July 1st, 2011

When Hari Met Reality: 
The First Time Hari Got Sacked for Making Things Up

Johann Hari has made a living out adding a little first person je ne sais quoi to his articles, also known as bullshit. Day after day new evidence emerges of his Matilda-ish tendency towards fakery and deception, and it appears to be a trick that he picked up early in his career. In October 1999 he was sacked as News Editor of Cambridge University’s Varsity student newspaper. He told friends at the time it was because the editor was “jealous of my intellect”. Another pure fabrication.

Hari was sacked after his sexed up copy, printed in the October 29, 1999 edition, included the made up fact that 1,500 students had taken part in a protest against tuition fees. It turned out to be a ridiculous exaggeration and when the editor discovered that the figure was way out, it was the final straw amidst a growing suspicion that Hari had an unfortunate tendency make up things to spice up his copy.

At least his then editor had some spine…

The Orwell Prize Council revealed yesterday that:

“Prior to presenting the award, as part of our due diligence, one of the judges contacted Simon Kelner, editor of The Independent, who expressed his full confidence in the Hari articles”

Other former winners have confirmed to Guido that this was a one off and did not happen regarding their submissions, as far as Guido is aware no other editors have been contacted in this way to vouch for their hacks. What was suspicious about Hari’s work? His reputation for embellishment was known well enough in newsrooms to make the judges nervous.

The Orwell Prize Council pointedly claimed this week that they had, since awarding Hari the Orwell Prize in 2008, tightened up the rules regarding attribution of quotes. Did they have anyone in mind when they made that rule change?

On discovering yesterday that Hari entered work this year for the 2011 Orwell Prize, Guido asked the director of the prize to list the articles Hari had entered, he declined. They are it seems to go down the Orwellian memory hole. Jenni Russell won the prize this year, Hari’s continuing claim to be a former prize winner tarnishes the name of the prize. Guido knows for a fact that other prize winners feel genuine anger that Hari is among their prestigious number.

Hari defended himself in his mea culpa article using his own unique definition of plagiarism. To the charge of plagiarism we can add passing off, fraud, deception, profiting from the work of others and lying. He should be asked by the Orwell Prize Council to return the £3,000 prize money and to refrain from describing himself as a former Orwell Prize winner. As for Hari, he should note what happened to Matilda:

Matilda told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one’s Eyes;
Her Aunt, who, from her Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe Matilda:
The effort very nearly killed her,

For every time she shouted ‘Fire!’
They only answered ‘Little Liar!’
And therefore when her Aunt returned,
Matilda, and the House, were Burned.

Chris Blackhurst was announced as the new editor of The Indy today…


153 Comments

  1. 1
    Kelvin says:

    Gotcha!

  2. 2
    Call me Infidel says:

    keep piling on the pressure!

  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So , the person that employed him at the Indie didnt do a proper background check then?

    Or maybe they did….

  4. 4
    Doktorb says:

    What we have here is the eventual proving of everybody’s grandmothers’ favourite maxim – the truth will out.

    I guess Hari always knew this day would come. One embellishment here, one lie there, one quote added to over here, something lifted from another source down there; it all adds up, but spread out over years would not make it noticeable. He must have felt guilty throughout his career – making all the right noises on human rights abuse and equality, lauded by the Left, yet knowing deep down that his commentary pieces were noble ideas wrapped in other peoples chippy paper.

    Doubtlessly, Hari will continue to earn a living from his writing. It’s not as though the mainstream press are overflowing with commentariat types at the moment. His stock is worthless, though, so expect a long period of silence followed by a few 250-400 word columns tucked away on the Viewspaper by Christmas.

  5. 5
    daedalus says:

    how long can you keep the drip-drip going? ’cause shitbags like hari need to be drummed out of the profession, preferably in the most humiliating, career-threatening way possible.

