September 14th, 2011

Exclusive: Johann Hari Mails Back Orwell Prize

We are now hearing, as yet unconfirmed, that Johann Hari has returned his Orwell Prize.

In an envelope.

In the post. UPDATE: Delivered by courier.

With no note.

And no cheque…

The Orwell Prize will not confirm…


Twenty minutes ago we put this story to Gavin Freeguard of the Media Standards Trust. Asked if Hari had returned the prize he said no.

Hari has admitted the whole thing. The fakery, being “David Rose”, the works. He is going to retrain, apologise and come back in 2012.

Absolute cowardice from the Indy. 

UPDATE II: Hari is apparently going to Columbia to study journalism. Pah.

UPDATE III: The Indy says: “The report on his conduct is a private one and will not be published”.


  1. 1
    Cynic says:

    He’ll need the cash to get offside

  2. 2
    Johann Hari says:

    We are now hearing, as yet unconfirmed, that Johann Hari has returned his Orwell Prize.

    In an envelope.

    In the post.

    With no note.

    And no cheque…

    The Orwell Prize will not confirm…

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

    Bet it gets lost in the post.

    comrades always stick together.

  4. 4
    Cynic says:

    But I dont see the fuss. The Prize is awarded

    ‘to encourage writing in good English – while giving equal value to style and content, politics or public policy, whether political, economic, social or cultural – of a kind aimed at or accessible to the reading public, ”

    so presumably fiction is included

  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Shows how much class he has.

  6. 6
    Blah says:

    Does that mean you’re making it up and hoping you’re right?

  7. 7
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I hear he has gone to hide with Gaddaffi and Gordon………

  8. 8
    Billy's dirty arse says:

    why are you still here – you should have resigned

  9. 9
    David Rose says:

    We are now hearing, as yet unconfirmed, that Johann Hari has returned his Orwell Prize.

    In an envelope.

    In the post.

    With no note.

    And no cheque…

    The Orwell Prize will not confirm…

  10. 10
    Johan Hari says:

    I’ve sent back me prize, belive me, my life, on my mothers life, swear to god.

  11. 11
    smoggie says:

    A double sourced, double whammy or double jeopardy?

  12. 12
    piss on the poor says:

    fuck off cretin

  13. 13
    smoggie says:

    Did he put a stamp on it?

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    I am still laughing hard at what a prat you made of yourself yesterday

    ha ha etc

  15. 15
    a non breeder says:

    With the likes of Pollytwaddle telling him that he was a genius, it was bound to go the little twats head eventually, making him feel that he was invulnerable. Anyway , all gays are narcissistic depressives, isn’t that right Billy?

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

    Guido, Now he has addmitted it can you finally award him “Twat Watch” status?

  17. 17
    E=MC2 says:

    what was the point of that

  18. 18
    Shillings and Pence and Moral Collapse says:

    Don’t worry Guido

    We are here to defend, by cheap threats, all those who are guilty

    And we make a fortune doing it

  19. 19
    piss on the poor says:

    No mate, it means they’ve had it from one source but have been unable to get it confirmed from another as yet.

    You fick or sumfink?

  20. 20
    Billy Bowden is in denial says:

    At least he has admitted it now

  21. 21
    Trying to keep up with all these scoundrels says:

    Where are we with your client, Lord Bell-End of Paris fame BTW

    I he still refusing to speak to his local newpaper ?

    After 100 calls


  22. 22
    piss on the poor says:

    Wasn’t here yesterday. Keep larfin cretin, the men in white will be along soon wiv your meds.

  23. 23
    Jimmy says:

    The crosshairs of invincibility strike again!

  24. 24
    you couldn't make it up says:

    The point is, even the fiction was plagiarized.

  25. 25
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What happened to the National Trust and Labour Story yesterday

  26. 26
    Trying to keep up with all these scoundrels says:

    How much have you made on Bell-End BTW?

  27. 27
    piss on the poor says:

    Two other losers who say one thing and do another. Get wiv da program, cretin.

  28. 28
    Whiplash osborne says:

    Columbia? Lucky Sod!

  29. 29
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I’ve always suspected Johann Hari is an anagram.

  30. 30
    smoggie says:

    As Orwell would have said, “Inside every journalist, is a plagiarist trying to get out”.

  31. 31
    new names says:

    You gotta be fuckin sad to of ever heard of this guy.

  32. 32
    the lowest form of twit says:

    I see you’ve followed Guido’s advice of yesterday Jimmy, and stuck to sarky comments.

  33. 33
    Director of the Media Standards Trust says:

    Of course I lie

    I am Orwellian

    The truth is the exact opposite of what I say

    That is why I knew all about hundreds of journalists and their side kicks hacking and blagging for 15 years, you see ?

    And I said nothing about it


  34. 34
    Johann Hari says:

    I’ll be meeting Luke Skywalker for a world exclusive interview. Before that, I’m putting finishing touches to my interview with Hannibal Lecter. After my Skywalker trip, I’m heading to Gotham City for a dinner with Bruce Wayne and The Joker.

  35. 35
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Or after-a-gram…

  36. 36
    Historian says:

    You mean truth is dead in Britain old boy ?

