GOTCHA!

Fooled some readers and bloggers yesterday. Guido will spare the blushes of the leading blogger who explained in detail why Guido’s traffic would and should be down. Despite the move and the resultant broken links, traffic is again up some 10% last month, unique visitors: 326,897, pageviews: 478,717. Iain Dale remain’s the main referrer – as if Tom Watson would ever be popular.

In the coming months Guido expects big developments in Loans for Lordships, including a new witness coming forward. Gordon Brown’s very own Smith Institute will be in Guido’s line of fire – expect a direct hit.

This is the blog you love, and they hate.

Traffic Surprise

Two surprises in fact – last month saw an unprecedented dip in traffic to this blog. Excluding the summer and Christmas holidays (when Guido stops posting) this blog has had a year-on-year, month-on-month trend of rising audience numbers. Today sees the end of that trend. Traffic dipped some 20% down to a mere 368,401 page-views, below even January’s 404,427 page-views. Guido presumes that last month’s website re-design and re-location of the hosting from 5thNovember.blogspot.com to www.Order-Order.com was a factor.

The second surprise was that Tom Watson MP has replaced Iain Dale as the top referring website, an indication that perhaps his traffic is either eclipsing Iain’s or that he writes about Guido more. Hard to say.

Speech Writing This Morning

Best Man at a wedding this afternoon, so no blogging…

As Usual With Upgrades, Things Need Tweaking

Consider the blog to be in Beta version…

UPDATE : Colour error fixed, apparently an errant { was responsible. Those complaining about the width of the text box being too small should know it is unchanged, the page is just more wide-screen. The text column on the left is, if you are one of the increasing number of people reading this on a mobile device, a better format. More tweaks coming.

That Taxpayer Funded Non-Political Blog Again

When the Treasury finds out it is paying for this someone is going to be in big trouble. How did this get through moderation? If you have a civil servant paid a pro-rata rate of some sixty grand to do the moderation you’d at least expect them to be attentive given the controversy.

Da Fink reckons that the Miliblogger would be liberated and change from the Steve Davis of political blogging into something more interesting if he was on a Labour party hosted, rather than a Civil Service restricted, blog. Guido is not convinced that even uninhibited free association wonk-speak would be that interesting. Ever.

Miliband’s Blog Assistant Costs £62,400 a Year

Further to the stories about the Miliblogger’s taxpayer funded blog, Tory Radio has calculated that since Miliband says
…he has an official effectively acting as his blogging assistant who does about 10 hours work a month at a cost of £300. Now if that was equated to a full time equivalent that would be say 40 hours a week at £30 an hour for 52 weeks which is a whopping £62,400 salary.

£62,400 a year is more than an MP’s salary. The blog should be hosted by the Labour party and the asssistant’s salary should be paid by the Labour party. Miliband should concentrate on sorting out Defra’s serious problems rather than profile raising, partisan propanda blogging.

Miliblogger Sulking, De-linking

Miliband has, in an incredibly revealing fit of pique, now removed his link to this blog from his blog-roll, (he only added Guido to his blog-roll a month ago for some blogospheric street cred). This follows the New Statesman recently removing their blog link last month after Guido criticised them for not covering the Smith Institute scandal, despite them sharing an office with the Sith. Is Guido bovvered?

This proves Guido’s oft made point about politicians and their alleged desire for an interactive online conversation with the public, they only want agreement and consent, not dissent. How enjoyably childish of Miliband.

The Right Tunes

Da Fink is asking for music choices from right-leaning types. My personal favourite tune is (ex-Massive Attack) Nicolette’s “No Government”. Cool Acid Jazz with anarchist philosophy in lyrical form. Before you protest, anarchy is right-of-centre if you are an anarcho-capitalist.

“No government is a way of life. No government means to trust your friends. I know who I am, and you know who you are. If everybody knew what they wanted, There’d be nothing, nothing left. People would do what they wanted, And there’d be no government.”

Rolling back the state sounds funky and cool, you can listen to a short snippet here.

To wind up Guardian-reading peaceniks, nothing beatsBush was right! Play it at full volume.

UPDATE : The Tories have got in on the act this morning playing “99 Red Balloons” and releasing a photo-op balloon for each of the chancellor’s stealth taxes…

House Keeping & Comments Policy Reminder

  • The hosting of this blog is now on Google’s backbone and anything other than http://www.Order-Order.com is likely not to work.
  • Back to the perennial comments policy: there has been too much discussion of policy and politics in the comments of

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Blogged on Thursday, Frontpage on Sunday

Guido’s readers had a preview of the Mail on Sunday’s exclusive earlier this week.

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Guy News TV : Chad’s Take On Doughty Street

Chad is madder than a bag of cats and even more green-eyed with jealousy than that-link-boycotter-who-links-most, but sometimes he cracks Guido up, this is one of them. It lampoons a number of mates so it is probably a social faux

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Good News, Bad News for the Monkey

Well he’ll wake up pleased to know that Hilary Benn, for whom he is campaigning, is according to YouGov, the favourite for deputy amongst Labour party members and trade unionists. He’ll also discover that Margaret Thatcher is still alive despite

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