January 10th, 2012

Dirty Hari Returning to Indy in “Four or Five Weeks”

Despite Chris Blackhurst admitting that the paper’s reputation had suffered great damage at the hands of Johann Hari, the Indy editor also confirmed to Leveson, taking a sip of water and looking directly into the camera,  that the disgraced fraudster will be “returning as a columnist” in the next four or five weeks. He’s banned from conducting interviews though…

Apparently the fact Hari produced a doctor’s note saying he was mental was enough to satisfy the internal investigation, and subsequently the fearless inquiry into press ethics. No mention of late night racist, incest fantasy stories though..


  1. 1
    Mr Trikk says:

    You couldn’t make it up… oh, hang on

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

    Is this not the same as Damian Mcbride and Derek Draper coming back into the labour party fold?

    Not that Labour would do that..

  3. 3
    Rust says:

    Unbelievable. Some would say he s sleeping with the right people. I wouldn’t of course.

  4. 4
    Ed Tourette says:

    We need all the friendly journos we can get – shag, c*un*t, soapy titty wank!

  5. 5
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Hypocrisy and Mendacity – in Liebour’s D-N-A.

  6. 6
    Joss Taskin says:

    Will his column appear in the ‘Fiction’ section then ?

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  8. 8
    Ask Wee Dougie says:

  9. 9
    Old boys club says:

    Unbelievable levels of hypocrisy from the indy.

  10. 10
    Mr Ed the talking arse says:

    Hari doesn’t need to conduct interviews. Why bother when you can invent the whole thing? A lesson not learned. Quality journalism – NOT.

  11. 11
    Emperor Rumpy says:

    Because it is your silly little island’s job to do as I tell you

  12. 12
    Stepney says:

    Having a Doctor’s note proving that you are a frothing carpet-chewing nutter is listed as no2 in the Essential Qualities section of the Independent’s Columnist Job Specification.


    “Is this sodomy?” he asked, half in Earnest, and then leaning back in his chair and absent-mindedly brushing a piece of fluff from his jacket. “Ask not what your country can do for you..”he says “Ask (etc ad nauseam)

  13. 13
    Private Eyewash says:

    I would cancel my subscription if I’d ever had one

  14. 14
    Chinky bear keeper says:

    perhaps hari and lee jasper can collaborate on their wiki editing activities and flights of fantasy

  15. 15
    Johann Hari says:

    In fairness, I DIDN’T seek to publish that interview with Ed Miliband in which he said he was looking to screw his brother…

  16. 16
    smoggie says:

    Well at least there’s an interview with Colonel Gaddaffi to look forward to. I am most interested to hear what the Colonel thinks of the Libyan revolution.

  17. 17
    Sir Trev says:

    Perhaps Hari will be editor of the Indys new supplemental Fiction Magazine!

  18. 18
    I'm a doctor, trussed me says:

    Apparently the fact Hari produced a doctor’s note saying he was mental was enough to satisfy the int….

    Written by whom?

  19. 19
    Hari says:

    I have nothing to declare but my genius!

  20. 20
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    Come on spunk
    make my gay!

  21. 21
    David Rose says:

    Well Said!

  22. 22
    David returns to the political arena with his usual insightfulness says:

    Ask Ed you pratt. He’s the one with his finger on the pulse. Or maybe not.

  23. 23
    David Rose says:

    Fair point – well made

  24. 24
    Question ! says:

    What’s independent about the indy?

  25. 25
    MacGuffin says:

    Did Hari actually turn up in New York for his journalism classes or has he been bonking Thai ladyboys for the past six months?

  26. 26
    Dr wee Jonny Reid says:

    I’m a reel Doktor you wee timourous Sassenach you and i’ll club anyone of yee who says I am no

  27. 27
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    This poof walks into a newspaper and asks
    Can I have a job?
    The editors says
    Of course
    the bogs are down there as you know full well

  28. 28
    Alan Rentnob says:

    He used to suck anyone off at college, a right slut

  29. 29
    Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

    He has to have something pretty special on Blackhurst to be re-engaged.

    Surely Lebedev has an opinion on this

  30. 30
    Fish says:

    Stop Press: City give their response to Mili’s failed relaunch. FTSE up nearly 1.6%, just broken 5700

  31. 31
    a non says:

    Seppuku by groups or individuals always was a ceremonial spectator sport so I assume with Guido’s penchant for food today it must be the Indy’s hari-kuri moment….

  32. 32
    Fees Office Clerk says:

    Ed Milibland: “the next government will inherit a deficit whoever governs after 2015″

    Did he mean ‘deficit’ or ‘debt’ ?

  33. 33
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:


  34. 34
    Thai Lady Boys says:

    Steady on!

