August 19th, 2011

Johann Hari: It Was Ever Thus


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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Hari and Rose are a disgrace!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Is that THE Ben Elton?

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    Anonymous says:

    He went to Cambridge, not Oxford, thank God.

  4. 4
    Tabby says:

    OXFORD? You mean Cambridge. Easy to mistake. Cambridge is too good for Hari

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    Rish says:

    Err, he went to Cambridge. ‘Varsity’ is the university student newspaper there.

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    Bibi the butcher of Gaza says:

    Greetings to all my fellow psychos at Guido’s!

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    Clifton Fields says:

    Is it too much to hope for that him and Jody McIntyre end up sharing a cell?

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    Anonymous says:

    Not just Hari and Rose.

    Hari, Rose, Quinefan, Blackhurst and a lion:

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    D. Rose says:

    You should be ashamed. Everyone knows “Ben Elton” is just a sockpuppet for the vile Islamophobic racist, imperialist running-dogs who have been trying to do down Hari, who is a hero of the working class, um, and a champion of equality,…do I detect some homophobia in your criticism?

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    Johann Hari says:

    I cried when i read this.

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    Bibi the butcher of Gaza says:

    With fellow tribesman collapsing the world’s economy it’s a good day to bury a few dozen more Gazan children! Shalom!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    David Cameron at the oval, not in a coprate box.

  13. 13
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Did he write the dossier for the Iraq war too?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Future Jonah curse?
    England were 212-2 when he sat down, KP and Ian Bell both in the 60s and going well…..

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    The “comedian”, Ben Elton, went to University of Manchester.

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    Just asking says:

    Do the police get them cheaper or more expensive?

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    Third Cubicle at the back of Pomeroy's Wine Bar says:

    Shouldn’t think so..THE Ben Elton went to Manchester NOT Cambridge as I seem to recall from my time there

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    Anonymous says:

    makes you think about the gordon riots all over again

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    Jimmy Hurst, aged 17 says:

    No it was in my thesis

  20. 20
    Steve Miliband says:

    Sally looks like a man

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Not many police needed at cricket, the last test match went ahead despite the riots while football matches had to postponed.

    Cricket is a noble and civilised game :-)

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    Ask him via the TMS inbox. He’s on TMS at 1610.

    Bell to go to 120, KP to 85 caught at slip, I reckon. England 373 – 6 at stumps tonight.

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    Third Cubicle at the back of Pomeroy's Wine Bar says:

    Have you ever thought of doing “Celebrity Big Brother” Johann ?? I feel that you have all the necessary qualities to make a success of it !!!

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    Ben Elton (no relation) says:

    A little bit of politics there ladies and gentlemen.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thanks :-)

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    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    …now Freddie’s retired it is. Dennis Lillee was a bit of a thug as well.

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    Bibi the butcher of Gaza says:

    Now that’s what I call chutzpah!

    Goldman Sachs VP Changed His Name, Now Advances Goldman Lobbying Interests As Top Staffer To Darrell Issa

    Thsi guy, er, Haller/Simonyi, is a fucking hero to the Tribe. He’s fucking the g oy over mercilessly. Shalom!

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    Jimmy says:

    “David Cameron at the oval, not in a coprate box.”

    Is thee any piece of equipment not sponsored nowadays?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dunno, Kp to get a “Daddy hundred” , He doesnt like being out of the limelight.

    England to win 4-0 (Better bowlers), Not got TMS on, Prefer Sky.

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    MrAngry61 says:

    THE (leftie) Elton went to Manchester, apparently.

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    Johan Hari says:

    Can somebody help me please – I have gone so far into hiding that I am completely lost and can’t get back.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Freddie is a legend and he did play the game in the right spirit, I remeber him going down a consouling Brett Lee in 2005 Ashes and that bowling spell at ricky Ponting.

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    Spartacus says:

    It read well until i got to the signature.

    Toilet meister says harri is full of shit . . . kettle and pot come to mind.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The Box

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    smug face smug face ooh a little bit of politics, smug face smug face clapped-out 80s bore says:

    There’s a comedian called Ben Elton?

    Ah, I spotted you put it in quotes.

