Saturday Seven Up

7upLast week saw 91,437 absolute unique visitors make 237,042 visits to view 354,369 pages. The Royal Wedding pretty much dominated the week, and now finally there might be some decent coverage of the AV referendum. Strangely all sorts of stories from a a few years back about a certain Andrew Marr have popped in to the most read list this week though.

So Dave finally gave in and wore his tails, but what’s missing from this picture?

The top stories this week were:

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

POLL : Permanently Marred?

As the anger grows over Andrew Marr’s audacity at paying to hide his own public interest story, while being paid to probe the lives of the rest of the political class, Guido thought he would gauge opinion:

Don’t forget we pay him £600,000 a year for the pleasure. No wonder he could afford the luxury of an injunction and to support a child that wasn’t even his.

Revised Misery Index : Unemployement Fall Eases Pain Further

Thought you were happy yesterday with the unexpected inflation dip?

Well today you are not exactly happier, but even less miserable than you were at the weekend. The surprise dip in unemployment of 17,000 has increased the spike in happiness that Guido’s Misery Index showed yesterday.

Ed Balls is quiet today.

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

Official: Twitter is a Leftie Echo Chamber

Boffins at the University of Cambridge have confirmed what Guido has long suspected – Twitter is a leftie-dominated echo chamber. Analysis the influence of US media outlets on the site came out with some worrying numbers:

“We assumed that a user follows media sources that match his political leaning if all the media sources he follows are of one political leaning. These users with clear political preference, whom we call seeds, accounted for 7 million or 50.8% of all audience. Most seeds were either left-wing (62%) or center (37%). Only 61,164 users (1%) were right-wing.”

Despite the numbers not being in their favour, the right does still apparently hold their own. Retweets could be the key: “17.8% of the left-wing seeds received retweets from right-wing media and 57.2%, vice versa.” So the lefties retweeting the righties weakens their inbuilt advantage. Not sure Sally got the memo…

If nerdy numbers are your thing, you can read all of “Media landscape in Twitter: A world of new conventions and political diversityhere.

Misery Index : Inflation Falls, Happiness Spikes

On the day that Action for Happiness launches, a genuine membership organisation for the promotion of happiness, we have re-calculated the Misery Index with the latest RPI off highs but at a still eye-watering 5.3% in March. Guido’s 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. In addition to inflation going sideways, the seasonal low in the public sector net cash requirement has seen a spike in happiness.

Perhaps the sunshine is helping a little too…

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

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 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:

VOTE: Who is the Most Annoying MP?

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 […]

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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

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