April 25th, 2013

Q1 GDP +0.3%

  • GDP increased by 0.3% in Q1 2013 compared with Q4 2012, subject to revisions of on average 0.36%.
  • GDP was 0.4% higher in Q1 2013 than in Q3 2011 and therefore has been broadly flat over the last 18 months.
  • Largest contribution to Q1 2013 GDP growth came from services; these industries increased by 0.6% contributing 0.47 % to the 0.3% increase in GDP.
  • Before the sharp fall in output in 2008 and 2009 the economy peaked in Q1 2008, the lowest level was in Q2 2009.
  • GDP fell 6.3% from peak to trough.
  • In Q1 2013 GDP was estimated to be 2.6% below the peak in Q1 2008.

No triple dip…


  1. 1
    , says:

    Big deal.

  2. 2
    Witty Moniker says:

    Ed Balls

  3. 3
    The BBC says:

    Bollocks we got it wrong again.

    Over to Ed Balls

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Stand clear of the windows near the BBC News room. There will be plenty of depressed people throwing themselves out.

  5. 5
    Magnum of Cocaine says:

    A figure this small is well within the margin of error – so could well be revised down ina month or so for full triple dip or up to suggest green shoots

  6. 6
    Ed Balls says:

  7. 7

    The economy is growing albeit slowly but its clear the trough of the recession was in 2009 over to you Balls.

  8. 8
    wentonsam says:

    WOOOOHOOOOOOO! Bring on the summer of happiness.

  9. 9
    Anonymous says:

    margin of error – plus or minus 1%?

  10. 10
    Chris Bryants Y fronts says:

    Speak for yourself, Ducky!

  11. 11
    The Acne fence company says:

    Would Sir like Larch lap or Picket?

  12. 12
    The ONS says:

    Nope the ONS dude just said margin of error is in the order of .1 or .2 either way. And growth is .3

  13. 13
    Ed Bollox says:


  14. 14
    childoforwell says:

    The BBC won’t like that. Bet they try to get the phrase “triple dip” into the news reports anyway.

  15. 15
    Government Statistics explained says:

    Fake it till we make it !

  16. 16
    Ed's cunning plan to sink Britain says:

    So the service sector is keeping Britain afloat. And labour want to destroy the service sector?

  17. 17


  18. 18
    Ed Balls says:

    Didn’t we have a Triple Flip a few years ago when the Yvette and I did it?

  19. 19
    Gordon Brown says:


  20. 20
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    Shut the fuck up, Ed.

  21. 21
    From the £11bn Indian call centre says:

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  22. 22
    One the BBC made Earlier says:

    The problem with the BBC is that it is so institutionally Lefty they are making continuous self enforced mistakes. A whole day of pre-prepared anti government rhetoric will now have to be thrown in the bin.

  23. 23
    Ed Millibland says:

    To fhar to fatht

  24. 24
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Don’t worry, we’re already going over the granular detail with a fine toothcomb ( Telly Taxpayer-funded ) at this very moment, looking for glimmers of bad news.

  25. 25
    Fishy says:

    Yes. It’s a pity that that graph doesn’t go some years to the left – we might run out of red pixels

  26. 26
    Weybridgeman says:

    I would guess Osborne is running around No 11 Downing Street waving his trousers round his head shouting Yippeeee!

  27. 27
    Steve Miliband says:

    Start building some things.

  28. 28
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    You mean like “very nearly a triple dip”, or “nasty tory led government just scraped clear of a triple dip recession”.

  29. 29
    Scratched record says:

    I wish my kids could go to Eton

  30. 30
    Ed Balls says:

    Some years to the left — that would be 1974-9, say, or 1997-2010.

    PS I am a genius.

  31. 31
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    moderation ffs guido get a new moderator.

  32. 32
    Ed Balls says:

    Witty Moniker, take not my name in vain, for I am destined for great things!

  33. 33
    WELCOME to the CESSPIT formally known as GREAT BRITAIN says:

    Whoopy feckin Doo ! A Massive one third of one percent in nearly three years !
    I’m off out to celebrate and get pissed knowing that every pint i sink , will save me a whole penny thanks to George
    I hope to have saved a whole pound by midnight
    Talk about micro managing an economy !

  34. 34
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    BBC’s Norman Smith puts the figures down to luck. If it was labour, then it would be ” excellent signs of growth “.

  35. 35
    Ed Balls says:

    Can I comb my teeth with it when you’re done?

