Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Unemployment Falls to 6.4% – Figures in Full

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There were 30.60 million people in work, 167,000 more than for January to March 2014 and 820,000 more than a year earlier.

The proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 in work (the employment rate), was 73.0%. This was higher than for January to March 2014 and for a year earlier.

There were 2.08 million unemployed people, 132,000 fewer than for January to March 2014 and 437,000 fewer than a year earlier.

The unemployment rate continued to fall, reaching 6.4% for April to June 2014, the lowest since late 2008. The unemployment rate is the proportion of the economically active population (those in work plus those seeking and available to work) who were unemployed.

Via ONS.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Downing Street Optimistic Following Freya Car Accident

Guido is sad to bring you the horrible news that Freya, the Osborne family cat, has been hit by a car outside Downing Street. Snapper Steve Back reports the incident happened outside the gates last night and that she is at the vets. The good news is Downing Street sources tell Guido they think she’ll be okay. Get well soon from everyone in the Guy Newsroom, Freya.

UPDATE: Guido understands the incident happened last night towards the MoD end of Whitehall. Freya was clipped and bruised, and taken to the vets. It isn’t thought to be fatal and she should be on her way home soon. Good mews.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Are You a FOB or a FOG?

It’s been a bad week if you are a FOG (Friend of George). First Osborne’s big spending speech was obliterated from the news agenda by Warsi, then Sajid Javid’s second attempt disappeared under Boris’ shadow. Harry Mount in this week’s Speccie explains why the FOBs are beating the FOGs:

“Boris is already forming a loose-knit collection of supporters — FOBs, friends of Boris, to engage in mortal combat with the FOGs, friends of George Osborne, should there be a leadership contest. Jesse Norman and Zac Goldsmith are said to be keen FOBs — they have received little preferment under Cameron and bring powerful cadres of MPs in their wake. Alongside them is Nadine Dorries, one of the few Tory MPs to back Boris openly.

Boris’s deputy mayor, Kit Malthouse — who has the safe seat of North-West Hampshire lined up at the election — will be a staunch ally in the next Parliament. Interesting how Boris loyalists slip easily into safe seats while Cameron’s former advisers have to talk their way past grass-roots Tory opposition to coalition policies.

And here’s where the FOBs have the edge over the FOGs. George’s gang are largely in it for themselves. Their loyalty remains tied up with their own ambitions, which Osborne wisely satisfies from time to time. Boris’s gang are in it for the man himself. And the gang is growing every day. There are quite enough MPs — ones Osborne has been indifferent to — who will do anything to stop the Chancellor getting the top job.”

Are a FOB or a FOG? Maybe you are a FOT (Friend of Theresa)? A FOM maybe (Friend of Michael)? Perhaps you are looking ahead and have become a FOS (Friend of Saj)? Guido suspects in time others will decide to become a FOL (Liz, not Liam) or a FOP (Friend of Priti). Or even a bitter FOE (Friend of Esther). One thing is clear, there aren’t many left who give a FOC…

Thursday, July 31, 2014

GOLD: These Were His Salad Days

“Remember we were partners in crime…”

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Osborne Hooker Arrested After Tweeting “Off His Trolley” Photo

Two days ago Natalie Rowe, the former dominatrix who claims to have done cocaine with Osborne, tweeted this previously unseen photo of a young George:

Her tweets were increasingly hysterical and from her timeline she appears to be having some kind of episode. Today she was arrested for unrelated “abusive behaviour” on the King’s Road last Thursday:

One for the conspiracy theorists. Rowe’s home was raided by the cops after she announced she would be revealing all in a book last year…

Friday, July 25, 2014

Q2 GDP +0.8%: Figures in Full

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  • Change in gross domestic product (GDP) is the main indicator of economic growth. GDP increased by 0.8% in Q2 2014, the second consecutive quarter on quarter increase of 0.8%.

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  • Output increased in two of the four main industrial groupings within the economy in Q2 2014 compared with Q1 2014. In order of their contribution, output increased by 1.0% in services and by 0.4% in production. However, output decreased by 0.5% in construction and by 0.2% in agriculture.
  • In Q2 2014 GDP was estimated to be 0.2% above the peak in Q1 2008. From peak to trough in 2009, the economy shrank by 7.2%.
  • GDP was 3.1% higher in Q2 2014 compared with the same quarter a year ago.
Via ONS.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Another Rejected Ministerial Post
Osborne Aide Quits to ‘Finish Book’

It wasn’t just Liam Fox who told Cameron thank you, but not thank you:

Rob Wilson has a 7,605 majority. Cautious?

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ed Smashes His Negative Polling Record, Slumps Below Clegg
Osborne’s Shock Positive Approval Rating Grows

Ed Miliband has hit his lowest ever personal rating by gold-standard pollsters ICM for the Guardian. The Labour leader has dropped 14 points in the last month to -39, below even Nick Clegg, who has a rating of -37. Cameron has lost last month’s positive rating of +2, dropping to -5, though Osborne has seen an increase in his own rating from +5 to +6.

The force is strong in that one.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bilderberg Guest List 2014

Assorted politicians, monarchs, bankers, arms dealers, spooks, CEOs, media execs and lizard-people meet in Copenhagen today for the annual Bilderberg conference. Here is a selected guest list:

Marcus Agius - Non-Executive Chairman, PA Consulting Group; former Group Chairman, Barclays
Keith Alexander - Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, National Security Agency
Roger Altman - Executive Chairman, Evercore
Edward Balls - Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ben van Beurden - CEO, Royal Dutch Shell
Philip Breedlove - Four star US general; Supreme Allied Commander, Europe
Benoit Coeuré - Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank
Sherard Cowper-Coles - Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group CEO, HSBC Holdings plc
Mathias Döpfner - CEO, Axel Springer SE
Robert Dudley- Group Chief Executive, BP plc
Thomas Enders - CEO, Airbus Group
Douglas Flint - Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings plc
Justine Greening - Secretary of State for International Development
Kenneth Jacobs - Chairman and CEO, Lazard
Henry Kissinger - Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Christine Lagarde - Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Peter Mandelson - Chairman, Global Counsel LLP
John Micklethwait - Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
H.R.H. Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands
George Osborne - George Chancellor of the Exchequer
John Sawers - Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Eric Schmidt - Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
H.M. the Queen of Spain
Martin Wolf - Chief Economics Commentator, The Financial Times
Robert Zoellick - Chairman, Board of International Advisors, The Goldman Sachs Group

What could the head of MI6, the former director of the NSA, the boss of Google and Justine Greening be talking about?

You can read the guest list in full here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Exclusive: Osborne Reveals UKIP Crisis Summit at Chequers

George Osborne has revealed that the Tories held a crisis summit at Chequers this morning on how to deal with the UKIP threat. Both government and party sources refuse to discuss attendees or indeed what was on the agenda. Leaving a breakfast event hosted at No.11 for alumni of Magdalen College, Oxford, the Chancellor explained his premature exit by telling attendees he was taking the unusual step of going to the PM’s official countryside residence in the middle of the week for the meeting. An important pit stop on the way to Newark…


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