September 5th, 2011

Hari Confesses, Blames Depression

Guido’s man-in-the-know tells him that Johann Hari has confessed all to Andreas Whittam Smith, who is charged by the Independent with investigating the plagiarism charges. He has apparently owned up to being “David Rose”. Which means he has implicitly confessed to harassing the likes of Christina Odone, Nick Cohen and Francis Wheen, altering their Wikipedia pages to reflect negatively on them. In Odone’s case he went so far as to question her sanity and accuse her of all manner of falsehoods. He has, Guido is told, blamed his lying, cheating and smearing behaviour on “depression”. 


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    He needs to be depressed, under six feet of earth

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

    Ps Can you ask what Polly thinks Guido, she was defending him other week?

    If he felt depressed while being the darling of the left he is going to feel proper shit when the only people that will talk to him are Damian McBride and David Rose!

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    brooks says:

    Yep, when in trouble throw a sicky.

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    new chancery lane says:

    ^bit much.

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    misterned says:

    Depression is no excuse for being a twat. Perhaps if he wasn’t such a twat, he wouldn’t be depressed? The depression could be caused by guilt at knowing what an utter twat he is.

    Polly Toynbee can fuck off, she is a delusional hypocritical bitch!

  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    Was he responsible for Darling’s memoirs?

    I mean it was all made up. I was a genius and the best PM we’ve ever had. It was a right wing plot to oust me, abetted by the nasty Murdoch empire.

    Or was it Sue’s fault?

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    What about Dickie Bird? says:


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    Loungelizard says:

    So what will the party of the left blame their lying, cheating and smearing on, pre ministerial tension

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    BringBackGordonBrownAsPM says:

    You would be depressed if you had to live under this Tory dictatorship!

  10. 10
    meme says:

    how can message 2 appear first ?

    secondly how come its billy ?

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    Andie99 says:

    I have suffered very severe depression. I have never felt the need to go to wikipedia and abuse it.
    This bloke is giving those of us with a real mental health problem a worse name than we already have.
    He is a lying ass and should be hung out to dry.

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    Mata Hari says:

    Johann was here

  13. 13
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Dictatorship? You would not know the meaning of the word.

    It starts with ID cards.

  14. 14
    BringBackGordonBrownAsPM says:

    They are needed so only people entitled to whats left of our public service`s can use them and the police said they would help stop terrorist attacks.

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    HandsomeDavid says:

    Fuck off.

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    annette curton says:

    Perhaps they should award him another prize, depressed journalist of the year.

  17. 17
    BringBackMargaretThatcherAsPM says:

    It’s all about ‘entitlement’ with you lefties

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    MrAngry61 says:

    He has, Guido is told, blamed his lying, cheating and smearing behaviour on “depression”

    Well, if that washes, Gordon Brown’s follow-up memoirs could be a lot more honest…

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    Maximus says:

    But first he needs to give back all the money he’s had from newspapers by deception.

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    Luke says:

    He is a disgrace to real suffers from depression. He is a lair and a cheat and is only sorry for being found out. Scum bag!!

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    BringBackGordonBrownAsPM says:

    The country was a better place under the Labour goverment, you can see the current unrest against the current goverment unions protesting, students protesting and the youth rioting.

    And that is only after 18 months.

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    ID Card Salesman says:

    Yes, id cards would be just about the only thing that stands between us and oblivion at the hands of our enemies. Buy now while stocks of brown envelopes last.

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    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    My dad suffers terribly from real depression and is on many medications. Do you know what he’s done all my life? He’s got up and gone to work every morning, done a bloody good job of raising me and looking after the family, and had a successful and productive career.

    What he has NEVER done is blame depression for anything, let alone being a devious twat. Funnily enough, he’s never had any need to…

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    BringBackMargaretThatcherAsPM says:

    Unions, students – do you see the common theme running through this?

  26. 26
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    Yeah, I agree this Coalition want to cut my benefits. That’s unacceptable. I yearn for a return to the Reign of Terror 1997-2010. Innit.

  27. 27

    Is Tom Utley your man in the know?

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    Bluefox says:

    He must have been depressed a bloody long time, didnt he get fired from his uni paper for writing bollocks?

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    JP says:

    Were these comments written by human beings? They are the sort of thuggish comments I’d expect from BNP and EDL supporters. If Guido’s blog is to be believed, then a sophisticated response would be to acknowledge the illness, rather than childishly abuse him for political purposes.

