June 30th, 2011

Orwell Prize “Continue to Pursue” Hari


“The Independent columnist’s award-winning work included pieces on a cruise with American rightwingers, a report on Saudi Arabia, multiculturalism and women, and another on France’s “secret war” in the Central African Republic. Johann Hari’s work combines courageous reporting and forceful writing with honest analysis,” said Orwell Prize judge Albert Scardino, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.” More…


“The Orwell Prize became aware of allegations concerning Johann Hari, the winner of the Orwell Prize for Journalism 2008, on Monday 27th June. (Johann Hari has also been shortlisted for the Prize in the past, and entered this year’s Prize.) Given the seriousness of the allegations that have been made, we feel we have no choice other than to investigate further.

The Council of the Orwell Prize takes the integrity and reputation of the Orwell Prize, and the rigour, fairness and transparency of the entry and judging process, very seriously. As stated on Tuesday 28th June, there is a process to follow in such situations, which we have been following since Monday and continue to pursue  …

Since 2008 the entry process has been made more robust still. The governance of the Prize has been reformed, and all entrants are required to sign a disclaimer, declaring that the submitted work ‘is wholly or substantially that of the named author or authors, and does not contain any plagiarised or unacknowledged material.”

If they want a proper investigation then they should allow some open sourced scrutiny of the pieces. Seems to have worked so far…


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

    Oh eck, Grabs popcorn :-)

  2. 2
    issac hunt says:

    Absolutely none of his work is made up this is scandelous – said George Orwell in an interview with Johann Hari

  3. 3
    Secret Lemonade Drinker says:

    Johann Hari is a fucking cheat and a total c_unt. Can’t think of anything else to write.

  4. 4
    Geezer says:

    Alwight ‘Arry, Manchild of the People

  5. 5
    Teacher says:

    No need to write any more. You have earned an A**. You’ll get it as soon as I’m back off strike.

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    Jimmy says:

    What could be more appropriate than going back to the 2008 Orwell Prize records and altering them?

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    Sophie says:

    And yet he still clings to an award he knows he has no right to hold.

    Has the man no shame?

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    Lord Stansted says:

    Anyone who is “Prize-winning” is by definition a spastic.

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    Anonymous says:

    “The Council of the Orwell Prize takes the integrity and reputation of the Orwell Prize, and the rigour, fairness and transparency of the entry and judging process, very seriously.”

    They can’t take it that seriously seeing as all they had to do was pick pretty much any of his articles at random, and spend 5 minutes on google and they would have found his quotes were lifted from previously published articles.

    What was their verification process for the articles when they were considering giving him the award? did they just ask him:
    “is this all your work?”
    then he said “yep” and they just said “right-ho then” ?

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    Pete says:

    The longer this goes on the more tenuous the Indy editors position looks as well.

    He must be reading the evidence that is now out there?

    Hari is a cheat, a liar & a thief. Stealing the work of others & re-badging it as your own is about as low as it gets for a so called journalist.

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    Simontm says:

    One thing I have noticed is that some on the left seem determined that Hari has done nothing wrong. In fact, one champaigner I know admitted that if Peter Osborne had done the same, he would cruxify him.

    Anyway, I think Hari follows the COIJ’s code of conduct, very flexible!

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    Ranter says:

    His ‘piece’ in yesterdays ‘Independent’ was breathtakingly arrogant and bonkers, YET, the loony left were at pains to support him and justify his actions. Mental!

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    Kevin T says:

    The American right wingers’ cruise article is a perfect example where I’d love to have witnessed the actual interviews.

    I recall from the film Shattered Glass that one of Stephen Glass’s most notorious pieces was a faked expose of a Republican students’ party.

    It’s not difficult to fool liberals with made up crap about the American right. You could probably copy and paste a load of Bond villains’ dialogue into the mouths of Tea Partiers and Guardian readers would eat it up.

    “Do you expect me to believe you care about the poor”, I asked Sarah Palin.

    “No Mr Hari, I expect you to die”, she sneered and nodded to her Korean henchman.

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    Jess The Dog says:

    He’ll just call himself ‘Orwell Prize Winner’ and say it was from when before he had to give it back. Then he’ll hold his breath until he’s left alone.

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    Tony Blair says:

    Well, that’s an interesting question which we could spent much time talking about, but a decision has to be made. Of course, people hold different views and they are entitled to do that. This is the nature of our system today. That will be £20,000.

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    Secret Lemonade Drinker says:


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    Johann Hari says:

    I interviewed God yesterday.

    As he was sipping his tea and eating his Rich Tea biscuit, he told me:

    “Those tories are all evil baby-eating wankers. Go forth and tell the masses.”

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    He should get Kevin Marguires job easy now.

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    Peter Grimes says:

    He is a typical Leftoid – a fu**ing useless liar!

    It is said that he is quite brilliant intellectually. He might have become a useful member of society if he had not been perverted at school/uni by the sorts of fuckwits who are striking today.

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    John Pilger, award-winning journalist says:

    It worked for me.

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    Clarence says:

    And in other news…

    Brian Whelan has since revealed that Hari lifted entire chunks of op ed from Haaretz, put them into his own columns and passed them off as his own.

    Sadly, it is becoming apparent that he hasn’t just lifted text on one or two occasions – he is a serial text pilferer and fabricator. Kelner describes him as ‘naive’ but Hari is a bright chap and knows exactly what he is doing.

