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Thursday, 16th June 2011

This is my last blog-post for the Spectator. I have decided to expand and develop my own website over the coming months, and so if you would like to continue to read my blog you can find it at

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Sam Davidson

June 16th, 2011 1:09am

Cheerio then Melanie, you shall be missed!

I look forward to visiting your own site.

Frank Sutton

June 16th, 2011 1:47am

Pity you don't take comments at the new blog - well, I'll probably read it anyway!
By the way, you or your techie people might want to tweak your typeface styles - the quotes comes out in a very large type, with the lines almost overlapping.


June 16th, 2011 2:33am

Good luck Melanie. Your the only reason I first checked-in and found the Spectator. Your blog will certainly be worth watching.

Janet S

June 16th, 2011 3:45am

Thank heavens. I was getting the DTs not being able to read you for a week!


June 16th, 2011 4:39am

"Academic Freedom" has turned out to be an oxymoron.


June 16th, 2011 5:06am

Best of luck at your new home, Miss Phillips. I shall be along shortly!


June 16th, 2011 7:35am

Good Luck!
Please enable RSS.It's the only way I read blogs these days...


June 16th, 2011 7:45am

Good luck, wholeheartedly.

Will it be "Comments" option in new blog? ..fed up by Spectator's censorship, and its endless troll festivals.

These are unfortunate times when newspapers, web services and television broadcast poisonous garbage ranging from proudly lying, to threatening splutter, to unitelligible moo.

Your articles were a reminder that still there remain some people around who use human language and stand for what is true and right.


June 16th, 2011 9:07am

Very disappointed at you leaving Melanie...the left & the neo-Cons win again...will nobody save us from their inexorable march?...when Taki goes so will my subscription !

Annie Loyedeer

June 16th, 2011 9:18am

I agree with Roy. Toodle - oo Spectator


June 16th, 2011 9:24am

Please try and enable comments, Melanie. We need debate. The best thing about blogs is being able to read the views of others, especially when they are, as is often the case here, most erudite and interesting. Surely there must be someone who would be interested in a part-time job and who can weed out those that are too contentious/irrelevant/racist, etc. The comments are mostly what the blog is about!


June 16th, 2011 10:24am

As the Spectator and The Telegraph lean to the Left and join the emotional chorus of the noisy, crowded Londoncentric commentariat, your loss Melanie will be all the greater.

There is a significant need for conservative rationalism in our intellectual life right now - which is playing out right now in the United States and in Western Europe - but the dominance of the muddle-headed adolescent left in every pore of our own public life is palpable.

One post here today even bemoans the loss of support for the Coalition from that great fraud Blair!

Cohen, Liddle, Bright! The Spectator is distinctly unbalanced now and is walking away from the new worldwide movements of the Centre Right.

It does not bode well.

Grumpy true Zionist

June 16th, 2011 10:25am

have added your new blogsite to my lists of favourites - in amongst my top daily reads

have thoroughly enjoyed our time together at the Spectator site, and wish you great success with this new venture


June 16th, 2011 10:54am

Au revoir, Mel.

Like others, I'll pop along and have a look at your new website. And I also hope that comments will be enabled...

Best wishes!^^

anne wotana kaye 1

June 16th, 2011 10:58am

Good luck, Melanie, but wish you were staying. You should definitely have "Comments" since they promote free speech and serious thought (sometimes)!

Margaret Muller-Johansson

June 16th, 2011 11:28am

Congratulations on your new website. I can't wait to read, bonne chance!.

Brian Moshe

June 16th, 2011 12:28pm

Melanie, I've followed you since your first Diary got underway and I'll be looking forward to your new blog.

Please Melanie, let us be able to comment. Meanwhile, as always, keep up the good work and fight the good fight!


June 16th, 2011 12:34pm

So what happened here I wonder? A row with the Spectator editors or just a natural move?


June 16th, 2011 12:38pm

Best of luck; to both yourself and the speccie. There seems to be fewer and fewer reasons for visiting this site everyday.....

