David Miliband’s resignation as an MP to run a charity in New York is a loss to the Labour Party. More than that, though, it tells us what a state Labour is in.
There has recently been speculation about the possibility of Alistair Darling replacing Ed Balls as shadow chancellor – a change on which Darling [...]
Another curious session of Prime Minister’s Questions. With the looming sense that something important was happening somewhere else, Conservative backbenchers asked prepared questions about public-sector pensions, Ed Miliband asked … – I’ll get back to you – and Balls of the Remove made flatlining gestures throughout, which finally made the new-ish head teacher cross.
No Tories [...]
Ed Balls was on BBC Radio 4 The World At One, and Martha Kearney asked him about the extracts from Alistair Darling’s memoir:
MK: We are hearing about Alistair Darling’s memoirs, claims that you ran a shadow Treasury operation, even plotted to get his job?
EB: Well look I was really proud to be the Secretary of [...]
What is the difference between Labour’s plan to cut the deficit and the Coalition plan?
Two nuggets prompted this. One was George Osborne’s assertion that the Labour plan set out by Alistair Darling before the election was for spending cuts only £2bn smaller than the £16bn he was proposing for this fiscal year, 2011-12.
The other was [...]
So then, not quite a year in office and not quite 40 years of age and George Osborne has already seen off two Labour shadow chancellors – Alistair Darling and Alan Johnson.
Lovely story in yesterday’s Notebook column by Sue Cameron in the Financial Times…
If we are to learn the lessons of history it is not enough to simply look at the crises that did happen, but those that didn’t too.
Alex Barker and George Parker in the Financial Times report a fine case of a taste of one’s own medicine:
Alistair Darling hid “good news” on the deficit from Gordon Brown until the day before his final Budget, just weeks ahead of the election.
A late revision of the estimate of the deficit cut it from £170bn [...]
The thing about bond vigilantes is that they hate high-spending left-inclined governments. Right? Well, apparently not.
Jim Leaviss of M&G Investments who blogs at Bond Vigilantes has a very good post in praise of Alistair Darling.
I oughtn't admit this, but in some ways the election fills me with dread. The European Commission are the latest body to call on Alistair Darling to be "more ambitious" in cutting the budget deficit, but there is no chance that any of the main parties will come up with such plans before election day. [...]
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