August 5th, 2013

Where’s Rawnsley?

Last week Guido published some pretty damning evidence that Andrew Rawnsley had lifted vast swathes of his column almost word for word from a previous edition of the Economist. He has been silent about it ever since despite the chance to comment or refute the allegations. Yesterday the “the Observer’s award-winning Chief Political Commentator” was conspicuously absent from the paper, instead he was replaced by Joanna Biggs, the assistant editor at the London Review of Books. Guido hopes he is just on his holidays and not in trouble? Anyone missing Andrew’s insight too much should probably just buy a copy of the Economist…


  1. 1
    Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

    Not Observed.


    • 4
      It's funny how plagiarism results in the offender fucking off for a while says:

      Observed…somewhere else!


      • 5
        Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

        Ah! But does he, she or it continue to exist when unobserved?


        • 11
          Tay King-dePisse says:

          Bishop Berkeley says no, unless we presuppose that even if no-one else does so, God observes him/her/it, in which case it can exist although unobserved by anyone/anything in the temporal realm.

          Go ahead, Dogs– bash the Bishop.


  2. 2
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Rawnsley, Hari. Nickers.


  3. 3
    Let The Guardian O.D. says:

    He`s on a working holiday with Johan Harri.


  4. 6
    MacGuffin says:

    I thought Guido had spies in York Way?


    • 12
      Simon B says:

      I hope so. Once again Guido shows us why he is the #1 journalist in the UK. He’s fearless, compassionate towards the right sort of people, ruthless against commies and other assorted wrong uns and has changed the way British people read news forever. Guido is the new Rupert Murdoch, and Rupert, as we all know, is the current greatest living man on Earth. Thank the LORD for Guido who has made this country a nicer place to live and enriched political discourse by providing the UK equivalent of Fox News.


      • 32
        cynic says:

        You are an idiot


      • 33
        Maqboul says:

        You might want to move away from the sarcasm into a bit of satire or even parody. It’s less tedious and more subtle, it might even raise a titter or two. Plain name calling really isn’t funny and certainly doesn’t get any kind of message across. Really, try it. You silly little poof.


        • 40
          Simon B says:

          Another jealous commie/pinko/trade unionist jealous of other peoples’ success. Left-wing politics = the politics of envy.


          • Maqboul says:

            I get it, you’re not human. You’re a sort of lefty internet malware robot – a redbot. hehe


      • 57
        Simon B's Tenants says:

        The loo is blocked and the tap is dripping in the kitchen so get round here pronto


  5. 7
    Denis Cooper says:

    I have to admit that I failed to notice the absence of this person, as I would probably fail to notice the absence of certain other undeservedly celebrated hacks who have very little of any value to say but who try to disguise that essential reality by taking many words to say it.

    Matthew D’Ancona, for a start, is he still around?


  6. 8
    also says:

    Shouldn’t the Observer apologise to it’s readers for printing plagarised copy?


    • 24
      Simon B says:

      They should apologise to their readers for being communist.


      • 31
        A Reader says:

        Their readers know it is communist. What they are too stupid to see is that communism is a flawed political philosophy which is way out of date. Such folk don’t expect originality, they want the familiar. Not much different from readers of the Express and Mail in that respect.


        • 37
          Maqboul says:

          Communism, fascism; different sides of the same coin. The hysterical anti-semitic tendencies of the modern lefty confirms this to any freedom loving democrat.


    • 59
      Anon says:

      Completely agree – they have an obligation to set the record straight, one way or the other.


  7. 9
    Lord Stansted says:

    He’ in a Leader conference.


  8. 10
    Mr Rawnsley says:

    The bloody intern recycled one of her own pieces.


  9. 13
    Ghost writers guild says:

    Turns out Andrew Rawnsley is in fact J.K Rowling.


  10. 14
    Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

    Willard Van Orman Quine wrote his famous paper Two Dogmas of Empiricism in 1951 and it attacked the logical positivists on two central aspects of their position: the analytic-synthetic distinction between truths, on the one part and reductionism which states that each complex thing consists only of the sum of its parts and only those which arise from immediate experience, on the other part.

    I have borrowed his title as a tribute to his work in logic, holism, epistemology, set theory and ontological relativism. He was, of course, a conservative politically. Small c.


    • 16
      Rip van Winkle says:



    • 19
      Lefty Troll Alert says:


    • 23
      Sir William Waid says:

      Whereof we have not a Scooby-Doo, thereof must we remain silent.


