good. Religious fanatics and leftists two sides of the same coin or should that be two cheeks of the same arse.

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    Lord Sir Geoffrey Fall-AboutALot says:

    Right now hundreds of articles by the disgraced bard are being scrutinised, fact-checked, cross-referenced and flagged up. You shake one branch….

    Not by me there not. YaBoo, this is a job for peasants …. pas me the wine slave. …

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    Polly says:

    Are you accusing me of parroting other peoples comments?

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    2 chubby lefty poofs says:

    Johann Hari & David Mitchell : two chubby, lefty poofters – has anyone ever seen them together?
    Are they actually the same person?
    Just asking!

  55. 55

    You’ve done that one…

  56. 56
    Johann Hari says says:

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    Anonymous says:

    Anyone who needs an example of Labour’s failed education system need only read any of the pearls of lunacy that this moron spouts on every article published here. The usual stuff, can’t distinguish between “their”, “there” and “they’re”/”too”, “to” or “two”/”non” or “none” etc.

    Seriously son, you’re a walking advertisement for why Labour have failed millions of people by not allowing them to even learn to read and write properly.

  58. 58
    Mata Hari says:

    Never darken my doorstep again

  59. 59
    God is an Englishman. says:

    No there isn’t!

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    Loftus Road says:

    i despise them both….

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    Johann Hari the new Piers Moron says:

    And of course dont forget we are in the age of Super injunctions where courts ensure your wrongdoing is kept quite.

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    Eyeruletheworld says:

    He has no defence. He’s supposed to be a journalist, not a student writing papers about various people he admires.

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    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Fucking Lefty arse-bandit shown up for the lying fucking shitstain that he is. I fucking love it.

    Another of the Fabian filth getting a good fucking kick in the bollocks.

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    reg says:

    That explains why you smell of sh1t

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    Maximus says:

    One hanging at a time, thnx Guido

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Omaha is a mendacious slimeball, the ‘raise taxes’ bit is where the poison lies.

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    God says:

    I exist as long as you need me to exist

    Ask Hari – he interviewed me only yesterday

  68. 68

    Hari Kṛṣṇa Rāma – Bhagavad-Gita. He had better find some saffron robes and start chanting as he’s not much good for anything else.

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    pierrepoint says:

    As I posted that yesterday you are guilty of the same sin as Hari (thievery not sodomy)

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    Eyeruletheworld says:

    Kept quite……….?

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    Eamonn U Ensis says:

    AND “The Human Rights Act” of course courtesy of Blair……I’ve just come back from France and despite being in the EU and presumably governed by the same laws etc(dont make me laugh)the french have absolutelyno problems with deporting undesirables irrespective of whether they risk having their “knackers” chopped off on landing;selling mis-shaped fruit and veg(Banned by EU directive # 1024/AB/1998 subtitled ” Fuck off les publique anglais) or generally ignoring Brussels Directives altogether if they don’t suit and of course nothing happens and if it does Paris just tells the Commission to Fuck Off AND best of all there is no BBC agonising about it either on the airwaves……………

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    pierrepoint says:

    According to backstairs Hari , knob jockeys are 4 times as likely to commit suicide as a normal man.

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    Maximus says:

    He’s been repeatedly dissembling the fiction that X said Y to him on such and such a date at some place Z. That is quite different from X having written Y, or X having said Y to someone else at a different time/place.

    Is Hari the only living exponent of Leibniz’s ‘Identity of Indiscernibles’?

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    Johann Hari the new Piers Moron says:

    I was heard the sanctimonious c unt spout forth on his pet subject of Climate bollox. I have to hand it to him he certainly knew how to peddle ignorance as fact and he did it with such confidence. He is a trickster alright.

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    “the notion that one can reach “the truth” by manipulating reality should be anathema to anyone who calls himself a journalist.”

    Of course it should. I’m shocked.

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    amongymous says:

    In some cases he has taken stuff from interviews given to other journalists. So he has already been caught red-handed assuming the accusations are accurate.

    He was never much cop. Arrogant little shit who seemed clever by trashing everyone who disagreed with him since he was aged 22 or whatever it was when he started. His whole attitude of “if you don’t agree with me you’re an evil racist” was always childish and designed just to appeal to rich left-wingers in Islington.

    Now we have the proof that he lacks even the basic standards of his profession. Twat.

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    Trevor MacDonald says:

    I’ve heard there’s a empty villa in Pakistan he can hide in

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Must be bad if Paxman jumps in on it..

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Anonymous, as far as fitting up innocent people your wrong there.

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    Maximus says:

    Not being of the Left persuasion, I find it straightforward to distinguish satire from polemic — and satire from jeering, as practised by ‘comedians’ employed in the Bogus Broadcasting Corps/e.

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    Maximus says:

    You should lay off the moussaka for a bit. That nutmeg is a hallucinogenic.

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    Gabriel García Márquez says:

    Welcome to the Magic Realist school of journalism. Johann, I am proud of you….ever since the day we faced that firing squad together in Ayacumquietli I have looked upon you as my son…..

