Thursday, October 25, 2012

Guido Android App

Some 20% of Guido’s readers now come view the blog via mobile phones and tablets. This new app gives a richer experience – with interactivity. The blog feed on the app is light-format, you can click through to the desktop version with all the comments. Twitter is integrated into the app, as is a tip-off via email function if you have any gossip for us. If you are using the app on a phone you can now call and speak with us just by double clicking. If there is big story we will send users a push notification alert of the breaking news straight to your phone…

It works on on iPhone, Android and BlackBerry as well as iPad and Android tablets. How much for all this functionality? The first 5000 downloads of the app will be free. The Android native app can be downloaded here. For all other devices you can download it here

Treasury’s £1 Million Stimulus

Just as the Q3 GDP figures were announced this morning a perfectly-timed FOI response landed in Guido’s inbox. Between January and October this year the Treasury spent almost £1 million of taxpayers’ money renovating their Horse Guards Road offices. The cash was spent on a project to “optimise usable space”, with hundreds of thousands spent on building brand new workstations, receptions and infrastructure and buying new furniture. That’s one way of softening the construction downturn

UPDATE: Treasury sources get in touch to stress that the project will double the occupancy of the building, freeing up space elsewhere and so saving money. Twice as many Treasury officials under one roof, what a thought…

Paranoia Drives Government into the Arms of MacShame

Not content with distributing planted questions, it seems the Government is really scraping the barrel over the Peoples’ Brexit:

When you need a thief to fight your corner, you know you’re on the wrong side…

Misery Index: Happy Days

We are officially the happiest we have ever been since the Coalition came to power. Unemployment has fallen below the crucial 8% mark, inflation has dipped to 2.6% and the Public Sector Net Cash Requirement has plummeted. Best of all today’s better than expected 1% GDP growth sees this month’s misery index fall to an all-time low of 10.68. The Treasury insists complacency will not set in.

Enjoy it while it lasts…

N.B. stats bods can check Guido’s adding up here.

Guidogram Going Out Shortly

The Guidogram round-up of the week is going out shortly.

Thousands of Westminster insiders read the Guidogram, everyone from Downing Street insiders to Fleet Street never miss it. It’s an early one this week as Ed Balls has the mother of all car crash interviews. Also don’t miss out on Guido’s rent-swapping series.

Join the conspiracy and become a subscriber to the Guidogram, free, to keep in the loop. You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Now Boulton Joins in Balls Deficit Bashing

Full BBC Savile Cover-Up Email to Grant Shapps

Blinking Balls Battered & Bruised By Brillo Over Deficit Denial

Last week Guido flagged up the IMF pouring cold water over Balls telling Andrew Marr in January 2011 that there was no structural deficit pre-crash:

“The IMF declared today that Britain’s structural deficit was £38bn worse than originally thought and running at £73bn or 5.2% in 2007 – a year before that ‘global economic crisis’ Ed Balls hides behind. Here is what he told Marr in January 2011:“I don’t think we had a structural deficit at all in that period [before the recession]” Given the Shadow Chancellor’s fondness for throwing IMF statements around, will he now concede that he was wrong and say sorry?”

No, instead he chose to deny ever saying it. You be the judge…

BARKING: Elphicke’s Star Wins Westminster Dog of the Year

Charlie Elphicke’s four year old Norfolk Terrier, and very good boy, Star has collared the prize of this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year.

Runners up were  David Burrowes and Lindsay Hoyle.

Lets all paws for a round of applause.

UPDATE: Star will be on the Daily Politics.


Seen Elsewhere

Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian
Russell Brand’s New Book “Sub-Undergraduate Dross” | Telegraph
Tory MP Barrister Represents Monaco Billionaire | Scrapbook
MOBO Singers Slam UKIP | ITV
Could UKIP Keep Britain in the EU? | Iain Martin
Why Piketty is Wrong | ConHome
Guido Whips Politicians Into Shape | Guardian
Milburn Levelling Down | Kathy Gyngell
Crosby and Carswell Make Friends at Guido’s Dinner | Mail
Mrs Danczuk Beats Mensch to Win Guido | Telegaph
PM Congratulates Blogger Who Destroyed Minister | Mail


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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