March 15th, 2014

Osborne: Breaking the Budget

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To mark the 2013 budget George Osborne joined Twitter, with his first tweet being a picture of himself at his desk with his red box. What gem will he offer up this year? A picture of his cat? Another burger?  Or perhaps something entirely new?

As Osborne speaks on Wednesday, around him MPs in the Chamber will be tweeting their instant reaction to what he is saying. Journalists will be picking out key announcements and offering immediate analysis before the Chancellor has even sat down.

Or perhaps before he’s even stood up… (remember this?)

This is for good reason too: for many observers, social media represents the only medium through which they will receive updates on the Budget Statement – making it vital for MPs and commentators to spread their messages, viewpoints and campaign slogans as the battleground for the 2015 election heats up.

It is now impossible to ignore what is being said on social media if you want to stay on top of the latest events. For many journalists and politicians Twitter is now the place they choose to break news, before they’ve published it anywhere else.

It has been our aim developing Yatterbox to get the key social media posts (from politicians and over 20,000 UK journalists) to you as quickly as possible. It is free to sign up and create alerts tailored to your brand and its key issues. For more in-depth research you can also search through our database or download analytical reports.

Sign up before Wednesday and follow the drama live with Yatterbox – the easiest way to track what politicians and journalists are saying online.


  1. 1
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  2. 2
    Come on Chelsea says:

    Chelsea for the Premier League

  3. 3
    Baboon's arse says:

    I’ll figure out what my brand is and get back to you.

    In about 30 years’ time.

  4. 4
    Ed Balls Super Fan says:

    The rich will be better off, the poor will suffer.

  5. 5
    local wind says:

    yatterbox … is that where gossips go for a dump

  6. 6
    JH-230912384590231-1 says:

    No, I won’t.

  7. 7
    PS says:

    I’ll say it again, after being removed. I was first as well !!

    Like my FaceBook page

  8. 8
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:


  9. 9
    Crap says:

    Absolute Bollocks.

    All that what you call “social media” does is provide a good old fashioned natter and moan. If you do get involved then it is hard to ignore but if you can’t be arsed with it then it affects fuck all. It’s no different from sorting the world out down the pub.

  10. 10
    30 years from now. Will Abu Hamza be an MP and Al Quaeda courted at Westminster? says:

  11. 11
    Sticks and Stones says:

    Facebook is the new Bully. But if you don’t join Facebook then you won’t know you are being bullied.

  12. 12


  13. 13
    George Galloway says:

    I saluted Saddam.

    Na Na Na Na Naa

  14. 14
    C O (Ξ7) says:

    Some in Russ!a call Facebook FSBook ;-)

  15. 15
    FIFY says:

    If you don’t join Facebook, the NSA and GCHQ won’t know whether you are being bullied enough.

  16. 16
    Frigsby says:

    Does that make it ‘antisocial media’?

  17. 17
    Nothing Better To Do says:

    Absolutely right. \Just another opportunity for political hacks to spread their BS and kid us they are indispensable.

  18. 18
    More interesting than Nobsore says:

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  20. 20
    More interesting than Nobsore says:

  21. 21
    Arm Yourselves Now says:

    Ordinary people, so-called business leaders and MPs have all forgotten that governments rule with the permission of the populace. One half-hearted G.E. every five years does not provide a mandate to turn the State on its head. I believe that what has happened since The Coalition was allowed to have power, is a coup in all but name. As Commander Samuel Vimes mused, policemen gain their power and authority because most people accept they are necessary, but the also forget that there are too few of them to stop a widespread insurrection.
    The current political orthodoxy is based on a blatant lie; that the free market is the best way for everyone to enjoy prosperity. We all know that market is anything but free and that prosperity is being deliberately denied a huge proportion of the population. This is why nationally-important services such as power generation, transport etc, simply do not have a place in this model; when there is no alternative (e.g. to a train which gets you to work on time) there can be no market. I hope the deaths of Benn and Crow snaps those involved in public life out of the dream they have been lulled into. Wake up Britain!

  22. 22
    nigels parchute says:

    Why should some people be able to inflict unnecessary pain and suffering on an animal because of some ancient text?

    When people relocate to britain should we change our laws to suit them or should we insist they change their traditions to meet or laws?

    I think it should be the latter. If they are unwilling to respect our laws then they can continue their animal cruelty wherever they happen to be

  23. 23
    Not a baboon's arse says:

    Hear Hear

  24. 24
    George Nobsore, appealing to the terminally stupid electorate says:

    From Wednesday, money will be no object, as long as you vote Conservative at the next election.

  25. 25
    Anders says:

    If I armed myself, it would be to shoot some socialists – in self defence of course

  26. 26
    Nell says:

    still can’t believe Bob Crow is dead, I loved him in “Gladiator”..

  27. 27

    It goes deeper than the animal suffering deplorable that it is ,they are DARING us to try to put an end to it!