  37. 37
    Hari Kiri says:

    Why is anyone surprised the Indy won’t sack him? Andreas Whittam Smith called Hari a genius at a wedding party recently.

  38. 38
    Ah! Monika says:

    Ex-Conservative peer Lord Hanningfield, jailed for falsely claiming House of Lords expenses, has been arrested over local authority expenses, the BBC understands.

  39. 39
    Johan Hari says:


  40. 40
    Wikipedia edit by David R says:

    Smoggie is a thief and anti-s*mite who hits his wife.

  41. 41
    abelard says:

    just to make sure you’re aware
    columbia is a socialist finishing school…and has been for 100 years…

  42. 42
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Only about another 600+ to go…..

  43. 43
    Met Police Hopitality says:

    Interesting reading – they will miss old Rupes contributions:

  44. 44
    piss on the poor says:

    No that’s “pithy”. His two-liners are sarky.

    Otherwise I can’t tell the difference. Guido must have really rubbed this guy’s nose in the carpet.

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

    Can I BLACK UP Guido? Ta.

  46. 46
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Should have had a “Made Hari History” hashtag/tag.

  47. 47
    smoggie says:

    tat, you ain’t met my wife obviously.

  48. 48
    Historian says:

    The Chairman of the Media Standards Trust, a registered charity, was born on 1936

    and here is the rest

    it being understood that, every time that the name of one of the Parties shall be shown, the name of the other must be shown in identical characters, terms and emplacements

    her is a criminologist

    Suited to putting the 400 blagging and hacking journarists in prison I would think..before he passes his sell by date…

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    You’re a Hunt

  50. 50
    No recovery in sight says:

    Chris Huhne 7/4
    Baroness Warsi 6/1
    George Osborne 8/1

  51. 51
    Popeye says:

    He must have the dirt on someone in high places.

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    Resign you arsewipe

  53. 53
    Criminologist says:

    And here are the other “usual suspects”

    Including Brownite Labour Peerers and the lot…

  54. 54
    cribbing for dummies says:

    He’s a fucking genius at cut ‘n paste, that’s for sure.

  55. 55
    Primrose Hill Marxist says:

    Well, he could hardly call him the groom or the best man.

  56. 56
    Billy's dirty arse says:

    Guido told you to stop making stupid comments yesterday – please take his advice

  57. 57
    Ed West says:

    What a ©unt

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Ha ha ha etc about yesterday – Bowden you are a waste of space

  59. 59
    piss on the poor says:

    clear off cretin

  60. 60
    Usual suspects says:

    and to cap it all

    the CEO of the Media Standards Trust is the Founder of Common Purpose

    They represent all that we can expect from Orwellianisms and souble speak and ignorance

  61. 61
    points mean prizes says:

    No one has said, “Get wiv da program,” on here for at least 2 winters. Congratulations.

  62. 62
    Usual suspects says:

    And here is the CEO

    The founder of Common Purpose

    says it all

  63. 63
    James Delingpole says:

    Don’t forget me.

  64. 64
    piss on the poor says:

    As a troll, Mr Cretin you are a waste of bandwidth. Now do the decent thing and fuck off.

  65. 65
    ffs what *! says:

    Billy,why are you using this monkier

  66. 66
    KGBeastie says:

    Anyone who can cut and paste is a genius for us

  67. 67
    Empty Edide Mossad says:

    I am getting a lashing for my cheap remarks…must consult Marx and Eddy “I’m terribly Sorry” Balls

  68. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I thought you licked my coments – now you have changered sides – piss on you not the poor

  69. 69
    piss on the poor says:

    Only a cretin would be keeping note of what has been said for the last two “winters” *rolls eyes*

    Do you wear an anorak while online???

  70. 70
    Gideon ben Moussa says:

    And Israel is surrounded and going down Eddie

    Submerged by its contempt for human rights

  71. 71
    a very wide circle says:

    Or low.

  72. 72
    piss on the poor says:

    nice try cretin. but that’s not the real Billy

  73. 73
    nell says:

    Colombia. wasn’t that where some i r a terr or ists went to escape justice and to train up some south american terr or ists?

  74. 74
    Churchill says:

    Some Standards

    Some Trust

  75. 75
    that's no lady says:

    Is it Billy?

  76. 76
    piss on the poor says:

    Surrounded by Syria, Jordan, Egypt, and the Lebanon where human rights are sacred.

  77. 77
    Mike Litorus says:

    Ah, the good old Salford Red Haired Shitbag apology, a master stroke if ever I saw one…

  78. 78
    lol! says:

    There’s plenty you need to admit!

  79. 79
    points mean prizes says:

    I don’t take any lectures from any halfwit wanker who says, “Get wiv da program,” so you can fuck right off.

  80. 80
    James Delingpole says:

    To dilute this intellectual discourse, let us wander into the realms of totally off-topicness for once:
    What was your first ever pseudonym and why?

    I’ll start: James Delingpole because it sounded posh.

  81. 81
    For what it's worth says:

    Piers M tweets that he still remains a fan of JH and commends him on his mea culpa. So that’s a big yes from ….

