June 18th, 2014

Telegraph Brain Drain: Damian Thompson Out

The Telegraph’s combative blogs editor Damian Thompson has announced he is leaving Buckingham Palace Road “in an entirely amicable parting of the ways”. Where next for the proven talent spotter of young male writers? MediaGuido feels he would be a perfect fit for the new kids on the ranty-scene. Will Thompson join his former superstar blogger James Delingpole and beef up the stretched operation at Breitbart London? “Watch this space,” he says…



  1. 1
    Normal person outside the Westminster Bubble says:

    Who ? What ?


  2. 2
    Bill Quango MP says:

    The Guardianisation of the Telegraph is almost nearly done.

    I suppose once they lose £.45p an issue it will be complete.


    • 12

      I suppose the Daily Mirror will now start to put private notices on its front page and have the Court Circular opposite its Thundering Editorial.

      Or is this not a roundabout but a one-way street?


      • 15
        Bill Quango MP says:

        Newspapers like big arts sections.
        No one reads them but they very cheap to create and popular with journalists. Press releases and interviews in splendid venues with luvvies.


        • 20

          It seems like an establishment thing. Once they get on the roundabout, they forget what the original purpose was. Consequently they manage to kill the hand which nourishes them. Sales remorselessly decline.

          There is a human aspect, relating to the consumer, which is forgotten. People actually like to sit down with a paper (or a book). It is a tactile experience which cannot be obtained from a laptop, an iPad or a Kindle.

          Words on a white page would not become so outmoded if the very people who produced them thought about the real objective and the customer. They only think of themselves.

          However, as we know all too well, …


          • SIZE 15 CARBON FOOTPRINT says:

            The destruction of the Telegraph is a total disaster , it has become the Guardian mark II. The likes of Mary Riddell constantly shrilling for Milliband ,the religious nut job Cristina Odone and worst of all the deluded ecomaniac Geoffrey Lean are the stars of the show,it is now only worth buying for the crosswords.
            It is only Christopher Booker’s efforts in the Sunday Telegraph that gives it any credibility at all.


  3. 3
    Guy News Room says:

    Most left-wingers are nice,apart from Owen Jones, but utterly ignorant of how the world actually works. Their reaction to reality is one of horrified disbelief.


    • 4
      Strait sort of jacket says:

      Usually followed, a nanosecond later, by the desire to kill everyone and blow the buildings into ruins. This is, of course, purely precautionary and to prevent any risk of it catching on.


    • 7
      Bill Quango MP {going lefty} says:

      If we all went to Iraq with an ‘all faiths are equal’ performance, interpreted through modern dance, that crisis would be over and Iraq would become a multi-cutural socially liberal nation.

      Of course it might take a bit more than that. Some abstract bronze art depicting ‘spatial awareness’ and access to fairtrade coffee in a big cup.


  4. 5
    David Axlegrease says:

    What have they put in the water oop North ?


    • 8
      Tits oot for the lads.. says:

      Benefits probably


    • 10
      Socialism is theft says:

      Will the other 55% be voting UKIP? They sure as hell won’t be voting Tory.


      • 16
        FUKIP says:

        They will in Hexham in Northumberland. We have a very good Conservative MP who works hard for his constituency and gets things done.


    • 19
      David Axelbod says:

      This Miliband kid is no good.

      Marketing reports –
      He’s never gonna appeal to the Delta Tau Chi (ΔΤΧ) crowd.
      He’s even to prissy for the Omega Theta Pi (ΩΘΠ).

      There’s nothing I can do for him. Book me a flight home.


    • 32
      Big Scary Bloke With A Clipboard-Asking Questions says:

      So, 45% of people in the NE said they’d vote Labour? What Policies would they vote for? Ed’s not the man for the Leadership roll and Labour actually have nearly as many concrete policies as the Green’s do! So why do they do it? Is it because of some kind of macabre ‘voting Reflex Action’? Do they yearn for the day’s when they would all be ‘down pit’ for 14Hrs/day? Mind you, all’s not lost…At least they’re not living in London…


      • 37
        Just Hanging On Until Retirement says:

        Oh darling, do try to grasp how apostrophes are supposed to work…


        • 41
          Big Scary Bloke With A Clipboard-Asking Questions says:

          You forgot the Roll/Role smartypants. Are you a Grammar Nazi? Is that how you ‘define yourself’? and see you’re ‘self-importance’? ‘Do you’? I could get all ‘colloquial’ on your ass, but I ‘think you’d like it too mucho…


  5. 6
    West Country UKIP Voter says:

    Unless he’s leaving to set up a campaign to have homosexual marriage outlawed, followed by homosexuality itself, and then the restoration of the death penalty for homosexuals, I really don’t care about this froth.


