May 23rd, 2012

Andrew Pierce is a Thief – An Occasional Series

What a remarkable similarity between Bill Swanson’s letter published in the Telegraph on the 16th and Andrew Pierce’s column four days later.

UPDATE: This is not the first time Andrew Pierce has done this.

See also: Andrew Pierce Goes All Hari On Us and An Open Letter to Paul Dacre.


  1. 1
    Fuck it. says:

    Doesnt he have form Guido?

  2. 2
    Johann Hari says:

    A man after my own heart.

  3. 3
    Spangles says:

    I was just going to mention you Johann.

  4. 4
    You know it makes sense says:

    Useless calls Balls “a muttering idiot”

    vote ukip

  5. 5
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha! You’ve flushed him out, he’s on the run now.

    This will wipe the smug grin off his face.

  6. 6
    Marmite says:

    No, I will NOT vote UKRAP; now bog off and make dopey sophie a cuppa.

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    The home of muttering idiots…

  8. 8
    Steve Miliband says:

    Man has same thought as another man and puts in writing

  9. 9
    Except..... says:

    “What a remarkable similarity between Bill Swanson’s letter published in the Telegraph on the 16th and Andrew Pierce’s column four days later.”

  10. 10
    Andy Coulson says:

    Never trust a “Tory Boy”
    Kevin Maguire will be pissing himself laughing !

  11. 11
    Normantons combine harvester says:

    The UK may be free soon enough with Hopeless and Useless in charge.

    As for the othese other looney tunes they’ll keep on voting for the socialists whatever you say even if it does make sense

  12. 12
    Loungelizard says:

    Why do I picture UKIP HQ as being in a derelict control tower on an abandoned air field somewhere in the south east.

  13. 13
    Tears from Piers says:

  14. 14
    Raving Loon says:

    No, it’s an old pub in Yorkshire, and all the punters are wearing double breasted suits and regimental ties.

  15. 15
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    This blog has turned from being about tittle-tattle about Westminster to being tittle-tattle about tittle-tattlers. Like that “need-a-Tory-in-Downing-St.-as-well” thought hadn’t occurred to, oh, I dunno, EVERYONE?

  16. 16
    Bibi Natanyahu says:

    Well done micro Guido

    Sock it to them

    We want to get the whole of the Western world involved in the Third World War to save me

  17. 17
    Confucius says:

    The Western World it is exploding…

  18. 18
    Mutter says:

    Cameron should’ve said “I withdraw my comment. Of course what I meant to say was ‘The muttering c and nazi piece of shit arsewipe fuckwit wankstain who destroyed the economy and left us a country in tatters.'”

  19. 19
    smoggie says:

    “I wish I’d said that.”

    “You will, Andrew, you will !”

  20. 20
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Those places look like something out of a strangely sinister TV series from the late 60s or 1970s.

    Thats perhaps your link.

  21. 21
    The Major says:

    G and T please Fawlty!

  22. 22
    Sir William Waad says:

    Mr Swanson also phrased the point better than Andrew Pierce. His letter is punchier and more precise. For instance, you can really only ‘arrest’ something that is moving or progressing, whereas the left-wing bias at the Beeb is a seemingly immovable object. He could have used ‘end’ or ‘mitigate’.

  23. 23
    Apres moi le déluge says:

    And have zimmer frames. I walked past a hall that had a meeting about “Britain in Europe” a couple of years ago and the incidence of zimmer frames among the arriving punters was immense.

  24. 24
    smoggie says:

    Purple noses and cheeks like ordnance survey maps, dribbling down their grey beards into their frothy real ales ….

    ..and that’s just the wimmin.

  25. 25
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Maybe. But it didn’t occur to the voters. (of general election or leadership contest)

  26. 26

    Guido, I bet you could have heard the same comment in any Conservative social club around the country. How many times have we seen the same comments posted by contributors to this blog?

    I’ll give Pierce the benefit of the doubt on this occasion.

  27. 27
    John D Monkey says:

    No copyright on ideas…especially obvious ones.

  28. 28
    Blind leading blind says:

    Good job there’s a blogger who can read and copy out bits of the newspapers for us

  29. 29
    scrotie says:

    no denial there eh Piers? great ‘Ulreka Moment’

  30. 30
    Lady Marmalade of Chutneyshire says:

    What a cheating, horse-toothed wanker!!!

  31. 31
    Anonymous says:

    Just heard that Camoron called Balls a muttering idiot on PMQ’s.

