Ed Balls was on BBC Radio 4’s World At One today, showing just how thin, defensive and selective Labour’s economic message is. Here’s the transcript:
Shaun Ley: If wages outstrip inflation, what cost of living crisis still exists?
Ed Balls: [...]
Philip Collins in today’s Times (pay wall) says the Budget revealed Labour’s weakness:
The most calamitous error, from which there has never been a clear way back, was not to concede, early and clearly, that Labour had carried on spending long after retrenchment was needed. Refusing to admit any culpability at all gave Mr Osborne the [...]
Ed Balls coined a new euphemism for death in his interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning. He was asked about the reform of defined contribution pensions in the Budget:
This is a very big and radical reform so it is important that we look hard to see what it is actually going [...]
Ed Balls was on The Andrew Marr Show this morning. He had a nice line about learning from experience, trying to turn his service in Gordon Brown’s government to his advantage:
I’ve made mistakes as well. We should have been tougher on regulating the banks when George Osborne kept telling me I was being too tough. [...]
Pooled interview with Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor, on the possibility of a currency union with Scotland after independence.
Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, has been on BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show defending the 50p tax rate. I support it, but have to say that the way Balls makes the argument is almost enough to put me off. As I eainxpled (such a good typo I’m leaving it) yesterday, the £10bn extra raised [...]
Ed Balls was on the Andrew Marr show this morning, doing a reasonable job of defending what has long been his policy, of returning the top rate of income tax to 50p in the pound as long as there is an abnormal deficit.
Balls said he did not want a permanent 50p rate, gently re-opening the [...]
I welcomed Ed Miliband’s speech on the economy, for its small mercies, in The Independent on Sunday. Perhaps I was ungenerous. I should have said more forcefully that policies to foster more competition are an excellent idea. This is market socialism. Or, as Stewart Wood, Miliband’s shadow-cabinet ideas person, puts it, populist Republicanism for the little [...]
Ed Balls has emerged from a week’s radio and Twitter silence to give an interview on BBC Radio 4 The World At One. Here is a transcript. He was asked about Ed Miliband’s speech this morning, in which the Labour leader promised to increase competition in the banking industry.
Shaun Ley: [...]
Ed Balls has had a rough week. I think he got the response to the Autumn Statement wrong, not because he shouted but because the trick should be to make George Osborne look like a student politician who is making it up as he goes along.
I’m not saying I could do it, but I would [...]
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