Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

The week kicked off on Sunday with the aftermath of the serialisation of  Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader this capped a terrible prior week for Ed. Things looked up on Monday with an in depth pictorial feature on the Slut Walk and we finished the day with some cartoon fun about Mummy Miliband from those crazy Taiwanese. Tuesday we speculated that Dougie Alexander could be behind the Red-on-Red briefings.

On Wednesday we highlighted the £9 billion being exported to the IMF to pay for Euro-bailouts before getting stuck into a post-PMQs row over the shroud-waving cancer charity boss with a political motive, a row that spilled over into the Guardian. Ed Miliband followed up what was judged to be, for him, a successful PMQs with a less successful Twitter debacle. Most observers were amused at the ridicule and scorn heaped on Ed, he promises to let us do it all over again soon. Friday we laughed at the Guardian over the Gay Girl in Damascus who turned out to be a hairy, middle aged man in Edinburgh. Ed Balls losing in court and being ordered to pay his bad debt and costs was a source of huge amusement, particularly when his SpAd tried to claim Balls had won the case.

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

The week started with the IMF giving the thumbs down for Plan B, and Guido calling for Plan A+. Tuesday saw Ed Miliband gurn his way through a speech, then on Wednesday he fluffed PMQs so badly even the Mirror’s loyal Kevin Maguire despaired. Thursday saw Guido send an Indian spaceman to thank the taxman and Andrew Mitchell personally as he boasted to an aid conference about the £800 million DfID is sending India over 3 years. £800 million the government has to borrow via the deficit.

The press release of the week came from Volvo Cars UK. All-in-all it was a very bad week for Ed Balls, dissed by the IMF, mocked by Osborne, exposed by his own hand as a proven liar. Happy days…

This week 85,087 visitors made 258,449 visits to view 392,378 pages. The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

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Monday, June 6, 2011

How The Commons Should Be Run

Guido has been amusing himself with a new toy this afternoon. The Commons Performance Cockpit is designed to introduce some business metrics to the Commons. Using expenses data and MPs attendance and performance information, you can rank Members on value for money.

One fact caught Guido’s attention:

“MP Dennis Skinner wins Commons voting record: He voted in 98.4% of all debates in 2010. Compare this with the member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath who managed to vote in only 33 (13%) of the debates. Relate this to their total costs per debate they voted in and we find Mr Skinner cost £321 whilst Mr Brown cost £3,164 each time they voted.”

Now there is a surprise.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

There was less news flow with Dave raving in Ibiza and Ed honeymooning in Seville. Meanwhile back in Essex the police seem to be plodding along with the case against Huhne.

A quiet news week with parliament in recess, a mere 83,471 visitors made 248,952 visits to view 370,553 pages. The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Turkeys Make Pre-Christmas Clucking Sound

Is anyone actually surprised by the fact that 81% of peers are opposed to reforming the House of Lords? Ironically that’s the figure that will end up being elected if the Coalition Agreement is implemented.  The Times thundered this morning that Clegg’s plans were facing a revolt. What did they think was going to happen?

With only four hundred peers actually doing any work, or even turning up, regardless of whether you think they should be elected or not, it’s time for a cull. In other news, public sector workers don’t like spending cuts…

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week was a monster of a week with super-injunctions, and the breaking of them, driving readers here to find out more as the papers held back for fear of Schillings. Twitter triumphed beating Schillings and the judges with a little help from transparency campaigner John Hemming MP. In a chilling legal environment we kept readers up to date with the battle and made the case against Schillings forcefully.

This blog has also been at the forefront of the Huhne hunt, pushing it along and tracking every development in a story which is now entering its fourth week. You have to admire Huhne’s limpet-like quality in the face of adversity. He spins even faster than he drives, yesterday The Telegraph fell for his line (Guido was sceptical from the outset) and it took until yesterday evening before Vicky Pryce got her rebuttal out via Michael Crick. We’re eagerly awaiting what could be the fourth Sunday of newspaper coverage tomorrow…

All this newsflow made last week the busiest week of the year so far, Monday alone saw 104,923 page views from readers keen on discovering more about super-injunctions and the latest developments in the Huhne saga. The week saw 119,737 visitors making 348,984 visits to view 582,110 pages. Thanks to you we’re Britain’s favourite blog, the one you love and they hate. The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upThe blog has been busy at the forefront of breaking news this week, leading on two front-page issues: Huhne and super-injunctions. On Monday we were the first to exclusively reveal where Vicky Pryce was on that fateful night in March 2003, pipping Michael Crick to be first to pixel. On Tuesday our poll of over 4,549 readers revealed that 96% thought Chris Huhne was lying.

