August 22nd, 2011

Andrew Pierce Goes All Hari On Us

Guido has often highlighted the magpie tendencies of Mail columnist Andrew Pierce. He has been known to shamelessly lift content from this blog, now however after regular highlighting of this habit, he has stopped. It seems however that Andrew has found new pastures for “inspiration”. Pierce writes today:

The excellent BBC Radio 4 series The Reunion brought together five past pupils of The Courtauld Institute Of Art, whose most famous director, Sir Anthony Blunt, was sensationally exposed as a  Soviet spy.The former Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures was unmasked by Margaret Thatcher’s government as a member of the notorious 1950s Cambridge spy ring. Blunt’s pupils told listeners that they were worried Blunt would be remembered not as an  art historian but as a spy. Most people, surely, will remember him for what he really was — a traitor.

Which strangely reads just like a letter from yesterday’s Telegraph:

The Blunt fact

SIR – A group of worthies on Radio 4’s The Reunion were concerned that Anthony Blunt may be remembered not as an art historian, but as a spy.
They need not worry. Although his Soviet controller was indeed a spy, Blunt himself was not.
He was a traitor.

Jon Ball
Dronfield, Derbyshire

At first Guido thought this was just a coincidence, but then he had a look at some of the other snippets that would have been filed after lunch yesterday. Pierce writes:

The ludicrous Sally Bercow has entered the Big Brother House. What are the odds now on her husband soon being evicted from the Speaker’s House?

A good point, well made, in Saturday’s Telegraph:


SIR – Sally Bercow has entered the Big Brother house. The smart money is now on her husband being evicted from the Speaker’s House.

John Axon
Petts Wood, Kent

As a previous Assistant Editor of the Telegraph, Andrew should know about the audience crossover with the Mail…


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

    Hasnt he good previous of nicking stories?

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

    Sorry that should be “got” not “Good” .

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


    Just a non-partisan view.

    1: Maybe they are sharing the same scripts?

    2:Maybe they are doing two jobs at once?

    3:maybe all Mail/Telegraph readers/writers have the same views.

    4: …………………

    I give up, didnt this bloke get banned from a pub and then deny it?

  4. 4
    PK says:


    Lazy, fat-headed plonker.

  5. 5
    MrAngry61 says:

    How economical to recycle readers’ letters – no-one else reads them.

  6. 6
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “3:maybe all Mail/Telegraph readers/writers have the same views.”

    I thought the Mail and the Telegraph were pretty much interchangeable nowadays.

  7. 7
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Nice innit nice? Bit like looting a newspaper to nick a story.

  8. 8
    Tessa Tickles says:

    I disagree – the letters page in the Telegraph (and the first page of the business section, come to think of it) is the only bit worth reading.

  9. 9
    Johann Hari says:

    The brave Colonel has confided in me that he will fight to the very last. From where I stand, Tripoli is ablaze thanks to the illegal and brutal violence of Western imperialists.

  10. 10
    Andrew 'Bloody' Pierce says:

    I like to call it ‘recycling’.

  11. 11
    Billy Bowden is the greatest policital commentator ever ! says:

    If you try hard you could probably make more comments than anybody else on this post. If they don’t like it, they can take a full refund etc

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

    For months I’ve been asking the government about post conflict reconstruction planning- lets hope everything is in place for a smooth transition to stable government in Libya

  13. 13
    BillyBob.... says:

    Chop off ‘is knob the knob !

  14. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


    What is the difference between what Andrew Pierce and Hari have down compared to say Polly writing one of her articles which is basiclly a Labour party press release(Given to her by Labour HQ) ?

  15. 15
    Harry Bryant says:

    Because the letters are not written in house as happens in some othe rnewspapers!

  16. 16
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Some people in the Mail think that kim kardashan’s bum is too big, and others think shes a real woman.

  17. 17
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Pierce is Chris Bryant with dark hair. They have got to be related.

  18. 18
    Harry Bryant says:

    Guido didn’tyou lift the definition of plagiarism from the dictionary?

  19. 19
    Rich immersive copy and paste experience says:

    Maybe this is a new era. We had the stone age, bronze age, iron age, space age; now we have the copy and paste age.

    Need a thesis? copy->paste. A dossier of WMDs? copy->paste. Need a witty speech? copy->paste. Has your EU constitution been rejected? Just copy it and paste it into a new EU ‘Treaty’. Are you a crappy, lazy journalist, stuck for a story? copy->paste.