    He is fast becoming the next Jayson Blair.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido, I think it is time you awarded this “Journo” a Twat watch tag.

  23. 23

    Two half-brothers have been convicted of killing a 19-month-girl in a “horrifying” revenge arson attack.


  24. 24
    Peter Grimes says:

    Don’t be daft, Our Kev is just as big a liar but is also a Northern Man o’t Peeple! That trumps HariBoy.

  25. 25
    Lord Stansted says:

    Is the Indy still being published? Well, one learns something new each day..

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    Jess The Dog says:

    ‘Madiba tata,’ I said to President Mandela, ‘what was the turning point in the struggle against apartheid?’

    He looked at me, from beneath that age-wizened brow, and spoke: ‘A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special. Like you, my brother Johann. When I knew your conscience was with us, victory was just a matter of time.’

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So no white crime ever happens?

    You are Nick Griffen and i claim my £5

  28. 28
    Prize winning pig says:

    Oink Oink.

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    Peter expat says:

    I’ve not read all the stuff on this and I hold no brief whatsoever for his politics but has anyone mentioned that the practice of substituting is also used by Hansard?
    If an MP says something like, ‘As Shakespeare said,….’ and the quotation was actually Francis Bacon’s, the editors of Hansard, who apparently check these sort of things, will actually publish the MP’s words as, ‘As Sir Francis Bacon said….’ even though that is not what the MP actually said.
    We had a speaker from Hansard once who told us of the practice, which was intended to avoid any potential embarassment to the speaker.

  30. 30

    I would wike to nominate Justine for the Orwell Pwize
    She is Weally good at it !

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    When will Griffen receive an apology from Labour/police for his fight to stop grooming of young girls? Still waiting, instead they tried to jail him for telling the truth.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    This guy rather reminds me of another top liar of out times
    One Anthony Charles Linton Blair
    who to his reccolection used to stand on the terraces at Newcastle cheering the Great Jackie Milburn
    who actually retired two years before B-Liar was born !

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    Polly says:

    and furthermore, Sarah Palin is a porn actress!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No-one should be jailed or arrestted for thier speech.

    As soon as you have censorship you lose freedom of speech.

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    Sir Simon Says says:


    The vitriol dripping from these pages is a sickening indictment of the ignorance on the part of readers of the application of the principles of truth, transparency and fairness as applied by Sir Johann Hari when he conducts his interviews with the great figures of our times. Sir Johann and I have created a wonderful little business here. He writes, googles, copies, pastes and plaigerises whilst I puff him up to all and sundry particularly the Polly Toynbees of this world.

    Our new ownner Mr Lebedev is taklen in by all this bullshit and when Sir Johann gets an award our Russian owner whacks a nice big bung his way which we split 50/50.

    I dont know how much longer we can pull this one off but I,m allright since I am a real Sir and Fat Johann is still waiting in the wings for his gong. Anyway I dont like the creepy shit so I think its time for me to sell my shares in him and to reinvest in the delightful Ms Ali-Baba Brown – she is the new Susan Sontag. You read it here first.

    Fuck the lot of youse

    Sir S Kelner

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    …………and while I’m commenting, there are British prisons with 90% plus black/Asian inmates yet the Establishment continue to tell, correction, lie to the public that they only constitute 3 or 4% of the population. Go figure.

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    WVM says:


  39. 39
    Jesus says:

    Fake. I happen to know Dad prefers digestives.

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    Greedy slot gob says:

    You’ve always been week Anthony – should charge them at least 50k – I want another shopping spree in the far east and I want it next week.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Were you highly influenced by your teachers? I wasn’t.

    Perhaps that comes from doing a factual subject at university and not being deferent enough as a child to follow the thoughts of my teachers.
    And anyone who is an arse as an adult was probably quite clearly an arse when they were 14, in almost all the same ways.

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    jgm2 says:

    Nothing could be more appropriate for any Orwell prize than to find the recipient was inventing their interview.

    Everybody knows that the ‘Darwin’ awards are given (albeit posthumously) to folk who have removed themselves from the gene pool. It is entirely appropriate that the Orwell awards be given to people or organisations that have done most to re-write history.

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    Dirty Hari says:

    I have just finished interviewing Chairman Mao — he says, and I quote, “All Tories are racist”

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    Sir William Waad says:

    We need a new verb – to Harify:

    (1) to spice up today’s dull meal with the leftovers of last night’s curry;

    (2) to cut and paste quotations;

    (3) to top-and-tail the work of another and pass it off as your own.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Hari`s Law?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:



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    Lord Lucan says:

    Fat-Hari needs to commit Hari-Kari over Hari-gate. Horrible Hari is a journalistic Hoon

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    jgm2 says:

    That would then be Hansard ‘making things up’. If the MP makes an error with the original author attributed quote they (the MP) are at least acknowledging that their words of wisdom are somebody else’s.

    To be fair, and this Hari bloke sounds like a fellow-traveller of the kind of fuckers I have come to despise, I cannot get too excited about interviewing people and interspersing their more famous quotes without breaking up the article by being ….errr… too specific about which part is the interview and which part is the famous quote.

    He’s obviously relying on the folk he’s interviewed being full of themselves for the clever/famous things they said in the past to get too excited about the small issue that he didn’t say it to Hari, personally, during the course of the interview.

