July 5th, 2011

Watch Out Dale, Arianna:
The Heffington Post Cometh

Since his departure from The Telegraph whispers have been afoot that Simon Heffer is looking to break into the online world with a new right-wing blogging project, backed by Associated Press, publishers of the Daily Mail, to take the fight to AOL’s HuffPo. The great man himself gave nothing away when Guido called, merely pointing out that he is on “gardening leave” from The Telegraph and contractually can’t compete until after August 1. Guido thinks he’s found the perfect name for his site…

Iain Dale and Arianna Huffington are going head-to-head tomorrow with their respective launches. The Daily Mail is bigger than HuffPo in the UK and won’t take the threat from Arianna lying down. It occurs to Guido that the now available Johnathan Isaby would be a good fit culturally and editorially for Heffer…


  1. 1
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    He can call it anything he wants, so long as he doesn’t blog about me.


    • 17
      Up sh1t creek says:

      He can start by asking why Labour MEPs voted FOR a rise in the UK “contribution” to the EUSSR budget?


      • 23
        Anonymous says:

        Bl**dy obvious why they voted for it;looking to the day when they get their snouts in the EU trough.


        • 30
          Handycock, No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

          I object to that phrase ‘Snouts in the Trough,’ MP’s and MEP’s are dedicated, hardworking, moral and self sacrificing individuals, trying to do their best for their constituents. I tried to be an MEP once but was defeated by the scurrilous press revealing details of my many affairs, just before the election. Had I been elected, I would have been an MEP, County Councillor and City Councillor at the same time. I am of course now a dedicated and hardworking MP and my dear wife is a City Councillor.


          • Dolly Draper says:

            Presumably it’s the Heffington Post because Rebekah Brooks already has the Ginger Cunt…


    • 44
      lord asquith says:

      I’m not sure what this Huffington post is all about, but I’d like to see some sort of blog where we get longer invited contributions from some of the people who respond on this one and some of the others. When I pop over to CiF (before having a shower) and get to read some of the bilge spouted by Toynbee, Monbiot etc, I’m sure a few here could put something together of worth. There are some fantastic ‘Tory Trolls’ on Cif, a very few on leftfootforward and some quite funny ones here.

      It still amazes me that people pay for the drivel written by the CiF writers.


      • 85
        St George Spits says:

        Huffpo is a leftist site carefully and deliberately designed from the start to appear to be offering balanced coverage.


    • 49
      Sir Simon Heffer says:



    • 64
      Sir William Waad says:

      ‘Hefferlumps’ would be a good title.


  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Copyright it Guido, then charge him to use the name :-)


    • 83
      Billy Bowden is the greatest arsewipe ever ! says:

      Bowden – your comments are total wank. You need to be reminded that you are an arsewipe every time you comment.


  3. 3
    MrAngry61 says:

    Bit of a fact-free story, Guido!


  4. 5
    Meter Reader says:

    “The evil that drug dealers do cannot be adequately punished under our present law; I would take a leaf out of China’s book, and have them taken out and shot in the back of the head. ” Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph, January 2008.

    I hope his new boses have life insurance.


    • 11
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Whoever took that portrait of him needs shooting.


    • 14
      Titford Hat says:

      I quite often disagree with Heffer, but I’m with him on this one.


      • 16
        Raving Loon says:

        If people want to smoke/snort/inject poison into their own bodies it’s their choice. It’s not the role of government to tell people what they can or can’t put in their own bodies.


        • 21
          Chamberlain says:

          No, but still justifiable to shoot the dealers who profit from the misery.


          • Raving Loon says:

            Shall we shoot the CEO’s of tobacco and drinks companies too? They cause far more death and misery than most narcotics put together.


        • 22
          Tessa Tickles says:

          Whilst I agree with you re what people put into their own veins, I think there’s the unintended consequence of legalising drugs – namely, every piece of druggy trash in Europe (and beyond) would come and live here.


        • 28
          Hugh Janus says:

          Perhaps so RL, but if they deliberately smoke/snort/inject poison into their own bodies (as you put it) then they should not expect the hard-pressed NHS to sort them out afterwards, causing those who do not indulge in such obviously dangerous practices to have their treatment delayed, or even witheld, through lack of funds.


          • Raving Loon says:

            I agree, although I’d prefer to do away with the NHS altogther. Smoke what you wan’t, but don’t expect the taxpayer to bail you out when things go awry.


  5. 7
    Harry Kirry says:

    Surely “Ginger Whinger” would be better?


  6. 8
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What about “Ginger nuts” ;-)


  7. 9
    Huffy post says:

    He ‘effing will not


  8. 10
    Red Ed's Anus. Wot 'e talks out auf says:

    I wisth himth allth besth!


  9. 12
    Phantom says:

    Hope he’s learnt some humility since getting the sack.


  10. 15
    Red Ed's anus. Wot 'e talks owt auf. says:

    Drop the aitch ‘arry.


  11. 18
    Robinson says:

    The guy is a complete Huhne.


  12. 20
    Rebekah Brooks says:

    Can someone tell Prescott his 10 crates of pork pies will be delivered on Thursday afternoon?
    Someone, I do not know who, deleted his messages. Thank you.


    • 26
      Hugh Janus says:

      I wish someone would delete Presclot while they are at it.


    • 82
      Oh the irony says:

      I had the misfortune of seeing Prezza interviewed in high definition last evening. I shudder at the memory of it, he really did look like jabba. My god he certainly is A poster boy for greed and gluttany.He now looks and acts like the kind of robber baron which the Labour party was set up to fight against.