Wednesday morning economic data released showed the unemployment rate falling, we suggested Ed Balls go back to the drawing board. PMQs was rowdy, Aidan Burley MP asked the PM to back Guido’s campaign against “Union Pilgrims”, the taxpayer-funded union organisers paid to agitate full-time instead of doing their frontline public sector jobs. Thursday marked Day 11 of the Huhne speeding story, the point where Alastair Campbell says the game is up.

Thursday we outed the doctor who has appeared in political adverts for Miliband, Brown, Sadiq Khan and Tony Blair. Friday was super-injunction day again, we named the billionaire who has muzzled Britain’s press and laughed at Ryan Giggs for being the fall guy for Schillings, the lawyers who more than any other firm have brought the law into disrepute. For good measure we revealed that the Shadow Chancellor’s political adviser had failed to declare his financial interests in breach of parliament’s rules.

Last week saw 97,086 visitors make 298,256 visits to view 467,784 pages. Thanks to you we’re Britain’s favourite blog, the one you love and they hate. The top stories last week in order of popularity were:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Back to Basics For Balls

Unemployment has fallen by 36,000 to 2.46 million in the three months to March. Youth unemployment also fell 30,000 to 934,000. That is the second quarter in a row the numbers have fallen.

The dastardly Ed Balls and his Muttley-like SpAd Alex Belardinelli are unusually quiet this morning…

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Misery Index : Misery Up As Inflation Rises

Today’s inflation rose with CPI increasing 4.5% in April from 4.0% in March the highest rate since since October 2008. Guido’s Misery Index however uses the Retail Price Index, which though dropping slightly, is essentially flat lining. Misery has risen again due to a rise in the Public Sector cash requirement, which soared this month. We were happier in April, but as the Coalition reaches a year, the Misery Index reaches a high of 20.50. Nearly the most unhappy we’ve been all year…

The Misery Index adds on the government’s deficit divided by the GDP taken from the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Retail Prices Index + Unemployment rate + ( Public Sector Net Cash Requirement / GDP ) = Misery Index

Plugging in the latest available figures for this month gives you:

5.2% + 7.8% + (24.8 / 330.8 x 100)  = 20.50

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

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upGuido has spent the week “Huhnting”. Last Sunday’s papers revealed that the wily Secretary of State for Energy, Chris Huhne, had forced “someone close to him” to accept penalty points to avoid losing his driving licence. A criminal offence and a resigning issue. After much tracking down of former staffers, Guido clicked. What if it was Vicky, his estranged wife, who coughed the arrangement, that took the bullet? While she isn’t necessarily going to incriminate herself this Sunday, it will be interesting to see how far she is willing to twist the knife into her soon-to-be ex-husband’s career. The crosshairs even came out.

Super Injunctions have also been the order of the week and Guido certainly gave Adam Boulton a fright on Sky News on Monday, when he gave some very simple media advice to the rich and the famous, it was such good advice that it was repeated last night on Have I Got News for You.

Meanwhile, Neo-Guido, also known as the site’s News Editor, fresh from sparring with Polly Toynbee on Newsnight on Tuesday, stuck it to David Laws and his spinners on the BBC News Channel on Thursday night, highlighting the £99,000 “gift” that was the real reason for the harsh punishment the LibDem golden child.

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Seen Elsewhere

Time We Showed Super Rich Some Love | Alice Thomson
We Need True Popular Capitalism | Maurice Saatchi
Labour’s Winning Hand | Sebastian Shakespeare
We Defend Labour’s Record | John Hutton and Alan Milburn
100 Tories to Rebel on Plain Packs | Telegraph
May 2015 and the Art of Political Betting | MAY2015
Fate of Eurozone Rests in Hands of Videogame Expert | TechnoGuido
UKIP After Farage | Asa Bennett
Eichmann Called on Arabs to Continue War on Jews | Speccie
Mirror Hacking: 50 Legal Action Claims | Press Gazette
Mandy’s £400,000 Tax-Free Loan From Own Company | Guardian


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Alan Milburn says Labour’s scaremongering campaign for an unreformed NHS will not win election…

“It would be a fatal mistake, in my view, for Labour to go into this election looking as though it is the party that would better resource the National Health Service but not necessarily put its foot to the floor when it comes to reforming. Look, reforms are not easy, but the Labour Party is not a conservative party. It should be about moving things forward not preserving them in aspic. You have got a pale imitation actually of the 1992 general election campaign, and maybe it will have the same outcome. I don’t know.”


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