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 [...]
Plenty of interest in the Shadow Chancellor’s interview with Andrew Marr this morning. Full transcript:
If it’s the job of an opposition spokesman to get under the skin of the Government, Ed Balls is an all time gold winning champion. He drives them nuts. It’s partly the relentless mockery about the lack of a recovery, [...]
Our text of the week is Torsten Bell’s email to Greg Beales and others, as published by the Mail on Sunday:
As an example of why we’re having problems on EB messaging – this is his current three-part argument:
Cost of living
Recovery built to last
Economy works for working people
There has been a lot of comment about this, [...]
In my role as Ed Balls’s press secretary’s deputy, here are the transcripts of the Shadow Chancellor’s interesting interviews on the GDP figures and High Speed 2 today:
GDP Growth 0.8% in Third Quarter
Carrie Gracie: On the path to [...]
Dave Ramsden, the chief economic adviser to the Treasury, looked back on the Labour government’s decision in June 2003 to stay out of the euro, at a meeting last month of the Mile End Group at Queen Mary, University of London, to mark the 10th anniversary.
I have only just caught up with his lecture, posted [...]
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