  36. 36
    WELCOME to the CESSPIT formally known as GREAT BRITAIN says:

    You never stop feckin Eatin !

  37. 37
    Lucky Fucky Dave says:

    The BBC are now saying it is LUCK.

    LUCK. I kid you not they are saying the GDP figures are LUCK.

  38. 38
    What growth? says:

    “The UK’s economic growth for the last three months of 2011 has been revised down to a contraction of 0.3%”

    “UK economic growth revised down for third quarter 2012″

    This alleged growth will be scuppered by an increase in public spending and the the figures will be adjusted downwards to a contraction.

  39. 39
    Len McCluskey says:

    Oi Sooty, sorry, Ed, what’s that you say? Did we sanction what you said?

  40. 40
    Bollocks Broadcasting Corporation says:

    All news editors should immediately access our extensive library of negative Tory stories.

  41. 41

    Mum , Where’s all the food gone out of the fridge ?
    Flabbott : Eaton , buuuuuuurp!

  42. 42
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Why the continuous jealousy Abbott? Are you bringing up your child to be bitter and twisted. One wonders what poisonous crap you feed your child. Why are you so bitter.

  43. 43
    Dave Spartacus says:

    Good — at least 3 people at Westminster are educated, unlike a certain grotesquely fat female MP with a GIGANTIC chip on her shoulder.

  44. 44
    fruitcake says:

    Is that from “Omen” ?

  45. 45
    Fishy says:

    My kids had to go to a ‘bog standard comprehensive’.

    Where did yours go to Abbott?

  46. 46
    One Term Dave says:

    The BBC is an excellent institution. It will not meet its demise under my watch.

  47. 47
    BBC news department says:

    That’s the script written by our Labour chums for the day will have to re-written now. Hours were poured into rehearsing.

  48. 48
    Met Office PR says:

    We predict a BBQ summer due to the obvious global warming, and your generous sponsorship via taxes.

  49. 49
    Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn says:

    I’ve often wondered if its possible to tax a man til he bleeds piss? I aim one day to find out!!

  50. 50
    Andrew Efiong says:

    0.3%? I’ll have a bit of that.

    Good news and Britain is marching forward.

    Ed Balls is irrelevant, a spectre from the past.

  51. 51
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Oh the BBC really do hate the positive figures.

  52. 52
    Macaulab says:

    Government services up 0.6% and at 0.233 weight appears to be key factor.

  53. 53
    fruitcake says:

    No chip on shoulder, she ate it.

  54. 54
    Normal Smith says:

    I really belong on a supermarket checkout. But as long as I say what the BBC tells me I get paid loadsamoney.

  55. 55
    Ivan the Bulgarian says:

    Sounds wonderful. We’re all on our way.

  56. 56
    Chuka ( you can call me Harrison ) Urmunneyaround says:

    They’re still trash and C-list wannabes, sweetie.

  57. 57
    BBC PR Dept says:

    Why of course, if Labour and especially Ed “God’s Own Chancellor-to-be” had these figures, it would be genious.

    Now pay your licence tax.

    Talk left-wing bollocks, it’s what we do….well.

  58. 58
    Wishing says:

    Some news managers have already gone on to the roof, and tossed themselves off.

  59. 59
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Does the Met Office still employ 1600 people?

    When I say employ I mean on the payroll.

  60. 60
    Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn says:

    Abbot doesn’t feed her children. She eats everything before they get home.

  61. 61
    Panem.et.circenses says:

    And a hosepipe ban, if it rains enough

  62. 62
    Nemesis says:

    Good news at last let’s hope it continues.

  63. 63
    Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn says:

    Please bring all your friends and start breeding with the locals. Eventually I’ll be the only British male left and then I can take over!!!! Mooooohahahahaha!!

  64. 64
    wentonsam says:

    yeah cos 0.3% is great news. Don’t know how they’ll spin that into bad news but they’ll find a way. Bloody commy wankers.

  65. 65
    David Laws Lib Dem Fiddler says:

    Guido, I see the Propaganda Unit at the BBC is in full swing to smear Nigel, per your blog yesterday, are they about to ask Osborne about the claims made on US TV regarding his allegedly sordid past when crying Louise?

    The last Tory government was full of sleaze- I seem to remember something about Major and another minister?

    When are we going to hear the outcome of the inquiry about Cameron having dinners with party donors at taxpayers’ expense at No.10?

  66. 66
    sailor says:

    And an even bigger BUM and ugly to boot.

  67. 67
    stephanie flanders says:


  68. 68
    Fishy says:

    Onwards and upwards.

