Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Misery Index : Reaches New All Time High


Oh dear. Unemployment rose by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53 million, the highest since 1994. The jobless rate is now 8%. The Misery Index is taken from the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics and incorporates inflation and unemployment as well as a deficit component. The continuing rise in unemployment means misery is creeping up…

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

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upWith news from Tokyo and Tripoli dominating the news agenda Westminster politics seemed trivial in comparison this week. Fortunately this blog specialises in tittle-tattle and trivia, super-injunctions allowing. Our top story this week was about the super-injunction, which we were only able to report because John Hemming used parliamentary privilege. Our story, unlike the newspapers, explains what is behind the injunction…

Last week saw 71,794 visitors make 211,247 visits to view 340,255 pages. The seven most popular stories were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday Seven-Up

7upBy far the most interesting story of the week for Guido was the revelation that £1 million of the Yes to AV campaign’s funding originated from a firm that provides electronic voting services – yet the Yes campaign claim there is no intention to bring in counting machines. The denials from LibDems have been very noisy and unconvincing, Guido doesn’t believe the No campaigns claim that it will cost £250 million, if past IT contracts are anything to go by it’ll cost £500 million and be 10 years late. What first attracted ERS Ltd, the firm providing electronic voting services, to the complexity of the AV system?

Last week saw 77,942 visitors make 228,259 visits to view 371,793 pages. Birthday boy Ed Balls and the offshore holdings and hedge fund investments of the Guardian featured heavily:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday Seven-Up

7upThe top story this week was based on idle speculation after Brillo tweeted that a senior LibDem was involved in a scandal. As the week progressed the rumours got more and more exotic, we await tomorrows papers with bated breath. Tim Farron has been vigorously denying he is involved in any scandal, telling Guido he is far too boring. He even posted in the blog’s comments.

Last week saw 74,085 visitors make 270,482 visits to view 370,717 pages. Hard news this week, such as it was, was cat-focused and the top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Nutroots Struggle

As the left come together for another one of their circle-jerks this weekend, Guido thought he would check in and see how their online resurgence is coming along. While Guido has no doubt the Where Do the Left Go Online From Here? session will be both thrilling and motivating in equal measure, it seems they still have a long way to go:

To your keyboards lefties.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Misery Index : Pain Inflated


Uh oh. Here comes the pain. The Misery Index taken from the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics shows inflation and unemployment as well as the deficit cutting is really starting to hurt.

The Misery Index was steadily increasing since the beginning of the year. People got happier as Danny Alexander and Osborne took their axes to the deficit.

The continuing rise in unemployment and a leap in public sector borrowing means misery all round!

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

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week saw 85,459 absolute unique visitors make 270,482 visits to view 442,514 pages. As the bankers took a bashing so did Ed Balls, whose own city links make his attacks ring rather hollow. Jim Devine is guilty and Illsley went down, Guido will be going to see Devine get locked up next month.

While many were distracted by the Hoff’s visit to Westminster, the top stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upJudging by the continued broadsheet coverage today of Britain’s answer to Carla Bruni, the Guidoisation of politics is proceeding well. This blog has had harsh words to say about Sally Bercow in the past, but in truth we are great fans. It is her husband we have problems with…

Modesty almost prevents Guido from saying told you so about the appointment of Craig Oliver as Andy Coulson’s replacement.
Almost.

Traffic this week was a mere 357,744 page views from 221,672 visits by 75,306 visitors. The top 7 stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…

Thursday, February 3, 2011

How the Media Works

Last Friday Guido asked his readers what they thought of Channel Four’s 10 O’Clock Live from the previous night. The reviews hadn’t been too kind and over 3,000 of you voted:

This must have got their attention as tonight Guido will be on the show talking about the government liquidating state assets. Another poll tomorrow perhaps…

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upThe machinations inside Murdoch’s empire have kept the politico-media chattering classes agog this week. Guido managed to keep News International, the Guardian and Downing Street on their toes with these stories about Cameron spending Christmas with Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch attending the Times’ morning editorial meeting – the Guardian played follow up here and here.

Favourite story of the week is still Courtney Love joining OUCA, which was followed up by NME, Q Magazine, HuffPo, Holy Moly, Popbitch – the quality press…

Traffic this week was a Times thrashing 393,835 page views from 244,866 visits by 82,497 visitors. The top 7 stories last week in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or you are behind…


Seen Elsewhere

How to Defect | Telegraph
Carswell Defection Will Dismay Thoughtful Tories | ConservativeHome
Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and Now UKIP | Speccie
Where is the Love? | Tom Watson
Tory Eurosceptics Weakened | Speccie
Thacker Played Down Scandal | Times
How Clegg Lost the Women of Britain | Sophy Ridge
Multiculturalism: At What Price? | Allison Pearson
Labour Failed Those Victims | Labour Uncut
We Cannot Ignore the Race Issue Here | Dan Hodges
74 MPs Who Back Stop Mills Motion | Speccie


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