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    Anonymous says:

    I really don’t see how Polly is going to square this with her stated belief that left wing people tend to be nicer and more intelligent than right wing people.

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    the last quango in paris says:

    how come the lefties always have an excuse? next he will have EBD, ADHD, STD or something else to pin it on.

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    TheRagingTory says:

    So, what are his links to Methesula Productions?
    If he is David Rose?

    Which had some, unusual, shall we say, product

  33. 33
    Sue says:

    You remember those homemade chocolate brownies I used to bring in on a Monday morning that you loved? Yeah, well I shat in the mixing bowl. Every time. And I always enjoyed my Chicken Madras on a Saturday night…

    Fucking tit.

  34. 34
    Hari says:

    Don’t worry, Gordon – I’ve interviewed you next week and you delivered a splendid rebuttal of Darling’s drivel.

    When I give Darling the chance to respond, he will confirm your version of events

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    misterned says:

    18 Months? Did I miss an election in March 2010?

  36. 36
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( member in absentia ) says:

    I abolished Boom and Bust and regulated the riskiest elements of the capitalist system.

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    I hate lying lefties says:

    How very middle-class-trendy-leftie to blame his dishonest and deceitful behaviour on a medical condition which, no doubt, was completely beyond his control. Just like Prescott blaming his inability to stop himself turning into a disgusting, bloated pig on bulemia.

  38. 38
    A Plaster? For Mouth Ulcers? says:

  39. 39
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Huge thumbs up from me.

  40. 40
    MAOIst Conspiracy says:

    “Hari Confesses, Blames Depression”

    So did Gordon and Alastair Campbell

    Are we expected to excuse their sociopathic behavior?

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    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Let’s hope he has HIV and we can all say RIP.

  42. 42
    Jack Dromey (Ms) says:

    Polly tends not to square things. She just moves on to the next load of twaddle.

    You have yet to grasp the basic idea that SHE IS ALWAYS RIGHT — even when (i.e. all the time) she’s wrong.

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    MrAngry61 says:

    “Karl Mark was right!”

    Even I never thought that the B-BBC would sink that low, but they seem happy to oblige. Presumably the author is the same John Gray that writes for the Graun & the Staggers.

    Incidentally, IMO rumours of the death of capitalism are exaggerated.

  44. 44
    YorkshireLad says:

    I’ll go with that Andy!

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    Kevin T says:

    If he’s confessed to being David Rose, then he’s confessed to publishing paedophile incest fantasies about raping his underage brother. Let’s hope the sick little slug disappears back under his stone and we never have to hear from him again. Depression my arse.

  46. 46
    Lard Presclott of Bulimia, Bog Seats, Beams,Bellies,Banjos,Punches, Croquet, Pies, Jags 'n' Shags says:

    I should be claiming compensation as my greed is funded by expenses.

  47. 47
    misterned says:

    In fact if you go back exactly 16 Months, to May the 5th, Labour was one day from losing the election with almost a million fewer votes than John Major secured when the tories were destroyed in 1997. Brown was STILL Prime Minister, until the 11th May when he resigned.

    I can tell you are a lefty, because you cannot add up!

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    Beiing born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life says:

    Time for Hari-Kari methinks!

  49. 49
    Paul says:

    I doubt he’ll be too happy when he finds he’s lost his credibility and possibly his job

  50. 50
    Kevin T says:

    Not enough IMO

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    Being born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life says:

    ……can’t spell!

  52. 52
    Well Said! says:


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    Being born English is to win first prize in the lottery of life says:

    … a crossroads, with a stake through his heart?

  54. 54
    Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

    Prescott was an amnesiac bulimic

    He forgot the throwing up bit

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    Anonymous says:


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    Dr. Raj Per-Pseud says:

    Time for a spot of Hari-kari ???

  57. 57
    Yeah, right says:

    Because left ideology requires that someone else is to blame for everything.

    Personal responsibility and left wing dogma dont sit well together.

  58. 58
    Bob says:

    Always right means always left I guess!

  59. 59
    Francois Mitterand says:

    It’s working out fine for me.

  60. 60
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Depressed, my arse!

    Mind you, since he has been found out, he might feel little ‘down.’ Tough.

