The Observer asked Guido to comment on pop culture and politics with a yoof, a depressed Marxist professor and one of their music hacks. It was a Nathan Barley type self-facilitating nodal moment…
For many years Gary Elsby was a regular contributor to the comments on this blog, much to the amusement of fellow co-conspirators. So it is without hesitation that Guido endorses his campaign “to do battle” and “carry the torch of socialism.”
The former Stoke Labour Party constituency secretary is standing as an independent, this is a bit of collateral damage in advance of the full-scale civil war that will come following a Labour defeat. Mandelson is trying to hold the line against the Whelan-Balls-Brown axis which is putting its placemen into upcoming seats using UNITE’s muscle with Tom Watson enforcing the faction’s advantage wherever he can. Mandelson in private sees the battle for Labour’s soul as his primary mission having calculated that Labour is likely to face at least one, if not two terms out of office.
The exit of so many Blairites has been a tawdry money-grubbing affair which has strengthened the Brownite / UNITE hand with ordinary disgusted Labour Party activists. Mandelson has weakened his hand by misjudging matters and insisting that a “toff” like Tristram should be a standard bearer for his faction.
All in all, Stoke promises to be a foretaste of the chaos that will engulf the Labour Party following election day…
For March the blog had some 186,420 visitors making some 1,060,747 visits to view 1,836,000 pages plus 1,038,250 views from feed readers making some 2.8 million views in total. The BBC’s Rory-Cellan Jones on the other hand says that according to Nielsen Netratings “with unique user figures well below 50,000” political blogs are too small to measure with accuracy. This will come as a huge surprise to PoliticalBetting.com, Iain Dale, UK Polling Report et al who all have days, never mind months, with more traffic than that. Guido had a look at Nielsen’s Blogpulse service and couldn’t find a single British blog ranked. Even the massive celeb site Popbitch.com wasn’t ranked. According to one industry source it is because Nielsen uses a panel system. Do they actually have a UK panel? Other UK internet metrics companies track real user data taken at network ISP level or server level.
Anyway if you were not one of the 54,970 visitors viewing 346,044 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:
- Saatchis Sharpen Tory Message
- Punters Slash Odds, Ed Balls Now Expected to Lose
- Spin Room Verdict
- A Future Blair For All
- Guardian Editor’s Internal Rant at Murdoch
- Statistics Boss : Stop Lying Mr Brown
- The Fall of Vince Fable
You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…
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Most business people are wary of getting involved in politics unless their interests are threatened, they know that politics can be spiteful and damaging. That the business lobby has unanimously come out against the NI tax on jobs indicates that (a) they really think it will be damaging and (b) they are not worried about Gordon getting his revenge.
Pardon Guido’s cynicism, but the media regulator Ofcom giving Sky a kicking to the bottom-line over sports re-selling looks likely to have been encouraged by the government since they have fallen out with Murdoch. Sky News seems to have decided as a result to take a tougher line on the government. New Labour under Blair would never have picked a fight with Murdoch on the eve of an election. Murdoch will get his revenge…