Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upAt the beginning of the week Oliver Letwin put his foot in his mouth, again, telling Boris Johnson that: “We don’t want more people from Sheffield flying away on cheap holidays”. It looked like a disastrously out of touch gaffe as millions of “squeezed middle” swing voters prepare to go on their cheap annual holiday away from austerity. David Cameron inadvertently provided the perfect rebuttal by flying away on a cheap Ryanair flight. On Thursday this blog’s readers saw him pictured with Sam looking grumpy in a way that fellow cattle class travellers will recognise.  On Friday it was front page news around the world…

Political hacks agreed it was the best PR Cameron had got in months. Sceptical media cynics reckoned it was too good to be true and that it was a Downing Street inspired photo-op, BBC and Sky hacks speculated that it was a set-up and even admired the cleverness of the user-generated-content style camera phone shot. Somewhat flattering Craig Oliver’s abilities…

Last week saw 76,061 visitors make 213,679 visits to view 334,914 pages – that is twice as many readers as the New Statesman – we’re Britain’s number one political website. The seven most popular stories were:

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upThe AV debate touched the public consciousness this week, just about, with politicos hitherto being the only people to show interest. Stories that were picked up in the Dead Tree Press from Guido included Tory MP Gives Labour Two Fingers, and Pickles Flying the Jolly Roger. We were of course ecstatic that our campaign to get Ed Miliband to propose to Justine succeeded. Proof that this blog can bring the Labour leader to his knees…

The month of March saw 185,776 visitors make some 2 million visits to the blog – more than the online editions of The Times and Sunday Times combined. Last week saw 77,264 visitors make 221,072 visits to view 353,087 pages. The seven most popular stories were:

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

VOTE: Who is the Most Annoying MP?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upThe budget and Libya dominated the week’s newsflow. Ken Clarke almost upstaged George Osborne just by going to sleep – or did he? Guido was pleased to see that an idea pushed on this blog two years ago – to give MPs charge cards for expenses – has finally been accepted by IPSA. Riddle of the week – was why did Ed Balls deposit £7,000 in NatWest in Victoria? Second question: Is Gaddafi a More Savvy Economist than Ed Balls?

Last week saw 70,165 visitors make 202,417 visits to view 311,371 pages. The seven most popular stories were:

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Despite What You Hear, Osborne is Not On Course

Norman Lamont has been wheeled out as one eye is turned to tomorrow’s budget. He claims.

“In many ways, the best Budget the Chancellor could introduce would be one that did nothing.  The Chancellor has courageously set out his strategy over five years, moving Britain back towards budget balance, largely through expenditure cuts but also with some tax increases.  The overwhelming important task is to stick to that strategy.”

That’s the Christmas card list sorted, but John Redwood has pointed out a few inconvenient truths in the last few days. Take a glance at the numbers for the next few years compared to the last year of Labour:

“Total spending plus £71 billion a year, Total tax revenue plus £176 billion a year, 5 years additional state borrowing £440 billion.”

Osborne is hardly the axeman. And nor are his Cabinet colleagues it seems. Redwood has put together a database of how the departments are getting on, specifically the promise to cut staff overheads by 30%:

“So far, they have lost around 4% of their staff numbers in an eight month period. This suggests the overall annual rate of  leavers is 6%. What is surprising is they have replaced half of these, meaning that the overall numbers are only down around 2%.”

Chris Huhne’s Department of Climate Change has seen its numbers increase, Pickles has managed to hire 263 new staff to replace 266 who left. Only Defence and the Home Office have made any real headway in the last few months:

Some three thousand people left the MOD and yet 1,700 of the posts have been re-filled. And that’s in the department making the most headway… The 30% target is still miles off.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Saturday Seven Up

7upThis week we opined that inviting the King of Bahrain to the Royal Wedding did not send the right signal to pro-democracy campaigners in that kingdom and on the day the Labour campaign for AV launched the blog  pointed out that the campaign’s leading light Neil Kinnock just happens to have been paid £103,000 in fees by a firm which stands to make millions out of electronic voting systems. Our boyo’s 30,000 shares in the firm will rocket in price if it is a “yes” in May…

Last week saw 70,484 visitors make 202,616 visits to view 314,204 pages. The seven most popular stories were:

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

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…


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Comply or Die at Grauniad | MediaGuido
Labour Beats UKIP in South Yorkshire | LabourList
Mock the Week’s Weak Comedy | Nigel Farage
Can Jim Murphy Save Scottish Labour? | Guardian
There is Still Appetite for the Westminster Lunch | Jon Craig
Labour Turn Their Backs on Jewish Community | Dan Hodges
Chivalry is Not Dead | Laura Perrins
Jonathan Jones is a Tw*t | Iain Dale
Second Scotland Poll Suggests Labour Wipeout | Times
Paedo Probe Boss Urged to Quit | Sun
Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie


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