  82. 82
    normally quiet says:

    Utter, utter wankers.

  83. 83
    marxism by any other name says:

    The banality of evil strikes again.

  84. 84
    Anthony Flathead says:

    Anonymous. I couldn’t believe anyone else would be boring enough to use it.

  85. 85
    piss on the poor says:

    You just did

  86. 86
    points mean prizes says:

    No I didn’t as it happens, so you can now climb out of your 80 year old mums twin set and pearls that you’ve just jizzed all over, and be on your way, there’s a good little troll.

  87. 87
    Chief Running Jump says:

    Umm. I may have posted under “Nigel Singh” once or twice to placate the English politically correct brigade

  88. 88
    Andrew says:

    Does it occur to you that outside the media circus this is a non-story?

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Well worth watching from, “Seen Elsewhere.”

  90. 90
    points mean prizes says:

    No I didn’t as it happens

  91. 91
    Chancellor says:

    Further off-topicness. Austerity riots in Italy, Greece bankrupt, Eire, Portugal to follow, general industrial action looming in UK. Anyone feel sorry for bankers who have only got to 2019 to get their affairs in order?

  92. 92
    Dr. Brian Nadal says:

    I, once, posted as Hawkwind, I think, because I happened to be studying the universe through my twenty-incher with “Born To Go” blaring out on my iPod.

  93. 93
    The Rat-aTat-Tat-mystery says:

    Sick internet ‘troll’ who posted vile messages and videos is jailed for 18 WEEKS

    Read more:
    Magistrates heard how the alcoholic, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of autism in which sufferers have difficulties with communication and social interaction – trawled the internet.

    The loner, who lives on benefits pleaded guilty to two counts of sending malicious communications. Trolling is an offence under the Malicious Communications Act, which carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison. He left the messages because he wanted attention. ‘He was getting a response and a reaction from doing it. He didn’t understand the far-reaching implications of what he was doing. ’


  94. 94
    Fake Blood says:

    Sure that’s true but the more people made aware of the wholesale systematised laying of re left the better.

  95. 95
    give us a break says:

    Pretentious lefty, cheating bastard gets his comeuppance. It may not be big, but it’s very, very sweet.

  96. 96
    Louise says:

    Don’t forget George.

  97. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Anybody remember speedo shorts/troonite? Bet it’s him. Used to post the dead baby comments, the sick fucker.

  98. 98
    Fake Blood says:

    One filthy, lying cheat supports another. Plus ca change.

  99. 99
    piss on the poor says:

    No, tat’s still among us but it could be Troonite/Spaedo Shits

  100. 100
    Jimmy says:

    Well he doesn’t much care for having his “scoops” mocked. He’s such a sensitive soul.

  101. 101
    piss on the poor says:

    …alcoholic, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome – a form of autism in which sufferers have difficulties with communication and social interaction – trawled the internet.

    The loner, who lives on benefits

    Tat to a tee. Except tat is here tonight trying to bully Billy.

  102. 102
    Van Goff says:

    I said something using the moniker “Holborn Viaduct”, the logic behind it being that I would get two thumbs up.

  103. 103
    piss on the poor says:

    You did. Now fuck off.

  104. 104
    Gordon Brown says:

    I sometimes post under Josef Fritzl.
    I figure if you had to pick one of us to go on holiday with, it would be him.

  105. 105
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    What is this? The Prince Edward lookalike competition?

  106. 106
    Wikipedia edit by David R says:

    Guido is a terrorist.

  107. 107
    My Other Van's A Comma says:

    I started, out as Alan, Mullet. Made me laugh at the time.

  108. 108
    Anonymous Billy Botty says:


  109. 109
    piss on the poor says:

    Is that Guy Ritchie behind the prince?

  110. 110
    sounds familiar says:

    You’re obviously new here. Tat was at the very least in his early 50’s and up to a point politically literate, until he got into slanging matches with other blog users.

  111. 111
    AC1 says:

    Cziltang Brone – I liked its obscurity.

  112. 112
    piss on the poor says:

    Mocking scoops is not in the best of taste Jimmy. Neither is tormenting sensitive souls.

    I do believe that you are not a gentleman.

  113. 113
    points mean prizes says:

    Oh dear. Is that the best you can do you tedious little shit?

  114. 114
    piss on the poor says:

    i’m on your case pal

  115. 115
  116. 116
    AC1 says:

    No, the greatest eneny of the EUSSR, the truth.

  117. 117
    piss on the poor says:

    ….says tat trying to sow confusion

  118. 118
    piss on the poor says:

    Oh dear. Is that the best you can do you tedious little shit?

  119. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Please note that Jimmy didn’t stick around last night to refute Guido’s comment.

  120. 120
    Alex says:

    Boris Johnson was sacked by The Times a couple of decades ago for falsifying a single quote from his godfather, and quite rightly so – if a journalist does such things, they deserve to be fired.

    The fact that the Indy refuse to dismiss Hari for not only multiple transgressions as a journalist, but also for slandering several other journalists who committed the cardinal sin (in Hari’s eyes) of disagreeing with him, simply shows the whole world what a lousy rag it is.

    Makes me so glad that I’ve not bought a copy of it within the last 10 years or more.