    In short – Hari might be a total prick but as regards ‘quoting’ things the folk he’s interviewed did actually say – albeit ten years earlier – who gives a shit. Did he spill Guido’s pint or something?

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    Ex-Labour voter says:

    And then that once-lauded person becomes a non-person and is removed from the list, as if they had never existed at all.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No, He nicked his crisps.

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    MI5 says:

    Great stuff Guido

    The left wing pontifators are s c r e w e ed (as suual)

    Thank you again

    I told you e few things years ago now…which have come to be…

    Now we are heading in Western Europe straight to diactatorships

    The repeated fraud of the politicians has left the People with no alternative apart from poverty….

    Many people can now understand why it is the only solution…

    Not the best sulution at all but when you are bust and there is no other way out…

    The Chinese leaders have a smile…as well as many sages like myself…

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Some of the tenets of Sharia seem appropriate, and aptly named for him. He’s been stealing words, so we’ll have his hands off with the big knife. He’s adulterated the truth, so it’s the full stoning ritual after that. Lastly, he’s a false prophet for journalistic honesty, so unfortunately that rates a beheading.

    It’s such a shame that the lefties are going to be torn in two directions by this verdict – support for Sharia, or support for Hari.

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    MI5 says:

    Funny that a young man like you will not accept real facts…oh dear Guido…!

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    Alastair Campbell's dodgy dossier says:


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    Slapper Bercow says:

    Johann Hari, Al Gore – what’s the difference? Both lefty slime balls for whom the truth is mere inconvenience to be blithely ignored if it gets in the way of their own preening vanity and self advancement. When they get caught redhanded indulging in dubious practices, they put up some Clintonesque excuse by way of apology. The left is packed to the gunnels with low life germs with non existent moral compasses.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    It would have been interesting, had he not mentioned it himself in the Commons yesterday, along with the fact that he lost his (private sector) job over it.

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    There is an arguable case which can be made that people should be arrested for their spelling though… ;-)

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    Booker Prize contender?

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    They can’t speak with their mouths full.

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    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Balir’s speech in the commons lacked truth, the full facts by the intelligence experts or the advice given by the security services two days earlier. Campbell’s sexed up dossier is worse than this scandal. The fabrication convinced MPs to take us to war where hundreds of thousands were killed, maimed and injured.

    Balir makes millions while families grieve for their lost ones. It could not be more sick than that. BBC still employs Campbell when he failed in his job and resigned as a consequence.

    Perhaps the recent pay offs by the BBC to Byford and co will be in exchange for a change in style/attitude in propaganda towards the current government? I still do not understand why Byford or Thompson were not sacked for overspending £100 million on a new build. This is incompetence not worthy of redundancy or pension payment.

  62. 62
    Osborne fucking the economy says:

    “Pension cost is low, almost the same as foreign aid plus money given to basket case countries”

    The government is coming under increasing pressure to justify claims that the current system is “unaffordable”. David Cameron said this week that it was in danger of “going broke” but the report – by the former Labour business secretary Lord Hutton – on which the government’s reforms are based, confirms that as a share of GDP the cost of pensions peeked last year at 1.9% and is now projected to fall to 1.4% by 2059-60.


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    OH eck??????? ;-)

  64. 64
    Tony Blair says:

    And I read the Koran every single night.

    It’s about Arabs.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Only watch parliament for PMQS, am suprised the Mail went for it tho? Guardian BBC etc yeah, but Mail?

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    ponder says:

    I think I was

    – when I agreed with them.

    We had a history teacher -Welsh, full of fury and a rampant Labour propagandist. Wonderful for a political debate – talked total bollocks most of the time. He entered into the spirit of things though . Those were the days!!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What facts are they you talk of?

  68. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Forgot to reply to post.

    what facts are they you talk of?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I wasnt , Most were female…….

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    Normally agree with you jgm2 but on this one I beg to differ. The main issue here is not one of truth but one of trust. Increasingly, news has become opinion based rather than factual. It is cheaper than sending people out and, God knows, they might find out that they don’t want to report the real situation anyway as it does not accord to their precepts. So the issue of trust is important and that trust has been so blatantly broken here that readers of The Independent might as well go out and buy The Beano instead.

  71. 71
    Osborne fucking the economy says:

    “Mr Gove was striking at the time while Margaret Thatcher was in Downing Street”.

    Michael Gove faced embarrassment today after a photograph emerged of him on the picket line – as he urged people to break a strike.
    The Education Secretary, who has repeatedly called for teachers to call off their industrial action, walked out while working on a regional newspaper in 1989.
    He had called for a ‘Mum’s Army’ of strike breakers to keep schools open today.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2009849/Michael-Gove-hypocrite-Embarrassing-picture-emerges-Red-Tory-OWN-walkout.html#ixzz1QmPfUpVy

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    Ed Milimong's Parasite Party says:

    The facts are whatever lies we tell today. Sleaze, lies and innuendo.

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    Dear sirs,
    Please be advised that our client has issued this statement that will prove beyond doubt that he has is not guilty of plagirism or breach of any copyrights. All his material is own.

