Saturday, April 26, 2008

Technical Problems

Overnight something has happened. Not sure if it is technical failure, a hacker attack or just a glitch. Everything is backed-up and will be restored in due course…

UPDATE : It was a glitch. Thanks to Dizzy for the solution.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Bloggers Force No. 10 to RemovePartisan Material on Website

Shane Greer wrote a story on Friday highlighting the links driving traffic from the Downing Street website to the Labour Party’s local elections campaign website. This breaches the Ministerial Code which states explicitly:
6.3 Official facilities and resources may not be used for the dissemination of material which is essentially party political.

or

8.4 Ministers must only use official machinery for distributing texts of speeches relating to Government business. Speeches made in a party political context must be distributed through the Party machinery.

Linking to the front page of the Labour Party website seems to Guido to clearly breach the rules.

The Cabinet Office issued specific guidance on 20 March 2008:


“Elections to Local Authorities in England and Wales and to the Greater London Authority – Guidance on Conduct for Civil Servants in UK Government Departments”

Under the heading “Communication Activities” it states…


“It is also important to take care with official websites which will be scrutinised closely by the news media and the political parties during election periods.”

The story was taken up by PJC and Wonko’s World. Wonko complained to a Mr Brown (no relation) on the Ethics Desk of the Cabinet Office. The link was gone yesterday afternoon. So much for the PR skills of the much heralded Carter imported Downing Street digital new media team. Guido has been compiling evidence of a pattern of systemic fraud by the Labour Party in abusing government resources for partisan purposes…

developing…

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

March Stat-Porn : 458,475 Page Hits from 352,291 Visitors

The most popular story last month was about Nick Robinson’s expenses and Cameron’s slap down of Ed Balls. Invariably the top referring sites to Guido over the last couple of years have been Iain Dale, ConservativeHome and PoliticalBetting.com. Of late however some of the Big Media political blogs have started coming up the rankings. This month (for the first time) the Speccie’s Coffee House blog sent more referrals than Political Betting, putting it at #3. Google sends more referrals by far, however the top ten referrers after Google and Yahoo are:

#1 Iain Dale
#2 ConservativeHome
#3 Coffee House blog
#4 PoliticalBetting.com
#5 Times Blogs (Red Box and Comment Central)
#6 BBC (Nick Robinson, Newsnight and Daily Politics)
#7 Telegraph Blogs
#8 Biased BBC
#9 Dizzy Thinks
#10 House Price Crash Forum

What this tells Guido is that Big Media is beginning to catch up on us new media insurgents. The surprise is that we have held the lead for so long. When you consider the resources being poured into blogging by media organisations with existing high traffic news sites and cross marketing opportunities, it is nothing short of phenomenal.

The Centre for Policy Studies produced some research comparing political blogs using data supplied by Hitwise. Hitwise uses technology embedded at network level with ISPs and is generally considered by the online industry to be the most reliable source of competitive data. Hitwise draws data from millions of British ISP accounts tracking internet activity. It does not rely on cookies or toolbars so is not skewed or possible to “game”.

The data above is for unique users. Below are some other well known (in the blogosphere) sites with surprisingly small traffic numbers. Ben Brogan’s blog is read by everyone in the Westminster village, but it seems to be read by few outside it. As you can see, Labour’s leading blogs just don’t have much of a reach in comparison to their right-of-centre equivalents.
Guido has bad news for his Big Media rivals, he has plans to ratchet up the content this year and the stickiness of the site to drive traffic over the million hits a month level…

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Vote for Dale – To Be On Celebrity Big Brother

Iain is feigning indecision methinks, in true blogging style he is polling the readers. Vote for him to go into the house…

Friday, March 28, 2008

Get Guido’s Headlines Texted to Your Phone for Free

The feedback on Guido’s headline to SMS text message service has been universally good. Particularly since it is totally free…
The service really comes into its own when there is fast breaking news. The free service texts a message containing the headline, followed by a clickable link which (on web-enabled phones) will take you directly to the full blog story. Subscribe here.

You’re either in front of Guido or behind…

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Barred by the Blogosphere from Bars and Pubs

Cameron picked up on this at PMQs as has the BBC and the Telegraph. Guido first saw it on the Devil’s blog, he hat-tips the Reactionary Snob. The Wardman Wire has an amusingly po-faced audio report from the BBC. The Devil-designed A4 poster download is suitable for pub windows. The mandatory Facebook group is up here.

Guido will give a prize of a copy of John McCain’s new book Hard Call: Courageous Decisions by Inspiring People to anyone who comes up with a decent campaign sing along in a pub song. Entries in the comments…

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Guido is on the Beach

Have however just noticed that the readers of ConservativeHome.com have voted their favourite use of new media to be Guido’s 2007 video of Gordon Picking and Eating His Nose Bogies.

It is gratifying to see how successful that video has been – it is probably the most successful British political YouTube video of all time (there are about 4 different versions of it doing the rounds, including a viral one formatted for mobile phones). To put it in perspective, that one YouTube video has been seen more than all of the Downing Street YouTube channel’s output combined.

Guido would like to remind you how Paxman and Michael White et al sneered about it. Who had the better judgement about what people really wanted to know about Gordon? They wanted to know for themselves – did he really pick his nose? In the end even BBC News reported it, though they described it as “alleged evidence on the internet”. The video has also been seen around the world on various conventional TV broadcast news shows. Canal Plus in France has a late night equivalent to Newsnight, where the prettier female equivalent to Paxman was in fits of laughter that the English would make someone like Gordon, who would do that in public, Prime Minister. Hundreds of thousands of people have watched it. Why is it so popular? Because we like to laugh at our rulers, that is a very healthy thing – unlike eating your bogies…

It remains Guido’s favourite single production. So, just for all the fans, one more time:

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Gordon is Hiring Two Web Specialists

This should be a laugh given Labour’s cack-handed approach to web-politics. The two new hires will report to David Muir, the new Downing Street director of political strategy brought in from WPP.

WebGordon with a manically innappropriate smiling Brown will be cringe making…

UPDATE : Alex Hilton says he is not one of the hires.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Question Time : Recess Monkey v Iain Dale

No not the main show, the extra bit afterwards on News 24. Iain Dale will be battling for the post match spin with Alex Hilton of Recess Monkey and LabourHome on Question Time Extra tonight (BBC News 24, 11.35pm).

You can email the show using this link to submit questions.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Get Guido’s Headlines by Text Message – Free

As part of Guido’s aim to be ubiquitous on all new media platforms he has partnered with the Twitter service to provide headlines in real-time to your mobile via SMS. Guido won’t charge you a penny* wherever you are in the world.

The text message will contain the headline, followed by a clickable link which (on web-enabled phones) will take you to the full blog story. Guido has been testing it for a few weeks with 20 subscribers and it seems to work well. Subscribe here.

You’re either in front of Guido or behind…

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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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