Show Hide image 25 July 2012 Chart of the day: GDP lower than at the election Today's disastrous GDP figures mean that the economy is now smaller than it was in the second quarter of 2010, when the coalition took over. For more, see David Blanchflower on how these figures are a final nail in the coffin of Osborne's credibility, Tony Dolphin on how to reverse the trend, George Eaton on the political ramifications of the collapse, and myself on why a pigeon would be a better chancellor. By Alex Hern Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.