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    Smig says:

    Mind the windows, Tino!

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    Pure class that one :-)

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    This is funny as well.

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    Al Gore 'The Orrible truth' says:

    Fucking Republicans.
    They want a united Ireland but not a united island over here,they don’t want a Union ruled from Westminster but a Union ruled from Brussels.
    Ever case they make to want to leave the UK could apply as a reason why not to join the EU for fucks sake.
    Thick Celtic C*nts.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Apart from the bit that Ben Elton went to manchester, thats about 20 years after he left university. Might not even have been living in England at the time.

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    Little bit of politics, little bit of politics..

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Guido, the trouble with mentioning Is-rael is that it sets off an alarm at Schutzstaffel HQ.

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    But who would be the bitch?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Celeb watch

    Jamie RedKnapp and Andrew “Freddie Flintoff” are at the Oval watching the cricket.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Johann, Ill ask my old chum Dick Lucan if he can help you – you remember him, of course, from that party the Grimaldis threw in Monte Carlo? The one at which dear old Leonid Brezhnev split his vodka all over Kissinger?

    Give my regards to Alan Quartermain. Pip-pip!

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    “It’s scary, isn’t it?” I ask. The fat plagiarist 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 going to happen when they find out you’ve been making shit up as well.”

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Toby Young maybe right, but you have to have confidence to be sucsessfull!

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Ireland: 300 years of being ruled by Vikings, 800 years of being ruled by England, 60 years of being ruled by Rome and a future being ruled from Berlin. Still, is fear rith maith ná drochsheasamh, as they say.

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    bergen says:

    To sweeten the pill for the poor luvie,perhaps the Indy could arrange for a suitable fiction prize to be awarded to him the day he’s stripped of the Orwell prize.

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    E's are good, E's are good says:

    The funniest story about Hari is the one where he wrote an article claiming he regularly took Ecstasy at university. It later emerged he’d never touched one and had phoned a friend before writing the piece to ask what it feels like to have one. :-D

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    Johann Hari says:

    “It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.

    ‘Johann’, he drawled, ‘It might be time for you to return to the “Indy”…”

    From “Unearthly Bowels”‘ an original work by a fat plagiaristic shirtlifter.

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    Anonymous says:

    Give it a rest – dont type unless you have anything interesting on your mind

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    Because you do not answer them. says:

    “@TomHarrisMP you and Sir @MichaelWhite should do what I do. Any abuse BLOCK ‘EM. Ask too many questions (why not email?) BLOCK ‘EM.”

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    Quite. He was about as funny as a burning orphanage.

  56. 56

    You can say what you like about me, but I have never passed off others work as my own. Never. Let me re+peat that. never!

    I know what I am. I know what I have done. I can tell what is illusion…Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
    Caught in a landslide. No escape from reality.
    Open your eyes, look up to the skies and see
    I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy.
    Because I’m easy come, easy go; little high, little low
    anyway the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me
    To me.


  57. 57
    Happy says:

    Billy – you are posting a lot. Maybe you should take a full refund etc

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Is this your blog?

    do you set the rules that others must obey?

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    Johann Hari says:

    I spent five hours dodging gunfire and rocket launchers with my fellow freedom fighters in Tottenham. I saw dozens of children brought down in a hail of bullets, their arterial spray decorating the walls in a perverse mise en scène of claret on brown that was almost poetic in its horrific honesty. It was a day I will never forget. And neither should you.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    No, you take a full refund

  61. 61
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So weak you have to resort to monkier theft.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Grow up

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    TollyPointBee says:

    He does have a point tho bout Israel’s actions being straight out of the Nazi playbook. Hitler would no doubt approve and respect of Israels ethnic cleansing agenda.

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    My client would like me to point out that he is suffering from a terrible depression.

    His girlfriend is in a coma so he finds that joke isn’t funny anymore.
    Heaven knows he’s miserable now.

    So please leave him alone.

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    Anonymous says:

    Public sector net borrowing (PSNB) in the UK during July was just £20m, down from £3.5bn a year earlier, helped by higher tax receipts and the levy on banks’ balance sheets.

    Rejoice, Rejoice !!!!