    We need journos to speak truth to power — sadly most (honourable exceptions do spring to mind) are in it for the celebrity, the kudos, the lifestyle, etc — in fact every part of the job which has nothing to do with the job. And when we can’t trust the press, we can’t trust their reporting; and we won’t be able to keep an eye on those even more vain-glorious politicians and scrutinise them to the extent they deserve.

    This shitbag has pissed in the well of Truth.

  6. 6
  7. 7
    Hypocrite hater says:

    My God, you are obsessed. Have you got a crush on him? You need to get out more

  8. 8
    Johann H says:

    According to the BBC 350 of us turned out to Rally Against the Debt, a petition passed round gathered 400 signatures so the actual number is likely nearer 500.

  9. 9
    daedalus says:

    could be, Billy: they are a viewspaper, not a newspaper; facts need not necessarily apply…

  10. 10
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Guido

    I also believe there is enough evidence to award him a twat watch tag.

    His breath taking arrogence is typical of the Islington media class, Rivalled only by Polly Toynbee.

    If i had been paying his wages at the Indie i might ask the police to investigate him for obtaining through deception.

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    Are you here legally? Did they give you laptop as well dole when you came here?

  12. 12
    daedalus says:

    what? what in the name of Billy’s slightly crooked wicket finger are you talking about? or do you like being spoon-fed a pleasingly unchallenging brew of lies and bullshit from the press?

    I mean I’ve heard of a closed mind …

  13. 13
    The Loony Left says:

    Lies. They’re our core value.

  14. 14
    Hypocrite hater says:

    It’s piss weak this post, isnt it. I was expecting a smoking gun yet its just an exaggeration of numbers story – like every twat right wing newspaper makes about protests depending on whether they support or oppose the cause. All newspapers would be shut down if we held them to these standards #desperation

  15. 15
    Johann Hari says:

    As Sir Walter Scott said to me, with a tear in his eye, ‘O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!’.

  16. 16
    bLACK cOUNTRY says:

    In Tipton he would be knows by the local phrase – “a fucking liar”

  17. 17
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    “a trick that he picked up early in his career”
    I doubt that.

    to quote from Lead Balloon this week (with Robbie Coltrane), that I remembered from watching TV:

    “You see it started with the school nativity play, when I got the part of a sheep, but I told my mother I was joseph …etc.etc.”

  18. 18
    smoggie says:

    Well fuck off back to the Independent then.

  19. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    I sold the gold at $1600 USD

  20. 20
    Barmy Army says:

    We all shagged Matilda
    We all shagged Matilda

  21. 21
    Polly my flights don't contribute to global warming - er climate change Toynbee says:

    Oh do stop picking on the nice boy, you beastly right-wing Tories.

  22. 22
    daedalus says:

    being modded? :) am being very mellow really on this wonderfully sunny Friday afternoon (unless something stupid happens in the cricket of course)

  23. 23
    Anon says:

    You sold all the gold for $1600 USD.

  24. 24
    John Wayne says:

    but did you kill the sheriff?

  25. 25
    smoggie says:

    No mate, you’d be buying the stuff now if you were still in power.

    Fucking nuts.

  26. 26
    Lying Gene says:

    If he’s a socialist then it will be in his DNA and un-treatable

  27. 27
    Anonymous says:

    A care home manager who housed elderly residents in ‘dog kennel’ conditions was kicked out of the profession yesterday.
    Under the watch of Ramdai Singh, a 70-year-old dementia sufferer lost 11st after being fed a diet of tea, chocolate and a drink supplement in a urine-soaked room, a disciplinary hearing heard.
    The resident, who was made to wear a nappy pad, had to drink out of a plastic beaker that was ‘stained, dirty and furry’, a Nursing and Midwifery Council panel was told.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2010124/Manager-banned-nursing-running-care-home-better-kennel.html#ixzz1QrhZVgnh

  28. 28
    Jess The Dog says:

    This is all certainly keeping Johann quiet. His blog has been silent and he’s usually in the Indy on a Friday. Keep it up!