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    Old news says:

    That was days ago. Do fuck off.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Lady Waad and I used to dance the Moussa Koussa at the Strangers Bar in Alexandretta, in the old days…..happy times!

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    Is Tim Henman the most underemployed BBC freeloader ever? says:

    Just test-driving this moniker.

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    He who watches left-wing scum and laughs says:


    Yeah earlier today, Moussa, I had lunch in my local. Everyone was talking about the Thorntons and TJ Hughes situation.

    None starter…Move on…Get over it.

    Your [sic] begining [sic] to sound like a Nasty Zelot [sic]…Oh sorry, that is what you are


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    Sir William Waad says:

    Make copies?

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    You are asking the wrong question here, Billy, IMHO. It is trust, rather than truth, which is the issue.

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I hope he doesn’t stick a body in his chair claim he has committed suicide.

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    That odious leftie piers moron was caught lying ‘red handed’, didn’t seem to do his career any harm.
    I would guess this podgy lying little shit will be reinvented by the left, who it has to be said have no shame.

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    Pippa Middleton says:

    Who are you calling a knob jockey?

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    Caesar says:

    I told Hari I said ” ‘Ere Brutus..You done the dirty on me ..you poof! Owwoww owww oww that’s sharp..!.”

    But he changed it to ‘Es Tu Brute? ‘

    More in keeping with what I might have written myself in literature if I hadn’t had a knife in my buttocks. But I still think the poof bit should have stayed in.

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    The Late Lady Di says:

    Did someone call my name?

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    Ah! Monika says:


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    Harvey Procter, Shirt Fitter and Lifter, says:

    Is that odious tosser David Mitchell an arse bandit too?

    Not sure why it should surprise me though, irritating scumbag!

  97. 97

    IIRC the average Guardian reader’s defence of Morgan was ..”Well, its the sort of thing our horrid little troops might have done to a foreigner. Piss on them. So what if it isn’t actually true? It reflects what we want to believe. All English are imperialist, racist, colonial warmongers. “

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    Mrs Will Self says:

    My husband makes a habit of writing a load of self-aggrandising lies so obviously I’ll defend Johann for doing the same.

  99. 99
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    My name is Harry Worth. I don’t know why but there we are.

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    The Brown Delusion says:

    Perhaps he believes his own lies.

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    Anonymous says:

    He’s so thick he actually believes that shit.

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    Harvey Procter, Shirt Fitter and Lifter, says:

    It is shameful though that Moussa Koussa was ever allowed to leave Britain – it’s not as if any more of his former comrades have defected.

    We need to get the killers of Yvonne Fletcher behind bars and also find out what involvement the Libyans actually had with Lockerbie, not to mention their well documented arms shipments to the IRA scum.

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    I’m astounded by this blog post.
    I had no idea the press had a code of conduct.

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    Their interview technique goes something like this:

    “We are looking for someone who can lie convincingly. Trouble is, knowing when we have found him.”

  106. 106
    Mr Will Self says:

    You are my heroin, dearest.

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    Gordon Brown MP {ret'd} says:

    That optimax advert at the bottom of the page….

    Are you lot taking the piss?

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    higher higher says:

    I’m having a guess that Hari has probably sucked about 563 cocks to get where he is today, but I could be well wide of the mark.

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    The Liebour party says:

    Celebrate the rich multi-cultural diversity !

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    They have – but you need an Enigma machine and someone of the calibre of Alan Turing to unlock it.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Toynbee thinks differently AS USUAL


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    Moussa Koussa says:

    “find out what involvement the Libyans actually had with Lockerbie”

    A bloke got convicted of it. He’s in prison in Scotland.

    Unless someone let him out.

    But if he was let out, it would only have been because he was a month or two from death.

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    seems familiar.. Hari at home.

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    A blue moon says:

    “Toynbee thinks”

    Now, there are two words you don’t see together very often.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Cheers :-)

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    Mark Almond's stomach pump says:

    I’m having a guess that Hari has probably sucked about 563 cocks today to get where he is, but I could be well wide of the mark.

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    Doris says:

    I tried sucking cocks once but I found my mouth became very dry with all the feathers. Not sure what all the fuss is about – it’s very overrated.

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    Probably a four wheel code too.
    Seems one of them’s come off.

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    mitch says:

    Toynbee is a fool, another Trustafatrian lefty pain in the arse. How many houses ? in which countries ?…..

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    He looks like a wrong un anyway, send him to the socailist paradise of Scotland.

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    Anonymous says:

    The Adobe Flash plugin has crashed. Large volumes of runny shit are pouring down my screen and dripping onto the keyboard. Must be the same at Johann’s place.

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    Ratsniffer says:

    Lefties being economic with the actualite..now there’s a surprise…

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    W.W. says:

    Anyone who trusted this jumped up little tosser to deliver the truth, needs psychological advice of the highest order.

    He and they get everything they desrerve.

    Though usually it’s the rest of us that get what they deserve.


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I was trying to think of a suitable punishment?

    Spending a night in bed with the Eagle brothers?

  126. 126
    W.W. says:

    Should have been

    “He and they Deserve everything they deserve.”

  127. 127
    Free Anusol NOW!! says:

    Who gives a shit?

