WANTED: Guardian bloggers

Preference will be given to candidates demonstrating an unswerving devotion to everything we print.


Sometimes, the only way to deal with rank hypocrisy is to laugh out loud. The Guardian’s Dan Sabbagh – he scion of the Murdoch press, and for some reason in charge of recruiting bloggers for the paper – has posted this piece at Big G today.

It’s all a bit rousing, jingoist and generally Kitcheneresque for my taste: ‘Your Guardian wants you!’ and all that. How deliciously ironic, then, that the last thing I was allowed to post at the Guardian’s blogspot Comment is ‘Free’ was a piece entitled ‘Why the press media need to engage more with the blogosphere’.

I became an unperson in the pro-Brown Stalinist purge following that 2009 post, which went up a week into the Brownonpills saga. The third comment down on the post’s thread was this lovely piece of measured (and carefully corroborated) Left-wing analysis:

‘What’s the Guardian doing giving space to a neo-Nazi blogger?’

Obviously, this entirely inaccurate and Mandelson-inspired ‘observation’ was enough to ensure Gulag banishment for The Slog. The truly disturbing thing about the contemporary middle-class Left is that it has no concept at all of just how obvious a parallel its outlook offers to the Soviet Union from 1928-55. Still, perhaps the G-Men of the Left have seen the future….and are so certain it works, nothing must be allowed to get in the way of its achievement. It is the dictatorship of the luvvietariat.

Either way, there is yet more of an amusing nature. The fact is that Sabbagh has done an excellent job of  nailing Murdoch’s hackers to the floor; and thus two weeks ago I sent him an email with details from these blogs, freely given should he want to use any of the content. Reply was there none. The English suburban-metropolitan Left – like the extreme wing of Republicanism in Eire – remember everything, and learn nothing. This is what Sabbagh says his employer stands for:

‘The open [Guardian] approach means there are no barriers for readers, which (sic) encourages mass audiences – in the Guardian’s case nearly 2.5m uniques a day. It also demands a more collaborative approach to journalism. We like to think we can write a news story or two – but there’s a lot of sharp, informed writing out there, often from experts for whom writing is a adjunct to their main source of income….’

Slog – in the case of this site’s name – is short for Bollockslog. Above, I just logged the most unutterable bollocks I’ve read in a long time.

Related: How did the Manchester Guardian become the Londoner Sturmer?