One in Three Labour Voters Fleeing From Ken

While the apparatchiks over at LabourList declare that “Ken’s campaign is in fact moving from strength to strength”, the Labour Uncut website is home to Labour members of the reality based community. This morning they have gone tonto on Ken. With facts to back up their argument… 

While Boris Johnson’s 49%-41% lead on first preferences was widely reported, some of the most striking results were lost in the news vortex of the budget. Chief among these is the scale of Ken Livingstone’s problem with Labour supporters: 31% say they will not vote for him in the mayoral election. Just weeks before the election, almost 1 in 3 Labour supporters are refusing to back the party’s candidate for mayor.

The figures highlight what anecdotally we have been saying for weeks – many on the left just cannot bring themselves to vote for the hypocritical friend of the clerics.

Those Labour types that are still in denial that Ken’s tax hypocrisy is not a problem need only look at these numbers.

Mehdi’s Muddle on Iran’s ‘Bombastic’ President

Followers on Twitter will have enjoyed many, many Twitterspats between Guido and the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan. They follow a familiar pattern with Mehdi usually citing someone who wrote something in the New York Times once and then calling Guido stupid for disagreeing. He’ll often write an article that no one reads in the Staggers “proving” his point.  

Last week he wrote a 1000 word response to a tweet Guido did about bombing Iran’s nuclear programme. Normally Guido can’t be bothered to respond in kind at length. This time an article in response is up on The Commentator.

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Last week some 100,392 visitors made 291,430 visits to view 448,141 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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Saturday Seven Up

In the last 7 days some 93,734 visitors made 265,879 visits to view 407,123 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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Welcome to Blog-Land

Rumbles in the blogging world today as the upstarts over at The Commentator have managed to sign James Delingpole to write for them as well as the Telegraph Blogs. Given that HM’s Official Blogroll are already suffering from the loss of Toby Young to the Sun on Sunday, Guido does not imagine this has gone down very well over in Victoria. With Delingpole consistently topping the weekly Telegraph online rankings, this could be a big break through for the newbie site. Rumour has it we will be hearing a lot more from Delingpole in the coming years, from an official podium… 

Saturday Seven Up

Last week some 105,785 visitors made 289,363 visits to view 467,786 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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Andrew Breitbart Dead: Provocateur and Internet Journalism Innovator Dies

Andrew Breitbart has died. He was originally a Drudge Report editor who was also involved in the Huffington Post when it launched before he set up his own chain of conservative websites. Provocative and brave, he broke stories about Washington beltway sleaze and corruption. Guido last spoke to Breitbart in the summer, when we were plotting against Piers Morgan. Hated by the left for being so in their face, no one can deny he challenged the media establishment in a way they really detested:

A luta continua…

Andrew Breitbart wrote in Righteous Indignation

“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.”

Saturday Seven Up

Last week some 109,242 visitors made 297,009  visits to view 458,736 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Saturday Seven Up

Last week some 99,468 visitors made 306,358 visits to view 498,442 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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Saturday Seven Up

Some 109,284 visitors made 315,564 visits to view 512,373 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Saturday Seven Up

Some 108,708 visitors made 318,171 visits to view 501,658 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Can You Belize It: Dods Buys Rival DeHavilland Ashcroft Pours in Another £6m – Increases Stake to 42.9%

In July last year Dods Plc, which Lord Ashcroft controlled 23% of at the time, bought PoliticsHome from two companies owned by Lord Ashcroft. In November Loss-making ePolitix.com and the House Magazine were merged with loss-making PoliticsHome. Today it seems Dods have made a real purchase rather than merely streamlining the paperwork. They are buying their rival DeHavilland Political Intelligence from Emap for £12.8 million. A merger is only a matter of time…

Given that Ashcroft has already made losses in the region of £5 million since his sojourn into the online political world began two years ago, a money-making plan is long overdue:

Dods will be placing two hundred million new ordinary shares at 5.5p each. Ashcroft has already increased his stake in the company to 42.9% by buying over half of them. Another £6 million ploughed in…

Saturday Seven Up

This week saw a full 114,396 visitors make 287,089 visits to view 453,844 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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Saturday Seven Up

This week traffic has halved with everyone off work (including us). A mere 69,532 visitors made 157,783 visits to view 256,668 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

12 Most Popular Stories of 2011

Everyone does round-ups of the year, only ours was chosen by our readers, here are the most read stories of the 2011:

  1. Piers Morgan Knew Award Winning Scoop Was Hacked
  2. A Story You Won’t Get from the BBC, Guardian or The Times
    The Secret of Three of Westminster’s Media Gate-keepers
  3. Bet Giles Coren Wishes His Tweets Were Sub-Edited
  4. Morgan Mocked Macca’s Misery Voicemails
  5. Guido’s Celebrity Super-Injunction Advice
  6. Farage’s Rage Going Viral
  7. The Full Boundary Review
  8. Exclusive: Alastair Campbell Evidence to Leveson
    Speculates Morgan’s Mirror Hacked Cherie Blair’s Voicemail
  9. + + + Osborne Coke and Hookers Story Breaking Tonight + + +
  10. Sexist Laurie Penny Exploits Unemployed
    Pays Staff Below Minimum Wage
  11. Unbankable Story
  12. Scandalous European Parliament Email Triggers Gossipping

Not sure that “popular” is the right term for Piers Morgan, nevertheless he is the subject of three of Guido’s most read stories this year. Super-injunctions also occupy three stories (#4, #6, #12). Andrew Marr’s menage a trois is #3 despite being three years old and subsequently disproved by DNA.

The story which amused us most was probably comrade Laurie Penny’s exploitation of an intern. This was funny on many levels, the hypocrisy, her crazed response and the knowledge that whilst travelling in the back of a Mercedes limousine with her, courtesy of the BBC, it was Guido who had urged her on, telling her she “simply must get an intern”.

The Boundary Review scoop was just another example of Guido beating the BBC and the rest of the mainstream media to a story that everyone was chasing. You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Saturday Seven Up

This week a mere 89,209 visitors made 249,944 visits to view 386,450 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Saturday Seven Up

This week 125,568 visitors made 318,032 visits to view 536,528 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

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GQ Give Guido Oxygen of Publicity

When we were anonymous we were cowards, now we have come out from behind the mask we’re publicity seekers. No pleasing some people. The GQ editors have done their list of influential men again, this year Guido is joined by Neo-Guido at 28, just ahead of Jeremy Hunt and behind Hugh Grant. […] Read the rest

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