  128. 128
    Major Bonkers says:

    What’s the difference between Alaisdair Campbell and Johann Hari?

  129. 129
    W.W. says:


    It should have been “deserve everything they GET”

    I’ll get my coat.


  130. 130
    W.W. says:


    and I wouldn’y trust either of those two retards to know the truth if it was written on the side of a bus.


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Daryl Harper is a wuss!

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    Anonymous says:

    Come on Andy Murray !

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    Big Shot says:

    Nothing can be justified at all, never mind blatantly, if you believe in giving the green light to institutional criminality amongst the people WE employ to bring criminals to justice. As for not fitting up innocent people you must’ve missed the Birmingham 6, Guildford 4, Colin Stagg, etc, etc.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    I am Andy Murray

  136. 136
    Gordon Brown says:

    I sent him a good luck message today.

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    Ah! Monika says:

    Don’t Know

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Both believed in fake things, Campball=WMD, Hari=Climate global warming change.

  139. 139
    Ahmed says:

    Please, no. We full up.

  140. 140
    Sozialichts says:

    I hear they teach you how to write properly there. You should go to Scotland too.

  141. 141
    Gordon Brown says:

    Oops, i’ve sat on Peter’s Mini Milk

  142. 142
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Gaddaffi was better than thatcher!!!! They’ll both be dead soon. And, Haydn.

  143. 143
    Bob Dylan Willis says:

    I always thought Botham was going to pass to me first.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Haye v Klistchko

    Haye gonna kick arse !!!!!!!!!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Oh well Big fight at weekend , Haye to win easy :-)

  146. 146
    Lord Lucan says:

    They’re all arse bandits on the left, which is the only reason Marr can get laid

  147. 147
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Efnik diversity in full flow there…

  148. 148
    Andy Murray says:

    Thank you, Prime Minister. I managed to side-step it, but Jamie skidded and cracked his head on the front step.

  149. 149
    Five Go Mad On Billy Bowden's Botty says:


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Also, i have a big picture of what i imagine is his cock, as my screensaver

  151. 151
    Matthew Amawillywally says:

    Labour didn’t outlaw all bloodsports then William?

  152. 152
    Passing Wind says:

    Time to employ DisGust, me thinks.

  153. 153
    Samurai says:

    Excuse me while I laugh up a lung, Mr Fawkes.

    Your hypocrisy is a wonder to behold. First you lecture others on the etiquette of the road when your own record int that regard is beneath contempt, and now, you, the selective evidence diversionary propagandist par excellence, are having a go at someone for editing interviews. It’s not as if he constructed a false document to lead the country to war like Scarlett did, is it? Yet day after day you bang on about the small fry as you fail to deal with matters of import.

    But what really amazes me is the comprehensiveness of the retardedness of your readership as they willingly fall for it, every time.

    It is a sight to behold; you and your fellow Tories stand in a circle tugging each other off with one hand as with the other you hold torches with which you gleefully set fire to the British economy whilst chanting your disproven free marketeer cod economic mantras.

    It is like watching a vast gathering of psycopaths pleasuring each other as they simultaneously burn their houses down.

    Your site is an utterly bizarre spectacle which, no doubt, will be studied by future psychologists wishing to understand the use of blogging to incite group hysteria. You are really just a foot note to feature in a book on mental illness and nothing to do with politics at all.

    You are an entirely negative and reactionary entity in British politics as you have absolutely nothing of any value to contribute to the debate about the future of this country.

    In the final analyisis you are an irrelevance. As are your readers.

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    Fitbad the Tailor says:

    One’s called Alistair and the other’s called Johann?

  155. 155
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Feel free to accept a full refund and fuck off then.

  156. 156
    Samurai says:

    I have merely deconstructed this place in an attempt to help Mr Fawkes, who is clearly an intelligent fellow, to have a more positive impact upon British politics, that is all.

    There is no need for you to be such a dick about it.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “you are an irrelevance. As are your readers.”

    Then why come here a type?

    If you dont like it , take a full refund and fuck off.

  158. 158
    Samurai says:

    I have already offered the reason for my visit, you must have cloth ears you dumb fuck.

  159. 159
    ModBot says:

    “Non-existent”, surely?

  160. 160
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No, But that is down to the lack of fast bowlers more than anything else.

  161. 161
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    What a pair of ghastly old fossils.

  162. 162
    What I say is gas the buggers says:

    Nah, more like Hari-kiri

    Boom Boom.

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    nell says:

    I’m not quite sure why there is all this fuss about leftie journalists plagiarising other people’s work or sexing-up or plain lying about what was said or twisting the truth to suit their own purposes.

    They’ve been doing it for years.

    Don’t forget campbell produced the absolute piece de resistance in this field (on wmd) now famously known as the ‘Dodgy Dossier’.

  164. 164
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    When a MP puts out a statment its usally to cover something up.

    Why would a MP publish a statment on Labourlist tho?


    Its someting about volunteers, Is this some hypocrsy?