  61. 61
    Statto says:

    At worst an such claim can have only been a generalisation (of, I would note, the sort that equally abounds on here). Whether or not the claim is true, one confounding example does not establish it; that would require many examples.

    This is a palpably silly line of argument to take.

  62. 62
    non believer says:

    “He has, Guido is told, blamed his lying, cheating and smearing behaviour on depression.”

    And what’s your excuse Guido?

  63. 63
    BringBackGordonBrownAsPM says:

    When we had a history lesson at school our local M.P came in to do a talk on Thatcher, i could not believe the British people sat back and let her ruin the country.

  64. 64
    Ac/Dc/AC says:

    no doubt as soon as he gets off he’ll have a miraculous recovery like earnest saunders and be back inventing articles of genius …

    but its ok … he’s a lefty and apparently they are allowed to do stuff like that … so polly says so it must be ok to lie and fabricate and smear and cheat and steal from his employers. Where do I sign up?

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    Loungelizard says:

    Maybe not but I’ll bet he gets a great book deal out of it. A chance to re write his history.

  66. 66
    Statto says:

    Oh, does all depression manifest itself in exactly the same way then?

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    Second opinion says:

    Yes, in a died some years ago kind of way, I suppose it is.

  68. 68
    Benny from Crossroads says:

    I know how you feel Johann

  69. 69
    Vince Cable's secret offshore account says:

    He sounds ideal for the Labour Party. With skills like those he could go right to the top, look out Ed Balls!

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    David Rose says:

    Leave the poor man alone, Hari is the real victim in all this, he is ill!

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    Statto says:

    Look, ignore Hari for a second and think about what you’re saying.

    Many people with depression are not able to struggle through. It is not some simple condition that manifests itself in one easily defined way such that anyone who deviates from the established pattern of behaviour can be obviously fingered as a fraud.

    Hari may well be bullshitting to cover up his appalling behaviour, but even if he is, depression is not diagnosable over the internet by pontficating twats on the bottom half of the Internet.

  72. 72
    Gordon Brown says:

    I sold the gold because I had a nasty case of Diarrhea (Type 6 from the Britol Stool Chart)

    Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mush stool

  73. 73
    Oposition batsman says:

    He’s not your type, dearie

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    Statto says:

    What a charming example of humanity you are.

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    annette curton says:


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    Those Frenchies all look alike to me says:

    Shurely Chirac?

  77. 77
    Backwoodsman says:

    Well, that balances the sort of behaviour we expect from left wing members of the chattering classes – delusional hypocritical nonsense and widely divorced from reality.

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    Thick Northern Labour Voter living high on the hog with benefits thanks to mug taxpayers says:

    While that’s a good idea he would do better in the Labour Party.

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    They were the best of times;they were the worst of times says:

    You should have told your local Labour MP that what he was saying was impossible as Thatcher couldn’t have ruined the country cos’.Wilson and Callghan had beaten her to it with a little help from Heath of course during the 70’s

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    Statto says:

    Really? Back here on Earth Hari’s proven behaviour has been rightly condemned by most of the left.

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    David Rose says:

    I agree how can you blame Hari for anything, he is ill, leave him alone you homophobic, far right bullies!

  82. 82
    Johann Hari says:

    When I interviewed Johann Hari I found him to be a towering intellectual figure, though badly misunderstood.

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    Polly talking b*ll*cks(again) says:

    Ignore her she’s going through a post menopausal crisis of identity….she had put so much hope in Brown being the saviour that her dis-appointment was all the greater when she found out the truth……

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    J Hari says:

    Karl Marx often used to visit me and ask for advice on his way home from the Reading Room at the British Library when his spirits were low. As fellow sufferers of depression we had a special bond. ‘Its all about siezing control of the means of production’, I told him, which caused him to stroke his beard. ‘Ach so, Hari’, he said, his German accent slipping out as he pondered my advice. ‘But that vill involve many years of class struggle and book reading. Zere are so many ideas I must digest before i have ze answers. Can ze vorld wait zat long for my manifesto?’

    I looked at the greying old man, his face forlorn at the prospect of years more study and class struggle ahead of him. ‘Can’t you just cut and paste it, like I do?’

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    Sir William Waad says:

    I’m sure that being caught out lying and cheating is depressing.

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    Statto says:

    Yes, that reply would have been really good if I’d actually defended Hari’s behaviour at any point.

