More woe for Clegg as Ed Miliband slams Coalition’s 100-day record

Twitter sentiment for Nick Clegg is down sharply - while David Cameron’s rating has risen slightly, in another stark illustration of the unpopularity of the ‘sell out’ deputy prime minister in the three months since the general election.

Twitter sentiment for Nick Clegg is down sharply – while David Cameron’s rating has risen slightly, in another stark illustration of the unpopularity of the ‘sell out’ deputy prime minister in the three months since the general election. Sentiment for the Liberal Democrats is also down, though not by as much as for the party’s leader, who, for the next fortnight, is effectively running the country while the prime minister is on holiday.

The findings are revealed in Tweetminster’s analysis of five million tweets relevant to the coalition’s first hundred days, while there was further woe for the coalition, and the Lib Dems in particular, in the latest YouGov poll for The Sun, in which 59 per cent of respondents said the Lib Dems had sold out their principles in joining the coalition, 62 per cent said it was no longer clear what they stood for, and only 14 per cent believed the coalition would last more than four years.

Also today, Labour leadership candidate Ed Miliband published a list of the ten biggest mistakes the coalition has made in those 100 days, which he says have been marked “by a series of misjudgements and short-term decisions, which will take Britain backwards and fail to secure a fairer and more prosperous future… [and] by short-termism and repeated blows to our public services and British industry and jobs”.

The shadow energy and climate change secretary added:

“In such a short space of time, we have already seen the government waste NHS money on an unnecessary top-down re-organisation and scrap support to British businesses, such as the cancelled loan to Sheffield Forgemasters. We have seen them slash the school rebuilding programme, hammer working people with an unfair VAT rise, and put at risk the support in the country for voting reform by adding in a gerrymandering clause that helps the Tories to win seats.

“It is no surprise that David Cameron has chosen not to publicly celebrate these 100 days in office.”

The ten are: the deep cuts which risk a double-dip recession; the £389 per family VAT tax bombshell; the cuts to business support, from Sheffield Forgemasters to the abolition of the Regional Development Agencies; slashing the number of university places; axing the Green Investment Bank; abandoning support for clean coal; scrapping the Building Schools for the Future programme; abandoning the young people’s guarantee of work for the unemployed; the £3 billion top-down re-organisation of the NHS; and the gerrymandering redrawing of constituency boundaries bill.

The Tweetminster analysis showed that the prime minister is the most mentioned member of the government on Twitter – with 11,470 news related mentions – followed by Mr Clegg with almost 7,400, then Chancellor George Osborne, education secretary Michael Gove, work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, business secretary Vince Cable, energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne, justice secretary Ken Clarke, communities secretary Eric Pickes, home secretary Theresa May, culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, and health secretary Andrew Lansley.

In terms of topics, the BP oil spill, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, jobs, cuts, schools and the ‘big society’ were among the most trended, while NHS reform, immigration, crime, climate change and electoral reform had a smaller number of mentions than might have been expected. The top media influencers were BBC News, The Guardian and Reuters, with Alastair Campbell, India Knight and Krishnan Guru-Murthy the most influential journalists.

Alberto Nardelli, co-founder of Tweetminster, said:

“With this report we wanted to try something different. Over the past few months we’ve processed a lot of data and our aim was to present this information in a format that provides both a snapshot and insights into the issues that have framed the coalition’s first 100 days.

“And to do this comment-free – by visualising the topics and their link with the individuals, news stories, organisations and institutions that are shaping the issues and consequently influencing public opinion.”

Tweetminster’s chart of the coalition’s first 100 days can be downloaded here.

26 Responses to “More woe for Clegg as Ed Miliband slams Coalition’s 100-day record”

  1. James Easy

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  2. Inside Croydon

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  6. jaqi

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  7. Shamik Das

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  10. Lucy Rigby

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  12. Kenny Young

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  13. John Lees

    Miliband can not complain about cuts without saying what he would cut.

  14. Mike

    Whats this scandal re Eric Pickles new £70,000 car paid for by tax payers
    maybe the audit commission should investigate

    What a disgrace

    cuts for the poor new big cars for the millionaire cabinet ministers

  15. greg beales

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  16. Simon

    Its an awfully shallow curve. You could probably fit a horizontal line or even and upward curve within the error bars. I’d like to think it was true but given the scatter of the points I have to remain sceptical about what’s shown.

  17. Sector29

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  18. terry

    lib dems soonin single points

  19. Mr. Sensible

    Do tell, Mike. I haven’t heard that. Do you have a link to a news story on it?

    Anyway, this is further evidence that this has been a total shambles for the Lib Dems.

  20. Everard P Burgerpenis

    @Simon – You are absolutely right. A trend line only makes sense when there is already a reasonable amount of correlation in the data. Trying to put a trend line through a “plum pudding” is meaningless.

  21. Mike

    Guardian Diary re Pickles new £70,000 car

  22. Gez

    Lynn Feartherstone (Lib Dem Mister) attacks local privatisation of out of hours GP services in Haringey, meanwhile her Governmnet is busy privatising the NHS

  23. Guido Fawkes

    Yes I can imagine the scene in Downing Street righ now, emergency meeting in the COBRA situation room to discuss the dire sentiment situation for Clegg on Twitter.

  24. Billy Blofeld

    Shrugging off an attack from Ed “engaging personality” Miliband won’t be too difficult.

    …. unless his small cabal of narcoleptics wake up and turn zombie-nasty

  25. Shamik Das

    Gents,

    Thanks for all your comments.

    In terms of the curve, I think the trend is pretty clear, and I don’t see anything wrong with putting in the trend line. There are 91 data points in there, showing a clear downward trend. Even if we were to exclude some of the extremes, those more than 0.25 points out from the trend line for example, it would show the same result.

    Furthermore, were we to go back one month from the start of this series, during the election campaign and in the wake of the debates, Clegg’s downturn would be even more marked.

    On the point about Clegg’s popularity falling faster than his party’s, see these here and here – Clegg’s decline is steeper than that of the Liberal Democrats as a whole.

    And Guido, if the situation was reversed, you’d probably be singing Cleggy’s praises to the heavens…

    If you want more evidence of the Lib Dems’ slump and the unpopularity of the coalition, look at YouGov’s poll yesterday and today’s ICM poll – which shows Labour neck-and-neck with the Tories on 37 per cent, with the Liberals down on 18.

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