  67. 67
    Happy says:

    It is not a matter of rules (there are no rules) – it would be just polite to cut out your pathetic comments and concentrate of trying to type something worthwhile.

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    AC1 says:

    Is that a language that sounds like your sloshed all the time?

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    Is It Over Yet? says:

    Problem is, most people don’t know who Hari is – but they do know “that bloke off the Gypsy weddings programme” is.

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    smoggie says:

    No he’s got his own magical blog. Nobody’s ever been there coz it’s so exclusive.

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    tosserwatch says:


    Newbie alert

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    pp Screen Lickers says:

    dont be so nasty about Billy – we love him

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    Deep Froat says:

    Ben ‘Thatch’ ‘Thatch’ Elton is of course correct about Hari.
    However I still think Ben’s a twunt of the first water for his hounding into the grave of Benny Hill.

    Benny Hill was funny, Benny Elton wasn’t funny then and is just beginning to be mildly amusing. But I still think Ben’s a right twunt.

    Luckily there are shed load of new wave comics who are far funnier than Ben ever could be.

  74. 74
    smoggie says:

    posted from your Tuscan Eagle’s nest

  75. 75
    smoggie says:

    I was having a pop at Billy’s stalker, numbnutz.

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    smoggie says:

    Funny as woodworm in a cripple’s crutch until he discovered that sneering “FATCHAAAA” in front of a bunch of students and inner London council workers would have them rolling in the aisles. Alternative comedy was born.

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    Frying tonight says:

    At least he would then face the chair.

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    Splooge says:

    Hari pissed off Ben Elton?


    Now that idiot Hari has actually gone up in my estimation

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    The Ghost of William S. Burroughs says:

    Kid shoulda called me, I coulda laid him on a cap of pure blue Uranian centipede jissom straight inna trembling adolescant mainline…

    Woulda shot the kid up myself, sit and wrote about it. I’m kinda sentimental like that.

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    Who pays the piper calls.. says:

    The real joke is that they are going to get Berlin.

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    Jody McIntyre's shitty disability worker. says:

    Shit calling shit shit? Students are full of shit and nothing else.

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    One might be excused for thinking that alternate actually means negation.

  83. 83
    Snoop Dogg says:

    Yo! If I meet this Bo Elson bee-yatch, gunna wet da m***e*f**k*r! He kill my Man Benny! Never knew this!

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    Be Fair says:

    Now now, credit where credit’s due. He did co-write Blackadder. Don’t forget that.

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    Life on Mars says:

    Has she gone back to 1973?

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    The BBC is biased says:

    Not even mentioned on BBC News 24.

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    Celt who learnt to swim says:

    = A good run is better than a bad stand

    As is always the irony, if the Oirish thought the Brits were bad, wait till they are ruled by the EU

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    joescotus says:

    all the lefties , brains overheating “how can we get johann out of this little setback”
    well this is the news , ya shower of fucking arseholes YOU CANT!
    and any lefty fucktard who tries will commit professional suicide
    please polly give us a comment.

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    the right is right says:

    johann Hari may be a hate filled racist, a Jew baiting anti Semite, a greasy creep, a liar and a serial fantasist but he has many friends at the BBC, good friends who hold the same views, carry the same ugly prejudices and are endowed with the very same levels of honesty and integrity. Hari is not alone, he is a typical example of you average leftist. When the dust settles he may go far in the BBC.

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    straight as I die says:

    one match fuckwit

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    not a lefty says:

    Didn’t realise this blog was so pro Israel, must remind these supercons of the good old days of the saath african colonies

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    The Other Bloke says:

    Get your pronounciation right! It’s “Saarf Effrikan”. Poes!

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    Polly T says:

    I gave my virginity to that man

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    Johan Hari says:

    The Blairs now have five properties in Central London – including their £3.4 million Connaught Square townhouse and three properties bought for their children worth over £1 million – in addition to a £4 million pile in Buckinghamshire.

    Lord Mandelson’s present income remains the subject of much speculation.

    comments unavailable

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    Johan Hari says:

    Comedy is funny doesn’t that mean thta an alternative comedian is by their very nature unfunny?

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