  121. 121
    Bring Back Fagging says:

    I’ll hold my hands up. I was ‘Nasty Browsing Habit’ all along. I’m not sure why I did it James. Gay abandonment I suppose.

  122. 122
    points mean prizes says:

    You are Johann Hari, and I claim my £5.00

  123. 123
    piss on the poor says:

    What I want to know about this apology is:

    (1) Who did he lift it off? and

    (2) How much did he get paid for it?

  124. 124
    you ignorant twat says:


  125. 125
    Grumpyoldgit says:

    Sticking the knife into Hari but I notice no mention of re-arrest of Tory Lord Hanningfield, who has now had his collar felt over expenses fiddling at Essex CC. Clearly a twat for not coughing up while he had the chance.

  126. 126
    smoggie says:

    Phil O’Pastree and Silent Bob

  127. 127
    Peter Grimes says:

    Columbia? The university? Will this be a bit like that other self-claimed trick cyclist Leftist c..unt who claimed to have studied at a prestigious American university when, apparently, he only briefly attended the local high school equivalent? You know, the one married to the fat tv presenter with the big tits….. And arse.
    That c..unt is so off the radar now that I’ve even forgotten his name!

  128. 128
    smoggie says:

    The first I heard on Wogan’s. It creased him up.

  129. 129
    the definition of a twat says:

    Cato, a classic example of writing the same old shite and expecting something sensible to emerge.

  130. 130
    piss on the poor says:

    yes we all know what you’ll do with that fiver

  131. 131
    concrete pump says:

    I used to be concrete pump.

  132. 132
    Gordon Brown says:


  133. 133
    Grumpyoldgit says:

    To me it reads as a self justifying apology. Each regret is couched in such terms that it is not really an apology at all. Very little Mea Culpa, and definitely no Peccavi!

  134. 134
    piss on the poor says:

    yup, him alright

  135. 135
    piss on the poor says:

    That was his good deed for the week.

  136. 136
    Infuriated of West Mids says:

    Too right!

  137. 137
    lol! says:

    Christ on a bike. What a self-centred utter fuckwit!

  138. 138
    Red Lorry says:

    “Hari is apparently going to Columbia to study journalism”

    Do they not have enough coke in North London then?

  139. 139
    Billy Blowhard says:

    hang him!

  140. 140
    I.P. Address says:

    I “did” Brianonny once or twice.
    Sweet girl. Soft target. Mwaaaaaaaaahhh.

  141. 141
    lol! says:

    Get a fucking room ffs!

  142. 142
    Sir William Waad says:

    I have never felt the need to use a pseudonym.

  143. 143
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I have now decided that I will not be resigning as this could potentially ruin the blog. Having received dozens of messages of support and encouragement I will carry on with my unique brand of whit humour and vast political knowledge. If I were to go this place would be like Paris without the Eifel tower or London without Tower Bridge. I will redouble my efforts and seriously up the ante to love bomb any annoying dissenters and proudly be the first post on any new subject. I am standing by and ready.

  144. 144
    I.P. Address says:

    Good comment. What are you going to do about it?

  145. 145
    Ha, Ha!!! says:

    From the Graun:

    When the allegations first surfaced the then editor of the paper,
    Simon Kelner Wanker, described the plagiarism row as “fabricated anger” and “politically motivated”.

  146. 146
    Jimmy says:

    Jimmy did. Jimmy got modded.

  147. 147
    I.P. Address says:

    Don’t buy into the media. Your life will be much improved.

    Oh dear. I’m talking to a fucking ADDICT.

    Get help, dear.

  148. 148
    Doctor Mick says:

    Good comment. If you stripped away the leeches that feed off the thin air of current affairs, you would have seven million unemployed.

  149. 149
    nonces r us says:

    Why, do you wanna watch?

  150. 150
    Grumpyoldgit says:


  151. 151
    points mean prizes says:

    No, please enlighten us with your own wanky world view.

  152. 152
    Dennis Skin- up says:

    Is Chris Huhne driving him to the airport ?

  153. 153
    Polly Toynbee's dried-up vag says:

    Poor little Tat. You pwomised mummy in Heaven you wouldn’t cwy.

    Poor little tat, with your bwoken little mind.

    Don’t cwy, cwipple-brain tat. Don’t cwy. You pwomised mummy, didn’t you, tat?

  154. 154
    liar liar pants on fire says:

    OK Jimmy, now’s your chance to try again.

  155. 155
    Anonymous says:!/search/%23attackwatch


    don’t be rude about Obama or else

  156. 156
    The day a paper died. says:

    Independent of the truth more like.

  157. 157
    AC1 says:

    I also used to post under the pseudonym of Harman Pride.

  158. 158
    piss on the poor says:

    This is a pic of me, look at it and weep you sick fuckers.

  159. 159
    anon says:

    Not bought it for many, many years.

    Which do you think will go bust first – the Incrediblyboring or the Grauniad?

  160. 160
    anon says:

    Discredited ailing newspaper hangs on to discredited ailing journo.

    Or is it the other way around?