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    East India Company wallah says:

    I can only guess the first post breached the extremely low auto-mod bar that or it was modded for not being Billy cricket

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    David Rose says:

    Well said Statto, my hero! Fancy a quick shag?

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    East India Company wallah says:

    So too are his readers-but thats for another day!

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    Hari's fucked says:

    Depression? He started faking articles from when he was at university. Was he depressed when he collected the Orwell prize? Was he depressed when he annoyed his lecturers at uni so much they had actually lodged a formal complaint against him? Hari is a fraud who’s been caught out. End of.

    By admitting he’s David Rose, he’s effectively confessed to libel and cyber harassment, two very serious crimes. But let’s not forget that the David Rose email address led to a short porn story penned by “David Rose” about incest and rape. It was apparently graphic and disgusting. This means Hari has also confessed to penning child porn.

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    Andreas Whittam Smith says:

    I agree. As I told Tom Utly, Hari’s a genius.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    I’ve always understood – and please correct me if I’m wrong – that one of the symptoms of depression was the feeling that nothing you do could make the slightest difference to anything, whereas Mr Hari has always behaved as though everything he does makes an enormous difference to everything. Instead of suffering from low self-esteem, he has an ego the size of a blue whale.

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    Vickie Vermin says:

    I is depressed cus that wot the social worker said I say when I is infront of the judge for rioting n tings. Being depressed n shit lets u get away with lots of tings. I aint proper mental though. My social worker say it turns a bad ting good an get me off da hook. I fink she is propa mental and watches 2 much rastamous on dat box i gave her from me riot n tings. Well mental, innit!

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    David Rose says:

    Bravo, a tour de force Hari, you still have the brilliant touch!

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    Mr Schadenfreude says:

    Schadenfreude. Aaah, tasty.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Sounds like LibDem policy, fluffy pieces with ragged edges.

  97. 97

    Seriously, Guido, have you just given up on holding the Government to account? Instead of doing the seriously good journalism we all know you’re capable of, you’re now just sniping at people who’ve made fun of you in the past. It’s getting pathetic.

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    Grumpy Student says:

    I too suffered from depression towards the end of my PhD thesis and felt no urge to go on Wikipedia and act like a knob.

    (mostly I wanted to hide in bed and eat donuts)

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    Archer Karcher says:

    I think you will find, that Thatcher left the country in far better shape than when she took office. Unlike of course, every single Labour government in history, who did the reverse.

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    The bard says:

    What oft was thought but ne’re so well expressed.

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    East India Company wallah says:

    Whats in a name?

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Yeah, except for one small point, it hasn’t.

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    Dick Head says:

    Great now depressed people are going to be stigmatised with all sorts of deviant behaviours like lying. He is a fraud and he got caught and now he must deal with it truthfully. Being depressed does not make you tell lies!

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    Isn't it obvious says:

    He’s one of their team

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    Reasonable sceptic says:

    A little scepticism about the use of medical excuse is not entirely unwarranted.

    Violent police always used to get themselves retired out on a full pension with a ‘bad back” to escape investigation

    Ernest Saunders of Guinness fraud fame escaped punishment though a false diagnosis of Alzheimers

    Bill Clinton stayed the hero of the feminists because of his medicalised “sex addiction” whereas they would have nailed anyone else’s naughty bits to a barn door for such predation.

    Not to mention the Lockerbie bomber with 3 months to live.

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    Reasonable sceptic says:

    And there was Pinnochet….

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    Archer Karcher says:

    Your blog is shite Eddy, really poor, in fact some might say, pathetic.

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    We are the ones depressed!

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    Mr Helpful says:

    There’s always Big Brother

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    No He's Not says:

    Billy is Guido

    Thought we established that yonks ago..

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Gordo and Ali as well? Claiming depression after being exposed for the shites they are?More proof that lying, cheating and smearing behavior, and throwing a sicky when found out, are Labour Party Core Beliefs.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    See 110.

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    Tito Gobbi says:

    Billy is not Guido.

    Billy sounds far too sober.

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    Other things one could blame on “depression”. Altering other peoples’ words. Making up those Iraqis who were begging to be invaded. Making up the hotpants girl and the oppressed builder in Dubai. Making up the “come to America” quote from right-wing-cruise-guy. Making up a bunch of shit that other lefty “columnists” rip off in their flimsy books. Being a lying prick.