  29. 29
    Kevin T says:

    Also not a lot of tweets from the little shit lately.

  30. 30
    Jess The Dog says:

    No tweeting on Twitter from that particular bird.

    http://twitter.com/#!/johannhari101

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    and you’d better hurry up ‘cos the Indy wont be arround much longer.

  32. 32
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Gotcha!

  33. 33
    Kia Abdullah says:

    LOL! pmsl

  34. 34
    Lord Stansted says:

    He looks like a kid out of school, so perhaps he should go back and finish his GCSEs.

  35. 35
    Reasons to be cheerful, part 3 says:

    Perhaps he’s in his car at Beachy Head, sorting all the stuff in his pockets into a neat little pile on the passenger seat, using his laptop to copy and paste that final note of regret, before braving the breeze one last time to walk, eyes closed, towards the setting sun and into eternal nothingness.

  36. 36
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Just need Noel Edmunds to door step him now and present him with his award.

  37. 37
    Kia Abdullarse says:

    The holo caust cracks me up. Sociopathic?

  38. 38
    ichabod says:

    Ah Tipton–how is it these days…I used to work in the Midland Bank there forty years ago. I hear there are alot of M*sl*ms there now.

  39. 39
    bLACK cOUNTRY says:

    i guess you would know DB then?

  40. 40
    Reichsführer says:

    We may have a well-paid position for you.

  41. 41
    Another member of Kia's Communiteh says:

    There was no holo caust.

    And put your burqa on, whore.

  42. 42
  43. 43
    daedalus says:

    small mercies

  44. 44
    Titford Hat says:

    The Indy is unreadable, worse than the Garudina.

  45. 45
    daedalus says:

    how long can you keep the drip-drip going? ’cause shite-heads like hari need to be drummed out of the profession, preferably in the most humiliating, career-threatening way possible.

    We need journos to speak truth to power — sadly most (honourable exceptions do spring to mind) are in it for the celebrity, the kudos, the lifestyle, etc — in fact every part of the job which has nothing to do with the job. And when we can’t trust the press, we can’t trust their reporting; and we won’t be able to keep an eye on those even more vain-glorious politicians and scrutinise them to the extent they deserve.

    This little joker has pissed in the well of Truth.

  46. 46
    Proletarianised Marxist Teacher says:

    It’s all the fault of Fatcher, init?

  47. 47
    Thats News says:

    “‘es NOT the Messiah, ‘es just a very naughty boy!”

  48. 48
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    This site wants a final solution for small green vegtables :-)

  49. 49
    ichabod says:

    Whilst on the subject of cheats….I watched that Sharapova play at Wimbledon yesterday for the first time this tournament, all that grunting and what not–it is to put the opponent off isn’t it? .

  50. 50
    baruch goldstein says:

    Hari and his ilk need to be rounded up and gassed. I’d even offer to pay for the gas

  51. 51
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    And the next fraud Hack is……………..?????????

  52. 52
    the general public says:

    Guido, can’t remember another story that you have devoted so much space to? Is this really as big a story as you are making it out?

    The guys a journalistic fraud. Out him and move on, there are surely more important stories out there!

  53. 53
    baruch goldstein says:

    all part of the game. i think they should be able to wear bright clothes and huge beflowered hats and make any sorts of noises at any time if that helps. would make a better spectacle too.

  54. 54
    Hypocrite hater says:

    Of course youve heard of a closed mind if you come on this Huntwit site often.
    Are you deranged?

  55. 55
    Kia The Shia says:

    Oops, sorry folks. My bad – can’t help saying what I think.

  56. 56
    Hypocrite hater says:

    I have, you prickwad. I just like coming on here to see how you sociopaths are coping with your time out of the hospitals. Your wives are cheating on you, by the way.

  57. 57
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    Because nasty Right- wingers make shit up and he’s just redressing the balance? Fuck you and your moral equivalence, you fucking shithelmet.