  28. 28
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    And a few rabbits for the pot and maybe an urban fox or two.

  29. 29
    Haich S Two says:

    There’s no H on aitch.

  30. 30
    an empty supermarket shelf coming near you says:

    Where’s his tie, the scruffy get?

  31. 31
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    We’ve been slaughtering animals like this in Britain for centuries. We’ve only got all precious about killing beasts since the dawn of the supermarket.

    Do you think that those frozen Chicken McNuggets didn’t suffer? You don’t know, you don’t want to know, in fact you don’t care.

    Give me freshly sliced kosher any day of the week.

  32. 32
    Liam Byrne says:

    That’s because there’s no money left you fucking idiot.

  33. 33
    rick says:

    I really do believe the indigenous Englishman has become too cowardly/lazy to do anything about anything.

  34. 34
    Olly Garths says:

    Over your last few posts figured you were a H@sbarat.

  35. 35
    dave says:

    Fucking Owen Jones just blocked me for calling him a cock sucking rent boy.

  36. 36
    a carnivore says:

    Animal welfare is a sign of a highly civilized culture, if you want to go back to Medieval practices, fuck off to Pa*iland.

  37. 37
    KBB says:

    I hope the fat Hunt rots in hell – the fate he wished on Maggie when she passed on

  38. 38
    Nutter Warden says:

    Well tie me to a tree and call me Brenda, I never knew that.

  39. 39
    bollocks says:

    With chat up lines like that they deserved much worse.

  40. 40

    Sounds like the most exciting idea since menshn

  41. 41
    Hot Dog says:

    Another failed talking point of the left.

  42. 42
    JadedJean11 says:

    All David Cameron and George Osborne really want to do is protect the economic malignancy that is the City of London/financial service sector: well they would wouldn’t they?
    When Osborne was giving an account of matters to the Lords Select Committee a short while back he was asked what was being done to strengthen the British economy. Someone might have expected him to say something interesting about what Britain was going to produce for export. Instead he just talked about the lack of productivity and what could be done to improve the availability of credit to small and medium sized companies, creating the impression that Mother Hubbard’s cupboard is bare. Hence Cameron’s behaviour one suspects. Mr Mandelson’s lot didn’t do “metal bashing”, nor did Keith Joseph’s. THAT was what the famous signs at the entrance to concentration camps was about, it really was an old warning (1873), from way before the National Socialists took power about the risks of making money lending and fraud a source of income. “Work makes you free” meant just that, an industrial economy is preferable. Unknown to many they were trying to get the people/country out of a debt based, service sector, economy. What IF some sub-populations were genetically more brain-feminised and they could not, as a consequence, take to industrial work? We HAVE learned a lot about genes and behaviour since early in the 20th, and though we ARE now more understanding and tolerant of diversity, we STILL have a long way to go towards better managing it.

  43. 43
    nigels parachute says:

    Its now time to stop it then

    If we could minimise suffering but dont because of some ancient text – then we should hang our head in shame

  44. 44
    nigels parachute says:

    I sometimes hope for nuclear war or devastating meteorite impact just so dave and george just can know what is like to struggle from one day to the next

  45. 45

    Obviously if you wish ill on the city of London financial institutions we can assume you have no money invested in a pension ,no insurance, no bank account, no savings, no ISAs ,nothing.

  46. 46
    Sponsored cunt says:

    Yatterbox sounds absolutely incredible – I’m convinced that it will change my life for the better.

  47. 47
    Crony capitalist (with the accent on the crony) says:

    You are feeling sleepy. Very sleepy.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Anonymous says:
    March 14, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    Total votes cast in by elections where UKIP stood = 9926
    Total Ukip Vote = 2192 = 22.08%

    MAGIC Good old Nige, this just proves the Ugov polling report is biased against UKIP
    Amber Val UKIP = 23.15%
    Canterbury UKIP = 18.14%
    Cheshire UKIP= 25.87%
    East Hamp UKIP = 24.50%
    Hamp County UKIP= 23.20%
    Luton Boro UKIP= 13.13%
    Runnymead UKIP = 28.19%

    Large order for toilet rolls required at Tory HQ

    Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. 49
    ms spruce says:

    you promised you wouldn’t tell

  50. 50
    JadedJean11 says:

    Which country is now the economic power house of Europe…again?

  51. 51
    it definitely wasn't the green wire says:

    told you … vlads dropping zyclon b in the gas already

  52. 52
    calorie counter says:

    how many legs do you get on a macnugget ?

  53. 53
    barry norman says:

    that was russell brand … wake up

  54. 54
    constituency trainbound says:

    you’re wasting your time preaching the virtues of a phrase so tragically engaged with the concentration camps

  55. 55
    ooh you are a one says:

    not even funny

  56. 56
  57. 57

    And badgers !

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Dock them 30 points for the Crimean intervention.