Austin Barry

June 16th, 2011 12:40pm

Keep up the righteous indignation on your blog.

Unhappily, stemming the tide of moronic, knee-jerk, anti-Israel nonsense is an increasingly Canute-like enterprise but worthy nonetheless. Best of luck.


June 16th, 2011 1:10pm

What a relief! I was beginning to worry about where you were and your health!


June 16th, 2011 1:12pm

A shame to see you go but no surprise. This place is infested with left of centre bloggers and trolls pretending to occupy a "reasonable" centre ground.

Ricky sums it up. They wouldn't even publish my anti-Cameron cartoon and it was a darn site better than most of their cover art.

raymond d

June 16th, 2011 2:49pm

But Mel ! We can't leave comments ! How are we to cope ! Anyway, best of luck with the new venture. Have really enjoyed your blog on this site.


June 16th, 2011 3:07pm

Good luck M! Thanks for your enlightenment, bravity and honesty. Related: Just by chance, I happened to sit next to an adult on the train yesterday who although no doubt well meaning, was what I am assuming is typical of the makeup of individuals who engaged in pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel protects. (This was hinted at without solicitation on my part.) During our chats, I asked what she did, she said she no longer worked and was a protestor. I asked what she did prior to her 'retirement'. She said, "As little as possible." From the way she spoke, she had clearly wrecked her brain with way too much skunk and every other work was either 'communist' or 'my comrad X', where X was a friend. She also referred (again, without solicitation on my part), to her various ex husbands. This air headed nature of such people, who appear to bare a grudge against just about anyone but their own flaws, has in my observation of the last few years, been consistent with those who enjoy taking free rides on those boats that try to reach Israel or march through various cities carrying those trademark green, red and white flags. I doubt in reality they have any idea as to how the world works or what the truth, so it is no wonder they are so malleable by the genuine forces of hate and untruth. (I hope I am making sense myself here nor do I mean to discredit any genuine disagreements over matters Muddle Eastern.)


June 16th, 2011 3:52pm

If you don't have a comments/chat system for your blog how are you to know what the world thinks about your words. Everyone needs a feedback loop to remain sane and relevant.

Jonathan Barber

June 16th, 2011 3:54pm

Please, Melanie, make your site more user-friendly. Two things that have already been mentioned by previous commentators are in my view essential for you to maximise the impact of

1. Reduce the size of the typeface in the blog entries, and increase contrast
2. Please enable comments.


June 16th, 2011 5:12pm

Will the excellent Simon Heffer be taking your place?

Another Joshua

June 16th, 2011 5:23pm

Melanie, I wish you well every success in your new home. I will be visiting.


June 16th, 2011 5:24pm

Dear Melanie Philips, the very best of luck with your website. I, for one, will continue to read your views as eagerly as ever. Kind regards.


June 16th, 2011 6:17pm

Melanie, well done on your new website. I shall of course go onto it most days and expect to find the same standard as here.

John Edwards

June 16th, 2011 7:58pm

I'm sorry you're leaving, I've enjoyed reading your blog enormously

Frank P

June 16th, 2011 9:39pm

Melanie .... Oh My!"

Don't forgive them, Father, for they DO know what they do!! May they rot in Dhimmitude!

James Murphy

June 16th, 2011 9:56pm

Yes, but Melanie, WHY are you leaving? Not to spend more time with your family; not to 'explore other avenues'; not really to 'extend your own website..' - Come on, "we who are about to die (or at least lose your blog), salute you.." but we also demand the truth about the demise of your relationship with the New Statesman - sorry, Spectator.


June 16th, 2011 9:57pm

I do not agree with you on many things (especially with regards to your views on Israel) but I wish you the best.

E Hart

June 16th, 2011 10:07pm

Good luck! I can't say I agree with you on much but I appreciated the fact that you weren't cowed by the prevailing orthodoxy that seems to want to strangle anything with which it doesn't concur.

I've taken a look at the new place and the piece on Scruton was good. Scuton is especially good on aesthetics apros architecture and art but he's a bit lame on Zinn and Chomsky.