    I was speaking with the owner of an industrial temp agency in Brum yesterday – she told me that she has never been busier.

    Might you according to Norman Smith and the BBC – it might just be luck.

  69. 69
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    The contraction of 6.3% in 2009 should be known as the Brown Bust.

  70. 70
    Fishy says:

    Mind you, not might you

  71. 71
    Norman Smith of the BBC says:

    That was unlucky

  72. 72
    childoforwell says:

    why does guido need a new moderator?

  73. 73
    When in Rome says:

    Diane. Why don’t you just go back home to Jamaica? I’m sure your country is missing you and your expert advice.

  74. 74
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    The beeb is full of tossers, so no surprise there then.

  75. 75
    Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn says:

    What about, ‘The Brown Hole.’ That’s a much better name!

  76. 76
    Meanwhile over in the EUSSR says:

  77. 77
    Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

    Count yourself lucky you are not living in the two thirds of Europe that is in deep recession, as we would be now if Britain had joined the Euro or the Labour party had still been in government.

  78. 78
    kim phil pot says:

    Guido – is this your definition of a BOOM?

  79. 79
    Fishy says:

    Slightly off topic. Failed Lib Dem politician Dr Evan Harris (who sounds like a poor man’s version of underpants Bryant) is on the BBC at the moment talking about measles.

    Rather than confine himself to the subject, he is on to MMR and sticking the knife into the Daily Mail (particularly), The Times and Telegraph. He didn’t, though, mention at all the BBC’s role in the MMR farce. It strikes me this bloke has an agenda.

    It seems that left wing distortions and lies will still be allowed under his ‘hacked off’ regulation of the media.

    Nasty piece of work if you ask me.

  80. 80
    kim phil pot says:

    its Gordon’s Brown Hole

  81. 81
    NoKontest says:

    Tory “sleaze” = a male adult and a female adult having consensual sex

    Labour sleaze = Lying to parliament in order to commit this country to a war resulting in the deaths of 100s of thousands of people

  82. 82

    Oh dear and all those statistics and econometrics exams I passed, folks this really is not impressive. Not even encouraging due to the margin or error.

    If the best you can hope for is that you might have avoided a triple dip, where the margin of error could take it that way, then something is seriously wrong.

    The only real question is could our government have done a better job in this regard?

    Remember that this isn’t simple philisophical political bantering. It is the real life of real people who are trying to get by and on in life.

    Such is the responsibility of government.

  83. 83
    Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

    We would be worse than Spain if we had joined the Euro and Labour were still in power. Both things that the British Broadcasting C’nts wanted.

  84. 84
    beebeecee jurnalyzt says:

    Is it indeed? So please supply the reference showing what the margin of error is.

  85. 85
    kim phil spot says:

    spot on (sic)

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    Lucky spawny bastards! Judgement does not come into it – we have got a scatter shot government, who are flying by the seat of their panties.

  87. 87
    Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

    Yes they could have done a better job. They could have have cut public spending instead of increasing it and cut taxes instead of increasing them. But they could do nothing about the elephant in the room shitting all over the carpet. The EU elephant.

  88. 88
    Walter Buggerit says:

    no its not – their responsibility is to themselves – only and absolute!

  89. 89
    Phil says:

    I agree totally Steph whenever I’ve had the misfortune to switch on and see you open your mouth you are always spouting bollocks.

  90. 90
    The Dismal Left says:

    No one thinks growth of 0.3% is “great news”.

    Growth of 0.3% is however better than 0.2%, 0.1%, 0.0%, -0.1% etc.

    It must really be hurting you leftard tossers that there is any positive news at all.

  91. 91
    Left Wing Economist - oxymoron in name says:

    BBC stated the result “was slightly above estimate”.
    0.3% is almost nothing but compared to our 0.1% estimate and so broadcasted by our friends in the BBC it equates to +200%.
    Biased – good grief no we and the BBC are like the Pope – infallible or is it infallable?

  92. 92
    The Dismal Left says:


  93. 93
    UK Public seeking real facts. says:

    I only wish this were true.

  94. 94
    Phil says:

    They certainly could have done those things but with Cable and Clegg in tow sticking their oars in, I personally, would cut them some slack.

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    wentonsam says:

    “Growth of 0.3% is however better than 0.2%, 0.1%, 0.0%, -0.1% etc.” That’s explicative, you have added precisely nothing to the world.