    • 13
      West country Tory voter says:

      Gerroff my land.


    • 34
      Kryton says:

      Ah, an excellent plan, sir, with only two minor drawbacks.

      UKIP don’t disagree with Homosexuality, and
      UKIP don’t disagree with Homosexuality.

      Although ‘disguising’ yourself as a UKIP voter is rather amusing. Don’t give-up the day job!


      • 38
        West Country Veritas Voter says:

        I have found total fulfilment in my relationship with a lifesize plastic moose, made in Taiwan!


  6. 9
    Aardvark says:

    The new owners got rid of Mark Steyn and a few other heavy hitters – could do with inviting them back.


    • 35
      Diane Abbot at baseball practice says:

      I’m a heavy hitter! Or was it a ‘heavy Hitler’? I’m confused….Too many Blue Nun’s methinkshh!…


  7. 11
    Nick Clegg says:

    The truth is Kenya is no longer a safe tourist destination, nor is Iraq.


  8. 14
    Ronnie says:

    What on earth possessed you to think Thompson would fit in at Breitbart?!?!?!


  9. 17
    Nicked Legg says:

    DT is a weirdo who has lost his Faith but clings to the Catholic Church like a piss-soaked comfort blanket.

    Never answers his emails and rarely emerges from his house.

    A piss-poor writer and an idiot who defends the Church of Pervs and Paedos.

    Wot’s to like?


    • 30
      morpork says:

      So happy to see Ian Paisley is up and about and contributing to Guido, albeit under another nom de folie. I’ve said so many Hail Marys for his return to informed public debate.


  10. 18
    Socialism is theft says:

    The definition of socialism – any problem can be solved by throwing other people’s money at it.


    • 22
      The Boy Plunger says:

      But you can only spend other peoples’ money for so long because eventually the money runs out and suppliers refuse to accept IOUs.


  11. 21
    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    In the future you wont need brave intrepid journalists with expense accounts .

    All you will need is a few monkeys with ipads.


  12. 23
    Anonymous says:

    Not Breitbart? The Tablet, then?


    • 45
      Cardinal Newboy says:

      Catholic Herald. He can indulge himself in candle lit rooms with several other Telegraph contributors. He should never have brought them into the daylight in the first place.


  13. 25
    Reverend Ian Paisley says:

    Thompson was always an out-and-out Papist.


    • 39
      "Reverend" Imelda Parsley says:

      No, he wasn’t. He was a happy-clappy evangelical and a mainstay of the Greenbelt Festival. That was before he embraced Voodoo of course. And Rastafarianism. And tantric rebirthing. I hear he’s a Lithuanian Orthodox friar now. Honestly, Ian, do try to keep up.


  14. 27
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    What a peculiar looking person. Has his head been put on upside down?


  15. 28
    Aparat says:

    Damian Thompson was one of the funniest writers at the Telegraph.

    Of slightly less significance, Clive James was moved on a couple of weeks ago, or so. Maybe he wasn’t read sufficiently; maybe he made it too plain he wasn’t a believer in the AGW myth and the new ‘right-on-man’ attitude, but it’s depressing how a once go-to paper for the Right, is fast becoming unreadable.


  16. 29

    I’m pretty sure that Breitbart London can do without this wet Lefty.


  17. 31
    Aparat says:

    It’s a pretty successful putsch of the Right, by the so-called Right. Once you’ve been moved-on from the Telegraph, Times, Mail or Spectator, where do you go. Where do we go, bar to Guido?


    • 44
      Cardinal Newboy says:

      Not long ago, Brogan and others linked to the blogs started issuing tittle-tattle briefings from the political whirlpool at Westminster on a daily basis. Big mistake. They had neither the maturity nor wit to play in that cess pit. Guido led them astray.


  18. 33
    Hbasher says:

    Back to the Catholic Herald with him. He once wrote in his DT column that he had never been molested by a Roman Catholic priest. Is this a record ?


  19. 43
    Cardinal Newboy says:

    Thompson is a shallow confused narcissist who used the DT blogs as a therapy outlet for his obsessions. Anyone know where he picked up the ‘talented young male writers’?


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