  58. 58
    Sir Simon Says says:

    Investment Advice to Readers
    From
    Sir Simon Kelner

    Re Share J Hari PLC

    Sell Sell Sell

    Yours

    Sir S Kelner ex Editor Independent

  59. 59
    Shimon Peres says:

    You do not speak for the general public.

  60. 60
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    chris Hunt?

  61. 61
    Kevin T says:

    I’d go with string tops and thongs myself. I’d watch it.

  62. 62
    daedalus says:

    It’s illustrative of a couple of interesting threads:

    1) he’s a fraud
    2) he’s undermining journalism — or at least shredding its few remain pretenses of professionalism (if nothing else)
    3) he’s a liar
    4) he won’t man up and admit his folly — that “apology” puts most politicians’ most artful attempts to shame
    5) the reaction from the left (darling Laurie in particular) has been hilariously hypocritical and wanktastic — homophobia? WTF?
    6) it keeps the rest of them on their toes
    7) Hari has definitely crossed the line from journo to opinionator/commentator and should stop pretending to be one

    and so on. cracking stuff guido.

  63. 63
    Ampers says:

    Hahahaha… +1

    At least I am honest, At least I have a tag line under my Blog name as follows:

    “I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, or something like the truth, so help me God”.

  64. 64
    Kevin T says:

    Little different from the left wing hate campaign against Jan Moir, except Hari has actually violated his profession’s ethics rather than express an opinion on a celebritiy’s lifestyle which offended lefties (and no one would have blinked an eye at if the celebrity had been straight and indulging in group sex with women).

  65. 65
    daedalus says:

    toynbee is of course the queen of self-righteous hypocrisy … although not fraud (or at least none that has been discovered yet).

    kia abdullah? although calling her a journalist is stretching it.

  66. 66
    Engineer says:

    Don’t agree.

    Both journalists and politicians are regarded poorly by the general population because both walks of life (I refuse to call them professions) contain far too many people who play fast and loose with facts, or who ignore or distort truth. Hari, it seems, has been more egregious than most journalists.

    The best way to improve politics is for journalists to expose lies, cant, hypocricy and distortions of truth. They cannot do that if they distort truth themselves – and ultimately, the public are not as stupid as many politicians and jounalists believe they are. Truth will out.

  67. 67
    daedalus says:

    Never thought I’d say this … it look’s like sanity has broken out in the comments section of the graun:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/discussion/comment-permalink/11398265

  68. 68
    Archer Karcher says:

    I don’t know about daedalus, but you clearly are.

  69. 69
    Audemus Dicere says:

    If he walked towrds the setting sun from Beachy Head at this time of year, he would end up in Brighton…

  70. 70
    Dirty Hari says:

    Go ahead, make my… article up.

  71. 71
    Archer Karcher says:

    Psychological projection:

    Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings.

  72. 72
    daedalus says:

    haha yes. BRING IT, BITCH

    kisses daedalus x

  73. 73
    Another suggestion for making tennis interesting says:

    That or they should be naked except for a generous coating of suntan oil.

  74. 74
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Men and women?

  75. 75
    daedalus says:

    smashing!

    PS your wife, she says hi

  76. 76
    Kia's Kacky Kareer says:

    It’s pushing it even to describe her as an author.

    Two books, one of which was self-published, and the other published by some blogging outfit run from a spare room in a council flat.

  77. 77
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    How is Andy McMurray doing?

  78. 78
    Everard P Burgerpenis says:

    There is a faint chance he might slip off the cliff edge at Seaford

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Come on Andy Murray !

  80. 80
    Anon says:

    Do Independent readers have anything to invest?

    I’d assumed the 20p ‘I’ version was in recognition that Indy readers were skint.

  81. 81
    Archer Karcher says:

    Knuckle dragging, right wing nutters, etc, etc, etc,…………….