    “Today, dreadful right wingers, who hate lefties like me {up the workers!} tried to smear my reputation. As I read the newspapers i felt it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Well, it looked like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.
    I’m just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her… so you can imagine how hurtful it was to read that some of my loyal readers might doubt me? Well, We’ll always have Paris.
    To reiterate my position it’s 106 miles to Chicago. We’ve got a full tank of gas and half a pack of cigarettes. It’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

    To answer my critics,
    Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
    J Hari

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    Jabba the Cat says:

    Thank you M’lord…

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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Note how the BBC talking about pensions totally forget the one eyed twats rape of our pensions to fund the unemployed scum who vote Liebore

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    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    To Harify = tell lies

    Pollytwaddle = to talk total fucking bollocks

    Yasmined = mong speak

    Notice a trend?

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    Genuine job advert says:

    I don’t know if this is a deliberate mistake for potential applicants to mention or an ironic error.

    German Poof Reader
    Location: London

    Company: Kerr Recruitment

    Full description
    German Poof Reader – proofing magazines to correct grammar and punctuation is used. Industry, Fashion Salary, 8.00 Per Hour Location London – to collect the magazine, then work from home Temp or Perm Temp


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Well, i aint the best person to comment, But i could not see anything wrong.

    Unless you refer to the German bit, then i would have thought that meant fluent in German?

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    A closeted gay nazi skinhead muslim homophobe fantasy boi says:

    Pull this one next, it has bells on it:


  80. 80
    Gordon Brown says:

    My name is Flobbadob.

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    Percy Longprong says:

    I had a senior master at school in the 50″s who was a rabid lefty/ban the bomber. What ever the lesson he always found an excuse to mention what a good chap Bertrand Russell was.It put me of socialism for life.
    I”ve waited 50 years to get that of my chest

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    Eyeruletheworld says:

    Hari is just a lazy git who can’t be fagged to get off his ar*e to do any work.

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    Tell it like it really is says:

    Johan Hari poses as the Guardian of the truth
    So Hard to maintain – when facts are checked
    -yet Kelner remains aloof
    Lebedev however may take a different tack
    Give him the post of tea boy at Alibibas shack.

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    He’d make a model MP then !

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Not really. Some were honest plodders, others were bone idle, one was permanently drunk, one or two were hard-working, but I can only think of one who was moderately inspiring and another who was good fun, at least. Those really educated people whom I have sometimes met appear to have educated themselves, mainly, or been inspired by their parents. I’m sure there must be a few exceptions.

    Things learnt at school: how to feign paying attention; how to colour a map of Australia green for the sheep-farming areas and red for cattle-farming; a version of French that is unknown in France; how, with a small group of friends, to create an alternative reality to the general dullness of school.

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    Gordon Brown MP says:

    £8,000 an hour is my normal rate for mumbling about how everyone else is to blame for everything at an after dinner.

    But the subject matter interests me so I’m very interested in this.
    How about £10.80 ?

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    YorkshireLad says:

    “…declaring that the submitted work ‘is wholly or substantially that of the named author or authors, and does not contain any plagiarised or unacknowledged material.””

    So prior to this year, you could plagarise to your heart’s content? – No wonder he won!

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    John Tusa Killed The World Service and was also a Judge that year says:

    Hari won the 2008 Orwell Prize

    The Orwell Prize Council released a statement this afternoon …….

    “Since 2008 the entry process has been made more robust still. The governance of the Prize has been reformed, and all entrants are required to sign a disclaimer, declaring that the submitted work ‘is wholly or substantially that of the named author or authors, and does not contain any plagiarised or unacknowledged material.’”……..

    Co-incidence or WOT!

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    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    OI ! Baldy Wales Get back to fuckin work you Parasite !
    FFS the life of a royal “Get Married and Retire”
    Since you got married you haven’t been near a chopper
    at least not one that flies

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    Anthony Charles Lynton Blair says:

    Please, please be quiet Gordon – here, bite on the pillow.

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    Anthony Charles Lynton Blair says:

    weblink please.

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    Just in from Rupert$ $ky New$ says:

    “Hannah Thomas-Peter, in New York

    An investigation has been launched after a man flew from New York to Los Angeles without a valid passport or ID and a boarding pass that belonged to someone else. ”

    Why the hell not if it is the land od the free?

    Or – perhaps it isn’t any more !

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    Anonymous says:

    Same here, the problem is the left think it is ethically acceptable to tell any lie which backs up their position. Hence, they are invariably nasty pieces of work.

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    A Moose with a hole in it says:

    She’s also a bloody good shot.

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    Moussa Koussa says:

    Had a brill day today on the march.
    Blew whistle, waved a sign that said CON-DEM {geddit?} and had a long, monetary discussion with a student teacher girl. It was amazing.
    She wasn’t even wearing a bra!

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    They can’t sp.eak with their mouths full.

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    Gordon Brown, Lord Mandelson, Chris Bryant says:

    Can we all apply?

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    Caroline Flint says:

    Window dressing.

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    Anthony Charles Lynton Blair says:

    Did you mean camp asses?

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    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    I’m surprised that lefto’s haven’t found a Journalist on the right who has done something similar as a way of deflecting and negating harie’s stuff.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if their were hundreds of them pouring over text’s and checking them on google.

    BTW, cut and past is rife in education; thirteen years of liebore and this is what you get.

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    Perhaps I should belatedly add that if Simon Kelner’s position becomes untenable, as it clearly is, that he should not be allowed to edit the Beano which was, in its day, a cracking read especially when compared with the Indie.

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    Engineer says:

    If he was going from somewhere in America to somewhere else in America, why did he need a passport?

