September 12th, 2013

‘Mad’ Mel Out at Mail, Dominic Lawson In

Melanie Phillips has left the Mail, Media Guido can reveal. She blogs:

The Mail want to shake up their Monday op-ed page and so I shall shortly stop writing my regular Monday column for them. Instead, they want me to write other major pieces. They say they are very keen that I should continue to have a significant presence in the paper. 

That’s certainly an option, although I have other plans for writing – and now, also, publishing. I am gratefully aware, though, from the many thousands of people who have written to me in passionate agreement over the years, that I have a very large following indeed among Daily Mail readers. Many write to me to say I am the only reason they read the paper (it’s enough to turn a girl’s head!) Only today, I was stopped at a Tube station by a woman who said: ‘I love your articles; don’t ever stop writing them’. 

I can promise her, and all my many followers, that I shall indeed continue to write them. As for where – well, watch this space.

It is understood that she will be replaced by Dominic Lawson.



  1. 1
    Talking of mad, an oldie but a goodie says:

  2. 2
    Labour...filth...just filth says:

    shes no loss

  3. 3
    Mikey P says:

    never mind Mel join me in casablanca, you can watch me daisy chaining with the local youths – they have such soft skin…

  4. 4
    The Prime Mentalist: Professional insanity for Britain says:

    A master at work…

  5. 5
    Conservatism says:

    There are no jobs for life

  6. 6
    Donald Rumsfeld says:


  7. 7
  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Typical Tory.

    Thick, ignorant and ugly.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Does ‘Dominic’ also find normal sexual behaviour strange and threatening?

    Or is he normal?

  10. 10
    Hacking victim of law firms and big business says:

    Concert in Hyde park saturday for the Peace in Syria campaign.Headlining are the

    Chemical brothers.

  11. 11
  12. 12
    The Tomintoul Conspiracy says:

    Has she been sacked but can’t admit it?

  13. 13

    Then how, pray, do you tell them apart from Labour?


  14. 14
    your mum says:

    good, she is poisonous, hateful and generally wrong

  15. 15
    Anon says:

    Perhaps she’s got a PR job at the Israeli embassy?

  16. 16
    Private Eye says:


  17. 17
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    Yes it’s not an “exclusive” if she’s already blogged it…2 days ago…and you take the p out of Private Eye?

    Fingers out, arse in gear etc etc

  18. 18
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Is that number the weight of your brain in milligrammes, dear?

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    I think Mel is a fabulous,fearless and frank journalist. The Mail must be mad to let her go. Her left wing critics are not worthy of cleaning her shoes. Good luck,Mel.

  20. 20
    The Moral Maze says:

    Have you thought about writing for The Sun?

  21. 21
    Common Sense says:

    She looks very like the (fe)male version of a sandal wearing bearded lefty.

  22. 22
    Yeah, right... says:

    The statist right’s answer to Polly Toynbee.

  23. 23
    Teasy Weasy says:

    Another one?

  24. 24
    Maq­boul says:

    Would be a decent sized brain – over a litre and a half.

  25. 25
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Maybe she’s going back to her original Commie Marxist purpose roots – but her QT and very ott outburst revealed a lot about her.

  26. 26

    @Maq­boul Bob Elsie is not the brightest, especially when it comes to numbers.


  27. 27
    Billy Boy says:

    Cat— when duss, 1690– turn up– the shappers is on ice.

  28. 28
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Strange woman. Does she dowse herself with Ajax after sex?

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    She is thoughtful, analytical, highly intelligent and generally right.

  30. 30
    Jimmy says:

    “Media Guido can reveal”

    It’s on her blog. What do you imagine you’ve “revealed”?

    “Instead, they want me to write other major pieces. They say they are very keen that I should continue to have a significant presence in the paper. ”

    And her pay is being “adjusted”?

    Too mad for the Daily Hitler. That’s got to sting. Give her a job Guido.

  31. 31
    Owned Jonas says:

    No, they haven’t. That’s just put about to encourage tourism.

  32. 32
    waits and measures says:

    1.583 g doesn’t seem overly large

  33. 33
    your mum says:

    that’s because she used to be one. like a militant ex smoker, she has gone mental in the other direction

    i find her an interesting and readable person i must admit, but she is usually wrong and hateful.

  34. 34
    Living in 97.222% white Merseyside says:

    She can talk sense but I tend to dis-like people who consider themselves intellectually superior.

    Think what a wake up call she would have had if she had lived in Vienna in 1938!

  35. 35
    Border Terrier says:

    Mel is frank and fearless.. and totally bonkers if a little foxy too.

    Heard her speak at a Bruges Group Tory Fringe meeting a few years back – like being showered by paint stripper.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Shame, not! But good that she is leaving on such a modest note.

  37. 37
    Just Saying says:

    Totally agree. You only have to listen to her on the BBC Moral Maze to see she puts those self glorying male leftists (usually the loony chairman of the SRA) into the shade on both wisdom and common sense.
    I must admit the Daily Mail is becoming more left of centre and the red arrows against centre right comments are sometimes alarming as with today.
    Is the DM into a big shake up and going to promote Red Ed – is the editor leaving???

