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By Tim Wallace, Economics Correspondent:  Britain’s small businesses publicly savaged the Chancellor’s national insurance hike, criticising it as an anti-enterprise move in public messages on online social media.Businesses tweeted out their anger, with the Daily Telegraph Business Tracker, compiled by Impact Social, showing that most posts in the 24 hours after Philip Hammond started speaking gave a negative opinion - a worrying sign for the Chancellor as the Conservative party traditionally counts

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By Jimmy Leach:   Phil Hammond doesn’t really do jokes and when he does, they are a dancing bear moment. What gets attention is not that he does them well, but that he does them at all. But in the cold light of yesterday’s front pages, the wisdom of cracking gags (especially the one about Norman Lamont getting the sack) would suddenly have seemed doubtful.Right across the newsagent’s shelves, the

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By Jimmy Leach: Corbyn and Nuttall race to the bottom on social media, but May can’t laugh too loudly yet. The Labour and Ukip leaders are faring worse online than they are in the polls. For the prime minister, there is room for a lot to go wrong. It’s one more thing you can blame Donald Trump for. The apparently sincere belief among politicians that Twitter can deliver all their hearts’

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By Tim Wallace, Economics Correspondent:  Britain’s small and mid-sized businesses are remarkably upbeat about their financial prospects, according to The Daily Telegraph’s inaugural Business Tracker, which is compiled by Impact Social.The study tracks more than 200,000 Twitter messages from companies across Britain and monitors sentiment among firms, as well as their attitudes to government policies.Of those messages, 31pc – or 62,000 posts – were positive, while only 12.8pc, or 25,800, were negative.The remainder were

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By Phil Snape, Impact Social: In politics perspective is everything and there’s only one thing more important than your own perspective — everyone else’s. Two governments and most of the media agreed on the impact of Theresa May’s trip to the United States: an unqualified success, don’t you think?In answering this question Impact Social wanted to find out what voters thought, on both sides of the pond. To do

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By Matt Chorley, Times Red Box editor:   What do “normal people” really think? Vox pops, where journalists thrust a microphone or notepad in front of shoppers, tell us almost nothing.The polling industry overall has taken a knock since the 2015 general election, the EU referendum and Donald Trump’s win.Analysis of social media has proven difficult, because it struggles to gauge sentiment and Twitter users are a different self-selecting group to those

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