  13. 24
    Clarence says:

    Somewhat bizarrely, Simon Heffer bears a strong resemblance to. a 50-year-old Johann Hari.

    Are they perchance related?


    • 51
      Infuriated of West Mids says:

      Bloody Hell! You’re not wrong!

      Where’s Jeremy Kyle and his DNA tests when you need him?

      What’s that? Oh, down the betting shop? Never mind…


  14. 27
    Anon says:

    The Huffyheffpuff?


  15. 29
    Popeye says:

    I don’t know…has a certain ring to it!


  16. 31
    Jimmy says:

    Another right wing blog?

    Be still my beating heart.


  17. 32
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Are we back on this thread?


  18. 33
    The Guardian is read by MONGS says:

    But Richard Bacon who has had the most interesting shows today (telling me all about something called Heat Magazine which is all about thick chavs and fake tits.. or tans or something fake anyway) will have his beloved Arianna on tomorrow, he will of course ask her about how evil Sarah Palin is, oh and his new hate Michele Bachmann (listen to his simpering interview with Marcus Pigskock from Monday).

    Now we have another mong on Radio 5 telling us that the Millie Dowler affair is the “Duck house moment” as usual the BBC spin lies because the duck house never was claimed but several Liebore MPs THIEVED money from the tax payer and went to jail, not to mention mongs like Margaret Moran and Hazel Blears who both SHOULD have had jail time, but no the BBC as usual mongs on about Tories instead.

    Oh and will someone please tell Chris Bryant to shut the fuck up, he should be saying sorry for taking a picture of himslef and posting it on the internet wearing skidmarked knickers.


    • 55
      Tron says:

      Richard Bacon sounds like a right-on PC version of Alan Partridge. He is an idiot but he is so vain he can’t see it.


    • 77
      labourunionsbbc we are one says:

      There’s nothing wrong with a Member of the British Parliament setting an example to the electorate by photographing himself in nothing but a (deliberately) tight pair of tight, slightly soiled, underpants in the hope of picking up a casual sexual liaison.

      This is the business of parliament and the way a real statesman should always conduct himself, rather than bring a fine old institution into disrepute.

      There are plenty of precedents of such honorable behaviour Mr. Handycock being one such honorable role model.


  19. 36
    bergen says:

    Is it possible to blog using a quill pen?


  20. 40
    Red Ed's anus. Wot the BBC talks owt auf. says:

    Ginger beer blogs.


  21. 41
    Johann Hari says:

    We sat in the bunker, Adolf leaned forward and whispered in my ear “Vorsprung durch teknich” before shooting himself in the head


  22. 45
    BLOB CROW says:



  23. 52
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Surely it should be called ‘The Heffing Useless’.


  24. 53
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Do the Huffpo know who you are?

    and shall we have a whip round a buy them a welcoming gift?

    Maybe a “welcome to Britan” T-shirt?


  25. 56
    Thats News says:

    A site to be avoided, I feel.


  26. 57
    Right wing blog addiction centre. says:

    Billy Bowdown is the head doctor for all you addicts who can’t get enough of right wing blogs. Right wing blog addiction destroys lives and makes your spelling worse. Stop now! Take control and phone this number now-0800-123-4 56. Now!


  27. 59
    A Turkey says:

    my vote goes for nut roast


  28. 61
    Liz says:

    Heffer is currently writing articles for a monthly English newspaper in France, called Connexions…………..nice work if you can get it


  29. 62
    Vomit says:

    Rebekah Brooks is a fucking liar. She obviously requested and sanctioned the hacking. She’s a repugnant excuse for a human being. She and Glen Mulcaire should get cancer. C unts.


  30. 63
    Red Ed's anus. Wot the BBC talks owt auf. says:

    @Raving loon. Smokers pay taxes on fags so they are tax payers numb nuts. Plus smokers pay for their treatment several times over.


    • 75
      Sigurd Sigurdsdottir says:

      We Icelanders calculated that cigs would have to cost just over £20 a packet to cover the costs of amputating smokers’ legs, turning their lungs inside out and decoking them, etc.


  31. 66
    Vomit says:

    I hope Glen Mulcaire goes to prison and gets his sphincter torn apart every night.


  32. 68
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Geoffrey Robinson MP is spouting at this moment on BBC Parliament. What a twat hypocrite. Wasn’t he the one that lent Mandleson money for a mortgage.


    • 76
      I don't need no doctor says:

      He is still spouting shit.


    • 78
      Poor Bill says:

      Did they ever find out what that white powder was ?

      You know, when the old Bill stopped him that night because of his driving.


  33. 72
    Ed Miliband says:

    “These strikes are…” [boos, catcalls, shouts of ‘Resign!’ ‘You’ve said that already!’ and ‘Go and boil your bum you rubber-faced gonk!’]


  34. 73
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Is Simon Heffer the UK’s answer to Sarah Palin?


  35. 74
    Three Cunts says:

    Rebekah Brooks, Glen Mulcaire and Kia Abdullah are three peas in a pod. They should all get their heads caved in.


  36. 79
    Same old conspiracy says:

    Heffer isn’t even right-wing. He pretends to be to make a living, like so many other members of the so-called right-wing commentariat.
    He voted for Blair in ’97 and says the BBC isn’t bias! He is a fraud and this is probably a put up job from the left to attack Cameron (much like his column in the Telegraph for the last 5 years.) claiming he is an EU stooge etc. An attempt to get right-wingers to waste their votes on UKRAP.


  37. 87
    Ooh I am so so scared says:



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