Monday, September 9, 2013

What Is Going on With George Osborne’s Hair?

Guido has noticed a distinct change in George Osborne’s hairstyle over the last few days. Gone is his old, fluffy, classic posh look with the hair pushed back revealing the early stages of a recession. In its place is a boyish pudding bowl cut, pushed forwards, taking years off him:

The new coif was displayed in all its glory during the speech on the economy this morning:

Guido is reminded of the infamous Sunday Sport feature “Footballers who look like lesbians“…

Friday, July 26, 2013

SpAd Movements: Osborne Aide on Maternity Leave

Guido hears Treasury SpAd Eleanor Wolfson, better half of former Osborne adviser and Tory donor Lord Wolfson, is off on maternity leave. Jennifer Donnellan is being drafted in as cover. Walking the well-trodden path from the Conservative Research Department to Special Adviser…

Thursday, July 25, 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…

Friday, July 19, 2013

Misery Index: Summer Sunshine

With temperatures hitting the thirties, the Aussies capitulating at Lords and borrowing down last year, it’s smiles all round this summer. Unemployment fell again this month and, crucially, Public Sector Net Cash Requirement is down at 3.1 from last month’s high. Which all gives us a summer Misery Index of just 12.03. Pimms o’clock…

N.B. stats bods can check Guido’s adding up here.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Does this Government Care About Middle Class Families?

Guido knew that the structure of marginal tax rates following a decade of Brown’s insidiously stealthy taxation and redistribution was malformed. How malformed was only driven home after reading a note from the Centre for Policy Studies. It is obscene how this government has punitively taxed the middle classes…

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The CPS use a simple not atypical example of a married man with two children, who has no savings or investment income, and no student loans. Factoring in allowances and changes to child benefit, his marginal rates will be as above. A middle-class single income family with 2 children and the father earning £50,001 will have a marginal tax rate of 59.5%. You don’t have to be a fully paid-up member of the Taxpayers’ Alliance to think that is far too much.

Next year will be the thirtieth anniversary of Nigel Lawson’s 1984 Tax Reforms. George Osborne says he is Lawsonian, if the Chancellor wants a legacy and the gratitude of the electorate, simpler, flatter, fairer taxes would be the right thing to do. It might win back the middle classes at the ballot box as well…

Friday, June 28, 2013

Putting Final Touches to the Sun Column

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Great Burgers Of Our Time

Ed better think again about that pasty-gate style trip to McDonalds, he’s no stranger to a posh burger himself. Presumably more of an emmental cheese and Diet Coke man.

Meanwhile Clegg has gone out to bat for the Chancellor on LBC, confessing he also eats at Byron and is partial to their Oreo milkshake:

Grant ‘McLovin it’ Shapps? Well he’s just a man of the people:

Great burgers of our time…

Pic via @eyespymp

Ed Vaizey makes his own (H/T @asabenn):

Whereas Dave and Barry prefer wieners:

Size isn’t everything for Boris:

Vince Cable went to Maccy D’s but stuck to the coffee. He doesn’t look like he was McLovin it.

William Hague and Kevin Rudd prefer long ones:

Double-Dip Recession Never Actually Happened

osbbSlightly better news for Shamburger George this morning: Office of National Statistics revised figures say there was not actually a double-dip recession. GDP growth between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 has been revised from a fall of 0.1% to flat. Whether that’s what people will be taking about round the water cooler is another thing. Byron to celebrate? 

UPDATE: Everything you need to know courtesy of this ONS video:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tory Uproar as Labour’s Toby Perkins “Flipped Osborne Finger”

Watch closely for the reaction of the PM and the Tory benches as Osborne asks Labour about their spending plans. Cameron’s face turns to shock as he and a number of other Tories point towards Labour MP Toby Perkins, sitting on the third row. From the video it is not clear why. Tory MPs are adamant this afternoon that it was because Perkins “flipped Osborne the finger”.

As Bercow intervenes you can hear a Tory MP shout “it’s Perkins!”. Guido is told that a Tory MP then passed a note to the Speaker making the allegation against Perkins, Bercow then ripped the note up and put it in his pocket. Perkins’ office are currently refusing to comment. All very parliamentary…

GRAPH: Cuts By Department

Pickles shows himself as the “model of lean government” with a 10% cut, alongside Grayling and Maude, while the Chancellor leads by example. Hammond and May get off lightly…


Seen Elsewhere

Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome
UKIP Poster Girl’s Naked Photos | Sun
Miliband’s Radical Old Labour Agenda | Fraser Nelson
Meet Team Miliband | Dan Hodges
Run Boris Run | Times
Tories Pledge to End Onshore Windfarm Subsidy | Telegraph
Labour’s Plan to Attack Part-Time Boris | Standard
Ex-Sun Hack Cleared After 582 Days on Bail | MediaGuido
11 Times Boris Denied He Would Stand for Parliament | Buzzfeed
Attacking UKIP’s Posters is Counter-Productive | Guardian
Sarkozy Tried it on With Hollande’s Ex | Times


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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