    Dave clearly doesn’t know what projection is, i.e. suspecting something about yourself at a subconscious level and projecting this quality onto another person.

    Clearly Dave has been suspecting what the rest of us have realised for some time, i.e. that he is a moron with no ideas, and projected this onto the person with seemingly sound economic ideas.

    I really wish Dave would do something about his rage at PMQ’s which he seems to see as a valid alternative to answering questions.

    Warsi would be much better at PMQ’s – and as leader?

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    The thing is, though, similar expressions of frustration in Cameron have been made here – independently of Mr. Swanson. While Pierce may or may not have nicked other works in the past it’s quite possible he came to this particular conclusion on his own. In this case I’d be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    As if to prove this very point I just wrote my comment (Number 31 @6:36pm), then scrolled down a bit and came across yours. The similarities between the two are uncanny. I didn’t plagiarise yours – honest.

  34. 34
    londonstatto says:

    One would think he wouldn’t plagiarise things that are, to coin a phrase, complete bollocks.

  35. 35
    Forkbender says:

    That guy looks as if he has had a big surprise from behind or is that his normal expression

  36. 36
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    The reality of EUKIP is a totally useless shower who are solely interested in troughing the EUSSR expenses as long as possible…

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen that line many times. It’s practically a meme now.

  38. 38
    All socialists now says:

    What a remarkable similarity between Tony Blair and David Cameron 13 years later.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    David Cameron was right, Ed Balls was constantly talking in PMQs, i dont understand why the squeaker allows that!

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    We could also do with a man as leader of the opposition instead we have Ed Milliband.

  41. 41
    Oh really says:

    Magoo maguire – is nothing but a dope; hes been caught out spinning for his unionmeisters too many times.

    Who from Bournemouth’s got him boxed in already?

    The e-mails and the recorded calls Magoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. 42
    Another one bites the dust says:

    The most senior Lickspittals across the suppress and mad media are starting to drop like flies.

    Their Circus of self-engrandisment is all but blown away. And the house of cards that they pump up as Circus Parliament is no better than a pit of snakes. ASSSSSPiring snakes.

  43. 43
    Trahison des Clercs says:

    Do you remember that raving beauty Bessie Braddock?
    That’s your Mum,that is,Smoggy.

  44. 44
    GlobalGaz says:

    Not defending Mr Pierce, but if an idea is not allowed to be discussed/quoted then that idea will be immediately dead(?).

    Interesting….as also if you use the phrase “to coin a phrase” (or for that matter any phrase/expression etc), then are you also not plagiarising?

    I’m off for a wee lie down….

  45. 45
    Archie says:

    No fan of this greasy git, but a bit thin, this one, Guido old socks. You can read VERY similar – i.e. alike – comments in the Telegraph any day of the week. And in the Speccer!

  46. 46
    Hang The Bastards says:

    me thinks Guido is scraping the bottom of the barrel on this point.

    so does it follow Guido that once you read a point from some grubby letter, you cannot use that point in your life ??

    Get some real scoops. Like how is it that Toilets McGuire hasn’t been mauled to pieces t Leveson. After all he was half way up Browns arse and far closer to Labour than Brooks was to the Tories.

    Do I have to do you job ?

  47. 47
    I've Met the Man in the Street, and He's a Right Cunt says:

    Yep been a very poor set of ‘scoops’ recently I know it says tittle tattle on the mast head but for fucks say, the doings of mini/micro spinners and tit gypsy SpAds when the Tory Party is leaderless and the EU in terminal meltdown. I thought we’d get better. To be honest if it wasn’t for the comments on here I’d not bother!

  48. 48
    Echo Gnomic says:

    … seemingly sound ideas…?? I am glad you added the word ‘seemingly’ as Balls is so obviously a complete economic fukwitt

  49. 49
    Gloone says:

    Somebody made the same (obvious) joke as somebody else?

    Throw him in prison!

    Courtesy of Guido the Libertarian.

  50. 50
    Norfolk's Finest says:

    Warsi as leader? Now I know you’re a shill for the Labour party.

  51. 51
    The Former CEO of Peterborough Environment City Trust says:

    I’ve made a career out of such shenannigens!

  52. 52
    Gillian Beastley says:

    Shut up you fool!!!! You’ll give the game away! I could lose my fat, tax-payer- funded pension, made bigger whilst selling off our city’s allotments whilst pretending to be Home of Environment Capital

    And that certainly would not be nice.

  53. 53
    BBC imbecile says:

    Get your own ideas!

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