    We’re not that desperate!

  35. 35
    David Rose says:

    About time to, Johann is a journalistic lion, his integrity and that of the Independent are beyond reproach.
    This whole witch hunt has been orchestrated by extreme right wing, homophobic racists, because Johann’s writings, intellect and bravura, intimidates their feeble worldview.

    Welcome back Johann, take the sword of truth and the shield of honesty and fight the good fight once again!

  36. 36
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    I bet Ed Milliband runs like a spastic

    His knees probably get more knocks than a brothel door

  37. 37
    Sandra says:

    Hari is going to get slaughtered every time he publishes.

    Imagine hundreds of concerned members of the public writing to him asking for proof of his output & for supporting evidence for every nuanced word he writes?

    This is going to be fun – & I cannot believe the utter naivety of the Indy.

  38. 38
    Trundler says:

    It seems incredible that this journo who has such a bad reputation that he probably wouldn’t get the job of listings editor for a local newspaper is being taken back as a columnist on a national daily.

    Taking back Hari makes the Indy look very bad indeed.

  39. 39
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    We’ll find out when Ed learns the difference.

  40. 40
    Johann Rose says:

    Does Hari have a brother?

  41. 41
    Polly's Villa in Tuscany says:


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

    Oh you are cheeky, but I like you :)

  43. 43
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Diane Abbott says that Hari’s writings have all been taken out of context.

  44. 44
    Ed Miliwatt says:

    Shouldn’t that be Blockhurst?

  45. 45
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Yes, his name is Kari.

  46. 46
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Miliband has a deficit. Well maybe several.

  47. 47
    Selohesra says:

    cue picture of Ed pushing lentil round huge desk in big office with his index finger

  48. 48
    Selohesra says:

    I think she will find that his writings have just been taken from someone else’s work

  49. 49
    The General Public says:

    Welcome back Johann, you lying fat sack of sh*t.

  50. 50
    a non says:


  51. 51
    Kim Jong-Ed says:

    Independent from reality.

  52. 52
    Johann Hari says:

    Actually, I was auditing Gordon Brown’s lectures at NYU. Or not. Believe what you will; I don’t have to prove myself to anyone.

  53. 53
    un believer says:

    What’s your problem with Johann?

    I’d have thought the lickspittle Kelvin Mackenzie fanatics here (including the proprietor) would have supported someone following Mr Mackenzies credo:

    “When I published those stories, they were not lies. They were great stories that later turned out to be untrue — and that is different. What am I supposed to feel ashamed about?”

  54. 54
    Kim Jong-Ed says:

    I cannot believe anyone will by a paper who employ proven serial lying journalists

  55. 55
    Johhan Sebastian Hari says:

    Krishna ?

  56. 56
    Sham 69 says:

    Come on, come on
    Hurry up Hari come on

  57. 57
    Fake Blood says:

    Fuck off David you torturing bastard.

  58. 58
    Chinky bear keeper says:

    probably just the halo effect of rolling around laughing at milli-minor acting all important and grown up.

  59. 59
    Chinky bear keeper says:

    as a socialist, when you claim you are all smarter and much nicer than the opposition – it would help if you were actually honest and smarter and nicer … rather than just lying, two faced, plagiarising pack of hypocrites.

  60. 60
    bald old git says:

    David Rose MD?

  61. 61
    roy says:

    Leroy Jones?

  62. 62
    A Labour Voting Lunatic says:

    Yes Labour propaganda oq left wing media is full of delusional nutcases. There is still no cure for these poor deluded souls who write the tripe and for those who read and believe the tripe that has been written.

  63. 63
    The Gouranga Bus says:

    Hari? Krisna?

  64. 64
    bergen says:

    They must be clean off it at the Indy if they think people will take them seriously whilst Hari is still a columnist. It will have to be placed on the shelves with the Dandy and the Beano (and be far less entertaining).

  65. 65
    Jayle Bird says:

    You were once in charge there so there must be somebody who remembers you who could answer your question. Still, probably saves us a 100k a year by cutting that position.

  66. 66
    Ex-Conservative voter says:

    I must concede that I have read the Indy since 1986 (the TV listings used to be very funny, and Brian Harris’s photos were very good) but I have stopped reading it because of Hari.

    Well Done, Indy Editor!

  67. 67
    un believer says:

    So it’s OK to lie as long as you have a right wing bent (as it were)?

    btw if you’re calling me a socialist you can wash your mouth out with soap and then go and fuck yourself, and then fuck right off.

  68. 68
    Jayle Bird says:

    It’s Kiri actually. That was like one of Joh’s little detail hiccups.

  69. 69
    Jayle Bird says:

    I’ll see your malam and raise you a pagi.