    “It must really be hurting you leftard tossers that there is any positive news at all.”
    Actually I fully expect all food banks to be closed by the end of the week as there is no longer any need for them. I’m delighted.

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    Cassandrina says:

    Don’t bet on it.
    The economic news from the US is very disappointing and could create us having another heavy cold.
    Europe already has flu and even Germany has a cold as shown by the latest business economic confidence index.
    Obama does not know what to do so it is all up to shale gas and other fortunate economic initiatives that were long out of his hands or mind.
    Don’t expect any good news from the BBC even if it is out there.

  97. 97
    British Met Office says:

    We are now expanding our outreach worldwide so that our flawed information system can be global – so there!

  98. 98
    Mike1961 says:

    I doubt Gideon could grow an erection, let alone an economy..

  99. 99
    Red Ed Millibandwagon, Balls, Bryne, and unions says:

    Hell, we destroyed the manufacturing sector and blamed Thatcher.
    So next up is the service sector and we will blame Dave and others but not us.

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    Heil Cameron says:

    Yes, those on zero hours contracts, housing benefit cuts, bedroom tax, or just lost their jobs, or been unemployed for over a year and forced to work for nothing in Poundland will be overjoyed that the error prone growth figures are barely above zero!

  101. 101
    Ann Elk says:

    George Osborne says growth is evidence the coalition’s policies are helping to ‘build an economy fit for the future’

    If the figures had shown a drop of 0.3% as could easily be the case, would the chancellor be saying that it is evidence the coalition’s policies are NOT helping to ‘build an economy fit for the future’?

  102. 102
    BBC - Bring Back Communism says:

    Two months of expensive effort wasted.
    Oh well there is always a next time and the taxpayer is paying anyway.

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    0800 says:

    This is part of the reason why the establishment will never change – because people are fixated on the slight successes within the system, when the system itself is a catastrophe that serves only a tiny percentage. Step back from the 0.3% growth headline and see the bigger picture – it’s fucking awful. Capitalism and consumerism are bringing the natural world to its knees. There is grotesque inequality. Wealth rises into an ever smaller percentage of the population. The search for short term profit will once again, in a few years, provoke another financial meltdown. But none of this is cause for reflection as the economy has grown by 0.3%

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    Flat Liner says:

    And the cuts have still barely begun to bite. There are more lay offs to come (I heard a figure of 100,000 women going to face redundancy over the coming period or two). We are still on the cusp of the effects of austerity; people have yet to face the impact of the bedroom tax. If this is good news, I dread to think what Osbourne considers bad

  105. 105
    Jamaican Gangster Rapper says:

    We here wood adore to have her back man, she has the body we like.
    But she wood need to cook proper cos’ we lik our food and guiness

  106. 106
    Hillary Benn says:

    Well you did call me a girly name.

  107. 107
    Compare and Contrast says:

    Actual BBC headlines from the time of the London Mayoral Election and the French Presidential Election:

    “Boris just scrapes home” BBC News. His margin: 3%
    “Hollande wins a clear victory in France” BBC News. His margin: just under 4%

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    Pundit Too says:

    Gee, that first BBC radio 4 Stephanomics was dire. All those economic experts plus her, and they still came out with 50% tripe and the rest a fudge.
    I would like someone to ask them in the next programme – Which Socialist state has been economically successful?
    Won’t happen as the anwer is zero.

  109. 109
    Phil Pott says:

    Yeah and unrestrained joy for everyone else as Osborne proves that expansionary fiscal contraction will yet save the day because he avoided a triple dip recession by 0.3%. Hurrah for George! Your hero!

  110. 110
    Associated Press says:

    Ed Balls

  111. 111

    1. When all the hundreds of thousands of people, and their families who otherwise might not vote (remember most dont nowadays) become so aggrieved at what has happened to them and their loved ones that they are motivated by current government policies to get out and actually vote in 2015. Nothing like motivating people by reducing their income, giving them unnecessary stress, ill health and suicides in the family. A meaty economic recovery could save the governments day here, but short of that they have done a really good job of motivating people to vote for anyone else.

    2. When history takes a cool calm reflective look at the harmful consequences of (hoefully) well intentioned government policies. The history books could easily record this government as the example of what not to do.

  112. 112
    Village Idiot says:

    I am not particularly knowledgable regarding economic contraction or growth,but,
    over the years,i have noticed that usually we only “Grow”, after the USA starts to grow…Get into bringing back manufacturing from China and watch the “Bamboo shoots”….Also, how disappointed must the traitorous BBC be at the avoidance of the much touted,”Triple Dip”…(Sounds like an icecream)

  113. 113
    Will says:

    one of the biggest indicators of growth in the US is the sale of pick up trucks as they are owned and run by joe the plumber and small businesses. Ford has just sold a record number of these, so business is improving but yet to feed through to the figures.