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    Hi Moussa says:

    And yet you’re still the kind of nasty, acne ridden leftie who claims to treat women decently but probably uses date rape drugs on them.

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    I wonder what Orwell would have thought of it all.

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    Adam Richards says:

    As a liberal, it’s disappointing to see this from a writer I once respected. I was tempted to give him a second chance if it was the odd quote that could have been explained better once or twice. But it seems it has happened so often, taken from other interviews not just bios, and with the completely false dramatisation of the moment in which a quote was supposedly given to Hari, that it is impossible to have confidence in anything he has written.

    I’d take issue with most of the comments though – “radical lefties” e.g. New Statesman, Guardian etc are taking him to task on this. in a way that “extreme righties” never do to the outright lies from Delingpole, Littlejohn, and pretty much every Daily Mail writer. A different, and worse lie than Hari perhaps. But liberals must, and do, hold themselves to higher standards

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    I used to enjoy having a tipple in the Common’s Bar with William Pitt the Younger. He tapped me on the knee and said, “How did you drink that so quickly?” He then drafted the entire India Act on his iPhone. I have never experienced such an outstanding act of clarity before or since.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    list the lies and we will pass over our views.

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    Anonymous says:

    Hasn’t this santimonius wankergot a degree? Wonder how many of his undergraduate essays were his own work with all the necessary attributions?

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    Nemo says:

    I know that you have got your teeth in to this plagerising reporter, what has to happened to your old mate Andy Coulson, it has gone very quiet about him, that would be 2 doubtful journos, we are approaching the news silly season these should lighten up the usually dull season, it’s ashame that you will miss all this when you on your Jollies

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    Does he go for his number 2s before you do him or do you simply bore your own hole?

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    Cheshire Cat says:

    Why have all three got different surnames, a disfunctional family ? probably living on State benefits

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Was PA reporter arrested this week.

    Nothing on anyother newspaper person or media employer being interviewed or charged or arrested.

    Mirror group are keeping quiet as well?

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    East Midlander says:

    His origins can’t be British. so suspect right away.

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    cheche says:

    What about the man and the woman who flew form London to Canada without valid passports id or boarding pass

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    East Midlander says:

    “Those who can do , do. Those who can’t, teach

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    WVM says:

    Is that it then?

    20% of schools fully closed, 23% partially closed the rest being open and running on a skeleton staff.
    Over 75% of civil servants attend work.
    Travel remains largely unaffected.
    Although 9 out of 10 of the Met’s 999 call handers fail to turn up for work, shows you where their real priorities lie.

    This monged out new Liebour generation couldn’t even strike properly, fucking pathetic!

  117. 117
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Same here, Billy – very surprised. I just happened to catch his statement on BBC Parliament yesterday.

  118. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Are Kelner & Hari related to each other?

  119. 119
    East Midlander says:

    Where can I obtain copies, (trembling with excitement.)

  120. 120
    Pedro the Fisherman says:

    (4) To make turd pies and sell them as Chocolate Brownies.

    [Not to be confused with Gormless Brown – who is a turd.]

  121. 121
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Tom Watson, yet again opens his fat mouth, to spout shit. Why doesn’t this fat bloater learn to tell the truth, or is it just the norm for labour MPs to lie.
    Labour MPs are loud mouthed, petty and sickening.

  122. 122
    Anonymous says:

    Billy,when did you qualify as a spell checker?

  123. 123
    Nemo says:

    I think she was a head honcho like Wade/Brookes and Coulson. Looks is if Murdoch is going to get his way, whether he will want to pay the price per share that is another question.

  124. 124
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Don’t forget pettiness, a labour speciality.

  125. 125
    Nemo says:

    moderate away

  126. 126
    Ex-Labour voter says:

    £8 p/a, in London, for someone who’s bi-lingual and literate and has to work from their own home (no office costs to the employer), and who has to trek across London first to pick up the magazines (can’t they be emailed – it is proof reading, after all)?

    Still, it’s better than being an intern for the LimpDums.

  127. 127
    What I'd like to know is says:

    Why didn’t any of the great-and-the-good people who Hari wrote about complain that they had not actually said the words that Hhari implied that they had? They surely read his articles but seem to have been prepared to accept what he wrote.

    All except Elizabeth the First of course as she was dead.

  128. 128
    Ex-Labour voter says:

    And those who can’t teach, apply for jobs with “Community” in the title.

  129. 129
  130. 130
    Chocolate Moussa says:

    My hero Ed is actually a lily livered turncoat who got v booed by the poor saps that keep the Labour Party vaguely solvent. Yay!

  131. 131
    I told you they were non-jobs says:

    “Number 10: public sector strikes have ‘minimal impact'”

    Durrrr. That’s because it was public sector workers who were on strike.

  132. 132
    My other car's a Merkava says:

    Don’t expect the Orwell crew to do anything, like take the rules seriously. Duranty was never stripped of his Pulitzer.

    Scardino has form for picking “coming” journalists. It was he, after all, who hired Dilpazier Aslam as an intern at the Graun and was quietly shoved overboard by Rusbridger when the shit hit the fan.

  133. 133

    Perhaps the great and the good are not quite as great; nor quite as good; nor even, Flying Spaghetti Monster help me, as great and as good as they are trumpeted as being.

  134. 134
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The gross and swollen c u n t of your “god” will consume us all !!!

