January 25th, 2011

Balls Miss-Speak

Ed Balls gave a point blank denial to Brillo that he had ever criticised Darling’s plans to halve the deficit on the Daily Politics. As you can see, the Shadow Chancellor has barely been able contain his glee at the frosty numbers, but he seems to have forgotten exactly what he told Bloomberg in his pitch for job:

“I told Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling in 2009 that – whatever the media clamour at the time – even trying to halve the deficit in four years was a mistake. The pace was too severe to be credible or sustainable.”

Just like he never briefed behind anyone’s back…


  1. 1
    bbitgu says:

    Balls talks Balls shocker!

    • 4
      what a cuпt says:

      Indeed Billy.

    • 6
      Anonymous says:

      Neil Floored Balls when he pointed out that government spending in December 2010 was the highest on record. ie more than his government.

    • 65
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Video clip coming up as soon as I upload it to youtube, currently encoding it.

      It was not a good day for Ed Balls-up. He started off badly on Sky News, recovered from an easy interview minutes later on BBC News channel, then got another mauling by Andrew Neil.

      Ed Balls-up better have a break from today, no doubt he’ll be on Newsnight and get some easy questions to recover from his bad interviews earlier today.

      • 83
        Ed Balls says:

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    • 158
      Up sh1t creek says:

      The short version of Ed Balls-up getting done over by Andrew Neil.

    • 159
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Long version clip of Ed Balls and Justine Greening on the UK’s GDP figures. With Ed getting a roasting by Andrew Neil.

    • 163
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Ed ‘It’s right to carry on spending’ Balls has a bad interview with Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan.

    • 173
      Pickled Wizard says:

      Why didn’t Brillo just come out and tell balls he is an irritating, lying piece of weasel shit! It would have made my day happier!

  2. 2
    Monkey Magic says:


    • 170
      Anonymous says:

      I prefer To say “a fucking disgusting piece of fucking shit with no discernible principles who should be in fucking prison”‘ but that’s just me.

  3. 3
    Ed Balls says:

    i think i may haved done wee in my panties

  4. 5
    david1 says:

    No one is going to care what Balls said in the past, they will care when unemployment hits three million and carries on up. Osborne will try its the fault of the weather, but that won’t cut much ice in the middle of July.

    Thats if the Coalition lasts till July, more likely to be a repeat of the Irish situation with the Libdems running for cover.

  5. 7
    The last quango in paris says:

    Ed miliband clearly wants them to fail and therefore remove his competition – the danger is that the unions will wish they had backed balls from the start.

  6. 8
    Ned Balls says:

    cousin Ed will look like a fool when the economy grows a beard

    • 37
      Sir Barrington Minge says:

      Too late Ned, he already looks like a fool.

      A face you could never grow tired of hitting..hard, in fact a face that baseball bats were invented for.

    • 122
      Audemus Dicere says:

      “when the economy grows a beard”

      Any mention of Sarah Brown at this point would be superfluous, I suppose.

  7. 9
    Sir William Waad says:

    The trouble with the ‘everything’s going wrong’ meme is that, when things stop going wrong, you look silly. Labour has no chance of forcing an election unless they can break the Coalition. They have no chance of doing that as long as the LibDems stand so low in the polls. Of course they will seek to take a short-term advantage from bad economic figures but they need a strategy for winning an election in 2014 or 2015.

    • 27

      You are too wise for this blog Sir William.
      Have you considered a position as head of communications for Dave?
      I heard there was a vacancy.

      • 38
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        I refer the Hon Gentleman to the first sentence of the post he made a few moments ago. Sir William is too wise…

      • 41
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        It strikes me that one can say pretty much anything in an interview/debate.
        Say it confidently enough and you get away with it.

        You “win” and when they find out later you were wrong, that doesnt really change the impact.

        Bullshit beats dull reason every time.

        • 42
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          urgh I wanted to post that at the bottom of the page.

        • 53
          Anonymous says:

          Another very basic Balls tactic is to completely ignore the question and repeat the agreed Labour party line, without pausing for breath,until the interview runs out of time.

        • 70
          Backwoodsman says:

          well, if you’re labour , you certainly can to the house magazine, also known as the bbc.

    • 82
      Mike Hunt says:

      Their blank sheet of paper is playing quite well with the public if the polls are to be believed.

  8. 10
    Why do I think of says:


  9. 11

    I think for George Osbourne should grow a fuck off massive moustache as an intimidatory measure towards Ed Balls…..

    • 31

      Maybe he should wear that Nazi officer’s uniform too. Just to see if Ed dares say anything.

    • 39
      Anonymous says:

      He would look even more like Lord Lucan then.

    • 55
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      I don’t quite see what you mean. perhaps a tatoo and some face piercing, or he could watch a lot of sex pistols on youtube and see if he can do that john Lydon stare.

      On the other hand he could develop a special “yousoldgold” cough/sneeze to do whenever he’s talking. in fact, at any opportunity at all.

  10. 12
    Anonymous says:

    “I told Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling in 2009 that – whatever the media clamour at the time – even trying to halve the deficit in four years was a mistake. The pace was too severe to be credible or sustainable.”

    Shame you didn’t brief the BBC about those words before he was interviewed, so they could totally ignore it.

    • 24
      Anonymous says:

      Balls is a compulsive liar.
      Shame the TV news interviewers appear either badly briefed,complicit or too intimidated to pick him up on it.