    You done invest in a new pick up if your business is going down the plug hole !!!

  114. 114
    Pundit Too says:

    The scalphunters are very busy trying to find people for jobs that the UK education system and the lack of apprenticeships have made very difficult to effectively fill.
    Most vacancies require bespoke systems knowledge to a high degree, and the jobs in sales generally require poaching from the opposition for the sector and product knowledge.
    Internationally my work now requires at least an MBA preferably from a high level university of over 3 years, and that does not include the LSE.
    Doctorates are now acceptable – unbelievable, but this is mainly because there is such a lack of donor funding and capable people. The turnover in US COP’s is almost as bad as football managers.
    The quality of management has been in decline in the UK and internationally for over 12 years in spite of, or because of, management education – the jury is still out, but the drift is somewhat against the “business universities”.

  115. 115
    Astronomer Royal says:

    But we know what Brown’s Hole consists of – shit.

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    Will says:

    Ok in the area where I live their seem to be loads of skips with individual have work done and exstensions done and lofts done, loads of small business work.

    Small business do not register much on the radar of the figures as it takes a while to come through, lots of people are improving.

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    Biased BBC - is there any other? says:

    Good grief what on earth do you expect of us?
    You obviously live in another world to us.
    We scour the world for left wing loonies with a modicum of education and presentation skills.

  118. 118
    Will says:

    ok answer this why have a million (yes a million) eastern Europeans come here to work if it is so bad, maybe it because they can find a job in our economy.

    If you were a eastern European looking for a job would you go to spain or Greece or the UK. Its an easy answer.

    Ps the person who worked in poundland wanted free money whilst she wanted to continue her free work, I understand she now works part time in a supermarket, so yes the work experience did help her.

  119. 119
    Hypocritamus says:

    Fat cow would have no issue sending her child to Eton either.

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    Flibbertygibbet says:


  121. 121
    Will says:

    where did you here that figure from Polly in the guardian, I have heard Christmas is coming as well, I have more chance of being correct than you.

    The bedroom tax why should subsidised tenants enjoy excess housing at ratepayers expense when other families face overcrowding. We all like to live in 3 bedroom houses but unfortunately we can all have them. Why should a single person on the dole live in a 3 bedroom house, when another family with 3 kids is living in a 2 bed flat !!!

  122. 122
    John Humphreys says:

    No triple dip?
    It’s enough to make me weep.

  123. 123
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    One that actually looks at the comments, and not just stick a pin in at random.

  124. 124
    mackerel sky says:

    My barometer and a 45 year old kids Austrian weather house gives me a more accurate weather forecast than the Met Office.

  125. 125

    Conceptually you are correct Will, however in practice what is happening is that:-

    1. people can’t afford to move, and often there is nowhere that they could afford to move to available in any case.

    2. Some councils, notabley in the press some tory London ones, are now being well and truly ripped off by B+B owbers when they rehouse families who have had to move – sometimes 6+ in one room, at triple the going rate. It has turned into a no win sitation for anyone, and is actually costing even Tory councils more money than the status quo was.

    A better solution would have been to:-

    Only enforce the charge if there was a sensible alternative property available that was refused. Remember most people in social housing take what they are given, the newspaper headlines of people refusing housing is rare. I am in social housing and know many who are and I happily took what was offered, a top floor flat. When my wife became ill and disabled we were rehomed to a house and then again when adaptions could not be fitted in the house due to its design. I never once though of refusing or arguing with the council housing policy, it was better than living on the street.

    Making poor and often vulnerable people pay for the past decisions of local government is not right nor fair. While I know some here dont believe it for some it is a choice pay rent pay electricty or buy food. And that is a terrible situation for any government to put its citizens in.

    The policy would have been better implemented more cautiously and with a little more wisdom to avoid the negative social consequences.

    And before you call me a leftie, the only party I have ever been a paying member of was the Conservative Party. I worked my way as a broken child out of a broken home on a Scots council estate into Price Waterhouse, and then ran my own business before my wife became chronicly ill and disabled forcing me to choose between work and caring, a situation that even Norman Tebbit in his Telegraph blog recognised that governments have always failed. Now I am told by Cameron in his hosue of commons speeches that I am a skiver and undecent. I work hard, very hard, and have used my time on welfare productively. Yet somehow I and many like me are now scapegoats for failed governments.