  135. 135
    Sherlock Holmes says:

    Being left-wing and therefore economically fuckwitted, they’ve probably max-out their credit cards and can’t afford to lose a day’s pay.

  136. 136
    Mad Hattie Harman's curiously cavernous front bottom says:

    So long as your “god” is Socialism, that’s the plan.

  137. 137

    I will just say Sharapova. OK, I am now going for a cold shower.

  138. 138

    Sir, I think you are mistaken.

    Sir William Pitt the younger NEVER had a tipple in the Commons bar as it was not in existence!

    No special arrangements were made by the House for feeding those attending it until 1773. And then it was only Bellamy’s.

    I must assume that you used to meet the younger Pitt in the Papal Plot bar and grill or the Whoremonger’s arms. Sir Billy was a frequent member of both.

  139. 139
    Its the unique way we extort the money says:

    BBC news

    Comming up at 10 – Strikes..cuts to pensions and strikes.
    How the nation was effected by today’s devastating strikes.

    Followed by a special report on how many people were on strike today and how many people cheered them on.
    Then an in-depth look at the good that unions do and how a decent country would be grateful to fund the retirement of its best performing workers.

    Followed by ‘threat of more strikes if today’s strikes don’t result in more strikes.’

    Then ohhhh! Wimbledon…Murray..ohhhh!

  140. 140
    Dodgy Dossier says:

    I’d like to propose “The Campbell Prize” which would be awarded to the best piece of fiction posing as fact.

  141. 141
    Engineer says:

    I gather she has reached the final of the Annual Ladies’ Grunting Contest.

    Beats me why they don’t save their energy for playing tennis, and let the spectators do the grunting for them.

  142. 142
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Hows about this one: most of the MMR stories were bollocks. Journalists were deliberately choosing a “microbiology lab” that was being run by someone in a garden shed who wasn’t actually doing correct tests for MMR.
    Journalists deliberately went to see him because his tests always found MMR.

  143. 143

    If it works for them, you can’t knock it, Engineer. Sorry, I will try and say that more carefully. No, bugger it, it can stand.

  144. 144

    Ah! But I didn’t have any training. And I am famous. And I have won prizes. So it’s OK innit? Respect!

  145. 145
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Poo. wrong acronym thats MRSA of course.

    The quantity of bullshit about MMR is of course more voluminous and complicated.

  146. 146
    nell says:

    Well milimong you’re sort of right.

    bullyballs devised a strategy for labour when they were in government whereby he believed if you told a lie often enough to the people and the media you could make the public believe it was a fact.

    harikari whatsisname obviously comes from the same dodgy school of thought!

  147. 147
    Eyeruletheworld says:

    The Beano’s in a different league.

  148. 148
    Jimmy says:

    I propose the John Stuart Mill Prize for Conservative Thought.

  149. 149
    nell says:

    the rightwing andycoulson’s claim to fame surely is the left’s belief that he knew about the phone tapping that in turn was supposed to lead to some salacious truths that some people wanted kept out of the public eye. truth being the operative word here!

    the leftwing harikari whatsisname seems to have been peddling work penned by other people which in turn, it could be argued, is a journalistic crime called plagiarism. Furthermore he seems to have plagiarised the writings of the people he was interviewing, using their own written words as quotes. What people say write about themselves is not exactly truth is it? So hardly balanced journalism then?!

    Interesting that when edmilitwit was climatechange minister his dept was charged with plagiarising some juvenile uni articles to prove that agw was happening only to have to retract when the articles were proved incorrect. Like old allycampbell did the same thing thing, and plagiariarised articles which were later proved to be inaccurate, when he was trying to sex up that dodgy dossier.

    Plagiarism and lies . Very labour.

  150. 150
    nell says:

    I loved the bit where serwotka in support of the strike said that we’re the 6th richest nation in the world and can afford to ensure our public sector have great pensions and comfortable retirement!!

    I notice neither he, nor old bobcrow nor any of the other overpaid champagne commie ‘funding their own nests’ union leaders, raised so much as a peep when gordon raided £5billion from our private pensions.

    One rule for them (public sector) and another for us (private sector).

    Hope they’re not looking for any support or sympathy because they’re not going to get it!

  151. 151
    QT fair and balanced says:

    Tonight’s Question Time panel is typically balanced. Peter Hammond, John Denham, Toynbee, the director-general of the CBI, and the biggest hoot, the general secretary of the NUT. So that’s 2 conservatives against 3 lefties, not including the Labour studio audience. But Polly Tuscany should provide some laughs with her pre-rehearsed bollocks which undoubtedly will get round of applause after round of applause.

  152. 152
    String emUp says:

    I note with alacrity that more and more german seems to be creeping into the english language. Angst , Schadenfreude , Zeitgeist and so on. May I hasten to add another , Oberschwule. It kind of refers to “chief poof” , a title previously held by none other than Elton John (I kid you not , ask any german). That title is now under serious threat from the above mentioned Johan Hari. See , even his first name is german(ic).

  153. 153
    nell says:

    loudmouthed and twatson .

    Interchangeable words meaning the same thing.

    Was he wearing his XXXL mint humbug suit? I do think he looks so amusing in that!

  154. 154
    String emUp says:

    Swallow it you daft bastard

  155. 155
    nell says:

    young nell’s teachers on strike today. Has she lost out?