  161. 161
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I thought I’d try out autoerotic asphyxiation today, so I suspended myself by the neck in a wardrobe whilst masturbating furiously. I was just about to come when my feet slipped and I passed out.

    I was next aware of a blinding white light, from this holy light emerged a shadowy figure.

    “Are you St Peter?” I croaked.

    “No, I’m the manager of Homebase. Now get out of my shop you dirty bastard!”

  162. 162
    Jimmy says:

    Guido’s house, Guido’s rules. He is under no obligation to publish any comment he doesn’t like.

  163. 163
    fake billy watch says:

    FAIL! You couldn’t even make the fucking effort to write in any spelling mistakes FFS.

  164. 164
    AC1 says:

    wow sock puppet i never knew that.

  165. 165
  166. 166
    lovely lovely boys. boys boys boys says:

    Don’t worry Anon, he says that to all the boys.

  167. 167
    yawn...again with slight smile says:

    an improvement on teeth Billy

  168. 168
    Ed West says:

    Fair observation. I’m totally unemployable in the real world and don’t I know it?
    Nobody cares that The Titanic is holed below the water line and is about to sink, with all souls on deck typing shite as they sink below the waves.
    I could of taken O-Level Physics but decided to make my living through waffling so plumped for a degree in PPE.
    Err…..which end of this hammer am I supposed to hold?

  169. 169
    the old Dufflebag says:

    are you sure this wasn’t Hari in the wardrobe fine tuning his next incarnation

  170. 170
    Guido doesn't care about Billy says:

    Fuck off!

  171. 171
    socialists are malignant narcissists says:

    Which of course is why the left adored him so much. Kindred spirits and all that.

  172. 172
    Guido doesn't Care says:

    Fuck off !

  173. 173
    Guido doesn't Care says:


  174. 174
    Guido doesn't Care says:

    Fuck off

  175. 175
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    Hari is apparently going to Columbia to study coke snorting and writing more black gay incest short stories more like………

  176. 176
    Ichabod says:

    Oh how sweet ! Honestly that AWS comes across like a love struck teenager.

  177. 177
    Guido doesn't Care says:

    FUCK OFF !!

  178. 178
    labour just filth just filth says:

    UPDATE II: Hari is apparently going to Columbia to study journalism.

    Shame he isn’t going ON Columbia way for a very final mission to ….shame Uranus does go in there but whatever

  179. 179
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    Barry O Bummer now consigned to the future dustbin of one term presidency after the farce known as Attack Watch putters onto the scene….

  180. 180
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    When Lefties write about politics, fiction is invariably the bulk of their writings

  181. 181
    The Piss Soaked Tramp Formally Known As TAT! says:

    There has been three of us actually as the time has gone on….

    Read the old comments if you don’t believe me.

  182. 182
    AC1 says:

    A bit like Walter Duranty’s Pultizer prize?

  183. 183
    PissedasaParrot says:

    the joker could be a challenge but the guy in the skintight leather suit and his sidekick Cock Robin might find you entertaining just don’t go long on the sherberts..hic

  184. 184
    PissedasaParrot says:

    could I elect for an addogram…

    that is add letters but use none of the original word

    … c’unt

  185. 185
    Guido doesn't care about Billy says:

    Yes fuck off you c’unt, and the one that calls everyone that hates Billy TAT, you can fuck off too. Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaant

  186. 186
    albacore says:

    Johann Hari: “I hope, after a period of retraining, you will give me the chance.”
    Funny last line for a devotee of precision, that. Erm, who’s actually going to get this retraining, then – him or the “you” that he’s talking to?

  187. 187
    Guido doesn't Care says:


  188. 188
    Guido doesn't care about Billy says:

    Yep fuck off Billy

  189. 189
    Mr and Mrs 'Satisfied' from Essex says:

    now come on girls stop squabbling

  190. 190
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Twat, a classical example of the name accurately reflecting the person.

  191. 191
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    We’re waiting to hear that you’re going to Columbia to do an economics course Brown.

  192. 192
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    If you did PPE the least they should have taught you is that it’s ‘have’ not ‘of’.

  193. 193
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    They’ll amalgamate and call the result The Grind.

  194. 194
    Kevin T says:

    To the Independent:

    Congratulations, you are as much a disgrace to journalism as he is.

  195. 195
    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    People believed Duranty at the time because he wrote for the ‘right papers’…

    Gareth Jones got it absolutely right about Stalin and his crimes, yet he was slated at the time because he wrote for the ‘right wing’ papers.

  196. 196
    Kevin T says:

    Note there was no admission or apology that he made up quotes from “sources”. Hard to prove, that one, I suppose, regardless of how obvious he was doing it!

    Also no mention of the little sex story “David Rose” wrote about buggering his underage brother.

  197. 197
    non believer says:

    Good God Guido, even by your standards this is a disjointed mess of chinese whisper bullshit and half heard rumours. A bunch of contradictory updates within a couple of hours is just fucking pointless.

  198. 198
    Dick the Prick says:

    Derek Draper ‘I am studying in Berkeley not at Berkeley’

    Johan Hari ‘I am studying in Columbia not at Columbia’

  199. 199
    British Public Opinion says:

    you’ve either lost the plot or just a monumental tit….but full marks for perserverence….alas unfortunately not even johann hari will ever be accused of plagarising your postings Billy.