  165. 165
    filipinomonkey says:

    It was delivered to Federer by mistake…

  166. 166
    Tooth fairy says:

    Samuri… your whole existence is there to honour the death of the left wing experiment called New labour…. please feel free to undertake the honourable ritual of hara-kiri or to be topical hari-kiri

  167. 167
    Anonymous says:

    Hari is a complete joke.
    For Simon Kelner to claim his unmasking is a political act is insulting to those few who still read the Independent.
    And for his supporters to claim that all journalists are guilty of plagiarism is offensive to those in the industry who take pride in their professionalism.

  168. 168
    Osama the Nazarene says:

    readers who trusted the indy? Shouldn’t think there are many of those.

    We’ve all known that the Independent has long ceased to live up to its name and has been a mouthpiece of the “progressives”.

  169. 169
    Anonymous says:

    Fucking hell, a cock/ ‘cock’ joke gets 4 thumbs up FFS.

  170. 170
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Not such a big deal, but this guy gets his wrists slapped, his pencil snapped and in this www-world phoneys are soon caught and put on show!!!

  171. 171
    Fake Blood says:

    No you haven’t samurai, you conceited tit, you have mouthed a load of old cock and now sit back tugging yourself off. Idiot and third-rate student.

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    crash says:

    Tesco finest? If so then you are being too cruel.

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    The Scarlet Pimple (on Browns Ar_se) says:

    The Independent’s group of lefty journos; have the same morals as their mates in the Labour party. The honesty and truthfulness of Brown, Balls and Milliband for instance.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Change the fuckin record !
    Your making this guy some sort of celebrity
    Talk about 15 minutes of fame
    This twat (who i’ve never heard of) has now had a full fuckin day !

    Let It Go !

  176. 176
    Johann Hari says:

    So what!

  177. 177
    Parasite-Watch says:

    “psycopaths” “analyisis”

    Well done. Not bad for left-wing scum.

  178. 178
    Sir Dando Tweakeshafte says:

    This all feels rather like mid-May 2010, with lots of embarrassed people emerging from the cellars, looking at Gordon Brown and asking sheepishly, “how on Earth could anyone have taken this tosser remotely seriously?”.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    FFS , They are only following there Prophet!!!!!!

  181. 181
    Labour's multi-culti experiment says:

    Ah, that’s OK then.

    The girls’ lives are ruined for a purpose.

    I’m sure Hattie Harman is delighted.

  182. 182
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Yeah cause they get 72 more vigians when they die , so they have to try it first!

  183. 183
    Trevor Phillips says:

    That is shocking. I will use the full resources of my Equality and Human Rights Commission to do something about this immediately!

    Only kidding of course.

    Listen, you whities must do more to integrate into British Society. The Muslim community is showing the way.

  184. 184
    Baroness Farsi Warsi says:

    We must redouble our efforts to combat Islamophobia.

  185. 185
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I want to develop an opium habit. Seriously. Where do I start? Is it with kiddie porn?

  186. 186
    McRuin Brown says:

    Dirty Hari is my natural son…

    A mistake I agree

    Conceived when I could not see the right place to put my sword of justice

  187. 187
    Bob the Builder says:

    In the Glasgow Council Chamber with all those lovely Labour junkies


  188. 188
    retardEd Miliband says:

    Muthlimth are wonderful!

    What ith it they want to do to four bv two’th, again?

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  191. 191
    The Achbishop of Canterbury's trembling hairy face says:


  192. 192
    Dr. Spooner says:

    One shouts spite and spouts shite?

  193. 193
    Dr. Spooner says:

    I’m sorry, I’ll write that again: One shouts spite while the other spouts shite?

  194. 194
    Tim Lovejoy says:

    I am back!

    Did you know i am a BBC legend?

  195. 195
    Billy Slagg - Celebrating diversity from well behind the front line, comrade says:

    We have no such problems with the Muslim community down here in the my village in rural Dorest.

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    Jimmy says:

    “Guido is digging around rumours of Hari being fired from his student paper for “making things up in order to make a story stronger”.”

    Even if he hasn’t, you should still offer him a job. I’m sure he could learn.

  197. 197
    Darth Ashcroft says:

    Good work Guido, now wipe them out!……. Wipe them all out!

  198. 198
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    can’t, i’m too pikey to pay for it. usually i dress like this instead though


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    nell says:


    So gordon spent the morning avoiding the fact that Mdme Lagarde had taken the IMF job he coveted and bombarded a breakfast of the African Society Business thingy so vociferously with his views that they labelled him
    ‘impatient, passionate and ambitious’ .

    They forgot the ‘failed’ bit!

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    Doris says:

    Samurai – you are bitter and twisted, a bad loser and a spineless twat to boot.

    Why do lefties despise the truth so much? Why are they such cheats and bad sports? Such terrrible losers. I bet Samurai was bullied at school and he lives his life with the ‘victim’ chip weighing down his shoulder.

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    Mrs E Adams says:

    Maybe he sucked up to him.

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    nell says:


    And you just must love this one!

    poor bobcrow! Attacked in the press for his highliving and chauffeur driven lifestyle.

    He says in defence ‘what am I supposed to do – live in a tent?! ‘ and then something about he has to have a limo and chauffeur because he doesn’t have a license and doesn’t like driving!