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    Grumpy Student says:

    Actually, his condition is diagnosable over the Internet. He has a common problem – one that sadly is partially genetic and partially a result of the society he has grown up in and that afflicts nearly a third of the population: He’s a left-wing bell-end.

    This condition can be debilitating and many left-wing bell-ends never lead a normal life. There is no known medical cure. Some people with this condition do however eventually become fully functioning members of society – usually later in life when they own property and are faced with the size of their tax bill but for most they will never properly recover, becoming bitter, miserable, twisted individuals.

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    joescotus says:

    i would buy him the rope and drive him,kicking and screaming to the nearest forest. he is a stinking, cheating, moral coward .

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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    And what a hypocritical socialist troll you are. Wasn’t the frailty of the wife of a Conservative Cabinet minister thought a fit subject for a political smear? Holier than thou goes down well of Labour Lost -go there.

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    Grumpy Old Man says:


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    Grumpy Old Man says:

    I’m glad you didn’t believe it, because it was all lies. Did your history polemicist get a Tory MP to give you the real version? Thought not.

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    genghiz the kahn says:

    Is Hari suffering from a double dip depression?

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    blue34 says:

    Fuck off he could try and dig his way out

    30 feet of earth in a hermetically sealed coffin

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    East India Company wallah says:

    Sarcasm is beneath me

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    East India Company wallah says:

    My o my-Hari has a big following of trolls!

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    BBC says:

    Johann is an impartial expert on politics and he will be welcome on our programmes (all expenses paid) along side Alastair Campbell and Jacqui Smith to offer their neutral opinions on the vicious unnecessary cuts being unfairly imposed by the right-wing Tory led coalition.

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    East India Company wallah says:

    With a Powers chaser

  126. 126
    East India Company wallah says:

    So if Aunt Polly insists lefties are so superior in the intelligence league how come it all those YEARS

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    East India Company wallah says:

    All those YEARS to cop on to the little brat,after all no dumb centrists or small state righties were perusing his brand of recycling

  128. 128
    East India Company wallah says:

    Bubba on d-wing wont be able to contain his excitement

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    Elgin's lost his marbles says:

    Has he ever pretended that he wasn’t a twat?

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    'Deadly' Ernest Saunders says:

    Nice try, Jacques! It certainly worked for me.

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    railgun !! says:

    Good post H.F

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    Johann Rottentoother-Core says:

    Eddy Anderson says:

    Seriously, Guido, have you just given up on holding the Government to account?

    Er, giving a little time and space to reflect on what an utter shit Hari is, cannot in any way be construed as ‘giving up’.

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    A Passing Political Abuser says:

    I’d much rather childishly abuse him for political purposes… maybe he will stop lying in his next job…

  134. 134
    Everything in Moderation says:

    Oh, there you are. I was wondering where that comment had got to.

  135. 135
    Course He Is says:

    Only one way to find out………

  136. 136
    Fight? says:

    Fight – Fight – Fight – Fight..

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    Billy's dirty arse says:

    Billy is a sad old fucker with no friends who spend all his days sitting in a security booth noting down the registrations numbers of lorries coming and going from a storage yard. He hope one day to be promoted to being allowed to raise the gate but he also knows it is not ever going to happen. His spelling is not as bad as he pretends, but he found it easier to make deliberate mistakes rather than correct the ones he cannot help but making – he believes it gives him a personality. He is not on the Guido payroll but is happy when he gets the occasional acknowledgement from the host. He considers himself to be something between a co-host and a site mascot. He pretends to be gay because it gets him attention – in fact he has virtually no human contact other than with his Mum who cooks and cleans for him.. He is a very very very sad little shit.

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    Told You It Was Guido says:

    Fits him exactly:

    “Billy/Guido is a sad old fucker with no friends who spend[sic] all his days sitting in a security booth noting down the registrations numbers of lorries coming and going from a storage yard.

    He hope[sic] one day to be promoted to being allowed to raise the gate but he also knows it is not ever going to happen.

    His spelling is not as bad as he pretends, but he found it easier to make deliberate mistakes rather than correct the ones he cannot help but making – he believes it gives him a personality.”


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    Taxita Proll says:

    It so is Vick innit.

