January 21st, 2013

Staff Comment is Not Free

Over the Guardian/Observer Weekend this comment kept disappearing from their website, for some reason:

 “Afternoon Alan – I’m a member of Guardian staff, posting anonymously.

 As you know, it’s a tough time for your journalists at the moment – especially for those of us way down the food chain: the production grunts, the desk-bound, the ones who actually produce the content.

We’re working harder and harder (because we love the papers), coping with dwindling resources and morale, we’re badly mismanaged, and trying to cope with the life-changing threat of compulsory redundancies – all a result of the company’s long-term financial illiteracy and lavish excess at the top.

So I just want to say thanks for the series of articles – three now, isn’t it? – about learning to play your Fazioli piano. They’re brilliantly timed, and I know they’ll lift spirits. We always wondered how you filled your days, how you spent your fortune. Now we know.”

Concerned staff members were sure to send it over to Media Guido though…


  1. 1
    Little Willy Haig says:

    Can he blow the Oboe ?

  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    this was freely available on twitlonger for all of yesterday, think it was trending for a while….not really “concerned staff members sending over to Media Guido”!

  3. 3
    Nonjob says:

    Comment is free. But some comments are more free than others.

  4. 4
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    You know you’ve arrived when you have insiders at the Guardian G. Congrats.

  5. 5
    Polly 'batshit crazy' Toynbee says:

    Worst hangover ever. Must stop drinking with the working class.

    I vaguely remember posting something to Guardian website last night…. it’s not there today, so I must have been totally hammered.

  6. 6
    hank the cat says:

    Polly will be furious, she will have her G string in a twist

  7. 7
    Itchy Scrote says:

    More a connoisseur of the purple-veined love flute, I believe.

  8. 8
  9. 9
    Hacked Off campaign says:

    All comment and news has to be passed by our “independent” panel before publication.
    Any transgressors will be dealt with.

    You have been warned.

  10. 10
    Tachybaptus says:

    It would have to be be a Fazioli. Their F308 model is 10 ft 2 in long, the biggest in the world.

  11. 11
    Hugh Grant says:

    It is just this sort of muckraking that full implementation of Leveson will stop.

    I have always read the Guardian & I never lie or cheat.

  12. 12
    the stench of hypocrisy says:

    Loved the piece in the article I read about Rubbishers efforts describing how he had TWO grand pianos and a special music room built in his Gloucestershire second home.
    Up the workers.

  13. 13
    Penfold says:

    So, Rusbridger tinkles rather than fiddles whilst all turns to ashes around him……………………
    Glad to see he has his priorities right.

  14. 14
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Love it. Is there anyone, right or left, who doesn’t hate and despise the Guardian?

  15. 15
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Polly goes to Pizza Express in Lewes. Nothing worries that cool dame.

  16. 16
    Lizzie says:

    Alan wants to apologise for any offence his apparent extravagance may have caused, but in his defence wants it to be known that when he bought it he didn’t ask the price because he thought it beneath him to do so, especially since in buying it he’s supporting true artisan workers against the austerity being forced upon them by rapacious, overpaid bankers and capitalists.

  17. 17
    dick dastardardly mp says:

    Do the denizens of that fine establishment throw food at her?

    Does it serve chainti

  18. 18

    Here is the definition of Left Wing reality

    “coping with dwindling resources and morale, we’re badly mismanaged, and trying to cope with the life-changing threat of compulsory redundancies – all a result of the company’s long-term financial illiteracy and lavish excess at the top.”

    Rusbridger, Toynbee, White etc are no different to any of the other Left Wing, avaricious, megalomaniac, sociopaths like B£iar, Brown, Mandleson, Millionaireband², CooperBalls, Umunna and Harman.

  19. 19
    Jimmy says:

    Lefty c’unts.

  20. 20
    dick dastardardly mp says:

    “The Fazioli factory is located in Sacile, 60 Km (35 miles) northeast of Venice in the northeastern part of Italy. The area is renowned for an ancient and prestigious tradition in woodworking.”

    “The Guardian is located in London many light years north of financial reality. The paper is “managed” from prestigious modern offices built by Eastern European and Irish labour and from which flows a river of money heading directly south. The area is renown for the its journalistic sweatshops where staff toil under diktats handed down from their Masters above, churning out hand crafted but mis-spelled left wing waffle to con middle class Fabians teachers and social workers that socialism lives.

  21. 21
    anonymouse says:

    Obviously going for a 2 for 1 offer.

  22. 22
    Taxfodder says:

    I’m with Alan, let them eat their words Al, nobody cares about them.

    Jurno’s are ten to the penny…anybody can write opinionated bollocks about yesterdays news and halfwit left wing non events, this Blog comments proves it!