    Not living in the real world is he?

    What other employer would employ someone who won’t drive, in a job that needs mobility, and then provide them with a limo and chauffeur?!!

    What other employer would pay such a jerk so much money that he can afford to spend most of his life eating in five star restaurants in the centre of lon don.?!

    what other employer would ensure that this uneducated idiot can travel the world at will on luxury flights and stay in five star hotels at their expense and for no benefit to their members?!

    What mugs the RMT members are to keep paying their subs for this man’s five star lifestyle whilst they struggle!!!

  203. 203
    tatmong says:

    I’m tat! I’m a mong! Yap yap yap yap! Wheeeeee!

  204. 204
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Can anyone spot a pattern here?


  205. 205
    nell says:

    Did I say something about the odious bobcrow that you didn’t like, to make you mod my comment, Guido?!

    Perhaps to do with limo’s and chauffeurs, luxury air travel, 5 star hotels and top class restaurants?!

  206. 206
    Useless Fat-Fuck Eric Pickles says:

    If you use the word “community”, or have it in your job title, you’re a grade-A c*unt.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Tried helping with modded words before.

    P_E_A, R*ice, Dr*ve , Ban*rupt , Guidos real name plus others

  208. 208
    nell says:

    what pattern Billy?

    dogs = labour?


    lies = lefties?

    or …………………………….?

  209. 209
    nell says:

    Just Don’t!

  210. 210
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    BBC (Lefties) trying to destroy English traditions like crufts?

  211. 211
    Hari says:

    All this fuss will soon blow over.

    I’ve just interviewed Elvis and once this scoop hits the stands I’m gonna be a publishing hero all over again

  212. 212
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Its surprisingly easy to post links to torture porn though.

  213. 213
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Tisa sockpuppet , Not real Billy .

  214. 214
    Gonk says:

    They’ll have a few days off. Regroup and start again.
    Their greater good can excuse anything. Lies,
    manipulation, spin, smears, deception and

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    Palf says:

    Wow, Paxman is looking about ten years older all of a sudden. And the resemblance to Colin Pillock is amazing.

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    tat is pretty obvious says:

    We know.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thanks :-)

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    Johann Hari says:

    I admit I have a rather cliched gay man’s attraction to muscly, shaven-headed louts.

    This is all a very roundabout way of saying that it was pretty tough for me to figure out which, if any, of the assembled delicious Nazis were gay, and which just looked it


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    see below says:

    You utter cock.

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    Anon says:

    The real Billy could never spell ‘traditions’.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The Tories, putting the N in cuts.

    Smash the Con-Dems, general strike now.

    Smash the bankers and their Tory scum friends

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    Palf says:

    I call bullshit on his April 2009 article about Dubai.


    For one he talks about cactuses and tumbleweeds, which if he was there he wouldn’t have seen as they are in America, not Arabia. Everything about the article reeks of made up. Karen who is supposed to live in an upmarket hotel carpark, protected by Bangladeshi car park attendants – no way. They would have told the management, who would have called the police and she’d have been deported within a couple of days. You can’t even get into those car parks unless you are a guest. All that stuff about visiting the labourers camp – none of them would have said that. They wouldn’t even be able to speak English, let alone go blabbing to a white foreigner they have never seen before how much they hate being there. The stuff where he is speaking to Arabs doesn’t sound right either – far to confrontational. And he claims expats are living in the desert in their cars, which is impossible in that climate. I bet he has never even been to Dubai at all.

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    tat is pretty obvious says:

    You’re welcome.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Yeah – and thanks for those, but it’s the random “plus others” that are the arse-ache. :-)

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    maybe i got lucky?

  226. 226
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    And now the blog’s doing its usual thing of putting replys as new posts. Fuck it for tonight.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Given Hari’s politics and fertile imagination, Ed should be burning the wires to get Hari on his policy team right away.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Nah, Its doing because a post is modded, Replies to it look like new posts but once un-modded thread will look normal :-)

  229. 229
    Postlethwaite says:

    Elvis scoop?
    Headline Elvis – Still Dead (?)

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    albacore says:

    The guy comes out and fesses up that he spun fairy tales
    To make the folk he wrote about look less like talking snails
    Talent on so vast a scale must surely come in handy
    If not at The Indie, then, The Beano or The Dandy?

  231. 231
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Two boils on the same bum is more apposite.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Remember when teachers, nurses, doctors, librarians, social workers, care assistants, bin men and lollipop ladies crashed the stock market, wiped out banks, took billions in bonuses and paid no tax? No, me neither. Please copy and paste to your status for 24 hours to show your support for the strikes against the government’s latest attack on pensions.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    But the reforms were from a Labour peer?

    Get ya own monkier and stand up for what YOU believe in, otherwise you look like a fucking socailist.

    “The problem with socailisim is that they always run out of other peoples monkiers”

  234. 234
    Lord Lavender et al. says:

    This patronizing Dutch knob on Newsnacht is a paid up Growler.

  235. 235
    MB. says:

    They would have been better to just admit he has been stupid but is young. They have done themselves no favours by trying to claim it is a Right wing plot against him.