Nevertheless, like you, he's always worth a read.

Adam B.

June 17th, 2011 12:18am

Thanks for your brave defence against the lies and bigotry. New site - added to favourites!


June 17th, 2011 3:27am

What a shame, your column will be sorely missed.


June 17th, 2011 9:43am

A shame that you are leaving this outlet. Jumped or pushed I wonder.

How many people see Mark Steyn's stuff since he was "disappeared"? Not many I suspect, if you have a choice, I would commend you to retain this as an outlet.

David Ossitt

June 17th, 2011 10:09am

A sad day; you will be sorely missed.

James Murphy

June 17th, 2011 11:59am

The thought occurs to me belatedly that, as regards this Spectator site, perhaps you're just sick of the anti-Israeli hatred masquerading as liberalism that gets posted by the usual suspects. after all, besides being a journalistic celebrity (with all the seeming invulnerability that celebrity reputedly confers) you are, nevertheless, still a human being with a human being's sensitivity to insult and offense. Perhaps this is why your new site won't allow comments? Sheer battle-fatigue!


June 17th, 2011 12:30pm

There is only one reply to such people, that the only form of life lower than Fascist scum is Communist scum

Jack R

June 17th, 2011 1:26pm

Please give details your new home.

I must get it 'favourited' ASAP.

Just as Glenn Beck is about to move on from 'Fox News'(but not entirely) to do internet work, after a brilliant educational stint exposing MSM lies on the Middle East and Israel, etc, so too I trust that you Melanie find a productive home.

Please publicise yourself; you deserve a large audience.


June 17th, 2011 1:50pm

June 17th, 2011 1:23pm
Message to C.GEE.

This aso applies to Another Josua, Augustus and one or two others.

It seems that Melanie's new blog will not receive comments.
Your commentary has been outstanding, and I have learned so much from you.
I'm part of the team who contribute to admirable website that takes CiF to task daily.
We could use your talents there, and it could be that you will have the time to help.

If so, please contact us at:--

Thank you.


June 17th, 2011 1:54pm

Thank you, Melanie, for your outstanding contribution to Israel's just cause.

However, I hope you re-consider your decision not to have comments.
The comments are the life-blood of a blog, and having that space gives the opportunity to those who are able, to confront the bigotry and lies head on.

Good luck in your new endeavour!

John Thomas

June 17th, 2011 2:48pm

I read your site already. Isn't there a danger that the actual articles start so far down that some might not see them? And yes, a Comments option would be good. Good photo (portrait), though.

David Ossitt

June 17th, 2011 3:40pm


I suspect that I might not have been able to remain as calm as you appeared to have done.

After I had had my say she would have moved to another carriage.


June 17th, 2011 5:31pm

For me, The Spectator means a detour from now on.


June 17th, 2011 9:08pm

I won't be back to the Spectator. You were only reason I come here. See ya at the site.

Alan Scott

June 18th, 2011 4:41pm

Bad news. Will there be a link shown, if so, whence?


June 18th, 2011 7:22pm

Your departure leaves this magazine in the hands of those who can make no serious claim to journalism. I'm not surprised you're going, and I'm sure many of us will be following you to your new blog, and to Standpoint. The Spectator has made its bed with the unthinking consensus and isn't worth the paper it's written on.


June 18th, 2011 8:16pm

Sorry to see you go Melanie..... Confused as to why. Good luck.


June 18th, 2011 8:32pm

In 5-6 months, the last two UK places of independent journalism - Telegraph and Spectator - have been passing through irreversible degradation.

The anti-civilization mafia aims at diluting free thought, and succeeding. In Telegraph it was done most likely by bullying by managers. It is cleaned now against anything positive about Israel, USA, EDL, Wilders, and opposition to Islamization.