  82. 82
    Mad Bad Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

    You’re a bigot so you won’t like hearing this but I bought Euros with it so we actually made money. It was a negative 5400% growth.

    Whose idea was it to put me here? Sue’s I think.

  83. 83
    Another suggestion for making tennis interesting says:

    Women, Billy.

    With lots of slow-motion close-ups and replays.

  84. 84
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    what about equality ? :-)

  85. 85
    Engineer says:

    Blimey. There’s hope for the human race yet.

  86. 86
    Kia Abdul says:

    I haven’t laughed this hard since the time I watched the Silence of the Lambs. Ooops. #Sociopathic?

  87. 87
    Moussa Koussa says:

    LOL

    The Hanningfield thread wasnt given much time…can only wonder why.

    Hari AGAIN. You are wasting your time Guido. And you are becoming a bore to boot

  88. 88
    Moussa Koussa says:

    ooohhhh Ive started a trend

  89. 89
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    You can always claim a full refund and fuck off?

  90. 90
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn is released

  91. 91
    Gordon Brown Bottom says:

    As Prime Minster I would just like to wish Andy the best of luck for this tournament. I know he has the whole labour party, public sector workforce and immigrant community behind him.

    I will make a statement on this matter this afternoon in the House of Commons.

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    hey, the girls get paid as much as the men for 2/3rds the tennis already ;)

  93. 93
    Sir Simon Says says:

    Very few people pay for The Independent. We pump up circulation by dumping copies at all hotels, including Holiday Inn, within a 200 mile radius of London.

    Consider it really a freebie.

    BTW I never really liked that fat shit Hari but as my bonus depended on promoting the gobshite he produced I made it my business to promote and puff him up.

    I have a house in Tuscany, a daughter at Cheltenham Ladies College, another at Edinburh Universtity, a wife who likes shopping and a mistress who like shopping and a little fucking.

    I am a bit of a whore but I do have a nice lifestyle.

    A Tip ; Buy Yazza Ali-Baba she is going places.

    Yours fraternally

    Sir Simon Says

  94. 94
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Shouldnt you get back to the Cricket Billy….. The Sky viewing figures for the match will then go from 50,000 to 50,001

  95. 95
    Yes, but, says:

    Yeah. I think numbered lists date back quite a long time.

  96. 96
    rasputin says:

    but Hari’s got such a large back catalogue to plough through …

  97. 97
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Shouldnt you get back to labourlist, then thier stats will increase 100%

  98. 98
    Moussa Koussa says:

    This over zealous pursuit is getting silly Guido….1999. Jesus you are scrapping the barrel

    What were you upto in your late teens and early twenties Guido. It was drink and drugs wasn’t it. Lots of em I believe. Pretty long charge sheet to boot….LOL

    Get over it

  99. 99
    Hey! says:

    We don’t take kindly to your types round here.

  100. 100
    daedalus says:

    your comments are becoming a bore, too; but we’re far too polite to mention it.

    kisses daedalus x

  101. 101
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Oh billy…. Shouldnt you be at Conservativehome. This isn’t a Tory site….apparently !!!!!!

  102. 102
    daedalus says:

    always knew guido had taste — what else should one do in one’s teenage years? certainly much more healthy than ego-masturbating frantically into the tissue of student journalism. Frankly anyone who does that has many more problems.

  103. 103
    Yohann Hari, award winning writer says:

    Castro looked at me thoughtfully before leaning back in his old, worn and trusty burgundy leather chair that had borne witness to the early days of Fidel’s historic paradigm shift in Cuban politics, and said, staring straight into my eyes and piercing the very core of my being, and with tears welling up: “Communism is the greatest liberator in history and has proven time after time to lift people out of poverty and bring freedom whence there was none. Let the world know. That is all I ask, for I am but a simple man with a great love for all people.” And with that, he looked out the window. A tear rolled down his cheek. One rolled down mine too.

  104. 104
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Never been conhome and dont intend to.

