July 25th, 2013

Q2 GDP Up 0.6%

As widely predicted, GDP increased by 0.6% in the second quarter. Good news all round as all four main industrial groupings within the economy (agriculture, production, construction and services) increased in Q2 compared with Q1. Services were up by 0.6%, production by 0.6%, manufacturing by 0.4% and construction by 0.9%. That’s almost healthy…


  1. 1
    Bazinga! says:

    If the Tories had actually cut public spending when they first came into power, we’d have even more growth by now.

    I can tell you the BBC is well pissed off though.


    • 9
      Ed Bollocks says:

      Too far, too fast!!
      Too Far, too fast!!
      Too far, too fast!!

      La,la,la,la,la ………….. nurse!!


    • 25
      The New Mandelson says:


      • 31
        Paniagua v5 says:

        Never mind that Chuka, give us the traffic report.


      • 38
        A tweet for tweets sake says:

        And,what do you think Chucka?


        • 53
          Mornington Crescent says:

          If he was pleased, he would have said so.


          • what a twat says:

            Is that tweet to prove to his Streatham constituents that although he’s half way across the world yet again, he’s still in touch with them all?
            I’m sure it’ll be a huge comfort.


          • Fishy says:

            He’s got to get away from the trash somehow, WAT


      • 74
        Chucky O'bama's News Service says:

        As you can see I’m still in Peking and can’t bring you Chucky news today.

        My role representing Britain means I’m a really too busy to report burst water mains and fires. I’m busy selling the Chinese black cabs and today on behalf of the people of Longbridge, I’m close to getting a deal for them to import MG cars. I might even stay on a few extra days to help them sort out the Korean and Taiwan issues.

        I know the Chinese have been really impressed with my looks and intelligence… with the special tuition they have given me I have picked up the language really quickly. Here’s something that I learned from my tutors:



        • 88
          The New Chinese Government. says:

          Yes we are very impressed with Mr UK Chuka Obama.
          All the black colored people that come to China are American, so this is a first for Great Britain.
          We will be asking him to lobby for China to your government. He tells us he will be either Business or Foreign Secretary in a few years time, and can help us immensely with our exports.
          At the very least he tells us he will be Minister of Culture – a most impressive title. We have presented him with a medal and Mao’s little red book to help advance his knowledge.


          • Fishy says:

            Business or Foreign Secretary?

            Prime Minister at the very least….better still, he might even make it to be the BBC’s DG


    • 86
      BBC - Bring Back Communism says:

      This economic result is TERRIBLE NEWS and we will have to come up with loads of “Buts” from Stephanie, Peston, Smith and our “economist fellow travellers” to show the normal doom and gloom agenda.
      We will also constantly quote and have Ed Balls Up on radio and TV to further show how our comrades in Labour will do much better.


  2. 2
  3. 3
    Fabians are Evil says:

    Now sack all the Pilgrims – that’ll give a 1% boost


  4. 3
    Clown (Ex Swivel-Eyed Loon) says:

    Ed Balls


  5. 5
    Claire Perry says:

    I’ve just found a lovely website that sorts words you enter into alphabetical order.

    We need a version of this for Scottish and Welsh words.


  6. 6
    Liar.Politicians says:

    Repeat a lie of growth often enough people will think it’s the truth.

    The UK economy is f’cked, growth paid for with financial frauds like £375bn quantitative easing, and “Help to buy”… the UK is going to have a spectacular crash like 2008.


    • 35
      Osborne: Freddie Mac & Fanny May, here we come! says:

      Too right, growth is a con, driven by selling off the English countryside and by robbing savers of interest for cheap home loans.


    • 46
      Pearl Neclesse says:

      Yep. But only when labia get I to “powerrrrrr”.
      Thus proving again what a set of dickwashes they are.


    • 47
      Fake Britian says:

      Along with the rest of them.


  7. 7
    Winning For Britain says:

    George Osborne is winning for Britain


  8. 10
    Ah! Monika says:

    “I want to export gay marriage around the world, says David Cameron

    Well that explains the increase in GDP very nicely.


    • 23
      Phoney Tony's understudy says:

      I read that too. One wonders what actually motivates Cameron, as it sure as hell is not, conservatism.


    • 34
      Never Ever Happy says:


      • 39
        Firm But Fair says:

        How can Labour have an obese health shadow?

        If she can’t control what goes into her mouth why should we listen to what comes out of it?


      • 40
        Not suprised with Abbott as self appointed shit stirrer says:

        Your community is always cross Diana.


      • 41
        get out of London and smell the fresh air you div says:

        I think you will find Diane the community is already cross, with the politicians faffing about with lesbian and homosexual marriages and making the countries finances secondary, either sort the finances out or fck off and find a job you can do and let someone else try.


      • 43
        Centre Parting says:

        Cross dressing too?


    • 55
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

      GDP=Gay Domestic Product


    • 61
      Chris says:

      Gay marriage was not in the Tory manifesto or the coalition agreement of 2010.

      Three days before the 2010 General Election, David Cameron was interviewed on SkyNews by Adam Boulton. Mr Cameron was asked a direct question about whether he would legalise same-sex marriage, and he said he had “no plans” to change the law of marriage.

      Do you trust this man on an EU referendum in 2017?

      Is he serious, in thinking that he can export his experience in “same sex marriage” abroad like it’s a commodity?

      In the real world, there’s a backlog in the immigration department of 500,000 which will take 40 years to clear.

      Next year, 29 million Romanians and Bulgarians will have the right to work and live in the UK.

      Glad that Dave has got his priorities sorted out.


      • 75
        Common Sense says:

        Dave is no more a conservative than the Pope is Muslim.

        Dave is a liar, plain and simple.

        He cannot be trusted.