    Just look at any paper now, especially the Independent, and it’s full of copy and paste from Facebook and Twitter.

  20. 20
    Span Ows says:

    Maybe Pierce wrote that letter. Also, this looks more like Charles Moore’s piece rather than the letter you link to…

  21. 21
    Gordon Brown says:

    “David Cameron has said he will co-operate with whichever government the Libyan people choose.”

    Says it all about David Cameron,doesn’t it just.

  22. 22
    Eglantine says:

    So the Mail is as shabby and dishonest as the other newspapers. Put them all in the dustbin with the grubby politicians, PR stooges, and grasping lobbyists who weave their vile careers around them, whilst casting a toxic pall over our whole country.

  23. 23
    Ridiculous man says:

    Hmm have to agree like the BBC get most of their stories lifted of twotter and faceache and that worries me a hell of a lot more then this guy ! the story is still a good one !

  24. 24
    BillyBob.... says:

    Hang on there, I think the Mail Rewards Club is very good, £5 a month in vouchers, the recent Tesco £5 off after spending £40 is a godsend, ‘cos it is grim up north !

  25. 25
    Kia Abdullah says:

    I laughed when I heard that Khamis al-Gadaffi was dead. LOL! What a stupid double-barrelled name. Does that make me a bad person?

    Then I realised he was effnic, hates the despicable West and has only murdered a small number of people. OMG, I’m so ashamed of myself!

  26. 26
    BillyBob.... says:

    Have you also seen him posing in his underpants?

  27. 27
    smoggie says:

    I think Hari copied a better class of prose than Pierce.

  28. 28
    Cameron is a Cunt says:

    Is Dave trying to steal the limelight as England beat India to become No1 cricket nation – dave beats Libya to remain No1 c-u-n-t

  29. 29
    smoggie says:

    What’s the difference?

    Grecian 2000, I believe.

  30. 30
    A. Magpie says:

    I’d rather pick at a dead hedgehog’s intestines on a warm summers afternoon than piss about with this sort of nonsense.

  31. 31
    Tessa Tickles says:

    Well, he’d look an even bigger tit than usual if the Libyans choose a godawful government and Camoron refused to co-operate with it.

    What would you expect him to do? Put Gadaffi back in charge?

  32. 32
    small is better says:

    Well Sky News and Alex Crawford in particular have put the bloated might of the BBC to shame.

  33. 33
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    To be fair, we was confirmed as Number 1 test team in the world last week, Today was just another win 4-0.

  34. 34
    Dick Tator 4 Leader says:

    How does Dave know they won’t put another Dick Potato in charge?

  35. 35
    Tessa Tickles says:

    OK, who is Kim Kardashan?

  36. 36
    smoggie says:

    I also agree with that. I stopped buying the Telegraph when the online version came out in its present form which unfortunately does not include the readers letters page. These unpaid scribes provide the most interesting part of the paper. Something Huffington understood very well when she created her Post.

  37. 37

    Over a relatively small amount of writing, a recognisable trademark style begins to develop. No one could confuse the writings of Boris, Quentin, Coren et al as being someone else’s. Pierce is not assisting his own development by pinching. I always experience delight when I Google my own rantings and find that there are no hits for it.

  38. 38
    TheDukeOfHunslet says:

    Can you spot the double spaces so typical of a cut and paste job
    “a soviet” and
    “an art”.

    The man’s hopeless
    It would be easier to train a cat!

  39. 39
    Ivan Agenda says:

    You sound like the current BBC diatribe – but they were also complicit in giving Quadafi military intelligence through their questioning and open reporting of “rebel forces” as to weapons and manpower etc.
    This Pierce business is very tame compared to an award winning NYT reporter who has gone into hiding after doing a full page spread of of a Californian Republican Senator, and Chairman of a very influential committee, and committing a reported 13 derogatory and biased mistakes.
    The Senator is asking for a full front page apology from the NYT. They so far have modified only one mistake. This is the way to go to stop the left wing bias.

  40. 40
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I do visit the dailmail site from time to time. For some reason the right hand picture/story bar gives me femail listing. Every day there is a story about her. Its a bad sign if you know who she is. Reality star related to someone who isnt famous really.

    Having just checked its true today.

  41. 41
    Gordon Brown says:

    I intend to wrestle professionally under the pseudonym Kingsley Kong

  42. 42
    BillyBob.... says:

    BBC must be spitting feathers ‘cos cannot keep the phone hacking story in the headlines.