  105. 105
    rasputin says:

    I had heard Hari has 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one …

  106. 106
    A little ol lady for Brum who would not say boo to a goose. says:

    this man just shows the evil fucking twisted left wing bastards in this country that lie and lie and lie again to make sensible people seem mad.

    The fucking idiot Brown was there for 13 years and fucked the country along with Labour, the unions and the BBC all supported and abetted by these fucking dick brained half witted dick wads

    left wing = EVIL

    Burn the bastards

    CUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUNTS!

  107. 107
    Skeeter says:

  108. 108
    Dirty Hari Cari says:

    A tear rolled down his cheek. One rolled down mine too……..

    ……It was then I took his throbbing manhood between my other cheeks…. Ohhhhhhhh

  109. 109
    A closeted gay nazi skinhead muslim homophobe fantasy boi says:

    Starting to wonder how much of the world perceived by middle-class “socialists” only exists in the imagination? Scared?

    ‘”It’s scary, isn’t it?” I ask. The boy shrugs. “Yeah,” he says, “I suppose it is scary. But frankly…” He lights up, cradling the contraband fag, “frankly, it’s not half as scary as what’s happening to our future.”‘

    Heh.

  110. 110
    Peter Grimes says:

    And the stock is going up!

  111. 111
    Anonymus says:

    would you like a cup of tea dear?

  112. 112
    Skeeter says:

    Go on you fucking tell ‘em Ethel.

  113. 113
    Islip@gmail.com says:

    Billericay

  114. 114
    Some Tory boyz are shit says:

    He should become a Lib Dem. He’d fit right in.

  115. 115
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    oh well, The only leftie blog i went to has now changed to google log in.

    Control and command ?

  116. 116
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    But where would they keep the spare balls?

  117. 117
    Rat's arse says:

    Don’t know – don’t care Billy. Just hope McDoom has wished him the best of luck.:)

  118. 118
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    england look like losing ODI tho 206-7 , They need 104 from 64

  119. 119
    Rat's arse says:

    No he isn’t Mousa.

  120. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Yow craw believe a wehd of his blether.

  121. 121
    not a machine says:

    I fail to see why telling some truth about the availability of jobs ,is capable of causing a rift , any continuance of Labours great unemployed coverup can only keep our country in the pit of troubles , so well crafted by the previous government . His speaking may be uncomfortable , but his figures are disgraceful fraud left by the previous goverment .
    If nothing else this goverment was elected to sort this tradgey out , it may take time I agree , but some of these things are to do with the way the economy has come to function as well .

    I tried very hard to like Mr Hunes turbo charged article on green future jobs , true it will supply employment , however he was a little disengenous pointing to the low electricty rises in France (who use lots of nuclear) and not mentioning how frances subsidy and disposal costs are met from taxation , perhaps not so cheap electricty after all ? The energy solutions will perhaps be a mix , or even making use of night time for certain high energy needs , or more localised energy plants , but lights will go out scenario if we dont have loads of new nuclear is not true if not considering energy consumption redcutions can be made .

  122. 122
    Rat's arse says:

    Courage Billy!

  123. 123
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    now need 100 from 54 balls.

  124. 124
    Sir William Waad says:

    Oh no, the Garudian is readable all right. You can work out what actually happened from the G, which is more than you can from the BBC. It’s written by intelligent people for inteliigent people, just like this blog.

  125. 125
    Anonymous says:

    round the back check more like

  126. 126
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I would give em a hand :-)

  127. 127
    Fried Mars bars says:

    Has Murray lost yet?

  128. 128
    Olga Tumbelova says:

    Gnnnnnaaaaeeeioooorrrgghhhhhhhh!

  129. 129
    Sir William Waad says:

    I think this Hari chappie had a go at Guido some time ago about something or other. There’s bad blood. At least, that’s what Usain Bolt told me when the Pope had an audience with us at Hugo Chavez’ little place.

