In today’s Independent on Sunday:

It’s just after breakfast time and Giles Fraser is smoking his third fag of the day. Clad in faded black jeans and a baggy black T-shirt, he flicks haphazardly into a full ashtray on the floor and scrolls down the Twitter feed on his computer. As a morning ritual it is pretty familiar to scores of the jobless. Then again, the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, to give him his full honorific, is unemployed

Tomorrow he starts working shifts on the leader desk at The Guardian, which he plans to do for the remainder of his notice period. He also has a documentary planned with the BBC and will continue to do his regular slot on BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

In the past month on the BBC:

19/12/11 Start The Week with guest Giles Fraser.
23/12/11 Thought For The Day with Giles Fraser.
24/12/11 Saturday Review with guest Giles Fraser.
25/12/11 Constantine – the man who invented Christmas presented by Giles Fraser
1/1/12 Sunday with guest Giles Fraser.
5/1/12 Newsnight with guest Giles Fraser.
6/1/12 Thought For The Day with Giles Fraser
13/1/12 Thought For The Day with Giles Fraser

During his recent appearance on Newsnight one of the programme’s producers – Sara Afshar – tweeted “Giles Fraser is great” and “I actually cheered at one point“. With his adoring lefty fans at the Guardian/BBC, one thing the Reverend Dr need never worry about is being unemployed.

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  1. john says:

    Aren’t we blessed ?


  2. cjhartnett says:

    Won`t Rowan Williams be seeeking a cat to stroke now that Galloway is lapping up in Tehran for PressTV?
    Giles Fraser clearly the kind of better-proportioned cat that the BBC would love to stroke a little more in the Guardian Chapel, should they like to swap Marc Bolan boas and memorabilia?


  3. joseph sanderson says:

    It was utterly clear by the way he decided to resign his position in the most public manner that the man had decided that his best career move was to take a left-wing stance and support the idiotic occupy movement.

    The fact that the BBC & Guardian have fallen for such an obvious tactic which this egocentric fool implemented shows just how ideological positions will outweigh any value employing such meglomaniacs brings.

    I can almost guarantee that within the next year the Reverend Fraser is going to say or do something that will have the BBC / Guardian axis disowning him as fast as they have taken him to their breasts.

    We have seen with other left-wing poster boys / girls such as the silly fool  Jody McIntyre that the pathetic need to be invited to write articles or appear on TV will as night follows day eventually lead to them making comments which even their most ardent supporters will stop asking for their views.


    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      ‘…his best career move was to take a left-wing stance… 
      …the BBC & Guardian have fallen for such an obvious tactic…’

      There’s a lot of it about.


      Out of a pool of 60M, the Rev does seem to have a lot of thoughts those at the BBC who slect such things appear to feel others should share in. Like it or not.


  4. 1327 says:

    Excuse me but this is a tragedy !! While Giles (the Right on Right Revenend Right) is fully employed and appearing 24/7 on all Beeb channels you may not have noticed but former Beeb pin up girl Shami Chakrawhatnoti has vanished made unemployed by a white ex-public school man. While we laugh the poor girl is probably down the job centre now and probably working in Poundland for free next week.


    • cjhartnett says:

      I`m sure I heard that ,by public acclaim: Shami will be gracing the airwaves soon-Start the Week, Any Questions…any such soft landing vehicle for a Liberal love-in.
      Funny that she`s never about when there is any civil liberty stuff that might displease the rest of us…Qatada, Saif Gadhaffi and the LSE for example!
      Just the sort of pastel sandbag that even Jimmy Savile would have thought tasteless on Jim`ll Fix it!
      First whiff od grapeshot and she`s off to Matrix Chambers for a girlie day of pampering with Cherie, Gareth etc.
      Think most of their sponsored nail bars in Kabul are out of business, now that most educated women there don`t have nails anymore…Yvonne Ridley says it`s because the US made them bite them off!


    • London Calling says:

      One of the Failygraphs in-house bleeding-heart lefties Christina Odone attempts a eulogy to Chakrabarti, but the comments that come pouring in seem to take a rather different view. Priceless. You can write any old crap but you can’t get away with it nowadays.



      • My Site (click to edit) says:

        Shame the comments are now closed. Most reccd:

        The whole thing is a charade, the panelists and audience do not represent the British people.’


  5. Martin says:

    The Guardian know that if they ever lose their jobs because their paper is shit and sells 10 copies per day, the BBC will always provide them a nice lefty home.


  6. Chuffer says:

    He’s obviously a bright bunny – graduating from Newcastle (according to that CV printed in the Indy) with a philosophy degree before he was even 20!


