Government Borrowing Smashes All Forecasts

22 May

The newly-released April borrowing figures from the ONS show Government borrowing rose by £62.1 billion – double the £30.7 billion economists had predicted for the month and now means the government has already borrowed what it expected to borrow for the year. The highest monthly figure ever recorded… A fall in consumer spending meant a […]

Government Borrowing Smashes All Forecasts

22 May

The newly-released April borrowing figures from the ONS show Government borrowing rose by £62.1 billion – double the £30.7 billion economists had predicted for the month and now means the government has already borrowed what it expected to borrow for the year. The highest monthly figure ever recorded… A fall in consumer spending meant a […]

SW1 Pundits Getting Excited About Starmer

20 May

Most pundits detest Boris, they despise his joie de vivre (currently being stress tested), they hate him for winning the Brexit vote, they’re jealous that one of their own could become PM despite his overtly jocular and fun loving personality. They despair that he wins consistently against the odds and their preferred outcomes; Mayor of London, […]

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EU Report Shows Care Home Covid Deaths Lower in UK

20 May

A new report from EU’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on the prevalence of Covid-19 in long term care facilities includes a useful comparison between European countries, which may surprise British commentators. The EU’s numbers show that the prevalence of deaths in UK care homes is comparatively lower as a percentage than in other […]

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Chuka Outpaces Osborne’s Post-Sacking Job Uptake

4 May

After a long trawl through Companies House records, its appears the swathe of MPs who lost their seats in the December election are struggling to find new work – with one noticeable exception: Chuka Ummuna. According to Guido’s findings, Chuka has accrued four jobs since losing his battle for a Westminster seat last year. It […]

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Tory Parliamentary Party Has Flipped from Remain to Leave

30 Apr

Research compiled by the UK in a Changing Europe think tank has revealed a dramatic shift in the original Brexit positions of MPs in Parliament. Until the 2019 election, a clear majority of Tory MPs had voted Remain in the 2016 referendum. Despite a large number describing themselves as ‘re-leavers’, supportive of implementing a decision […]

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Piers Trails Peston, Kunnessberg, and Rigby on Holding Government to Account

29 Apr

New polling from Ipsos MORI has revealed that less than half the public think any part of the media is doing a “good job” at holding the Government to account over its response to Coronavirus. Not great considering polls consistently show more than half of the country is supportive of the Government at the moment. […]

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Government Leads Briefing Slides With Lockdown Wind Down Tests

27 Apr

When the Government extended the lockdown a week and a half ago, it set out five tests to be met in order to begin to lift the lid on the restrictions. Now for the first time the briefing is being led by those tests. Looking at the data trends published by the Government, Guido guesstimates the […]

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Post-Referendum UK Experiences Biggest Fall on Record in Hostility Towards Immigration

23 Apr

From 2016 to today, Britain has seen the biggest fall in hostility towards immigration since records began. Elections analyst Patrick English compiled data from across the British Election Study, the British Social Attitudes survey, the European Social Survey, European Values Study, and World Values Study. Pretty comprehensive… Far from media narrative, hostility peaked under the […]

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Public More Likely Follow Lockdown If Wind Down Strategy Is Known

22 Apr

New polling from Ipsos MORI has found Brits are overwhelmingly more likely to follow the lockdown rules if they can see a pathway out of them. Just 13% disagreed whilst 60% of people agreed with the statement: I would be more prepared to stay in lockdown for a prolonged period if I knew what the […]

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Brits Favour Economy Over Environment

22 Apr

In new polling that has been specially released on Earth Day, Ipsos MORI has found that the majority of the British public, along with the Indians, Russians, Aussies, and Americans agree with the statement that: “Government should focus on helping the economy to recover first and foremost, even if that means taking some actions that […]

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Voters Think Government is Failing to Develop a Lockdown Exit and Recovery Plan

21 Apr

New Survation polling commissioned by the Adam Smith Institute has found an overwhelming 86% of people expressed support for developing an economic recovery and exit plan, compared to just 2% who did not. Tory voters were the most likely to “strongly support” an economic recovery and exit plan (61%), compared to under half of Labour […]

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Starmer’s Bounce in the Polls

20 Apr

The average pundit’s view has been the election of Sir Keir signalled a change in attitude by Labour’s membership away from ideology and towards electability. Left-wingers will therefore be disappointed to see YouGov’s polling today, which shows Boris’s lead on ‘best PM’ has plunged, err, 3% in Keir’s first three weeks as leader – remaining […]