In Spectator, tactics is different. The pack is diluted by pushing forward a group of obsessive lefti nympho nincompoops (Liddle, Bright, Cohen, Korski, Massie) who might be OK-ish chaps in the context of their separate messy psychotic niches, - but kept here because, as a crowd, represent an alternative to straight and systematic defense line formulated in binary terms of rejection, mobilization, and resistance.

Another factor is censorship - selective approach to posting comments, effectively burying fair journalism under the pile of troll guano - how else one can call pretentious propaganda from ndm/celato/Erica/BLADES etc., now openly celebrating withdrawal of Mrs. Phillips.

Nevertheless, the intellectual core of West's defense is gradually forming, want it or not - people from different backgrounds and countries - Geert Widers, Rene Stadkewitz, Douglas Murray, Tommy Robinson, David Horowitz, Allen West, Caroline Glick, Pat Condell, Sultan Knish, Fjordman, Vlad Tepes, Gregorius Nekschot, and many others.

Resistance might be now less connected to corporate stables of MSM business and forcefully put to underground by concerted application of lawfare, bribery, intimidation by jihadi degenerates, and promoting all types of (multi-)cultural involutions.

Never mind. We'll travel for a while in desert, and then we'll return. Remember, universe full of true meaning, true beauty and true empathy, - was promised to us (..and dark tribes will vanish in oblivion).


June 18th, 2011 11:10pm

Melanie, I really do not think this is a good idea. Your support for the truth regarding Israel for example, reaches a wider audience. How will they find you?

Iris I.

June 18th, 2011 11:14pm

I hope your leaving doesn't have anything to do with your support for Israel!
I admire your courage.
I hope you come to Israel along with Glenn Beck.

Noah Aaron Bashi

June 19th, 2011 3:48am

Melanie first at all good for you, you are leaving from this company, next i hope you move to Israel. It is like leonard Cohan song "First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin", i think first you move from the Spectator then you move to Israel, you are too intellegent to be that unintellegent country, thanks for your support with your friendly words, God bless your new website,
Noah a Jew from Abyssinia.

Huw Thornton

June 19th, 2011 8:41pm

Thanks for the articles that you've posted here, Melanie, and I hope your new blog goes well.


June 19th, 2011 11:42pm

What will happen to the archive of Miss Phillips' Spectator blogs?

I do hope that they will still be available here or there...?

gary ashton

June 20th, 2011 1:05am

thank you melanie, best wishes for your new website.

Freda Bothwell

June 20th, 2011 7:01pm

And with you goes our reason for reading the speccie. Hope it goes well and you are able to wake up some who have been asleep with the media bias.


June 20th, 2011 9:45pm

0 Truthtriumphs

You yold me "Your commentary has been outstanding, and I have learned so much from you."

I am really pleased about that. Thank you.

J. Isaacs

June 21st, 2011 12:00am

Good luck Melanie. Goodbye Spectator; hello Melanie's Blog and, of course, Steynonline, Caroline Glick's blog at the Jerusalem Post, Anne Bayefsky's UN Watch articles, etc.


June 21st, 2011 1:12pm

Good luck Melanie, I have been following you since your early Guardian Days and will go on 'til one of us kicks the bucket.

Matt Pryor

June 21st, 2011 5:23pm

Very disappointed, and I sincerely hope this wasn't a Spectator editorial decision. As a subscriber this is something I'd cancel my subscription over.

Since there are no comments on Melanie's site, I guess it's time to bid farewell to the community that has built up around this blog as well.

Damn shame, and I will miss reading the comments. Good bye.

James Hodson

June 21st, 2011 6:01pm

RSS is enabled but the link is buried at the foot of the page. I agree with the comment re comments.

St Bruno

June 22nd, 2011 10:54pm

Will miss Melanie in the Specie, will visit her new home. A bit late but sincerely meant. I for one will miss the banter and the comments about the real issue of the day.

Edward F

June 24th, 2011 12:13am

Melanie Phillips will be very much missed, but I query aelle
and General Zod's triumphalism.

The apology said 'we' - we being whom?

The Specatator? Not Melanie Phillips?