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    say no to moonbatism says:

    billy’s dirty botty did u take lessons in being a wanker or are you a natural born wanker? either way youre very good at it

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    You Missed the Important Bit says:

    “He is a very very very sad little shit.”

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    Always someone else’s fault eh ? A true leftie.

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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    What a pity for Hari’s future rep that his ‘depression’ didn’t manifest as chronic writer’s block. No wonder he’s ****ed now!

    Did he realy think he’d never get tumbled? In this age? With the WWW, and all that?

    What a helmet.

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    Anonymous says:

    … a very very very very very very sad little shit

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    Statto says:

    It says more about you that you imagine I could possibly be so lacking in self-awareness.

    Someone on the Internet is wrong…

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    That's Guido says:

    Perfect Fit!

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    Statto says:

    I wasn’t aware I had engaged in such a smear (or was a socialist for that matter). Thanks for letting me know, Derren Brown MIndreader.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    im defanetly not Guido but theier are so many monkier theves around that im not sure who iam sometimes :)

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    joescotus says:

    just trawled through the delightful johann’s wikipedia entry, the cu*nt is a fucking gold plated arsewipe lefty

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    Anon. says:

    I would blame his lying, cheating and smearing behaviour on being a morally degenerate socialist.

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    Anon. says:

    Let me re-phrase that: I would blame Mr Hari’s lying, cheating and smearing behaviour on being a morally degenerate socialist. Just for clarity.

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    Nice Try Guido says:

    Won’t fool us though….

    Are you applying for a job on the new Dart extension to the airport..

    Nice one that – sit in the booth for a few years on a Grey Market Job while they fight over the planning – collecting your dole at the same time of course.

    All the while stirring it up for people you accuse of doing the same thing across the water.

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    Joss Ayinglike says:

    That chip on your shoulder is massive, Twatto Statto.

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    Anonymous says:

    So he must have been ill for an awful lot of years based on previous record.

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    Old Blue Eyes says:

    I am not surprised he is suffering from depression. He has to live with himself 24 hours per day. I only needed to see him on the box for 5 minutes and I was suicidal.

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    Ichabod says:

    Surely the blighter’s finished now–who else would employ him as a journalist ? Though I suppose on the honour among thieves theory some rancid left wing set up will find him a niche; the BBC perhaps ? But what I really wanted to say was hasn’t this business shown what a complete and utter spas. Andreas Whittam Smith is . He’s tried to defend the wretched Hari with one lame excuse after another, he’s succesfully stalled the process of taking the Orwell award from his protege, etc. Mr Smith have a you a more than professional interest in standing by the little shit until the end ? It looks very very fishy.

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    No No No says:

    That sounds far too Two Faced

  158. 158
    C. Ashbaque says:

    I’m a journalist. I often feel a black cloud of morbidity pressing down on me with crushing feelings that life has no meaning or purpose. You’d be surprised how churning out a quick interview with President Obama or the Dalai Llama cheers me up.

  159. 159
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget, Prescott had Bullimia. And won. As said above, its the Labour way to throw a sickie when found out, the race to be the biggest victim in the room, where all the power lies.

  160. 160
    blackdogtales says:

    Ah, that explains everything. Depression.

    6% to 15% of the population will suffer this, to varying degrees. 10% of men and 25% of women will require treatment for depression in their lifetime.

    Most people cope with depression somehow or other, with or without treatment. They don’t bang on about it at every opportunity or use it as an excuse for unacceptable behaviour. The Frys, Campbells and Haris do a grave disservice to ‘ordinary’ people with depression.

    Hitler probably had his down moments as well.

    Johann Hari will need to look far deeper into his soul than this. Depression is not an excuse!

  161. 161
    Polythesis says:

    But this is exactly what leftist bullies do when challenged or found out, they are typical bullies, nasty and spiteful when on the attack but when the tables are turned they whimper and scream like little girls, curl up and cry and play the poor victim. I have never met a leftist I liked, all of them are scum, all of them are bullies and all are cowards when the chips are down.

  162. 162
    The Pope says:

    There is only one infallible person on this earth.

  163. 163
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    It’s not depression – he is just a nasty, stupid cnut.

  164. 164
    The Sheikh Of Arabeee says:


    “Suffering from depression” is not synonymous with “being an insufferable fucking lying fucking Lefty c u n t”.