    Maybe it’s time for the downtrodden fat arsed Jurno’s to think about a proper job…..

    Boo Hoo…

  23. 23
    will says:

    if you read the guardian i know its difficault, then you can see the areas where once was good journalism is now partisan hectoring.

    Also rather than encouraging debate about how big the welfare state should be and how we spend money raised its starts with a no cuts ever and lets keep spending approach.

    Even its commentators have started to complain about its american bias and no doubt as it has opended a office in austrialia we will be getting more down under stories. This is a shame because it has reduced its coverage outside of london and of other cities, which is lacking in todays press. ie we dont all live in london.

  24. 24
    will says:

    the problem is that good journos break news stories or help to reveal stories such as the expenses scandal, jimmy savilles abuse or the abuse going on in rochdale.

    the guardian seems to be behind the curve on this and apart from phone hacking it has been very lightweight.

    Also when it discusses cuts to local gov etc, it doe not state that quite a large part of the budget is spent on pensions for former staff etc. Te london fire brigade spents a fair amount of its budget on pensions not on fire fighting. Also perversely due to change in lifestyles such as fewer large hazadous industrial works and central heating the amount of serious fires has reduced.

  25. 25
    will says:

    Also today we have in the guardian an article about a potential student sueing oxford over the amount of fees required to study at oxford and living expenses.

    Polly could afford to pay this out of her salary and the potential sale of her villa in umbria but they prefere to make a song and dance of how unfair it all is.

  26. 26
    BBC News says:

    The Guardian is the organ of truth.
    That is why we constantly employ it’s writers as news commentators.
    People have only stopped reading it because of Tory cuts.

  27. 27
    BBC News says:

    Everyone lives in Manchester.
    Salford is the new centre of the Universe.

  28. 28
    Geordieboy says:

    Rusbridger is so multi-talented he can stick his thumb up his arse and sit on his elbow

  29. 29
    Latimer Alder says:

    Komment Macht Frei

    h/t Delingpole

  30. 30
    Latimer Alder says:

    If I had ‘insiders at the guardian’, I’d reach for the penicillin…..

  31. 31
    T'old Fella says:

    That first one, the B’Liar person, was really tory but h was afraid the Tories would find him out so he went into the Liebore party, those that did twig him in Liebore it took them 6/7 years but by the time they twigged him he had won 2 elections and they found that they liked being in power.

  32. 32
    WoRaft says:

    So why didn’t he buy his joannas from Cavendish, who are in Yorkshire and are therefore God’s Own Piano Makers.

    Since Cavendish is also a craft cooperative he should be supporting British business if he’s so worried about workers. Cavendish also train apprentices.


  33. 33
    Taxfodder says:

    From where I sit I see very little news but an awful lot of opinion…

    Opinion is not news, just a point of view on items the newspapers think are important…too often an opinion about something presented in such a way to suit an argument or newspapers owners hobby horse!

  34. 34
    Alan 'Fat Cat' Rusbridger's Steinway says:

    Rusbridger fiddles tinkles as The Graun burns [money].

  35. 35
    Damned Impertinent Questions says:

    Opinion is easier than news as it just reinforces prejudices and helps readers cushion themselves from the reality

  36. 36
    NE Frontiersman says:

    The ES has a straight-faced interview, letting him hang himself with his own rope. The man must be delusional about his abilities, and the effect he’s had on his paper. Whether you agree with the Graun or not, we need good papers, not shouty student rags.

  37. 37
    EU Rota says:

    I guess we have a new term for a champagne socialist, fazi

  38. 38
    Rob says:

    “all a result of the company’s long-term financial illiteracy and lavish excess at the top.”

    Well, you’d expect financial illiteracy at the Guardian, there’s enough of it in its comment sections. However, the Guardian is losing colossal amounts of money because hardly anyone reads it.

  39. 39
    NE Frontiersman says:

    I read it! I just don’t pay for it. Some of the best things in life are free, and the entertainment value is considerable. It’s like watching the Flat Earth Society explaining the Apollo missions.

  40. 40

    Nice try at re-branding the toxic prick that was the elected leader of the Labour Party for 13 years now that you don’t like him any more.

    You’ll be doing the same for Millionaireband, Balls and Harman in 10 years when they are running their own charitable/hedge fund/tax avoidance offices

  41. 41
    Trannie Basher says:

    Me and my mates alwayz readz the Guradian coz it bashes trannies. I ate trannies i do. That mr alan iz doin a good job. He gives them trannies a ard time.

  42. 42
    yeah, right... says:

    Let them eat cake.

    (organic, fair trade, right on cake, natch)

  43. 43
    yeah, right... says:

    Indeed. Anyway, aren’t those tractor production statistics out anytime now?

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    They aren’t left-wing you dolt, they’re fascist toe-rags like you.

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