  38. 38
    Just Saying says:

    Big win for Liebor, is that what you are saying?

  39. 39
    Joe Public says:

    +10 million

  40. 40
    FFS says:

    Daily Express outmanouvered the Mail on the EU, thus squeezing them over towards the left.

  41. 41
    Comrade Trotsky says:

    Yes totally agree. I had to succumb to the superior intellectualism of Comrade Lenin, but did so willingly after a short war.
    Comrade Stalin was never our adversary in this internal conflict – he was inferior.

  42. 42
    I know a cun't when I see it and it posts as blue anonymous says:

    A potato is intellectually superior to you, scouse.

  43. 43
    I know a cun't when I see it and it posts as blue anonymous says:

    You get one joo in and one joo out, shake it all about …

  44. 44
    Big Momma. says:

    Far more intellectual and readable than Pollytwaddle.
    Firm roots and does not suffer fools easily or wear her heart on her sleeve.

  45. 45
    bergen says:

    I think the Mail and the Grauniad should have swapped Mel and Polly for a month to see what it would do for their circulations (and the apoplexy rates of their readerships).

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    And another 10 million +

  47. 47
    Bigtime Friend of the Earth says:

    We fooled most of them, but she had to go.

  48. 48
    Dew Hunter says:

    -6 million

  49. 49
    Paul Booth says:

    She used to be news editor of the Guardian! She follows the money.

  50. 50
    T.Ruth B Told says:

    Fuck me, that website your name links to is sick. I’ve just finished watching three hours of @nal spit roasts but your site is fucking horrendous. A load of sinister newspeak about new labour “progression”? Very fucking sinister. Before you accuse me of being a tory or a UKIP, don’t. I’m not. I’m an ordinary white working class bloke who fucking hates all the scum in Westminster, especially your Neo Labour bastards for utterly destroying working class communities in the UK. I urge people here to look at that site, it is a very telling signal as to what goes on behind the scenes of Red Ed and his PC arse lickers. Death to you all, a pox on your house and a curse on your ancestors.

  51. 51
    gregoriad says:


  52. 52
    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    The Mail is slowly losing the plot and turning lefty in strange ways, especially mailonline.

    Swapping Melanie Phillips, who is generally interesting and correct in what she writes, for Dominic Lawson is rather like swapping Krug for sour milk that has gone off in the fridge.

  53. 53
    truthers/ecoloons/psychotrots R us says:

    You must dislike most people then.

  54. 54
    jihadistguestcolumnists 'R'us bridger says:

    Ah The daily Hitler. I haven’t read the Graun for a while.

  55. 55
    John says:

    Rumours that The Mail was not right wing enough for dear Melanie have been denied

  56. 56
    broderick crawford says:

    Hey here s a long shot .
    what odds maria miller for next tory party leader .

    she s steely determined a la thatcher , does not make many mistakes and at least would be visually appealing as opposed to the collection of mongs mingers and harridans that t currently people both front benches.

    ( with the exception of course of gamine yvette and ” flashy ” caroline . )

  57. 57
    broderick crawford says:

    yeah i agree. at least she can string sentences together and turn them into logical pedagogical paragraphs be it in the written or verbal sense .

    right or wrong she expresses her views with conviction and without the mumbling cowardly caveats of weasel worded politicians always looking to avoid the next faux pas which could jeopardise their ascent up the “greasy pole ”

    ( or in lord fondleboys case the greasy poke )

  58. 58
    broderick crawford says:


    Mel out of Hell !!!!

  59. 59
    A kipper says:

    Yes + a lot.

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:

    She would refer to it as “the unpleasentness” not sex

  61. 61
    The Quiet Man says:

    Is not that event how she came to be Blighty born ?

  62. 62
    Mary Alice says:

    Come back to bed, dear, and stop winding up the proles.

  63. 63
    Putrid Giblets says:

    Twat is following twat.

    Result: seamless twaddle.

  64. 64
    A sane person on this site?!? says:

    Ah the mad old bint was too right wing even for the Daily Fascist?

    God awful nasty reactionary.

  65. 65
    Nigel Farage doppelganger says:

  66. 66
    Nigel Farage doppelganger says:

    Go get them Mell :-)

  67. 67
    The Quiet Man says:

    I love it when the children of immigrants start waffling against immigration, a new definition of Chutzpah in the case of Philips :)

  68. 68
    Anonymous says:

    She’s courageous, clever and correct.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    Guido site comments = childish drivel. FGS you lot do some work and or get a job.

  70. 70
    2112 says:

    Even immigrants (or their children) can have reservations about open-door immigration.
    Got it?

  71. 71
    2112 says:

    The Daily Fascist? I had no idea the Mail was so left-wing!

  72. 72
    Aunt Mat says:

    And very predictable.

    You could probably write her column yourself.

    When a person becomes a parody of themselves, it is time to do something else.

  73. 73
    Mrs Havisham says:

    Is Dominic Lawson another of Nigel Lawson’s brood?

  74. 74
    Mrs Havisham says:

    Is Dominic Lawson another of Nigel Lawson’s brood?

  75. 75
    Oracle says:

    Dominic Lawson – snore!

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