    Well we’ve spent the day out and about exploring ks3 science and geography and then finished off with a sailing lesson.

    Great day! Better than if she’d been at school.

    On another front our dusbins were emptied today no problems, council olffices seemed to be open, library was working, local primary school was open, hospital functioned as normal.

    So what impact has this strike , to keep gold plated end of salary pensions for unworthy , hardly value for money public servants, had?

  156. 156
    nell says:

    Every good show needs its comedian. pollytwaddle will be that for QT.

  157. 157
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    You were obviously mentally abused at school. Find a “no win no fee” lawyer and fill your boots

  158. 158
    Snotrocket says:

    And for good belly laugh about how accurate Hari’s reportage is, go see what Mr Eugenides has pasted on DK’s site (http://www.devilskitchen.me.uk/)

  159. 159
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    You are so inadequate at so many levels.

  160. 160
    String emUp says:

    Is that not the Polly Toynbee who had a great Uncle or thereabouts called Albert. As I vaguely remember he was not on the left side of political thinking , however he was just as full of shit as la Polly herself. The big question is , did he have a villa in Tuscany ?

    In another vein altogether , in the sixties Polly was a bit of alright. The years have not been kind

  161. 161
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Sorry, but that’s a disgraceful post.

  162. 162
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Good on you and the young ‘uns! I’m slightly envious of the sailing lesson! Haven’t had one since

  163. 163
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    They are all socialists. They must be as great and good as they are trumpeted. Denier!

  164. 164
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    …since I was in short trousers meself!

    (Don’t know how I managed to bugger up the above post so comprehensively!)

  165. 165
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    May be the constant constructive criticism on the pages is finally having an effect?

  166. 166
    Anonymous says:

    did they just ask him:
    “is this all your work?”
    then he said “yep” and they just said “right-ho then” ?

    oh, apparently they only started asking “is this actually your work?” after 2008.

    fantastic bit of journalistic integrity and verification there on the part of the Orwell Council.

    “let’s give a prize to journalists to award those with the most integrity. let’s not bother to check whether or not the winning journalist actually has any integrity; it’s not worth the effort and we can’t be arsed, and I’m sure anyone who enters always tells the truth anyway”.


    something tells me that they’ve pissed all over everything that Orwell was trying to warn people about.

  167. 167
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Discussing slumps were you?

  168. 168
    Grumpy Old Man says:


  169. 169
    I'll have a P please, Bob says:

    In other news: http://www.labourlist.org/miliband-these-strikes-are-wrong

    Easily rEd’s finest car crash to date. But not on Guido’s or mini-Guido’s radar for some reason.

  170. 170
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Neither has been the pasta of Tuscany.

  171. 171
    Jack says:

    I thought the teachers were on holiday already

    Or is the other half of the year when they “work” ?

  172. 172
    Dominiique Strass Kahn French Socialist presidential candidate says:

    I am still under house arrest in New York (rent $50,000 per month)

    I have been deprived of my holiday in my wife mansion in Marrakesh and my gang banging in Paris

    I assaulted a maid in a hotel room in New York as I usually do in hotels especially in France

    Please save me from American justice..

    I will be President of France

  173. 173
    Poor Bill says:

    Just another fairy tail,

  174. 174
    nell says:

    Haven’t sailed since you were in short trousers?

    Why not Infuriated?

    young nell sails with Sailability – they’re a national charity in action right across the UK giving access to sailing for disabled youngsters. And we’re talking access to challenging sailing – all weather conditions, racing etc!!

    They always needs adults; volunteers who know how to sail. It’s fun.

    If you fancy taking up sailing again and you have some spare time, find your nearest local group, help out, and have fun!!

  175. 175
    The Chief Rabbi says:

    Ed is beginning to match Mcruin for his permanent car crashes – remembere that meorable occasion when a real car crashed next to Brown when he and Mandelscum were “launching” another policy..ROFL…

    I think ALL those in Brown’s bunker sere either nuts (whole haselnuts) or retards like Empty Ed…

    Just look at his body language…it is infantile…

  176. 176
    Parsons says:

    Johann Hari doubleplusbad unperson.

  177. 177
    The Chief Rabbi says:

    She has been stuffed full of state aid for too long…espcially througgh her husband and late audit commission….

    And the proceeds of the Guardian hedge fund’s profits…


  178. 178
    The Chief Rabbi says:

    It has taken the Consistory over one hundred years to have another of our Ilk as Prime Minister

    Please do not throw out Edddie Mossad with the bathwater…he is one is us remember…and he cannot br replaced quickly, even by a mad goy like Blinky as you call hime…

  179. 179
    Eeyore says:

    He is clearly bonkers, or he wouldn’t he keep repeating himself.

    Perhaps family socialism has infected his brain.

    The bloke who empties our bins is more articulate than this.

  180. 180
    Madoff Mandelson says:

    I almost made it Chief Rabbi

    Do you not recognise my infinite talent and poison then ?

  181. 181
    Imelda's spokesgob says:

    I am Imelda Slotgob Blair

    My husband is going to be President of Europe

    When it explodes shortly…(and when he comes back to me)

  182. 182
    Reuters correspondent says:


    I saw a photo of you in the Mail this week…talking about how our Tone has deserted you

    But frankly I think you are the ugliest woman I have seen for YEARS

    The female equivalent of our Elton John (who is repulsive also)

  183. 183
    Mascarpone, I scream says:

    Hari’s “noble lies” must have been widely known among his fellow travellers, yet they conspired to keep it quiet for years.

