May 22nd, 2014

Former Telegraph Editor Launches Coded Attack on Seiken

Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has launched a blistering coded attack on the paper’s editor-in-chief and ‘chief content officer’ Jason “Psycho” Seiken. Writing in this week’s Speccie, Moore uses the metaphor of Horse and Hound magazine, criticising the countryside periodical for replacing its editor with a “content director”, and accuses other publications that have made up similar new digital job titles of “suffering an identity crisis”:

“Horse and Hound, my other magazine outlet, is to lose its excellent editor, Lucy Higginson. She is to be replaced by a ‘content director’ whose background is as a ‘brand director’. A cull of the section editors is expected… It is well known that most magazines (though not, interestingly, The Spectator) are suffering an identity crisis as the world goes digital, but why is getting rid of editors the answer? The editor of a publication is its maker’s guarantee. His or her loyalty is to the title and, above all, to the readers, even if this sometimes seems to conflict with the wider, short-term interests of the owning group. Readers trust the publication, and therefore buy it, because it is edited. If it isn’t, they won’t, so it will collapse. It is a strange thing that the current media culture, though obsessed by the idea of the ‘brand’, does not recognise that editors and titles are by far the strongest known form of branding in publishing. The trick is to find the best way of expressing this digitally, not to abolish it.”

Who could he possibly be talking about?


123 Comments

  1. 1
    That explains a lot then says:

    Explains why the Telegraph is having a massive identity crisis at the moment and spends money paying Dan Hodges (any many others too tiresome to mention, OK Tom Chivers) to troll its readers.

    Liked by 2 people

    • 6
      Tom Chivers says:

      Hey hey hey, I’m basically a scientist. And I’m a liberal metropolitan man which means my views are more important than you nasty little peasants who support Nigel Farage. You’re just closet racists.

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    • 16
      Bryony Gordon and her Luscious Tits says:

      Don’t forget meeeeeeeee – and us!!!

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    • 19
      enemyofthestate says:

      It might explain why EnemyOfTheState has been banned from posting on the Telegraph comments section and had all 4500 posts from the past years totally removed. The Telegraph will not tolerate any criticism of the PC agenda espoused by the pedophylez running the three main parties. There is as much editorial freedom in The Telegraph now, as there is in the BBC.

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      • 101
        Mike Newland says:

        I was banned last week and recent posts removed. Never had a post removed before except one several years ago.

        There is obviously a purge going on. Breibart to benefit.

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    • 38
      gu id of a we k s says:

      u id of weak . “g”

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    • 49
      JH2382198409283 says:

      Dan Hodges is fine when he is providing juicy insight into the bag of angry cats that is the modern Labour party, with particular venom for Miliband.

      When he is calling the reader racist over 20 times in a single article it is a bit tiresome. You can’t blame him for panicking though, UKIP are stealing ‘his’ voters hand over fist and probably won’t ever give them back.

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    • 74
      Alas, Poor Albion says:

      Dan Hodges is a peciliar-looking man. It looks like his face was constructed from the left half of Reggie Kray’s and the right half of Julian Assange’s.

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      • 80
        Film Critic says:

        Don’t be so unkind. he was conceived during the filming of Women-in-Love and he just looks like a cross between Oliver Reed and Alan Bates because Glenda is such a good actress.

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        • 111
          Death to all Fanatics says:

          Apparently he was glassed while intervening in a brawl. I’m happy to give him credit for that.
          Shame his political views are so one eyed though.

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    • 77
      Puzzled of Peckham says:

      Can some Telegraph insider please explain the politics of the Telegraph as I’m confused.

      1) A decade or more ago a veteran Mailman, Murdoch McLennan, became Publisher who started the rot. He got in Labour columnists like loonie Mary Riddell, presumably as click bate to infuriate Torygraph readers, and generally made the paper a fluffy Mailograph.

      2) Then the weirdo reclusive Barclay twins took over running the show by remote from their Channel Islands fortress via one of their sons Adrian Barclay.

      3) A succession of editors came…and just as quickly went ( Sarah Sands, Patience Wheatcroft, Will Lewis etc etc). and .all the time the paper grew battier, more left-wing ( Dan Hodges) and more trivial. Its only hour of glory was the 2009 Expensesgate expose.

      4) Though Private Eye claims that Frederick Barclay is sympathetic to Farage and even paid for his Christmas back surgery, the paper has consistently taken a ferociously anti-Ukip line under columnists such as W’ancona, Brogan and Iain Martin and
      ( disgracefully) joined in the recent shitstorm monstering of UKip with the rest of the lousy MSM.