  43. 43
    Tessa Tickles says:

    4-0? That’s a lot of goals.

    I bet, personally, that Camoron’s relieved this Libya thing is coming to a conclusion. Then he can bring the boys back home and stand in front of them, in front of the TV cameras, and he can praise them all for all their hard work, dedication and bravery.

    And then he can throw them all on the dole.

  44. 44
    smoggie says:

    The Brits might put Labour back in charge. Let us hope that the Libyan people remember their debts and help depose them if we do.

  45. 45
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I was walking home with a mate today.
    “Shit,” I said, “As soon as I get home, I’m gonna rip the wife’s knickers off”
    “What’s the rush?” my mate asked
    I said “The elastic in the legs is fucking killing me,”

  46. 46
    i like gold says:

    i like gold

    $3000+ by the end of 2012

  47. 47
    Andrew Pierce says:


    Just a non-partisan view.

    1: Maybe they are sharing the same scripts?

    2:Maybe they are doing two jobs at once?

    3:maybe all Mail/Telegraph readers/writers have the same views.

    4: …………………

    I give up, didnt this bloke get banned from a pub and then deny it?

  48. 48
  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    wher are the thumbs ? i love them !

  50. 50
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    They have been axed due to Tory-led coalition cuts.

  51. 51
    Sir William Waad says:

    Polytwaddle is much more elegantly written than any Labour Party press release. A press release waffles: she uses antithesis. They use one adjective; her adjectives are taut, apposite and triple. She sprinkles similes like a hyperactive 1970s housewife with her first canister of Shake ‘n’ Vac. She is the Boadicea of anti-government metaphors. She is the doyenne of inspissatedly obscure vocabulary. Aye, the lass is reet canny wi’ words.

  52. 52
    Clarence says:

    Wrong. David Rose had the original scoop. From The Shetland Free Advertiser:

    ‘Johann Hari leans back in his chair and steers his gaze towards the yawning bay-window of the plush Belgravia hotel. His seductive, lyrical – musical, even – tones betray just a soupçon of exasperation.

    ‘”The ludicrous Sally Bercow has entered the Big Brother House,” he sighs. “What are the odds now on her husband soon being evicted from the Speaker’s House?”

    ‘You tell me, I retort tetchily. I remind Hari that he is the Orwell-winning investigative journalist, while I am a mere part-time Wikipedia editor, proof-reader and world-famous climate-change expert.

    “Who are you?” asks an irritable Hari, his eyes burning like embers in a dying fire.

    ‘Embers in a dying fire – a metaphor for Hari’s career, you might say. Well, I might say because I am cleverer than you. Here was a man who, quite literally, set Fleet Street alight with his rhetorical pyrotechnics and white-hot, sizzling, award-winning wordsmithery. Politicans cowered at his mighty pen of truth; liberal opinion-formers stiffened at the merest mention of his name. Johann Hari – the Brand.

    ‘Hari was a one-man progressive firestorm that took one disdainful look at the Establishment and torched it to the ground (apart from Polly, who is my…I mean…Hari’s bestest friend).

    ‘The fire may have faded but all it takes is some paraffin or Semtex to bring it back to life. Yes, dear reader, Johann Hari will return. And liberals everywhere will rejoice.’

  53. 53
    Sir William Waad says:

    V. good spot.

  54. 54
    Letters Page says:

    In my opinion, the correct phrase to use would be recycling.

  55. 55
    Sir William Waad says:

    In a metaphorical sense that is Andrew Pierce’s journalism – all pose and no pants.

  56. 56
    Itz the way I tell um says:

    And yesterday evening,you had to answer the door in your pajamas.

    That’s a strange place to have a door.

  57. 57
    Has that ranting, intellectually vacuous, cunt gobshyte, Laurie Penny plagiarised anything? says:

    Off Topic, Susannah Reid wasnt wearing a fucking wedding ring on her shit show yesterday.

    I was fucking entranced by this intruiging spectacle, and not even her guest cu’nt Jon Gaunt could distract me from this.

  58. 58
    Spartacus says:

    Those are the sort of cuts i can live with

  59. 59
    To be fair says:

    To be fair the Daily Mail will now have plenty of copy now that Big Brother and The X Factor are back on our screens, its almost as good a read as Heat magazine these days.