  130. 130
    Anonymus says:

    For now he’s free to go anywhere he can without a passport.
    Much like a large proportion of US citizens.

  131. 131

    …….I asked if the great man had any other philosophies or insights he could share.
    He thought long and hard and then in a soft, almost whisper he said,

    “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

    He paused and took a draw of his famous Havana cigar. Blew a stream of silky, grey smoke up to the gently rotating, squeaking ceiling fan, slowly whirling like the blades of some long departed Huey attack copter. He lifted a jungle booted foot and balanced it on the edge of his mahogany desk and then slowly said, “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me… Aren’t you?”

  132. 132
    Anonymous Misogynist says:

    Ballet, Benga, Bamos..Rafa!! Bas ganar..Phonetically speaking of course.

  133. 133
    Anonymous Misogynist says:

    Ballet, Benga, Bamos..Rafa!! Bas ganar..Phonetically speeking of course.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    ” former Orwell Prize winner ” = BSc (failed)

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    Where did you fail your BSc? Madras university.

  136. 136
    Leftin Frefall says:

    Oh that’s mischievous: evoking the sexual partners (and their predilections) of those you hate. All right, if that’s the game: your right hand is cheating on you. your thumb and index finger

  137. 137
    Inbred Cornish retard says:

    Is it just me or is anyone else getting bored with all this Johann Hari crap? Time to move on Guido.

  138. 138
    Leftin Frefall says:

    Handycock would favour the juniors tournament.

  139. 139
    Leftin Frefall says:

    Imo the CiF section is becoming progressively (in the traditional sense) sane of late. Less nonsense taken from above the line too with c unts like Seamus Milne making less contributions there.

  140. 140
    Leftin Frefall says:

    ‘To boot?’ Shouldn’t that be ‘to sandal’? You inconsequential goat-f ucker?

  141. 141

    When Grandmama fell off the boat
    And couldn’t swim (and wouldn’t float),
    Matilda just stood by and smiled.
    I almost could have slapped the child.

  142. 142
    spreadforOil says:

    Crap writer on a rubbish paper, I hope they sink without trace.
    Better things to worry about.

  143. 143
    California Dreaming says:

    *Scratches head*

    So the online blogger hack who falsely claimed William Hague was bumming his SpAd, sees fit to go after a journo for unethical reporting.

    Now I’ve seen it all.

  144. 144
    curious onlooker says:

    Yes, I am sure half the prison population would love to come on Andy.

  145. 145
    Only me says:

    Phew!

    Guido, you have spent a long time on beating down someone who nobody has heard of.

    Is this personal?

    We need to know.

  146. 146
    Jess The Dog says:

    All quiet on the Hari front. It’s Pride in London today…. would have thought he might have put fingers to keyboard, as the only gay in the city. Instead, Philip Hensher has a far more mature, outward-looking and reflective article than Har-I-I-I would ever come up with.

  147. 147
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    The detestable Campbell, Blair’s spin writer to get us in a war, criticises Prince Charles. I think Prince Charles was very tolerant of the socialist shite. Both Blair and Campbell should be investigated and locked up. Campbell will probably go back to his drunk mental ways.

  148. 148
    steam iron says:

    No alibi brown?

  149. 149
    Anthony Wedgewood-C unt says:

    Have the inglish players turned up yet ?

  150. 150
    Anonymous says:

    So, on reflection, how scared of HuffPoUK are you?

  151. 151
    Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t you be sucking off your latest rentboy jonty? You can’t have a boyfriend, as no one would screw a pasty little shit like you without cash changing hands.

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    What’s wrong with drink and drugs – are you some kind of reactionary pre war Tory or something?

  153. 153
    Matthew Bloch says:

    Varsity has always been, and will always be, full of proto-journalists vying for power and editorships as they try to launch their own careers – everyone incoming thought it was full of shit and needed a makeover in their own image. C’mon, who was the Varsity editor (David Peter?) and where is he now?


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