  126. 126

    Interestingly VI until recently anyway America was looking to Europe to sort itself out to help grow the American economy. I’m guessing that it has given up with European economic failures which might be why it is now pressing for a free trade agreement.

  127. 127

    As an aside just received the Tory flyer for the elections, it would seem that vulnerable people now only include the old. So not only are disabled people being marginalised in society they are now been removed from campaign literature. When do the cattle trucks arrive? I can only hope that the natural decency of the British people finally shines through.

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    in the know says:


  129. 129
    Sir Anthony Wedgewood Benn says:

    First was the Wall Street crash, then we had black Wednesday but few will forget the awesome power of Gordon Browns dirty shit hole!!!

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    Wurzel says:

    As several adjustments have shown there wasn’t actually a second recession, it was impossible to have a third!

  131. 131
    the mystic mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

    or they could be being bought by survivalists aiming to head for the hills

  132. 132
    Edinburgh Scum says:

    Hoorah. At long last. Light at the end of the tunnel.

  133. 133
    Simple Simon says:

    That lefty loon Jones (are they related I wonder?) who calls himself the Political Correspondent for Sky got it in in a depressing ‘it’s all gone tits up’ piece earlier today. Why can’t independent news stations employ independent reporters rather than common purpose cast-offs?

  134. 134
    Simple Simon says:

    Just keep today’s lot in the drawer – might come in handy next time and save you a whole lot of re-writing. Nobody listens anyway, so you are nothing out.

  135. 135
    Simple Simon says:

    They all went there because there is a good chippy in the High Street.

  136. 136
    Simple Simon says:

    Norman Smith failed anatomy ‘O’ level – so he still does not know where his elbow is.

  137. 137
    Simple Simon says:

    … and just look at the state France is in as a result of his loony policies!

  138. 138
    Simple Simon says:

    Since they therefore would seem to like negative figures, perhaps George could give them a -50% increase in their telly tax.

  139. 139
    Simple Simon says:

    Fidl, Didl and Lidl?

  140. 140
    Simple Simon says:

    About bloody time too. All this US ‘Business School’ management spe*k bollocks has done more harm to industry than Ed Balls and his abacus.

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    Simple Simon says:

    Brown did not have a bust – being of the male species (allegedly).

  142. 142
    Simple Simon says:

    Do keep up! If presenters/guests do not lick BBC arses, the cheques bounce the same afternoon!

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    Simple Simon says:

    It is difficult to generate any growth when the rest of the world is also in serious economic difficulties – something neither the BBC nor Sky will mention.

  144. 144
    Simple Simon says:

    No Brown Balls did that to perfection. Where do you get your information from? The Beano?

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    A right hoot(s mon). says:

    You are Scotch AND a member of the Conservative Party? Incroyable, vraiment.

  146. 146
    A right hoot(s mon). says:

    That just might be the 11.15 from Kings Cross approaching….

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    A Pedant says:

    It’s not a fine toothcomb, but a fine-tooth comb, i.e. a comb with finely spaced teeth. Handy for those pesky head lice.

  148. 148
    A Pedant says:

    It’s not a fine toothcomb, but a fine-tooth comb, handy for those pesky head lice.

  149. 149
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Excellent. We need the people running the shop to be at least well-educated.

  150. 150

    Not so difficult with lateral thinking. I’ve suggested a range of possibilities many times. Ok lots of practical problems but nothing that could not be overcome if the will was there.

  151. 151

    Balvenie please :)

  152. 152
    Great Granddad:Prime Minister in Waiting, New Utopia Party says:

    Anybody. anybody at all who thinks that it is remotely possible to measure GDP to an accuracy of one decimal place, please give me a shout. I’ve got this delightful little six lane bridge that you might like to invest in.

  153. 153
    Foureyed English Genius says:

    Yes they could. Leave the EU. Vote UKIP!

  154. 154
    1.6 billion says:

    You don’t understand decimal points or percentages, do ya punk.

  155. 155
    Hic says:

    Good point. I can’t see the BBC about to mention that though.

  156. 156
    uknow says:

    “I heard a figure of …”

    you need to stop listening to lefty twats mate, they’ll make up any shit in the vague hope that they might get labour elected again

  157. 157
    Kim Ill Unhhhhh says:

    Why don’t you piss off to North Korea if you think capitalism is so bad – they are the only ones seriously taking any other path

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