  165. 165
    The Sheikh Of Arabeee says:

    I just fucking hate fucking smug fucking Lefty fantasises like this c u n t. Fuck him- he’s earned a fucking fortune by pandering to the fucking mad fucking prejudices of the shitheads who read the Indy.

    Fuck them, too.

  166. 166
    John being john says:

    At least I showed some imagination and blamed my Bullemia when my misdeeds were exposed.

  167. 167
    FFS! says:

    Of ID cards will stop terrorist attacks as we all remember the great lengths those suicide bombers go to , to conceal their identities!

  168. 168
    Bring the clown to book says:

    Im sure he has commited a number of criminal offences as well as several liables.

  169. 169
    Jim Hacker, Minister for Administrative Affairs says:

    I did listen to it the second time around – I went straight for the off button the first time when he pronounced that Marx was right.

    He argued that we were screwed because nobody had a secure job any more, because nobody could plan for a pension any more, and because honest savers were being hard done by because the only way the current debt was likely to be repaid was to inflate it away. This was the fault of “Capitalism”.

    Well, he’s right on what is happening, but the first two were totally illusionary and nothing to do with a free market, and the third was definitely nothing to do with “Capitalism” but more to do with Labour burning money.

    So, in essence, it was a huge Wicker Man that he set on fire. As usual, Gordon wasn’t in it.

  170. 170
    Ex Grumpy Student says:

    Yeah, goes with the territory. I think half of PhD students end up like that. Not sure why – perhaps its because it ends up just being a means to an end instead of exciting research, perhaps its getting disillusioned with the endless back-stabbing in academia, or perhaps its just staring at the same thing for 3/4 years and realising only 1.5 people are going to read your master-work.

    I didn’t even manage to write up in the end – just couldn’t face it any more. Mostly just getting up by mid-afternoon was a success for the day. Improved once I got a real job.

    Hari’s problem is he’s a lefty tw*t that can’t take responsibility for his own actions, not depression. At least, not any sort of depression I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a few).

    One thing to remember though – if you thought you were depressed after 3 or 4 years of a PhD, one James Gordon Brown took 10 years. I’m sure I’d have been certifiable by then…

  171. 171
    I fucked Sally Bercow in the ass, hard. says:

    Next stop, a visit to Oprah’s couch to confess his sins and seek redemption?

    What a pity that nobody over there knows whodafcuk he is. So that won’t work.

    Oh well. Plan B then.
    Here are some options.

    A trip to Graham Norton’s couch?
    Go on a reality show? Eat a bucket of spider shit or something?
    Marry Cliff Richard?
    Swim the length of the river Thames (too late….)
    Slit his wrists?
    Hang himself?
    Stick his fat head in a microwave?


    I hope we never hear of him again.

  172. 172
    stewie says:

    Oh yes. (in stewie griffin accent). that was funny

  173. 173
    Lord Lavender et al. says:

    If it please Master Hopkins. I believe Mistress Twaddle to be a witch.

  174. 174
    M says:

    She doesn’t need to “square” anything or talk sense .
    As long as she’s heard by her cult following .
    The “them & us” line is always popular with lefty preacher types for rallying the mob into a salivating riot .

  175. 175
    hackeryblog says:


  176. 176
    LED signs says:

    Unfair job, life is not simple to take everything easy, but i think he must be given a chance to prove himself better after.

  177. 177
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t “David Rose” suspiciously similar to “David Jones” the supposed investigative journalist who contacted Louise Mensch regarding Nigel Kennedy recently?

  178. 178
    Polly Ben Toye says:

    Squak Tory mole squak Tory mole Squak

  179. 179
    RoddyG says:

    Hari will no doubt still have the fawning support of Republic Campaign. Liars and fantasists must stick together.

  180. 180
    Anybody But Ed says:

    Will the G**P be sacked and humiliated ?Hope so!

  181. 181
    Mr Nicely says:

    Johann has written in defence of drug legalisation and pro cannabis.

    Cannabis use can cause depression.

    He should stay off dope, it is not called dope for nothing.

  182. 182
    jrand says:

    but it helps

  183. 183
    jrand says:

    Seconded. Hatris a morally degenerate socialist.

  184. 184
    David Rose says:

    Maybe it was the “e” that he wrote about taking. (Which he never took!)

  185. 185
    richard sniffer & he's wife fanny says:

    why the nasty little fanny fanny sniffer

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