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UK Public Adhering to Lockdown Despite Looser Restrictions Than Other Countries

15 Apr

Despite a less strict lockdown-enforcement policy, the UK is doing comparatively well at sticking to rules, with analysis by the Financial Times showing the UK’s compliance to be better than America, Germany and Austria. The only area in the UK that has not seen a sharp drop in footfall is parks and green spaces, where activity has […]

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Media Confidence Meltdown

14 Apr

The Coronavirus crisis has driven gains in confidence in almost all UK institutions, except for one. A new survey from Kekst CNC (which tracks public opinion in the UK, USA, Germany and Sweden) has found the British public has increased confidence in Government, the health service, food retailers, and even financial services. The media, however, […]

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Tory Government Sets New Polling Record

12 Apr

New polling released by Opinium shows the Tories besting their previous in-government all time best poll set two weeks ago, to score 55%. Remarkably, despite new leadership, Labour slipped by a further percentage point to 29%, three points below the share Jeremy Corbyn managed in the 2019 General Election. The Tories will be frustrated May’s […]

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Corona Crisis Popularity Polling: Rishi Dips, Lobby Plummets

9 Apr

Rishi’s recently sky high ratings have come back down to earth with the latest opinion poll released yesterday showing that between the 23rd March and 2nd April his ‘don’t know’ rating shot up from 29% to 37%. Sorry Sunak, politics is a fickle game… As a result of the increase in don’t knows, his overall approval […]

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Tories Hit 54% In New Poll

28 Mar

New polling by Number Cruncher Politics for Bloomberg this week has found that the Conservative Party has climbed by nine points since December’s election to 54% – the highest ever voting intention share that any Tory government has received. Conversely, Labour has dropped by five points since its worst election defeat since 1935… The numbers […]

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YouGov Predict Unemployment Has Risen by 5%

25 Mar

New findings by YouGov suggest that 1 in 20 Britons has already lost their job due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, with a further 9% saying they’ve had their hours and or pay reduced. If correct, this would translate to a new UK unemployment rate of 7% – more than two million people… Whilst in […]

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Tories Reach Highest Poll Standing Since 1983

19 Mar

Boris Johnson has now matched Margaret Thatcher’s polling hight of 52% of the country backing the Conservatives. Lady T reached that hight in two polls in May 1983. A new poll by Ipsos MORI, the fieldwork for which concluded on Monday, has found that Boris rose by five points since the General Election to hit […]

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Brits Unafraid of Coronavirus

19 Mar

YouGov has released an international COVID-19 tracker, comparing how attitudes towards the disease compare from country to country. Their first question, ‘how scared are you of contracting Coronavirus?’, sees Scandinavian countries proving as chilled and laid back as national stereotypes would suggest, and the UK taking over a fortnight-worth of pandemic to achieve 38% fear. […]

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Tories Twice as Likely to Have Sexy Self-Isolation

17 Mar

In polling questions Guido suspects respondents weren’t answering entirely truthfully, The Times have found that only 3% of people will bonk to pass the time while self-isolating; with Tories twice as likely than Labour or Lib Dems. Guido thinks some men are in for a disappointment, as 5% of them say they will, versus only 2% of […]

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Boris Borrowing Bonanza Means Perpetual Deficit

21 Feb

Government borrowing has risen by 15% this financial year so far, according to the OBR’s latest numbers. From April to January the Government borrowed £44.8 billion, £5.8 billion more than in the same period the previous year. To paraphrase George Osborne, the sun has stop shining and the Tories still haven’t finished fixing the roof… […]

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Northern Ireland Opposes Unification… by 52%

18 Feb

A new poll from the Belfast Telegraph reveals that post-Brexit, Northern Ireland remains opposed to a united Ireland by the golden percentage of 52%, support for a united Ireland stands at just 29%. Mary Lou McDonald look away now… There’s bad news for the anti-UK Welsh cabal as well, as a poll last month showed support for […]

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National Theatre’s Austerity Moan Despite £160 Million of Taxpayer Funding

14 Feb

The National Theatre, famous for producing plays in London’s ugliest building, is pushing the left’s biggest lie: that austerity has killed 120,000 people. Yesterday the company tweeted a clip of socialist activist Francesca Martinez who pushed the conspiracy on Question Time last year to announce a new play she’s putting on. Unsurprisingly, it’s about austerity… The […]

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