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    Bono says:


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No thanks, still waiting for my free Ai Weiwei.

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    Poor Bill says:

    This shows up one of the unspoken problems of our modern Marxist society.

    In the old days, if someone coked and blow-jobbed their way to the top, the rest of us, in normal society, would just think.

    “Well ok, but she at least has nice tits”

    The problem with this, progressive Marxist media, is it is full of poofs and girl in good quality foot-ware. Who are not,,,,, well,,,Lookers !

    No problem with that in general. I like Tostick, Toksksick, Tosig——-oh what ever. Good girl well worth the money.

    However. When you end up with a bull-shit artist like you know who. They cause more trouble then they are worth and can not justify their position.

    If you are a gay careerist on the make, at least try and be pleasing on the eye to the normal people who in the end pay your wages.

    We will forgive the odd fuck-up or lie then.

    (Ps. Note this as well Marr. You fucking monkey.)

  239. 239
    Al Meghrai says:

    My demise was greatly exaggerated

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Did anyone else know that everybody in the E U gets free university education
    The English
    The Welsh
    The Northern Irish
    BBC running a bit where they interview a Polish girl who has just Graduated from a jock university
    She says “I like Britain but it is so expensive ,But i like Scotland because i dont have to pay fee’s
    Are we being Fucking Shafted or What ?

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    Nancy Mitford says:

    Kept quite quite quiet.

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    Anonymous says:

    Always good fun to see a liberal journo fall off his perch.

    Why no name check for fellow bloggers, the DSG and their expose of Hari’s hatchet job on Negri though, Guido?

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    I would not mind being shafted by that nice Polish blonde bit, whom I met last week, with long legs and tight trousers through which I could see the outline of the smallest pair of knickers around her arse…

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    Anonymous says:

    Who is this pubescent wee nyaff? Is this what passes for a man of consequence in Englandshire nowadays?

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    Hari says:

    “Love me tender.” squealed Elvis, as I gave his rump the pounding of his life. “But please don’t step on my blue suede shoes, Hari”

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    Mark Skid says:

    Make that five thumbs up.

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    Anonymous says:

    I believe Deborah Orr is suffering from cancer.

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    not a machine says:

    Whilst todays PMQs was perhaps one that dave was wondering if all was truly well across the dispatch box , and entrenched michael foot hadnt set in , the blairites no doubt pondering if another re run of the 70s was where best ecnomic theory lies .It perhaps didnt sizzle indeed Ed had rustled up a health question, but that line “he wants this country to be like greece” got more interesting the more you thought about todays strikes and the threat of the others .
    Ed perhaps was marshalling things by not mentioning the strikes ,and trying to avoid the red ed tag , but it may come back on him later.
    We then had the numerous teachers explaining there disgust at losing some pension contributions which sounded worthy until you consider that , the size of the public sector pot has not only been screwed by people living longer ,but by it not being capped so that high earners influence its sustainability . It isnt necessarily the conservatives fault that the increase in both the size and high wages in the public sector is a maths calculation into future abyss . So troubling is this future abyss ,that reform is the only way of ensuring that the public sector is viable , if it had not become so bloated ,with none jobs under labour ,then the situation may have looked different , add in the deficet and basically labour busted the economy of public service ,too many ,too fat and detached from the real economy.
    Unless the unions can magic a 20% ecnomic growth then its busted , and the strikes if causing ecnomic damage will impair the repair making the imbalance much more difficult on public services . With a stable debt and deficet reduced by the end of this parliament , we could be putting somthing back into important public services ,perhaps more importantly strikes that impair the private sector will affect tax revenues that are needed for the deficet reduction measures ,and may further imperal budgets for public services , as the debt is just sucking on what growth we have .
    i watched the angry greeks , there public sector workers complaining of the new tax death poverty scenario , but then you just had to ponder , where all the debt had gone , if they only have olives , sunshine and shipping ,how could a country run up a debt of 150% of GDP ,if there economy didnt change ??
    Now Barroso wants more dosh and pan europe taxation , when they cant even run minor euro economies properly , that line on NN about 1 EU diplomatic office instead of 27 individual ones ,is exactly the sort of spin that created the mess , the EU talks the golden light of collectivism when it wants more money , but alas is unable to show auditable accounts when the proceeds of collectivism are being contrively distributed with no manfesto or mandate .Collectivism does not cure individual countries lack of ecnomic transparency or problems , true you can prime or modernise economies , but you cannot make greece have the same export power as germany , without it being a manufacturing exporting country , which it isnt .
    I dont often promote the B&P , but one article had a certain highlight of just how wonk economic theories from EU power can become , for instance for us to have cheap food , we have made use of cheaper european labour to pick our fruit and veg , this cheap labour then inturn can claim state benfits , so you get cheap food , but its cost is hidden in benefit increases , this same problem has been somthing going on in the building trade , where real wages have been undercut creating lower indigenous employment (ergo more benefits) whilst at the same time giving benefits to said cheap labour force so they can have a living income .
    The only boom the ruin and eds party were creating is a future demand on taxation .

    perhaps ed does want the UK to be more ecnomically like greece , in debt ,impoverished public sector ,sunshine and olives , crippled by marxist theory that debt has no consequence as centralisaed command economies are perfection . No economic model has ever proved that expensive distribution of tax revenues , replaces growth based around work incomes for tradeable goods and services around trade , the benefits economy is a dimishing return , requiring taxation to make up for inflation shortfalls in income , as fewer people contribute income through being productive .

    come on ed why dont you just define post 1997 Labour Uk economics as mass attempted stockholm syndrome , but with vote for pop star distractions to make us think we werent in an ecnomic loaded gun socialist nightmare .