      5) The madness has culminated in the shape of egg-lookalike Seiken ( Sheesh, where did they find HIM??) who resembles a blood-drinking vampire butler from the Barclay’s weird castle….maybe that’s exactly what he is.

      So what gives? is there coherence here, or is it as freaky and deranged as Stalin’s foreign policy in the Spanish Civil War. As Bill Deedes would have said ( if he wasn’t dead) Shurely shome mishtake?

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      • 81
        Ockham's Razor says:

        With Barclay Brothers, it seems a case of Those whom the Gods wish to destroy…

        Having so much money and power is not always a good thing. Few people get to know such types but one of the extraordinary traits that some of them exhibit is boredom, incredible though that may seem.

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    • 105
      Jason Psycho Seiken says:

      Nah, nah, nah. Y’goddit awwlll wrong.

      I actually make it a point to tell all my underlings that they MUST fail, and that ‘executive has their back’ when they hopefully do fail.
      Because failure equals success. Or something.
      What, you don’t buy that?
      Well McLennan did, and so did my old chums at Harvard when I wrote this for them:

      http://blogs.hbr.org/2013/09/how-i-got-my-team-to-fail-more/

      So THERE.

      Godda run. Godda meeting with Axelrod about how to destroy the country . I mean, destroying the Telegraph is only Phase one!
      Fail is Win!
      or WinFail™, as I call it.

      WinFail™! *Fistpump* WinFail™! *Fistpump* WinFail™! *Fistpump*

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  2. 2
    Hay? says:

    You wot?

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  3. 3
    rimbo says:

    The telegraph really was once a fine newspaper.

    But any newspaper that gives such prominence to intellectual pygmies such as Dan Hodges and Cathy Newman can no longer be taken seriously.

    The newspaper as a whole indulged the anti-Farage smear attempts and while it no doubt got lots of “clicks” of people logging in to tell Hodges to crawl back under this Hope not Soap rock, long term the brand has been damaged, perhaps beyond repair.

    In short, I no longer trust them to even try to bring the news in anything like a fair way. They don’t have the dodgy tax scam and public sector job advertsising back-up of the guardian to keep them going so I wonder about the telegraph’s future. Pity when as the spectator shows, sticking to a principled and honest journalism does work long term.

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    • 15
      cathy newmanmanmanamanamanamanaaananamanam says:

      I’m a serious journalist and thinker. I know whatever the subject the answer is that there are too many white males in the patriarchy. That answers everything, you’re just too sexist to understand it.

      At my dinner parties, on the C4News team, in the Guardian – everyone I meet has the same opinions as me. So who is right and who is wrong? Look in the mirror you deluded white male sexist, racist.

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    • 44
      Realist says:

      Funniest article recently has to be the one yesterday explaining why cyclists shouldn’t vote for UKIP. The paper really is now beyond parody.

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      • 73
        popshot.cum says:

        I’m a cyclist and i voted UKIP.

        I don’t remember having to put my cross in the box with a fucking pencil before…

        Bit dodgy innit…

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    • 47
      Maqb­oul says:

      You forgot that middle class Labour propagandist Mary Riddlell.

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    • 112
      Death to all Fanatics says:

      The decline of the Telegraph over the past ten years is accelerating. I could not believe that Sion Simon was recruited during the height of the Blair/Brown terror. To be followed by the unspeakable John McTiernan, Riddell et al. Hefner, Delingpole and other sound scribblers’ corresponding departures have coincided with a massive slump in circulation. Looks like a death spiral to me.

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  4. 4
    Peter Grimes says:

    That Psycho certainly looks the part!

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  5. 5
    The British media are cunts says:

    i see yet another fucking beeboid has been charged with kiddie fiddling. And Nell thinks I make too much of it.

    This vile organisation is infested with creeps, ponces, pervs and nonces not to mention tax dodgers and drug addicts.

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  6. 7
    Ohthisbloodypc says:

    Eskimos have dozens of words for snow, because it’s important to them.

    publishers have only one word for plays, films, prose, poetry, news, features, films, short stories, epics, radio, video and every type of art form or communication. It’s call content.

    Whereas they lovingly describe all the various forms of sales and marketing, in terms of customer relationship marketing, search engine optimisation, ERP, demand generation systems. Whose idea was it to give these Hunts all the power?

