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Published July 8th 2015

React: #Budget2015 Explained in 5 Charts

As the velocity of tweets returns to normal, we’re looking back at #Budget2015. A mammoth social event, there were over 163,000 tweets in total.

As the velocity of tweets returns to normal, we’re looking back at #Budget2015. A mammoth social event, there were over 163,000 tweets in total.

For most of Osborne’s speech, tweets exceeded 1,000 per minute. Just as he finished speaking, the they were at 2,500. Overall the social reaction was 60% negative to 40% positive.

Minute-by-Minute View

Living wage cause biggest spike, but student maintenance reform gained most mentions overall.

Policy Reactions




Hot policies

The most talked about policy was the reform the student maintenance payments, with 10,317 tweets. Living wage currently has only been tweeted about 8,712 times, but it’s sure to be the biggest policy at the end of the day.

Welfare reform contained a bundle of various policies; removing housing benefits for young people, increased childcare allowance, lowering the benefits cap, removing child tax credit for third and additional children


Even though these were not well-liked by social media, they did not finish in last place. Tax Avoidance measures garnered a 89% negative response (due to people’s inability to take them seriously). Student Maintenance was 86% negative.

Social Favourites

The most positive was the pledge of defence spending (83% positive), with the living wage (71% positive) in second place. .

Words and phrases

Osborne didn’t crack as many jokes as last time. He did, however, cause a spike of tweets when asking the SNP “you’ve got the power – what are you going to do with it?”

There was no ‘golden’ social moment, but we’ve still looked for the common words and themes in people’s tweets. Interestingly, the word ‘fuck’ was mentioned 4x more than the words ‘stable’ or ‘stability’.

words and phrases

Top Tweets

There’s nothing like following along live with a hotly-discussed hashtag. If you weren’t watching the event on Twitter, here’s a handy recap of the biggest tweets of the day.


And, for a serious recap…

This is all you really need to know:


You can keep up to date by following @BW_React, serving up hourly social data charts, facts and diagrams.

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