  7. Merlin says:

    A little off topic folks but still relevant. Did anyone have the misfortune to endure the ‘Big’ Questions this morning? It was perhaps the most biast and constructed (in the favour of liberals) audience I’ve ever seen. It was a disgrace with spoilt middle class lefties having the lion’s share of the mic/views and the opposing side having weak speakers at best (not that they were allowed much of the airplay).  What are the BBC doing tryng to promote these Occupy upper class drama student filth? They are all outspoken, santimonious and self-congratulatory brats who don’t and never will (courtesy of Mummy and Daddy) have to reside in the real world of work.  Why doesn’t the BBC try airing the views of the normal voter and license fee payer? You can bet your backside that the lazy outspoken dreamer Occupy London socialists don’t contribute one jot!  And has anyone seen the headline on the BBC website, Opposition Grows To Benefit Cap? They fail to highlight that the only people to oppose these measures are from, yes you guessed it, Liebour and the Limp Dumbs. I pray for the day when this socialist propaganda machine is dismantled and replaced with a channel that can both fund itself and survive in the free media market;  more importantly, I can’t wait for the day when we have a TV news channel that actively promotes and represents the views of the normal folk of Britain.  


    • Martin says:

      Because the average beeboid is a wet left wing white middle class drama student luvvie Cocaine snorting twat.


      • stevefb says:

        C’mon, Martin – get off the fence 😉


        • London Calling says:

          Beeboids: eight out of nine adjectives derogatory – I’m counting “average” as a compliment. Exactly the bBCs idea of even-handed to me. I’d say Martin’s got it “about right”. Totally balanced. I expect its genetic.


  8. Durotrigan says:

    Ah yes, Giles Fraser: the ‘Christian’ cleric with a penchant for quoting that well-known ‘saint’ Frankfurt School philosopher Herbert Marcuse on ‘Thought for the Day’. Is he also a member of the SWP?


  9. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Sometimes the BBC quite likes religious Christian authority figures: when they hold the approved thoughts and promote far-Left ideals. The BBC’s fondness for Fraser has nothing to do with his religious beliefs and everything to do with his politics.


  10. Jeremy Clarke says:

    Lefty vicar, supporter of Occupy, darling of the BBC and now Guardian leader-writer.

    A seamless transition…


  11. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Since the BBC loves Fraser for his support of their darling Occupiers, I’ll post this here. You know your movement’s over when:

    ‘God’-awful OWS mob steals sacred item from church

    There’s no longer room at the inn at a Manhattan church that’s sheltering Occupy Wall Streeters after a holy vessel disappeared from the altar last week.

    When the Rev. Bob Brashear prepared for Sunday services at West Park Presbyterian Church on West 86th Street, he noticed parts of the bronze baptismal font were gone.

    In a fire-and-brimstone message to occupiers later that day, he thundered, “It was like pissing on the 99 percent.”

    Funny he should say “pissing”:

    In Brooklyn, at another church housing OWS protesters, an occupier urinated on a cross, according to Rabbi Chaim Gruber, who has angrily abandoned the OWS movement.

    In a letter last week to OWS obtained by The Post, the rabbi fumed, “The Park Slope church housing occupiers was desecrated when an occupier peed inside the building and the pee came into contact with a cross.”

    Apparently, not even the crackheads during the worst of the 80s touched the sacramental objects. Oh, and another one of these people whom Katty Kay championed as being filled with a love for humanity and sense of civic duty stole the Rev’s MacBook Pro. Property is theft and all that, eh?

    BBC: We don’t report things which make our darlings look bad.


    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      BBC: We don’t report things which make our darlings look bad.

      Making what they do do not ‘reporting’, really.


  12. cjhartnett says:

    The “Today” editors must have read the headline above, and decided to answer the question;so that Giles need not fear!
    Why else would this hopeless vehicle of the Liberal Left devote a whole hour to “welfare” this morning.
    Resolution Foundations, Magic Breakfast Clubs?….how many quangocharities can go through the BBCs revolving portal of grievance in a couple of hours?…can`t they just elect one soapbox and wristband, so we all get the message….”we wanted more of Labour, and you bastards let this lot in…you`ll not hear the end of it”
    There`ll be precious few croissants around W11 this morning, by the time the Labour cuckoos have cleaned out the Green Room.
    Poor old Evan Davis` nose will be flat as Jack Bodells having continually chased the parked car of IDS this morning…Iain may well think of heading up a Special Needs class for the likes of Evan-or at least teach listening skills, if they can`t actually get to the “reset” chip( more likely on a convenient partners shoulder, rather than his own!) 


  13. joseph sanderson says:

    I just noticed that the useful idiot Fraser has just had an article published in the CiF section of the Guardian in which he drones on about courage, the strap line of the article is as follows:

    The question of moral courage – and whether you can get better at it – has stayed with me ever since I was shot at by Israelis

    Amazing is it not that this ex priest managed to somehow get himself shot at by the nasty Israelis, no wonder he is so popular with the BBC / Guardia.

    Funny enough his claim of being shot at by the Israelis has never been verified!



    • My Site (click to edit) says:

      Funny enough his claim of being shot at by the Israelis has never been verified! ‘

      Was this ponited out in the slew of comments that are not as free as the Graun claims, now excised as…

      ‘This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by ourcommunity standards. Replies may also be deleted’