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    • 9
      Ohthisbloodypc says:

      that’s weird. I typed Hunts ,and it came out as hunts

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      • 21
        Ockham's Razor says:

        That is very strange!

        Whenever I type Hunts, it comes out as Ϲunts.

        Where is my tin-foil hat?

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    • 62
      Bosun Higgs says:

      The Inuit have a lot of words for everything, because the language allows one to make up long, compound words (like German only more so). For instance, you could make up an Inuit word for wavy-hair-that-is-rather-tangly-and-longer-on-one-side-than-the-other. So there might be a hundred words for ‘hair’. There is no particular obsession with snow.

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      • 94
        Ockham's Razor says:

        Mmmm. Let me see:

        Like Ed Miliband only more so.

        Surely that is unIntuit(ive)?

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        • 120
          RightwinggitRedux says:

          The English have many phrases for rain…

          Most beginning with the word “fucking”.

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  7. 8
    B3 says:

    Does that bald speccy bloke remind anyone else of the “Natural Born Smoker” telly ads in the 80’s?

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  8. 10
    A BBC Hoon says:

    Who fucking cares? Blood sports is banned anyway. Time to catch up in the 21st century. Ffs!

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  9. 11
    I never buy it. says:

    The Telegraph. Isn’t that the socialist paper that pretends to be conservative?

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  10. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Will the last subscriber at the Telegraph please make sure Hodges is back in his cage with a cuttlefish, turn out all the lights and make sure Mr Rusbridger receives the keys safely?

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    • 56
      Mr Slater says:

      That was a grave insult to Psittacines, Sir! Parrots (and Macaws too, before the hysterical accusations of speciesism start flying) are intelligent and loyal creatures!

      Like

  11. 13
    Roger Helmer says:

    I have performed my democratic duty and voted for The Green Party !

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    • 113
      Death to all Fanatics says:

      Hahahahahaha!
      Brilliant!
      You’ve used the name of a UKIP parliamentary candidate and say you’re voting for a bunch of clueless, communist morons.
      Ineffable satire. Swift himself would kneel before you.

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  12. 14
    Fishy says:

    What an odd man Montie is. All over the place – no wonder Tories are in a spin. His quote of the day, aside says;

    ‘….Yet Mr Cameron has to find a way to appeal to Ukip voters, the angry, working-class casualties of the globalisation experiment, the benefits of which are not equally distributed.”

    That’s the fourth time this week I’ve heard ‘globalisation’ blamed for the rise in UKIP support. It must be the latest deflection strategy of the lefty chaterati, and we’ll hear more of it. Twice I have heard the BBC’s trusted commentators/ analysts say exactly the same thing and once one of Weird Ed’s loonies.

    Globalisation? No. It couldn’t be the EU that’s the problem…by any chance…Could it, Montie?

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  13. 17
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  14. 18
    Toffiny Toodle says:

    Yes, last month’s recipe for Badger Pie was simply spiffing. Saddle up, the pony servant and I will nip down to the working class newsagent to see if the H&H has arrived. Spiffing jolly good news if it has.

    Toodlepip!

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  15. 20
    For our future says:

    If you haven’t voted yet today, think about what’s most important to you and ask yourself if you want to build a future that will protect the world and our children. A future free from the calamities of capitalism, where people live in mutual harmony, where corporations have vanished and instead you can do your shopping at a local organic, fair trade, ethically sourced store run by a staff of compassionate persons from a spiritual eco-commune.

    We can build that future, free from the technological grip of mobiles, tablets and computers, so that communication and understanding can be fostered by everyone returning to core holistic values that will feed our souls.

    Cherish the world. Vote Green. It’s for all of us.

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    • 22
      Ockham's Razor says:

      Don’t worry.

      We all vote Green here.

      All this UKIP stuff is designed to put people off the scent. Works dunnit?

      Go in Peace.

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      • 35
        Nigel Farage's garage says:

        Wonder how that div posted that here without mobiles, tablets, computers etc.? :-)

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        • 60
          Ummm... Read it again perhaps? says:

          You need a giant neon sign with big colourful blinking letters saying “SATIRE”, don’t you?

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          • Alas, Poor Albion says:

            He would think the giant neon sign with big colourful blinking letters saying “SATIRE” was expressing some sarcastic figure of speech.

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          • Nigel Farage's garage says:

            I was posting about 5:50 pm, through the post of 5:52 pm

            Unless you are informing me that 5:50 pm was also satire, in which case, it was so good I missed it. HTH

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    • 28
      Anonymous says:

      I’ve been there, it’s called Brighton, and it’s crap.