  70. 70
    Labour=Looter's Friend says:

    Apparently he’s got interviews with Lord Lucan and Shergar lined up.

  71. 71
    jaykay says:

    So, as an ex-Conservative you found solace in the left-wing, climate change loving ravings of loonies like Steve Richards and Hari Kari. Your tale could only have been more unbelievable if you claimed to have switched to The Guardian.

  72. 72
    The General Public says:

    Only socialists use the word “lickspittle” – you’re busted mate.

  73. 73
    un believer says:

    Socialists like Phillip Davies (who I presume you know to be a prominent right wing Tory backbencher) when he described the Lib Dems as “Lickspittle Euro fanatics” or the hordes of (I presume) Tories / Libertarians on here who use the term too?


  74. 74
    Lick my volvo says:


  75. 75
    Rose Davidson says:

    You mean late night racist incest PAEDOPHILE fantasy stories.

    Mental? Of course he’s mental. They all are at the Unreadian and the Insolvent. How else would you describe people who rate Ed Miliband? Polly is clearly out of her tree. They’re still not allowed to make up stories.

  76. 76
    Ol' Blue Eyes says:

    That would be mean and beneath us.

    Fun though!

  77. 77
    Troug says:

    He’s an ANGRY elf!

  78. 78
    Passing Thought says:

    Round of applause for that reply :D

  79. 79
    Jasmin Alibi Cunt says:

    You dont have to be mad to work here, but it fucking helps, said Blackhurst


  80. 80
    Peter Grimes says:

    But you forget that ol’ JugEars Marr used to be the editor – he really set the standards, didn’t he!

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    That porn he wrote was paedo porn too. How has he not even been arrested??

  82. 82
    Arsehole says:

    I wonder what Dame Piggy Toynbee’s reaction to the gay incest porn is??
    Outrage or a big vegatable?

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Exactly-out of context.

  84. 84

    Question: If fatty Hari HADNT been a left-wing republican h*m*, would he have got off so lightly and been returned so speedily? Answers on a postcard please.

  85. 85
    Polythesis says:

    Hey, give the man some respect, he not only wrote war and peace, the declaration of independence, the bible AND assisted Marx in writing Das Kapital where he instructed Marx in anti capitalist rhetoric, he is perhaps the most respected author and journalist alive today.

  86. 86
    Leroy Jones says:

    I agree. So does my little bitch of a brother.

    (Sucks teeth).

  87. 87
    Leroy Jones says:

    Did you say something about screwing brothers?

  88. 88
    David Rose says:

    How my little Johann learned to be a celebrated lefty journalist

    I had been publishing left-wing-flavours-of-the-month ever since I was seventeen, when a middle-aged guy in a journalists’ bar sidled up to me and asked if I was “in charge” of the boy I was with. He pointed towards Johann, my boyfriend, who was in the year below me at public school, a sweet-lipped, fat-assed, plagiarising bottom-bitch. Maybe it is because I look smug that he assumed I was a Broadsheet editor.

    Johann was pretty innocent — he had only ever been published by me and one of
    my friends — but in that moment, the idea that had never crossed my mind
    before, the idea of disseminating his freshly made-up shite, made my readership stir.

    You might see us around, my boy and me. I’m the one with the sharp suit and the dwindling readership. He’s the one with the big ass, staring at his editor with silent love, ready at a moment’s order to write some preachy left-wing shite or to go on a ‘journalism course’ for his boss. If you see us, come say hi and get your wallet ready. I have lots of fit, prime boys you can read every day — and one very special one you can’t.

  89. 89
    Richard Gott - KGB nark, and Guardian Journalist says:

    All sorts of unsavoury individuals are allowed to become scribblers these days.

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    I get paid to make shit up in my head says:

    Journalism is such a noble profession.

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    Jabba the Cat says:

    Naturally, the desktop bereft of any other objects so that Milimong is not distracted…

  93. 93
    joescotus says:

    hari is morally &professionally fucked end of.

  94. 94
    Pte Jones says:

    Aye laddie, tell us the one about sending troops to Afghanistan and not a single shot would be fired.

    That was a fucking cracker!

  95. 95
    Jimmy P says:

    We’re going down the pub (lisher)

  96. 96
    idonotbelieveit says:

    I for one look forward to his return – as long as comments are enabled!!

  97. 97
    Phany Stroaker says:

    I’m looking for somewhere to store a tent-pole, about 7 foot long by 6 inches in diameter. Any suggestions, Jo?

  98. 98
    Sarah Cracknell says:

    He’s banned from conducting interviews though

    Bet that would not stop him turning up quotes

  99. 99
    Sarah Cracknell says:


    He is so good he is even writing this!

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