  200. 200
    Anonymous says:

    What a f@cking sh1tc@nt.

  201. 201
    Aunt Hilda says:

    I suspect that as a writer it is feasible to actually write something word for word that someone else has written and probably impossible to not do so if you are producing any serious output but theme and textural lifting is so obvious it is not a rational man’s route to literary fame.

  202. 202
    Rob says:

    “Hari is apparently going to Columbia to study journalism”

    Or maybe a “beak” break in the sun.

  203. 203

    And you have to go to school to learn not to lie, slander and plagiarise?

    So, did the Indy actually have any ability to destroy?

  204. 204
    Aunt Hilda says:

    warmly helped along by a bunch of african states with nodding border controls
    only too pleased to shelter the scum

  205. 205
    Moral Relativism says:

    If it had been a Daily Mail contributor, The Independent, The Guardian and BBC would have been screaming blue murder. But Hari’s fraud was perpetrated for the greater good.

  206. 206
    C. Ashbaque says:

    “I will be undertaking a programme of journalism training”

    Amateur hoon working for an amateur rag.

    The entire episode defines the word “pathetic”

    Won’t stop the rag calling for resignations from all and sundry in the real world when they lie through their teeth.

  207. 207
    oooops says:

    I’ve lost count years ago

  208. 208
    Mata Hari says:

    The stamp of someone else’s authenticity.

  209. 209
    Billy Kicks Arse says:

    Well, if it’s in the Graun, it must be true

  210. 210
    Billy Kicks Arse says:

    Ah yes! Good point

    So will Hari be in Columbia or at Columbia

  211. 211
    Billy Kicks Arse says:

    Jesus, you mong – change the record

  212. 212
    the definition of a twat says:

    ie, you.

  213. 213
    Billy Kicks Arse says:

    Perhaps not, but he has plenty of imitators

    Sincerest form of flattery and all that…

  214. 214
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (the original fake) says:

    Does anybody recognise the similarity between Billy and piss on the poor. When Billy reverted to an alter ego last week after he had a couple of new ones torn, he also picked a character that had different politics (or should that be politocs) to his own. Fuck off Billy/Piss

  215. 215
    Billy Kicks Arse says:

    Please follow your own advice

  216. 216
    Mick says:

    Newsnight will be doing a biased article on Johann Hari this evening

  217. 217
  218. 218
    Jimmy says:

    How dare you. I’d have you soundly whipped if I hadn’t recently learned that tories enjoy that sort of thing.

  219. 219
    nell says:

    No doubt harikariwhatsisname will be out and about interviewing the million or so public workers who are going ‘ to throw the country into chaos’ on November 30th.

    Since that million will only be the tip of the iceberg, how many public sector nonjob workers did gordon and his henchman manage to employ in the dying years of that labour government? And how much are they costing us now in salaries, nic and pension payments?!

  220. 220
    Anonymous says:

    i always thought thick as thieves was stalinslav the polish plumber

  221. 221
    annette curton says:

    I fear your interpretation of the English language would be lost on the Hari’s of this world.

  222. 222
    nell says:

    A nice bedtime story or last thought for the day – ‘the end of the euro will mean the end of the eu’ dearandrew thinks that’s a disaster – he’s wrong it will be the beginning of better times.

  223. 223
    nell says:

    That’s OK Cato. Under labour, uni students were told that it was old fashioned and unnecessary to be able to spell or even write a decent sentence.

    So long as you had a btec in ‘ how to claim benefits’ you were regarded as first class uni material.

  224. 224
  225. 225
    Ah! Monika says:

    Bedtime Story below , plus your comment. I’m not going to bed. Can’t face the nightmares

  226. 226
    Jack Carter says:

    Fuck me. It’s like a scene from The Omen.

  227. 227
    Fuck the BBC says:

    Emily Maitlis virtually gave the editor of the Indy a blow job on Newsnight. Funny how the BBC go soft on their friends. Ed Testicles got off scott free for 13 years of fucking incompetence, why the BBC think this blinky eyed stuttering mong is in any way qualified to tell the current government how to run the economy is beyond me.

  228. 228
    Fuck the BBC says:

    Nice photo. I’m not really that bothered about anything but maybe I should be :)

  229. 229
    Johann Hari says:

    Bastards, all of you. I shall return (via Antarctica) from Columbia in triumph with a starred first degree under my arm, like what my friend David Rose has got. They will beg me to take the Orwell Prize back but I shall refuse. The nation, well Polly anyway, will rejoice at my return.

  230. 230
    And what's more says:

    Here’s the gist of my first story post retraining

    A MAN who tried out a beauty fad for bathing with live eels was left in agony — when one slipped up his willy.

  231. 231
    Ed West says:

    This is disgraceful conduct. I’ll be tuning in to this blog to check there isn’t more of the same. Utter depravity.

  232. 232
    Denny Schindler says:

    More please.

  233. 233
    Greg Pasty says:

    That looks like modern art to me. I’d pay a pound for it.

