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 [...]
This article of mine, from The Independent on Sunday, 26 October 2008, seems to have been washed away from the Google-indexed part of the internet by the ceaseless waves of entropy, so I re-post it here, in the light of today’s report in The Independent that Michael Gove wants to allow schools to be run for profit.
The Ed Balls Transcript Service. The Shadow Chancellor was on the BBC1 Andrew Marr show this morning and repeated himself quite clearly.
Ed Balls is with me now. Good morning. Let’s just get a few things completely clear on the record. You will stick to these plans a hundred per cent 2015/16?
We said on [...]
This, via Full Fact, is the only graph you need to continue the debate about housing policy. If the conventional wisdom is that the Attlee and Macmillan governments built a lot of houses, it contradicts it. Not many were built under Attlee, and the peak was under Wilson in 1968. Which is what gave us [...]
Ed Balls, one of the 10 most interesting politicians in Britain, was interviewed by Andrew Neil on the BBC’s Sunday Politics. Here is the transcript.
AN: Ed Balls joins me now for the Sunday interview. Ed Balls, welcome back. Both you and Mr Miliband, you made major speeches last week. What of importance do we now [...]
I was too emphatic in my interpretation of Ed Balls’s views on a referendum on EU membership in my column for The Independent on Sunday. I said that the Shadow Chancellor had urged Ed Miliband to promise an in-out referendum before the Prime Minister did so – which he eventually did in his speech on 23 [...]
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