  60. 60
    Desperate Dan says:

    BBC executives and newsroom operatives, who are always screaming that Cameron must not take holidays but must stay in No. 10 at all times, don’t work during the school holidays. They are all away in far flung expensive locations spending the license-fee on themselves. They would never return to work for riots, the fall of Gadaffi or anything else. The newsroom is currently being staffed by major incompetents.

  61. 61
    Johann Hari says:

    I cried when i read this, He was the people`s princess.

  62. 62
    To be fair says:

    To be fair The Mail have had some great scoops in recent years, doing the story on Charlotte Church getting caught in the rain whilst out shopping is one of many which spring to mind.

  63. 63
    Karl Marx says:

    Yes I believe the little twat copied some of my stuff

  64. 64
    Andrew Efiong says:

    He’s a bit too fragrant for me. It’d be good to see him taken down a peg or two.

  65. 65
    Chairman Mao says:

    Ah yes, I tink shay used some of mah rahtings and pass off as her own

  66. 66

    Indeed, it is an excellent observation of Holmesian significance (Sherlock, not John!). Guido’s “postings clean-up” algorithm clears away all double or multiple spaces so it does not come out in the Duke’s post but is clearly visible in the heading.

    A true professional always has “show punctuation” set to on in his word processor.

  67. 67
    The BBC never knowingly misses an opportunity to hold the TORY-led Government to account says:

    Sorry BB but you’re wrong……I think they got in an oblique reference to the “biggest story going” during their warm up to Cameron’s Press Statement on doorstep of No10 this morning and did their usual schnide thing about the Prime Minister “only interupting his holiday in Cornwall” and not abandoning it altogether………

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    “Mummy, there’s a man at the door with a bill.”

    “Don’t be silly, dear, it must be a duck wearing trousers.”

  69. 69
    smoggie says:

    mmm… I don’t like the format… you can have a half.

  70. 70
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    The next thing will be to get the winner of the caption contest annouced to readers every week…….

  71. 71
    The BBC never knowingly misses an opportunity to hold the TORY-led Government to account says:

    I think you’ll find its back office newsroom staffed mainly by “Interns” and the “graveyard shift” being promoted to the main daytime broadcasts during the school/summer holidays……although if there is a major breaking story i.e. riots the duty “A Lister” on the call out rota is brought back in to front up the broadcasts

  72. 72
    MrAngry61 says:

    I believe that the correct description is “a nicer mouth than a twenty dollar whore”

  73. 73
    smoggie says:

    Guido doesn’t like to make announcements for fear of causing envy and dissent among the troops. What happens is that you get an email asking what kind of 12 year old malt you’d like and to which address it should be sent.

    I get fed up answering. Please Guido – same whisky as last week – and the week before – same address aslo!!! Am I speaking English??

  74. 74
    MrAngry61 says:

    £70,000 per hour cost of flying a Typhoon?

    The MoD top brass need to reallocate that expense stream to their private helicopter taxi service…

  75. 75
    MrAngry61 says:

    All that glitters…

  76. 76
    Physionomist says:

    The body language of this Pierce fellow and your very photo say it all

    He is not in full possession of his means

    And he is prematurely aged

    And completely overtaken by everything that is happeniong (has happened) in his life

  77. 77
    Empty Eddy the Adolescent (but more senior than Y fronts) says:


    Here of my thweam song Gudio for the next Electhwong

    When I will received in London like the freedom fighters overthwowing the baby eating ruling class

  78. 78

    He is the world
    He is the children
    He is the one who make a brighter day
    So let’s start giving

  79. 79
    you that Blair was a psychotic bender, traitorous bankers puppet, here's Dave says:

    FFS Fawkes, get with the programme! Less of the fudgepackers shite, re, Blunt, Pierce and boss eyed fat oirishmen with choir boy voices, and more of the Rejoice, Rejoice, Rejoice!, call me blackmailed bender bankers puppet Dave has liberated Port Stanley, er, some shithole in Africa, that’s loaded with gold and oil, and now has a central bank controlled by Gideon’s patron, Mr Red Shield.

  80. 80
    Director of the London School of Economics says:

    We used to try and win Nobel prizes

    Now one of our PHDs has been captured and is being referred to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

    It was not our purpose (even though we made a few bob on the way)


  81. 81
    MI5 says:

    He seems to have been fired from Sky as well

  82. 82
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    New Thread.