  234. 234
    Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

    “So second, I am going to take an unpaid leave of absence from The Independent until 2012, and at my own expense I will be undertaking a programme of c-nt training.

  235. 235
    Sue Donym says:

    Are you suggesting than some posters on here don’t use their real names ?
    I’m stunned.

  236. 236
    BBC says:

    That will be £145-50 please.
    No it’s not optional either you HAVE to pay.

  237. 237
    DV8 says:

    Can’t see the logs for trees.

  238. 238
    joescotus says:

    we have been forced to wait two fuckin months so this cabal of rancid lefty fucktards can engineer an escape route. “how the fuck can we extricate our star top talent from the morass he alone created

    dont big up his hopes for redemption he will forever be lauded as the constant lying cuunnt that he admits to

  239. 239
    joescotus says:

    remember the spat the fragrant johann had with r. littlejohn ahemm are you listening johann “you couldnt make it up” . youve been making it up for the last ten years you stinking lefty hypocrite cunnt

  240. 240
    Bowden needs to resign from this blog says:

    Johann Hari sayes
    “I’ve written so many articles over the years laying bare and polemicising against the errors and idiocies of other people. This time, I am writing an article laying bare and polemicising against the errors and idiocies of myself. If you give it out, you have to take it. If you demand high standards of others, you have to be just as damning when you fail to uphold them yourself”.

    Billy could learn from this guy.

  241. 241
    b34 says:

    will hari be studying AT or IN Columbia?

  242. 242
    Johann Hari says:

    Do you know that is exactly what he said to me when I interviewed him.

  243. 243
    jgm2 says:

    If the Orwell prize can make a fraud allegation stick then he might not be able to tick all the right boxes on his vis application.

    Like Will Straw getting busted out of the US when his drug-dealing past came to life. Allegedly.

    Thanks dad.

  244. 244
    jgm2 says:

    Polly proclaimed the Maximum Imbecile as a genius and look how well that worked out.

    As a ‘spotter’ of genius she’s as reliable as a 100 year old FIAT.

  245. 245
    jgm2 says:

    Bogota probably. Or Medellin.

    An education not to be sniffed at.

  246. 246
    I'm impressed says:

    You know who he is?

  247. 247
    Radge says:


    I don’t get it. You at like anyone gives a … that this nonentity has been fecked out. Who was he anyway?

  248. 248
    Lord Lavender et al says:

    Best be careful. That stuff can plaige your ism!

  249. 249
    George Osborne says:

    Snort !

  250. 250
    for the record says:

    whit and eifel are incorrectly typed

  251. 251
    smoggie says:

    Not a single spelling mistake in “piss on the poor”s posts yet Billy has several in every one. Apart from that, there’s no similarity at all.

  252. 252
    albacore says:

    But don’t we have it on the very best authority that the guy’s a literary genius? I wouldn’t have the brass neck to manipulate his words so as to clarify what the inner man really meant to say, of course. Still, might Dr Strangelove conceivably have expressed it as, “Schveinhunds! Ve haf vays of making you see sense!”?

  253. 253
    smoggie says:

    First Class reply!

  254. 254
    smoggie says:

    I believe you. The funny one has long gone, the really nasty one from Reading is now in prison and we’re just left with you – the tedious fucker who’s mission in life seems to be to stop Billy from posting. You can’t even manage that.

  255. 255
    Marmite says:

    I wonder what the collective name is for bullies?
    Guido, you really do have some nasty little snots blogging. I just hope they’re p@ssed, which wouldn’t excuse their behaviour, but would make sense. If not, well……………. Remember, bullies are cowards & nasty little arseh@les.

  256. 256
    Oh dear says:

    If the Indy don’t sack him, I won’t be reading it again – and I’m not even one of your reactionary windowlickers Guido!

    Absolute disgrace what he did. If they won’t sack him, can any of the his interview subjects take legal action for him putting words in their mouths?

    Go back and read his ‘The Dark Side of Dubai’ – it’s so obvious now that a great deal of it was just made up completely. Loads of anonymous subjects giving him perfect quotes. Gay Saudi army privates with perfect English necking ecstasy in a gay bar? Don’t think so Johann!

  257. 257
    smoggie says:

    Jim it doesn’t work like that. If your post doesn’t get through, then it has been automodded – i.e. it contains one or more of the forbidden words* which the software detects and holds. It is then held in queue until Guido can be ar­sed to review it. It may be allowed through by him or deleted.

    In the case where a post is subsequently deleted after you have posted, then that is Guido actively moderating.

    Certain forbidden words are obvious, such as racial slurs – the n-word or similar. Unfortunately if an innocuous word or name might include such a forbidden word and hold up the post. This is why you often see petulant complaints like, “What was wrong wiv dat, Guido!!!??”

    For instance I once mentioned Terry W­o­­gan. It was modded, simply because his surname contains the W-word. Similarly you can’t say, *sni­g­ger*.

    For some reason, which I am at a loss to explain, any word containing ‘p­e­a’ is modded, such as sp­e­ak.

    There are ways round this, obviously, or this would not have been posted.

    The point is, don’t take it personal if any of your posts don’t get through and don’t give up – you are our favourite lefty!

