August 19th, 2011

Johann Hari: It Was Ever Thus

Cambridge contemporaries of the disgraced Johann Hari could have told you he was full of it for years. What the Indy still don’t seem to be ready to admit was on display in the November 24, 2000 edition of Varsity:

The first of many baffled readers. 


96 Comments

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

    Hari and Rose are a disgrace!

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

    Guido.

    Is that THE Ben Elton?

  3. 3
    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

  5. 5
    Rish says:

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

  6. 7
    Clifton Fields says:

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

  7. 9
    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, and..um…do I detect some homophobia in your criticism?

    • 46

      “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.”

  8. 10
    Johann Hari says:

    I cried when i read this.

    • 23
      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 !!!

      • 69
        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.

  9. 12
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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

    • 14
      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…..

      • 22
        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.

        • 29
          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.

    • 16
      Just asking says:

      Do the police get them cheaper or more expensive?

      • 21
        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 :-)

    • 28
      Jimmy says:

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

      Is thee any piece of equipment not sponsored nowadays?

  10. 13
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Did he write the dossier for the Iraq war too?

  11. 20
    Steve Miliband says:

    Sally looks like a man

  12. 24
    Ben Elton (no relation) says:

    A little bit of politics there ladies and gentlemen.

  13. 33
    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.

    • 40
      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.

  14. 39
    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.

  15. 44
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Celeb watch

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

  16. 47
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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

  17. 48
    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.

    • 68
      AC1 says:

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

    • 88
      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

  18. 49
    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.

  19. 50
    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

    • 79
      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.

  20. 51
    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.

  21. 52
    • 54
      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.”

  22. 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.

    J.Hari.

  23. 59
    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.

    • 65

      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.

  24. 63
  25. 64
    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.

  26. 66
    Anonymous says:

    O/T
    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 !!!!

  27. 73
    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.

    • 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!

  28. 81
    Jody McIntyre's shitty disability worker. says:

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

  29. 89
    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.

  30. 90
    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.

  31. 92
    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

  32. 95
    Johan Hari says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2028356/Lord-Mandelsons-8m-mansion-Questions-Labour-ministers-wealth.html

    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.

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