  184. 184
    Bobby says:


    I read the Mail in the mornng to find out the recent scandals and appalling decadence in the UK

    I then have to come to your blog here to laugh..

    otherwise total depression

    Thank you

  185. 185
    Jimmy says:

    No canvassing

  186. 186
    DFixon of Dock Green says:

    Were those hooligans in black breaking up everything in their path today Blinky’s SS?

    has he organised his storm troopers yet ?

  187. 187
    Chief economist at Lehman Brothers says:


    I have just put all my wife savings in GOLD

    Can you tell the Governor of the Bank of England and of the fed to start QE III and then QE IV…Please

    My profits depend on it…

  188. 188
    Chief economist at Lehman Brothers says:

    And get your friend Blinky Bollocks in as Chancellor

    We will be in Weimar within 6 months…super…wheelbarrows and all…

  189. 189
    Anonymous says:

    The grunting on women’s tennis is very annoying.

    I can’t watch women’s tennis for more than 30 seconds anymore because it’s just so annoying; it’s like watching 2 chav birds scream the word “bitch” at each other every 3 seconds at the top of their voice. It’s just too irritating to be able to watch.

    Having said that, if Martina Hingis was still playing, then I think I’d watch and just turn the volume down.

  190. 190
    Simontm says:

    I do apologies for my speeling Billy, was in a rush.
    Apart from GSCE English Language, do you have a view?

  191. 191
    Kingswoman says:

    Yes, he does, and the description he gives of his pre-University life as a latchkey kid here: http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-what-ive-got-in-common-with-jamie-olivers-kids-2248853.html bears no resemblance to the posh, publicly educated student that I remember at Cambridge.

    I’ve had no interest in his writing up until now, but, for anyone interested in fact checking, I’d like to point out (as has also been pointed out in one of the comments on that story) that it would have been impossible for him to have bunked off school to play Mario Kart in 1995, as it wasn’t released in the UK for another ten years.

  192. 192
    not a machine says:

    I think I get it now , he won the Orwell prize for being the best impersonater of Winston Smith ?

  193. 193
    No tv lincence holder me says:

    Has Patton begun wielding the axe then or was it merely the end of current contract?

  194. 194
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Not in my opinion it isn’t
    They are all spongers !

  195. 195
    A closeted gay nazi skinhead muslim homophobe fantasy boi says:

    Duh – Hari would say no-one complained. He’s the one making shit up. Some did complain, where Hari was not writing a puff-piece for them.

    Chomsky complained, and was ridiculed by the Blair-loving miscreant: http://www.johannhari.com/2003/12/04/noam-chomsky-s-attack-on-johann

    Also denial of detail with a rebuttal of the spin: http://www.driftline.org/cgi-bin/archive/archive_msg.cgi?file=spoon-archives/aut-op-sy.archive/aut-op-sy_2004/aut-op-sy.0409&msgnum=232&start=21394 – “I didn’t say the things ascribed to me”.

    The ones that did not complain were the ones that were beneficiaries of his Orwellian rectification.

  196. 196
    Guillotine time says:

    You shouldn’t have given her a tip.

  197. 197
    Jess The Dog says:

    *Breaking* Kelner chopped from the Indy. No sign of Johann’s column. Presumably he couldn’t find anyone to copy from in class. Or he’s been expelled for cheating.

  198. 198
    Frank Boyle says:

    The Frankie Boyle row rumbles on. Yesterday, in this newspaper, Katie Price wrote of her disgust at the jokes the comedian made at the expense of her son Harvey. Think what you like about Price, but we must all agree that to mock her disabled son is unkind and cruel to the point of inhumanity. It is appalling that Boyle, a father himself, should ever stoop so low.

    Katie Price had two children. Harvey and the normal one.

    How come nobody has a problem with z list celebrity, reality star, and author calling the other child normal implying that harvey is abnormal?

    Izzit cos she be bigger celeb?

  199. 199
    Mainstream Media Sucks says:

    Of those convicted of grooming young girls who have been racially classified some 40%+ are Asian.
    I wonder why that never gets mentioned?

  200. 200
    Mainstream Media Sucks says:

    “He was my age – 23 – and approximately twice my size.”

    As Johan * “Environmental Commentator of the Year” at the Comment Awards 2010[77]
    * Newspaper Journalist of the Year at Amnesty International Awards 2010[78]
    * Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism 2010[79]
    * Journalist of the Year at the Stonewall Awards, 2009[80]
    * Cultural Commentator of the Year at the Comment Awards, 2009[81]
    * Author of Story of the Year at the Environmental Press Awards 2008[82]
    * The Orwell Prize for political journalism, 2008[83]
    * Amnesty International Newspaper Journalist of the Year in 2007[84]
    * One of Debrett’s top 100 international ‘People of the Year’ in 2007[citation needed]
    * ‘Young Journalist of the Year’ at the British Press Awards in 2003[85]
    * ‘Student Journalist of the Year’ by the Times in 2000[86]

    is a big boy this other guy must be really big.

  201. 201
    Mainstream Media Sucks says:

    Hari or Obama?

  202. 202
    Mainstream Media Sucks says:

    Johan Hari is Independent of the truth.

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