The apology also reflects the fact that it was not Melanie Phillips who made the original allegation, but that she reported on another source that had made the allegation.

It may be the case that source was wrong, but how culpable should anyone else, such as Melanie Phillips, be for reporting that source?

aelle and General Zod, read it again. Are you sure you have an apology from Melanie Phillips?

Kanuck, AMG

June 24th, 2011 4:00pm

Melanie: I really hope that you will allow comments on your blog, it is helpful to hear what others have to say on these current issues, even though I don't always agree with them.
Democracy is alive and well.
Keep up the good work....we really need your voice.


June 24th, 2011 7:02pm

A sad day for all of us including the Spectator I suspect. And thanks for the explanation too. As someone has already commented - the Specie will be a detour from now on. As much as I like Fraser, James and Rod it will not be anything like as good as it was. And yes - set up your site to take comments. We read those too. Lastly - many thanks to you and the Specie. I've learned a lot over teh past couple of years.


June 25th, 2011 12:13am

You'll be missed a lot. Good luck.

I've enjoyed reading your persuasive arguments. You've made me think a lot.

I'll be along to your blog site

Peter Allum

June 25th, 2011 1:19pm

It is a great shame that the Spectator management could not manage it's relationship with Melanie Phillips such that a way for her to be able to stay was found.Melanie was an important voice and counter-balance to the leftward drift of other bloggers here.I don't get the feeling that she is easily upset.The magazine too has lost it's way and I can no longer justify my (15 year)subscription just to read Taki,Delingpole and Charles Spencer.I have therefore today cancelled my subscription.


June 25th, 2011 4:33pm

Shan't be buying the Spectator any more. I concur with those who regret the absence of a Comments option on your new blog. It's been great to follow the conversations that were generated by your articles, Melanie. Keep up the good fight.


June 25th, 2011 5:18pm

Suspiciously uniform tone to the comments here. There's a wider range of views on Sarah Palin's Facebook page.

Archie Wedderspoon

June 26th, 2011 12:06pm

Melanie, I am very sorry to see you go; and I will be visiting you new blog.

Mr. Mabutoh Afunfa

June 27th, 2011 11:05am

Good luck Melanie with your new blog and I hope the British people listen and stop sleep walking, I hope they start respecting good immigrants who obey the laws, i hope they start recognizing the difference between enemy and friend. Thanks with the other blog it was good one and I hope your new blog be even better.

Daniel Nessim

June 27th, 2011 10:42pm

I'll be reading your new blog! It would be great if readers could post comments there - I enjoy reading those.


July 1st, 2011 4:40pm

I only ever read the Spectator for your blogs anyway.
Goodbye Spectator


July 6th, 2011 1:37pm

M Phillips, If what AY and AAE say is the correct reason for your leaving, ie a distaste for your views, then the Spectator can at least now look forward to more plugging on Radio 4 from now on.

Kit allen

August 17th, 2011 11:23am

No book has ever impressed and depressed me as did your "All must have prizes" .I will be with you on your new site.

Tom Jones

September 20th, 2011 8:29am

Hi Melanie,
just reading your book the world upside down. I was very impressed with the begining of the book, but think that you are labouring the Jewish/Israeli bit too much. I understand why you have said some things (more than once), but enough is enough, as the message could get lost. I am currently on page 188 and looking forward to getting away from the same, same.
Apart from the above good solid read, thank you.
No i am not anti jewish etc, so do not say Tom from Southampton said in your next book.
Regards Tom


March 23rd, 2012 9:57am

This is an unfortunate time when newspapers, Internet and television services broadcast in toxic waste, ranging from pride lies, threatening mumble,, unitelligible Moo.

Your article was a reminder that there are still some people around who use human language and speak up for what is good and right. Try and allow comments, Melanie. We have diskusijas.Geriausias thing about blogs to read others' opinions, especially when they are, as is often the case here, erudite, and interesting. Of course, there must be someone who would be interested in part-time and who can weed that is too controversial / irrelevant / racist etc. comments are mostly what the blog is about!

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