June Statporn: 2,987,543 Hits

Last month saw just short of 3 million page views (2,259,188 + 728,355 via feed readers) from 1,275,022 visits by 214,912 visitors. Many thanks to the readers and advertisers.

Twitterholics might be interested to know that Twitter is now Guido’s eighth biggest source of traffic. By comparison Iain Dale drives five times more traffic to this blog…

Guido banned three comment makers last month who were the source of hundreds of banal, boring and repetitive posts every day.  Get a life…

Brown to do Gay Pride March

Last night Cameron spoke at a Gay Pride fundraiser, though he won’t be on the march itself. 

Sarah Brown will be marching, though apparently her husband won’t be mincing along.

Gordon's Zero Growth Gaffe

Doh!  Dave’s jibe was spot on, today’s feeble performance at PMQs showed that Mandy’s touring of the studios this morning, instead of coaching the Prime Mentalist, resulted in a lamentable performance even by Gordon’s low standards.  Who did the coaching?  Ed Balls?

Courtesy : Crown Blog

PMQs Live-Chat : Liar, Liar Edition

Ding Dong and a Gong

debateLast night’s panel debate on the internet and democracy was as expected a bit of a bunfight, Guido got to deliver about half his speech (intended full text here).   Sir Michael interrupted as soon as Guido gave him some stick (no one had interrupted him). Nick was more reasonable in BBCish way, he bemoaned his blog’s comments – something we have in common.  He was a bit sarky, characterising Guido as a self-absorbed, overgrown student political hack, which was odd given we first met and clashed when he was the dripping wet chairman of the Young Conservatives in the 80s.  He did try to shift the debate back to the big picture.

Grant Shapps was all starry eyed about the possibilities of the internet.  Peter Kellner didn’t like direct democracy.  Questions from the floor complained that we were all in broadcast mode not listening mode.  When the debate organisers (Delib) listened and read out some of the abusive #idebate Twitterings from the large screen feed, it kind of confirmed the panel’s prejudices against listening to crowd sources.  All in all Guido enjoyed himself, hopefully it was entertaining if not that informative for those there.

Guido had to dash, to pick up an alternative award, bumping into a very hurt Lembit at the ceremony.  Had a few pints with the entertaining Stephen Pound, stopping to chat at the bar briefly with the chief whip, Nick Brown, who claims he enjoys avidly reading this blog.  Hmmm…



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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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