  83. 83
    Jack says:

    He needs a relook like Cherie Blair and my old friend Eddy A Thousand bands..ears nose and throat as the doctors say (minimum)

    (Can someone tell me what Milliband’s real name is ?)

  84. 84
    Tony Blair the one man Ponzi Scheme and influence peddler of the world says:

    I am desperately trying to save my friend and co financier (along with MAdoff Mandelson and Nate) Maaaooouumaar GHADAAFI from being HUNG

    Can you believe that ?

    My mate being hung ?
    Like Addamd who I wages an ilegal war against ?

    Will I be nexy that say ?

  85. 85
    Tony Blair says:

    Bugger of Billy Boy

    Go back to your boring ways

  86. 86
    East Midlander says:

    I have had £15 in rewards so far plus vouchers that reduce the cost of my Sunday edition to 80 pence. Can’t be bad even if some of the stories make me cross.

  87. 87
    George 'Dubya' Bush says:

    Mission accomplished.

  88. 88
    not a machine says:

    I must admit to correlate a telegraph letter with a news article is good sifting , but hold on a mo bar the odd leak isnt most blogg journalism redress of what has already been viewed or heard ?
    Andrew and Kevin papers reviews are twitchy things , unique even, they both seem to like the dirt .

    As for the other thoughts ,the stasi are ever determined to for what they think is turbo charged decpetions , they try but as they found out in the last election a resolute mind is a challenge to most of there techniques , not forgetting to be termed a traitor is a subjective allegation , suitable for short term political gain and cheap shot politics , useually by others who prefer not to face questions that do not comply with a pleasing career progression ideal.
    that thank god, is that politicians dilemma , free to speak and free to reconsider ones view , if a party begins to term long held views as that of a traitor , one may rightfully consider whose views have changed .

    To make progress in bringing to an end decitfull socialist power , is an enviable track record that only questions the limitations of the nudgests :)

  89. 89
    Are you sure says:

    Dead ?

  90. 90
    Crazy Diamond says:

    Plus Matt, otherwise have you noticed how many ‘stories’ there are on EVERY page about surveys? eg ‘a survey has shown that most women pee sitting down’.

  91. 91
    East India Company wallah says:

    Vichy patsy

  92. 92
  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    45,56 & 68. When the summer hols finish & you children return to school please get a new set of jokes.

  94. 94
    Anonymous says:

    The ICC may find on investigation that his education at the LSE makes you complicit.

  95. 95
  96. 96
    Rewind says:

    Yes, Fatson was interviewed on the green yesterday about young James about to get it in the neck again from Fatty’s committee.

  97. 97
    Ed (Bernie Winters) is weird says:

    Those thumbs were getting up my nose.

  98. 98
    mark patrick norris says:

    Removing the Stake from D.W.P

    As we turn the page with good’s fort-tune with Rothschild rear range with long vehicle in mind.

    Jobseekers don’t need conversation they need action it should be a cake walk.

    David Bowie
    Come on George Osborn put on your red shoes and walk the blues.

    Lets Line Dance.

    Supreme Bones Barry White
    Let it play on on and on something of the what Knight Templar Michael Heseltine and Michael Howard something of the night long right right write till the STAKE is gone.

    “O lord these are the policy of the sea shore”

    “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues”

    No Storm any New Dawn
    Government minister in every jobcentre to pull jobseeker to one side and ask relevant questions what what can do …… Job seeker my say for my Housing Benefit C/T
    Pension and a £100 pw I could Road Sweep Remove Chewing Gum and more……

    James Morrison
    As I’ve been out in a long and the Flexible Deal comes crashing down now we can start fixing it up when there is no one to turn the volume down Pension of I.D.S as we take a Chain and bill it round has we hold the act of right as we Cain and take it to David and fix the car bonnet as it comes star chamber we are the real black and blue eyes its never dole when we cam and rod as we drive this pillar 13 off as we Calm the word of Cain shape through David true to the gospels

    I.D.S his days are over as we flush him down the kitchen cabinet sink can you feel your cc coming………

    mark patrick norris
    15 links road tooting

  99. 99
    Big Billy Bowden, Grappler Extraordinary says:

    Come and get me, chunky !

  100. 100
    Big Billy Bowden, Grappler Extraordinary says:

    Tag me ! Tag me !

  101. 101
    Big Billy Bowden, Grappler Extraordinary says:

    When the weather’s nice, me and the family like to go for a tramp in the woods.

    And sometimes we catch the sod.

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