    What was it Tony lloyd said last sat at Wrexham “I think we have made a mistake and should appologise to the british people “, soon sent night time lada round for any more of that talk .

    you either have a solution for reducing the debt and making the economy stabilise and function or you dont , heres a clue strikes ,unfunded pensions and a Vat reductions are no good .Oh if we only had some gold reserves , but you used them towards the bust as well , anymore good ideas ?? before you finally admitt all socialist ecnomic theories are utter pleb wonk.

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    not a machine says:

    wouldnt be too sure on that one billy , if he gets them haymakers in early perhaps ,klitchco is a big puncher

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    Yanky Doodle Dandy says:

    Piers now bores/drones on/chunters for CNN viewers nightly, but I suspect not many of them know anything about his background history.

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    “Despite the desperate attempts by his editor, Simon Kelner, to spin that his favorite son is being attacked for political reasons, the Hari-wagon is coming off of the tracks”

    Yes, there’s no doubt that some of those joining are doing so for political reasons, but if, as Dirty Hari (I like that) you politically, visciously and opportunitically attack anyone that you remotely disagree with, you can’t really complain when the same is done unto you.

    Regardless, he’s been proven to be a liar.

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    Rat's arse says:

    Why do you keep pinching Billy’s moniker? Too ret@rded to think of one yourself perhaps? Thought so!

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    Berkshire Hunt says:

    Dear Johann

    I recently watched Ryan Giggs play for Manchester United

    In your opinion how many words would Giggs have to say to me before I could start borowing quotes from other sources and claim them my own?

    Is “excuse me mate” enough? If not, what woul be?

  254. 254
    Duc de Blangis says:

    I wonder if anyone has investigated the originality of his assessed university work.

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    Rodders says:

    on this day of strikes by working people in britain can somebody tell me what arrangements mps have for their pensions – given they said they would reduce them last year and nothing appears to have happened. this especially important as the coaliton of c.u.n.t.s want everybody else to have less

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    Conrad says:

    Nothing new in any of this-it’s just coming closer to home so that people in the UK begin to notice that journalists are generally a crew of liars and fantasists.Living overseas as I did 40 years ago and comparing what I saw at first hand to what the UK media, the BBC especially,reported soon taught me that any claims to excellence and integrity made on behalf of any public body or comercial

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    SOLIDARITY with the brave comrades fighting for OUR rights today. STRIKE, PICKET, STAND UP UNITED!!!

  258. 258
    Lou Scannon says:

    Shame about the Daily Sport. Now there was a paper you could believe.

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    Robo says:

    Unions calling strikes WHILE negotiations are still taking place shows that they don’t care about it bring resolved, they just wanted to strike as a tactic to try and force the Govt hand. It ain’t going to work.

    And why should public sector be treated as a special case? Not as if they’re over worked as a rule.

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    Elvis says:

    No you didn’t interview me!

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    Gweeedo says:

    “He also “>>>>> “bought” <<<<<<" you two more accusations of plagiarism earlier and Forbes have compiled cases of Hari getting his facts completely wrong, deliberately perhaps."

    why is guido buying accusations ????!!!!! ******

    poor journalism or poor spell checking.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Carefu mate you’ll have TAT going round there sniffing her bike seat !

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    Conrad says:

    Big fingers ,small touchscreen…..Nothing new in any of this-it’s just coming closer to home so that people in the UK begin to notice that journalists are generally a crew of liars and fantasists.Living overseas as I did 40 years ago and comparing what I saw at first hand to what the UK media, the BBC especially,reported soon taught me that any claims to excellence and integrity made on behalf of any public body or commercial organisation in the UK at least ,are self serving at best if not cynically biased ,idealogical and corrupt as is most often the case.Working for the NHS 20 years ago reinforced this impression most strongly.

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    The Daily Inquirer says:

    Who is this hune Johann Hari? At first, I thought it might be Debbie Harry’s brother but it seems that he is not as interesting as that. Why is he plastered all over Guido’s site? If he has upset Guido in some way, then fair do’s.

  265. 265
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    My best wishes and congratulatioins to all ATL,NUT, PCS and UCU members who are taking part in todays national strike in defence of their pensions

  266. 266

    Morning mate! Raining here today, by the Adriatic! I don’t reckon TaT could afford to get himself to Plzen in the Czech republic, where I saw her. Went round the original Pilsner brewery there too and sampled the product. (Still prefer Guinness though!)

  267. 267

    I have set out massive evidence of Hari borrowing on my blog here:


    Almost the entire interview with Malalai Joya seems to have been copy/pasted from her book.

