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Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply

Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor, was on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live. It was interesting because John Pienaar put to him some of the things that George Osborne might do in the Budget, and Balls seemed to be trying out lines for Labour’s response – although that will be delivered, according to convention, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 March 2015 at 8:08 pm

Ed Balls on mansion tax

Here is a full transcript of the Shadow Chancellor, one of our most interesting politicians, interviewed by Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News this morning.
DM: Why do you think you’ve lost your poll lead? Anything to do with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 October 2014 at 4:33 pm

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”, Eagle Eye

Labour’s local election results: “not good enough”

Some customer resistance to the claim in my column for The Independent on Sunday that Labour’s results in the local elections last week were “not good enough”. Typical Blairite rubbish, no more than you would expect from, um, Ed Balls.
If the “Blair’s gone you know” people would care to pay attention to what the Shadow [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 25 May 2014 at 5:19 pm

Defensive, much?, Eagle Eye

Defensive, much?

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: [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 16 April 2014 at 3:48 pm

“Rocks on which hopes of Mr Miliband will be dashed”, Eagle Eye

“Rocks on which hopes of Mr Miliband will be dashed”

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 10:07 am

This parrot’s “retirement has ended”, Eagle Eye

This parrot’s “retirement has ended”

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 20 March 2014 at 9:20 pm

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the lessons he has learned

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. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 16 March 2014 at 3:56 pm

Ed Balls on the Scottish Pound, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls on the Scottish Pound

Pooled interview with Ed Balls, Shadow Chancellor, on the possibility of a currency union with Scotland after independence.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 1:26 pm

‘You don’t like millionaires do you?’ ‘I think the opposite of that’, Eagle Eye

‘You don’t like millionaires do you?’ ‘I think the opposite of that’

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 27 January 2014 at 4:06 pm

The 50p tax rate: a regrettable, temporary measure, Eagle Eye

The 50p tax rate: a regrettable, temporary measure

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 [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 26 January 2014 at 12:12 pm

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