  258. 258
    Bob Swinger says:

    Is this not the same sort of thing as that bloke who posted nasty stuff online about a dead teenage girl and got sent to prison for Malicious Communications or something? Surely changing Wikipedia to accuse someone of being an anti-Semite or a homophobe is also that?

  259. 259
    Twitterati says:

    He will be gong to journalist school to learn how to spell “Cheat” and “liar” and “wanker”

  260. 260
    Twitterati says:

    Most college students can only claim benefits if they know how to copy and paste from wikipedia.

    Most uni students can only do it if Marx has told them how.

  261. 261
    Twitterati says:

    Fear not. Lefties will always rally round to keep their favourite porn supply going.

  262. 262
    Lou Scannon says:

    How do we know he’s sent back the original ? I hope someone checks its precise wording.

  263. 263
    What is News? says:

    The Indy is just a left-wing opinion rag, so its contributors are allowed to have opinions providing they fully adhere to the approved diktat.

    If they can’t think of any opinion it will be provided by the Marxists, told they are being ‘creative’ and rewarded with plush offices and further indoctrination.

    Occasionally one of their mindless drones will ask a stupid question like “What is this thing called news?” but happily they are soon corrected.

  264. 264
    Yoyo Hari says:

  265. 265
    So-called socialists says:

    Liebour have been whipping working ordinary people for years and you never noticed?

    They get off on the strangest things…

  266. 266
    Unfuckingbelievable says:

  267. 267
    Anonymous says:

    True, you just to become inured to them. You sound a little too sensitive for the rough and ready world of blogging.

  268. 268
    Menachem Bowden says:

    Gilad Shalit ~ גלעד שליט
    יוזמה יפה לחג של קניוני ישראל – נכנסים, בוחרים עמותה
    והם מעבירים אליה תרומה. אתם גם נהנים מהנחה בקניונים.
    שתהיה שנה טובה לכולנו

  269. 269
    not a machine says:

    The Hari times (epilogue)
    I would like to appologise to all my readers who adored my journalism over the years , I know it makes some of you feel a little stupid , they were embellishments to make left wing jouranalism more readable and interesting , I was only following what the labour party was doing , making it up , living up on the expenses , a little spin and linguistic fraud never really did any harm , after all most of the labour front bench are still drawing a tax payer salary and they were so much better at it than me .
    My employers have accepted my explanation of events and my appology , and they really are so lucky I just didnt resign after all the unfair publicity , I will be still be paid by the paper despite admitting to have another darker personality that desires to abuse anyone who disagrees with what I have to say , and i am hoping that no one will notice that a “vile troll ” has just been sent down for making terrible remarks on dead peoples web pages .
    So off to the USA to do some studies , I dont really need them , as I have such an amazing imagination , somthing which Mother Terresa once said to me when we met .

  270. 270
    bergen says:

    Come back in 2012? That could be as little as 15 weeks’ time. Not the Indy will be taken seriously after this fiasco anyway. It might be kinder to put the paper out of its misery now.

  271. 271
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    I see now this government are to scrap sell by dates
    so now the shops can legally sell us rotting food at full price !
    any item that is past it’s sell by date should be binned ,
    like this coalition !

  272. 272
    Sarah Twat the twitty tweeter says:

    I don’t think it’s fair! Nobody complained about all the scams that Gordon got up to.

    Do you want me to turn over yet dear?

  273. 273
    Hari Kari says:

    Let’s do it now!

  274. 274
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Only channel 4 could turn gypo’s and whores into celebrities

  275. 275
    Paul says:

    Who is Johann Harri?

  276. 276
    A sleb pi k e y says:

    It’s coz we’re worf it

    want yer drive done over wiv tarmac – trees trimmed – anyfing?

  277. 277
    SPAD says:

    Guido, ready-made photo caption comp?

  278. 278
    Iain Duncan Smith says:

    There is a link between poverty and rioting. Hug a hoodie and keep those trainers under lock and key!

  279. 279
    Tubbie bye byes says:

    Dave Pickering appears to be a fucking lunatic.

  280. 280
    Hari-kiri says:

    Anyone interested in some gay incest stories?

  281. 281
    Rubbish says:

    A private one which not be published?! I am sure many things are considered private but they publish them anyway. Osborne’s cocaine and S&M past for example – I doubt he wanted that on the front page of The Independent.

  282. 282
    You would believe it says:

    Sally wants to do a wife swap with the Jippo

  283. 283
    Charles Flaccidwidger says:

    Have always been Charles Flaccidwidger in deference to the legendary socialist poster Charles E Hardwidge who was here often, bigging up the Scottish Bogey Muncher. Oh and I think he claimed to have invented the internet or something.

  284. 284
    Anonymous says:

    he’s a fat shite

  285. 285
    Elvis says:

    No doubt Polly will tell him that he’s the injured party instead of being a pompous, pretentious, plagiarising player of the pink oboe.

  286. 286
    Jimmy says:

    I don’t take it personally. I fully accept Guido’s right as blog owner not to allow any post which upsets him or makes him look foolish.

    I thought the automod was designed to catch words referring to Guido’s past, like b@nkrupt or beeyenpee

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