  268. 268

    Hi Dave you spineless little Weasel
    i would like you to pay me another ten billion pounds to stay in European union

    Err ok mr barroso i’ll tell the British people i’m not going to give it you
    but i’ll disguise it as something else so they dont know i’ve paid it

    Ha ha ha ha Iove the British they just can’t say no when someone asks them for free money !

  269. 269
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I got a new job as a weather forecaster,it’s cool

    A grey start for northern & western parts of the U.K. with scattered showers for Northern Ireland, western Scotland & into north western England. The heaviest downpours in northern Scotland. Bright skies across central & southern England first thing but turning cloudier into this afternoon with showers spreading east. Heavy showers expected around Newcastle down to Lincolnshire, later E.Anglia

  270. 270


    Toodle Pip off to Canada now

  271. 271
    mrjohn says:


    The claims he made here about what was projected on the globe were false, there were logos, SEIMENS for example, but not McDonalds or Coke. The guy that oversaw the projection was quite sure about this.

    “Dazed Chinese and Indian NGOs explain how the Himalayan ice is rapidly vanishing and will be gone by 2035 – so the great rivers of Asia that are born there will shrivel and cease. They provide water for a quarter of humanity. ”

    I think we can forgive him this one, it was an IPCC “mistake”. Funny how they never apologised for the distress caused.

  272. 272

    It sounds such a hard life out there mate
    all i get to visit is “Old Holes” these days and they are all in the ground !

  273. 273
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Beer is my favourite pass time mate
    some real good stuff brewed up in the lakes by these “Micro breweries ”
    like Coniston,and Hawkshead breweries these days
    heading off up there again tomorrow to carry on the sampling !

  274. 274
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    A clear case of” Can’t remember MY moiker there mate” ! LOL

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    I suppose that you have to know your plaice! But it good of you to realise that there are drawbacks to having moved away from blighty. It is hard, every morning and every night…

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    Perhaps it’s to do with the fact that Harry Worth’s levitation trick was done by an optical illusion. Like the smoke and mirrors used by all today’s lefties to give the app.earance of respectability and method, where none of either exists.

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    TOO FAR says:

    Bit long winded….. but spot on!!!

  278. 278

    All those tax inspectors out on strike! They really will be missed. LOL

  279. 279
    Mook says:

    Lefty arse bandit and liar, should go far at the Indy.

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    Anonymous says:

    I wish someone would publish a similar analysis of the GUFF churned out by the fucking bbc

  281. 281
    Jess The Dog says:

    The youthful Johann reminds me somewhat of the unforgettable Matt Lucas character Dafydd, in terms of his attention-seeking self-centredness. The Viz character Spoilt Bastard, as well.

  282. 282
    DIRTY HARI says:

    Go ahead spunk !
    make me gay !

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    Bald Old Git says:

    According to this report, (which I’m citing without prejudice and acknowledging the source and authorship of, obviously)


    Hari could be in further trouble; an apology may not be enough as in some cases, it says, he’s quoted material already subject to copyright; in using it without acknowledgement it;s possible he could land the Indy with a) a big bill and b) the obligation to apologise …

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    God is an Englishman. says:

    I’d never heard of this person, Hari wots-his-name.
    Does that make me unhappy?
    No, but then neither does not having heard of 99% of the “celebrities” featured in “Hello” & the “Daily Mail”, so I rest happy in my ignorance.
    I also hate modern “pop” music and equally thankfully would not recognise an alleged tune from any of these, mostly black, gurning, anti-social dreadlocked misfits.

  285. 285
    Coco Shunters deserve death says:

    Hari who claimed he was bummed by a neo nazi and a suicide bomber muslim.

    He has never met either.

  286. 286
    Bald Old Git says:

    … and a completely bang-to rights case is cited here:


  287. 287
    old Bald Git says:

    Oops sorry – have pasted this link further up. Good spot! I daresy there’smore

    Though Hari ‘s approach would make me entirely within my rights to claim it all as my own work. It was in the public domain, after all …

  288. 288
    Anonymous says:

    There are also a number of European Countries who are signaturies to ECHR who have no problem in keeping people in Jail without charge a concept anathema to English and Scots Law. Just goes to show its all down to interpretation and our Law Lords CHOOSE to interpret the way they do. Cocks !!!!

  289. 289
    The Trouble With Hari says:

    Come on, guys, Hari’s a great journalist. You might not have heard about the interview he did with South African freedom fighter Yusuf Dadu. By sheer chance, Ron Howard, Ronald Reagan and L Ron Hubbard were there too. They quizzed Hari about a British anti-litter campaign they’d heard about. ‘But who’s the guy behind it, this Bryson fellow?’ they asked, as one. ‘What’s his first name, and when did you meet him, Johann?’ ‘I met him on a Monday, Dadu, Ron, Ron, Ron,’ Hari said. ‘Somebody told me that his name was Bill.’ Now that’s what I call journalism.

  290. 290
    TONY BEN'S WILL says:

    how many like him at the BBC

  291. 291
    Mundabor says:

    I can’t find any google news of Hari being sacked.
    Is it possible that they still haven’t acted?


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