      • 25
        Two Dogs of Empiricism says:



      • 30
        JadedJean says:

        Please be advised, what I have to say is applied, not academic. What is unfamiliar to others is so simply because they are more ‘academic’ i.e less applied than I. People think in theories except their folk theories are familiar to them, and therefore not ‘academic’. It is extreme folk arrogance! They don’t even know that other people don’t share their theories! They just presume. See Two Dogmas of Empiricism and Word and Object. After a while with these, one should come to see that Quine was explicating austerly ‘what is’, whilst most people are hubristically (aka narcissistically) away with the goblins in their own personal ivory (princely/princessly) towers!

        Strange but true.

        PS. Einstein was a dodgy character, and a Zi*onist. Most of what matters to most of our lives is still expressible in Newtonian physics, and what Einstein personally contributed was of dubious originality to boot (hence lack of references in his seminal papers). He was made a celebrity, essentially for political reasons. If anyone wants to understand the philosophy of science/learning, they should read/listen to some Quine (even in preference to Popper) and/or Skinner as I keep saying. Alternatively, take what I say more seriously as the only reason I sound right to some is because I’m an empiricist who describes things as they are ;)

        PPS There are some real crackpots around, and they don’t know it. They think they’re sane, when in fact they have very poor social skills and a very limited grasp of reality ;)


        • 44
          Simon B says:

          Einstein was a socialist, which automatically invalidates anything he “discovered” or “formulated.” A truly evil, evil self-hating man who thought it was good to “share” with others.


          • Dear Leader says:

            When economic power is centralised as an instrument of political power it creates a degree of dependence scarcely distinguishable from slavery. It has been well said that, in a country where the sole employer is the state, opposition means death by slow starvation


        • 45
          NHS Direct says:

          See a medical professional immediately.


  11. 15
    The Internet says:



  12. 18
    Anonymous says:

    He’s always been overrated. He got lucky by being with Vincent Hanna, since then people just keep assuming he must be quality. The gullibles only have themselves to blame.


  13. 21
    Bill Quango MP - x says:

    He wrote a very good book about Gordon. Labour denied everything in it. The mentalness. the plotting. The tantrums and fighting.
    But then they all said the same in their own memoirs.

    Rawnsley wrote about Ed Miliband. Back when Ed was just a bag carrier at the treasury. Gordon and Ed Balls used to regulary go over to Tony’s and go mental about something or other.

    But when little Ed used to go over the PMs team used to say – “Ahh look..Here he comes. The emissary from planet fuck.”

    TBf – Blair’s faction thought Miliband was the only sane one on Gordon’s kamikaze team.

    Not sure if that reflects well on Miliband or simply points out the appalling quality of Brown’s henchmen.


  14. 22
    Raptor says:

    “He got lucky by being with Vincent Hanna” ?

    Presumably you mean that anyone who was with Vincent Hanna would look good by comparison.


  15. 27
    A Reader says:

    Oi, Guido. Can you please sort out the modding?

    Over the weekend it was moronic.


  16. 34
    Ed Moribund says:

    These zero hour contracts that came into widespread use during the Labour years are the Tories fault.


    • 43
      Maqboul says:

      And here was me finking it was Fatchur’s fault.


      • 47
        Simon B says:

        People on zero-hours contracts should be a) grateful they even have a job and b) thankful that being on a zero-hours contract is keeping unemployment down and will help the Tories win the next election. Anyone who doesn’t like it is free to take one of the other millions of jobs on offer. Besides, people on these contracts are usually “life’s losers”, ie., unsuccessful people who are over 30 and still ride on a bus.


  17. 35
    Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

    I used to read The Observer till a couple of years ago and must confess I used to enjoy his column. I am somewhat disappointed by these revelations.

    Is there anyone one can trust these days. Is anyone’s reputation intact?

    Are there any straight kinda guys out there?


  18. 38
    George Osborne says:

    I’m watching CBeebies


    • 42
      gordoom mcmental says:

      Its a repeat!
      Why do I even bother to claim expenses for the telly tax when all they do is repeats?


  19. 52
    Anonymous says:

    So Pickles bullying by twitter about filming in council meetings was targeted at UKIP.

    “In a meeting with a lobbying firm, he is said to have suggested monitoring the party’s 139 councillors and trying to catch them making embarrassing comments in council meetings – which would then be leaked to the press by third parties.”

    My view was that it was local action groups bullying the councillors by embarrassment. Which is what is happening in Keighley. It now seems it was really Pickles doing the task for party political gain.


  20. 55
    Maq­boul says:

    Rawnsley, Rawnsley.. where the fuck is Rawnsley?


  21. 58
    Lord Justice Cocklecarrot says:

    I would imagine that he is busy talking to his lawyers. I read the comparisons and am not as convinced as you by the similarities. Certainly no-where near the Johann Hari test of plagarism.


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