  59. 59

    Don’t criticise his age. It’s a sensitive subject.

  60. 60
    nigels parachute says:

    It wasn’t meant to be

  61. 61
    Village Idiot says:

    …We trusted our educated elites,especially after the 2nd World War,to do the right thing and build a country for the children of those that had given their all to save this nation from a Nazi Europe!…….(that went well)

  62. 62
    Julian Gibb says:

    Correction – “Wake up rUK” (We will have left by then). You can have our last Tory if you want.

    The Free Market is why we are leaving – we did wake up.

    I do feel for you all if Ed Balls gets in (It will be freefall market not free market)

  63. 63
    Julian Gibb says:

    No matter how bad it gets do not think Ed Balls is the answer. The only thing Ed Balls does well is making Ed Milliband look good.

    I am a socialist and these two are not. Anyone who thinks they will improve things for them must also believe Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

    I wish I could suggest an alternative but the choices are woeful.

  64. 64
    JadedJean11 says:

    Please take note.

    Anyone who had to manage large institutions where lots of people from diverse areas come in to contact with one another used to have a major public health risk on their hands. Many of the people finding themselves in camps etc during times of war etc would have had little if any knowledge of this, and the danger of vectors of typhus as they would have lived in small dwellings away from others, where as families they could have maintained their own hygiene – it’s what families do. When you puts lots of unrelated people together, one needs someone in charge to enforce this, and some people will always resist that. That can’t be allowed for the common good. Just try to imagine what it would be like when one has been rounded up against one’s will and stuck in a transit camp. It’s hardly likely to elicit love, admiration and compliance is it? This is one reason why forced mass migrations are not a good idea, or even mass gatherings, and why there are laws against it – it encourages epidemics, public health hazards..

    The WHO on this vector:

    “Body lice are most commonly found in clothing, especially where it is in direct contact with the body, as in underwear, the crotch or fork of trousers, armpits, waistline, collar and shoulders. They attach themselves to body hair only when feeding. The eggs are attached to thin threads of clothing. Body lice are most common in colder areas where people do not frequently wash or change clothes. Body lice are spread by close contact between people. They are most commonly found, therefore, on people living in overcrowded, unhygienic conditions, as in poorly maintained jails, refugee camps and in trenches during war. They also spread by direct contact between people in crowded transport vehicles and markets.

    Body louse infestations may also be acquired through sharing bedding, towels and clothing or by sitting on infested seats, chair covers or cushions.”

    “Only the body louse is a vector of human diseases. It transmits typhus fever, relapsing fever and trench fever.”

    “Louse-borne typhus fever

    This disease is caused by a micro-organism, Rickettsia prowazekii, and is an acute, highly infectious disease with headache, chills, fever and general pains as symptoms.It may be fatal in 10–40% of untreated cases. The disease has occurred on all continents except Australia. It is prevalent in cool areas where heavy clothing is worn and where the vector is most common. In the past the disease was most common during war and famine.”

    Note: “It is prevalent in cool areas where heavy clothes are worn and where the vector is most common”…like Eastern Europe. That is what fumigants were for:- Protecting people. Does that not make more sense than the wild stories which one hears? The Germans (Saxons) are a civilized people, they effectively invented the welfare state under Bismark.

  65. 65
    George Osborne says:

    P.S. that bit about helping hard working people who want to get on wa complete bollicks. I’m proud to be part of the High Tax Party.

  66. 66
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Meaningless, as the average turnout in those locals was less than 23%…

  67. 67
    David Cameron says:

    Oh God I hope that doesn’t happen! Where will I source my Moët eh? What what? With any luck a meteorite will land on those ghastly middle classes!

  68. 68
    Gideon Osborne says:

    I have Aspergers and have no understanding of how human beings operate, but that didn’t stop Mr Cameron giving me one of the most important jobs in the country.

  69. 69
    Labour are toast says:

    He was being funny you twat

  70. 70
    If it sounds like a chatting cunt says:

    It is one.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    So Ed Balls is “daunted” at the prospect of becoming chancellor in an Ed Milliband government. Not as daunted as I am that’s for sure…

  72. 72
    Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

    Where you going ? A nationalistic EU, partnering global corporations in their market manipulation, movement of cheap workers and tax avoidance.
    Good luck with your EUtopia.
    We’ll swap your last Tory for our 4,000,000 cheap EU workers.

  73. 73
    Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

    We’re not a race that needs saving. Or listened to.

  74. 74
    Dr Strangelove says:

    Arm yourself with a brain cell you lefty c#nt.

    If Benn had had his way you’d be speaking Russian and your mum would have been a KGB whore.

  75. 75
    Ed Betty-Swollocks says:

    OK Osborne, tell us what you are going to do when the deficit has been satisfied, the bankers are happy and the economy is on a roll.
    I will tell you what – FUCK ALL. Oh apart from the politicoes troughing goes up. Hunt!

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