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    • 34
      Fishy says:

      Why TF can’t the Greens be honest and put ‘Communist’ on the ballot paper against their names. Many of the leading Greenies are or were members of the Communist Party.

      Why so coy?, or is it that the Greens know that they wouldn’t stand a chance of office if they were honest. Better to pretend to be something nice, warm and cuddly.

      Greens = Watermelons; Green on the outside, ‘deepest red’ on the in.

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    • 43
      Aswas Tiswas says:

      Yeees and we can all live in knitted organic yoghurt yurts and live on fair trade pie in the sky. And we could hold hands and sing the coke song round the make believe fire because a real fire emits planet killing CO2. Of course the green leaders would have all the luxuries denied to everyone else, their heavy burden requires them to make use of all the luxuries the modern world has to offer, unwillingly of course.

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    • 68
      Eh! says:

      Love to see how the people in London would cope being green, water how would you pump it around without energy, where do you grow the veggies and keep animals for the food, local organic , fair trade ethically sourced store, words that mean fckall except to the rich lefty loonies, go find an island and go and live on it without using the latest man made materials, ask a boat to come and check on you after 6 months.

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    • 93
      gravatarmysteryman says:

      BTW, that is a spoof you mugs.

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  16. 24
    As the Japanese would say, it's Erection Day says:

    Isn’t campaigning on election day itself illegal? I’ve just seen two Tories – for they were wearing blue rosettes – walking around with election leaflets. Naughty naughty.

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    • 65
      Voted already says:

      No I don’t think it is illegal. Depends where they are. They aren’t allowed to camoaign at the polling stations, but I thin they can still knock people up.

      Personally I think people who go round delivering leaflets at the last minute, just look desperate.

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      • 69
        As the Japanese would say, it's Erection Day says:

        They can still knock people up? It wasn’t Tim Yeo and Cecil Parkinson I saw.

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    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      Labour, with rosette, St Helier ward, South London, seen two hours ago, probably drumming the forgotten elderly on his list of former voters. Looked – how shall I put this? – dazed and defeated; almost as if he knew something we didn’t yet…

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    • 85
      John Bellingham says:

      Rosettes are OK, uniforms and armbands were banned in 1936. A party worker can offer advice such as where the polling booths are and ask how someone voted (exit polls) by “gentleman’s agreement”, but restraint on actual campaigning is purely voluntary. It was Labour who first started breaking the “Gentleman’s agreement” at the 1970 election.

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      • 89
        John Bellingham says:

        More–Once upon a time political candidates or their workers would go round and collect all the old folks and drive them to the polling station. Vehicles did not need a tax disc on polling day. In times gone by this favoured the Tories as many socialists did not have cars, or at least not clean ones, and old ducks in all those humpty-back Northern towns would vote Tory ( or said they would) just to get a ride in a motor car. The fact that Labour instigated the concept of fraudulent postal ballot suggests that some echoes of this still existed.

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  17. 25
    Oui oui says:

    I’m metrosexual.

    I like having sex on a Paris underground train.

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  18. 31
    Toxic Taffy says:

    I have performed my democratic duty and voted for Plaid Cymru!

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  19. 32
    Abdul Couriers says:

    Someone ordered a delivery of 850,000 postal votes. Just sign and date here please.

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  20. 37
    Nigel Farage's garage says:

    Mr H@rry Steerpike is trying to get back in the good books of the more civilised people here.

    It is going to take a while, son…

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  21. 39
    Vote UKIP says:

    EU migration into the UK up by 26% year on year.

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  22. 46
    Ed Moribund says:

    So Guido..you are saying that signing up a pointy headed, transatlantic liberal arts boohoo man, with no experience of the UK market is bound to fail !!!

    Why didn’t you mention this before!

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  23. 50
    Sir William Wayde says:

    Those of us who read the Nag & Dog regularly do so for its information content more than its editorial comment, although Charles Moore is always entertaining. Even in the digital age it’s a good place to find a horse or discover what’s going on. However, picking an editor, sorry ‘content director’, who doesn’t hunt is a bit like choosing Nigel Farage to edit the Staggers.

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    • 75
      Ockham's Razor says:

      Charles Moore seems to be growing into the stature of much-missed figures like William Rees-Mogg or Bill Deedes.