        • 79
          Papa Al - Francis Mohammed Iman says:

          Sorry too busy to comment – waiting for sunset before holding mass in this holy month


    • 89
      Just Saying. says:

      Did he mean he wants to export the gays and lesbians?
      If not he is on a road to nowhere.


  9. 11
    nellnewman says:

    But what’s happened to bullyballs’ double dip??!!

    Surely he can’t have been wrong about the economy again?!!!


    • 62
      don't believe a word says:

      What about the BBC’s claims of a TRIPLE dip?


      • 83
        WOW ++++ BREAKING NEWS +++ says:

        The BBC World tv prog presenter today actually admitted that that double-dip thingy they have been going on about incessantly for the past few months NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENED!


  10. 14
    bergen says:

    Out of intensive care at best. But still an achievement after Labour’s disasters in charge.


    • 30
      Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

      Nonsense, we were all quite well off when that nice Mr Blair was in charge.

      Gosh, the money I spent on Amazon in those days. Almost as much as I do today.


      • 42
        Ed Balls says:

        Yes so much better off in Blair’s day from the profits of all those banks that were soon to go tits up.


  11. 15
    The Right Honourable George Osborne MP says:

    Britain’s holding its nerve, we’re sticking to our plan, the economy’s on the mend.But still a long way to go.


  12. 17
    BBC says:


    *quiet sobbing*


  13. 18
    Pleb says:

    Does it not occur to you that this has happened despite the politicians, not because of them?


    • 33
      Actually says:

      There are politicians in this country? There was me thinking they were all puppets, liars and clowns.


  14. 19
    Michael Francis says:

    I agree, Stephany Flanders et al were busy with their knocking copy on the Today program this morning; I wish to God I didn’t have to rely on the BBC for my wireless news.


  15. 22
    Bread & Circuseseseses'es says:

    Wonderfull !!!

    What with the Royal Baby and now this, the populace must be very happy.


    • 32
      jax says:

      Let them eat mr kipling – on offer at your local supermarket for the price you were paying 6 months ago


  16. 24
    Osborner: Robbing pensioners and savers of interest and using it for cheap homes loans says:

    Concrete all over the countryside to give Cameron’s property developer donors a feeding frenzy on our English green fields. And all for what? Another Freddie Mac/ Fanny May housing boom and bust.

    The economics of the madhouse!


    • 48
      John Poulson says:


      Us property developers are all socialists – it’s much easier just to bribe a couple of guys in the local Kremlin.

      More crap flats for the workers!


    • 49
      It is deliberate sabotage says:

      Designed to fail and destroy the economy, yet again.

      Attempting to destroy the country is still an offence, when will we see arrests, starting with Bliar / Brown and then Gideon and Cast Iron?


      • 84
        Burgers are bad for you says:

        Not until it is proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the moon is indeed made of best Stilton.


  17. 26
    Pleb says:

    Isn’t this what QE was supposed to do?


  18. 27
    jax says:

    Is this post a joke? The economy is still in abysmal shape. Wages arent up at all. I for one will not celebrate the gradual degredation of britain into third world shithole by fake conservative neoliberals. Where is the real right wing?


    • 36
      Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

      Cheer yourself up matey. Take a stroll along the Whitechapel Road – or Oxford Street.


    • 67
      cotedebeaune says:

      “Where is the real right wing?”

      Busy running down the NHS in preparation for its privatisation.


      • 72
        Thames Dover Wight says:

        The labour party was doing that a good few years ago, look at all the ex ministers on the payroll of healthcare companies today. The NHS was shafted under lab.


  19. 29
    Burn it. says:

    Seems to me that the no losers,prizes for all mentality now extends to the property market.
    This stale field of over ripe corn is helping to stifle growth.


  20. 37
    Richard Head says:

    Yes, but with a trade deficit (goods and services overall) still running at over £500 per capita per year. This would be OK if anyone could remember when we last had a surplus or could give us a rough date when we will have one again. This still looks like borrowed growth.
    Better economic results than Gordon the Moron managed I suppose but that’s not saying much.


  21. 44
    Your BBC correspondent says:

    We are hard at work trying to find some bad news.


  22. 54
    RED LEN says:


    • 85
      Burgers are bad for you says:

      He’s asking Dave Milibot to see if he can find him a job – out of the reach of the long arm of the UK cops.


  23. 56
    Meeja Cop says:


  24. 58
    Liam Byrne ( aka Baldemort ) says:


    • 90
      Left Wing Economist. says:

      “Lost Decade for economy”? Surely he means 10 of the 13 years under Labour with him and Gordon Broon in charge of the economy.


  25. 59
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    It was nice to see George Osborne out and about last night talking to people actually working.

    I liked the smile on his face when he said he has removed millions of people out of tax.


  26. 65
    Bluebottle says:

    Can I have a pay rise now please?


  27. 73
    Joyous News from Central Office (sponsered by housing developers) says:

    Tories wrecked the recovery and now stoke up house inflation bubble.


  28. 78
    BBC / Labour Newsnight Producer says:



  29. 80
    The BBC talking down the UK economy and recovery(again) says:

    The BBC has spent most of the morning since these results were published putting a negative spin on them…but nobody should be surprised at that it doesn’t chime with the message from Labour Central


    • 87
      Confused of Cambridge says:

      But but but…. (is this a case of left hand /right hand?)

      WOW ++++ BREAKING NEWS +++ says:
      July 25, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      The BBC World tv prog presenter today actually admitted that that double-dip thingy they have been going on about incessantly for the past few months NEVER ACTUALLY HAPPENED!


    • 91
      Rush the Bridge at the Guardian says:

      Labour Central get their orders and ideas from us. Please keep up.


  30. 92
    Jimmy says:

    More than halfway to matching the second quarter figure for 2010. You righties must be so proud.


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