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      • 98
        St Tony of Blair says:

        Hmm, all left-footers. My old nan said, ‘never trust a catlick’ and then I became one. lol. She was right.

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  24. 51
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I see Royal Mail is already trying yo get out of its “lifetime” universal service guarantee.

    Well done Vince.
    Let’s see how many loopholes you left in that clause.

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  25. 52
    Nigel Farage's garage says:

    LibDems are rather like clouds.

    Once they have fucked off, your day brightens up.

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  26. 53
    Anonymous says:

    The weather is very changeable here in Norfolk. Expecting it to p-ss down most of the evening and do you know what- I’ll be out voting UKIP later after I’ve cooked dinner.Come rain or shine, I will be so happy to vote for something I believe in. Nigel, you alone have reawakened my interest in politics and I will never desert you. Long live Nigel, St.George and England.

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  27. 57
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Rosemary Baker @Rombren · 25m
    (1/2) Apologise profusely for offence caused re: tweet in which I aired my political view. As bio states, views are my own…
    Rosemary Baker @Rombren · 24m
    (2/2) and I do not work on political programmes, so my views in no way inform BBC political output. Very sorry nonetheless & lesson learned

    BBC – LOOK AT ME – ME ME ME – BBC still

    And another piece of OCD self-regard, dressed up as “feminism”:

    Rosemary Baker @Rombren · May 19
    Beeping at a woman from a car isn’t a compliment, it’s an attempt to shame/humiliate her. 8 men so far tried to humiliate me alone on the m4

    Fucking attention-grabbing slapper!

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  28. 58
    Curious says:

    Just voted, in preference order;

    1 a party of my choice

    f*ck the rest of them

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  29. 62

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    • 67
      Rhys ap Morgan ap Gruffydd says:

      Here in Blaenau Ffestioniog we use tablets of slate for voting, so that they cannot be folded. Alas, nobody has yet invented indelible chalk, so the local election results may be very one-sided.

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  30. 66
    Labour dirty tricks says:

    I can already picture how Labour will try and deal with the results.

    “Nigel Farage eats babies. Nigel Farage was a member of PIE. Nigel Farage has sex with elephants.”

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    • 91
      Jack Ketch says:

      Elephants!!!!!
      But they are either African or Indian–so he can’t be a racist. Don’t you want to change that to badgers with TB?

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  31. 90
    robert rabbi peston says:

    many congratulations to bbc news at 6 for devoting (no pun intended) a whooping 30 seconds to today’s elections, 10 seconds of which was punting david dumbers through the night shite fest. course it wasn’t the lead story or the next one or the next or the next, it got a mention after 20 fucking minutes.

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  32. 92
    Ockham's Razor says:

    w

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    • 95
      Ockham's Razor says:

      I really don’t know how I came to do that.

      Never mind. Shall we play a word game whilst we are waiting to hear the good news?

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  33. 99
    Realist says:

    The Telegraph /Sunday Telegraph has three top quality journalists, Gilligan, Moore and Booker. The rest are merely tarts for hire. The smearing of UKIP has shown them for what they are. The scales have fallen from my eyes.
    I will not renew my subscription for a newspaper which I can no longer be bothered to read.
    The Telegraph / Mail /Sun /Guardian /Independent etc etc are all as rotten and corrupt as the political establishment which they have shown themselves to be part of.
    Thank you Mr. Farage for opening my eyes.

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  34. 100
    Hyacinth Pissflaps says:

    The Telegraph is just one massive UKIP advert.
    The journos are proper shite.
    I use it mostly for my cat to piss on.

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  35. 102
    Mike Newland says:

    If the Telegraph wants to survive it needs to do some quick thinking and stop abusing the views of most readers and banning us from commenting.

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  36. 106
    Ghost of T.E. Utley says:

    I used to like the Telegraph back when it was 45p and Moore was the editor. The op-ed pages were excellent. The rot started when Black sold it and it started apeing the Daily Mail on the race to the bottom.

    Now it’s just a crock of cr*p, with a crowd of talentless hacks who can’t write for toffee. Hodges is obviously top of the list, but there’s also Mary Drivel and a number of a*se kissers on the prowl for the a safe Tory seat in 2015 (if such things exist).

    Once the Euros are over, expect the Kippers to take their revenge by boycotting the rag.

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  37. 116

    That Ciaran Goggins is a genius, single handed defeated UK at ECtHR and now is getting justice for The Groovy Gang at the Court Of Appeal. Is there no end to his talent?

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