  11. 13
    Not Long To go then. says:

    The jury in the trial of a London-based former Tory peer accused of fiddling expenses claims has retired to consider its verdict.


    • 15
      bbitgu says:

      Hang him !

      • 20
        I predict says:

        Labour will instantly remind everybody that this is a return to ‘Tory sleaze – reminiscent of Lord Archer and Jonothan Aitken – [sotto voce] no there will be no questions about Chaytor after this statement’

        • 35
          old timer says:

          he Archer and Aitken scandals happened in the last century sometime didn’t ti?

        • 131
          Hugh Janus says:

          “Labour will instantly remind everybody that this is a return to ‘Tory sleaze – reminiscent of Lord Archer and Jonothan Aitken.”

          Surely not? I thought the BBC had copyrighted that phrase.

      • 49
        Deep Who says:


  12. 16
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    This fits in with Balls’ Masterplan. Outright denial that Labour policy had anything to do with the Bust in 2008, including the risable tri-partite regulatory nightmare, and the re-writing of recent history, to his own advantage, by continually twisted the facts while refusing to enter into debate.

  13. 18

    We used to have brownies, now what are we going to call Blinky’s lies?
    Porkies ‘cos he’s such a fat, swivel eyed git?

  14. 25
    Paul Marks says:

    Mr “Ed” Balls is clearly a liar – but that is not the worst thing about him.

    What is more concerning is his leftist establishment belief that government spending (financed by creating money FROM NOTHING, lending it out to banks and then borrowing it back at higher rates of interest) is “good for the economy”.

    Mr Balls is a full on “Stimulus” man (yes that is as obscene as it sounds – although in a different way). Like Nancy Pelosi in the United States he most likely believes that welfare payments are the “best stimulus of all” because “all the money is spent at once and on consumption……” and on and on.

  15. 29
    Fraser Nelson says:

    Balls is a con man…

    • 43
      Anonymous says:

      But sadly he’s rather adept at running rings round interviewers who are either too lazy to do their homework or too biased to care.

      • 58
        jgm2 says:

        But it’s dead easy to just ignore every question with…

        ‘What the voters in my constituency really want to talk about is……[lie]‘

        It’s fucking simple. Brown used to do it too. In fact they all do it. Harman, Blair, Cooper, Straw – they all just invent conversations as a means of ‘getting out the message’ and just totally ignore any direct questions.

        If I were an interviewer they would get away with that just once. Then I wouldn’t bother having them back on the show. Unfortunately it is not the interviewer who gets to decide – or, even if they do, it’s because they’re so far up Labour’s arse that they’re quite happy to be used in that way.

      • 84
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        As above, its a general thing: Paxman became famous for repeatedly asking the same questions, and generally badgering people.

        Its just impolite and unseemly to expect try to force a straight answer from a straight question, when someone is determined to change the subject. That is the history of political interviews in a nutshell.

  16. 32
    Shire Tory says:

    I love Big Brother, 2+2=5

  17. 36
    Mystick1 says:

    Just like his Scottish mentor , the Thane of Kirkcaldy , psychologically flawed. But also mentally deranged.

  18. 45
    Peter Sissons says:

    “The BBC became a propaganda machine for climate change zealots, says Peter Sissons… and I was treated as a lunatic for daring to dissent”


    • 57
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      So was David Bellamy. Couldn’t have him on air telling all the kiddies that CO2 was plant food, could they – even though it is true, it’s off message.

    • 62
      old timer says:

      The BBC is a lost cause, like a building with rising damp up to it’s fucking rafters. Time to start anew.

    • 64
      I remember that says:

      On one occasion, an MP used BBC airtime to link climate change ­doubters with perverts and holocaust deniers, and his famous interviewer didn’t bat an eyelid.

  19. 50
    Steve Miliband says:

    Brown on CBNC apparently with Blanchflower. They were right all along. Investment not cuts

    • 68
      jgm2 says:

      Fucking hell. Brown and Blanchflower. Two men for whom no amount of money borrowed and squandered is too much and no interest rate too low.

      And we’re supposed to believe that members of the BoE MPC were ‘independent’? The world scoured to find that c*unt to be ‘independent’ for Brown’s ‘independent’ MPC.

    • 100

      This can’t be right, Wikipedia assures me he died in 1993 after successive careers at Barnsley, Aston Villa and Spurs.

    • 132
      Audemus Dicere says:

      Shouldn’t that be CBBC? That is about the intellectual level for Brown and Blanchflower.

  20. 51
    ciasmaninlondon says:

    What do you expect from this fat poof?

  21. 52
    cityboozer says:

    Brown is being interviewed on CNBC right now. That’s the children’s version of NBC, right?

  22. 54
    Ed Balls says:

    It’s coming home, it’s coming home.

    We’ll be back in power by the morning, ding dong the bells are gonna ring.

    You’re not singing, you’re not singing, you’re not singing any more.

    Fucking Tories are fucking fucked. Yes.

    • 66
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      While you are here, can you tell us what Neo-Classical Endogenous Growth Theory is all about?

    • 69
      browns behind it all says:

      balls you’re the man – your cunning plan is working – f*** up the economy leave it to the others to sort it out and get the blame – we get back in f*** it up again ad infinitum – all the economic text books say the economy is cyclic so you are showing off your knowledge of economics. way hay off and away downwards.

  23. 56
    Browns balls says:

    balls didn’t blink this time when he had an orgasm cos he could spin some statistics that only mean the cuts haven’t started yet, in fact spending has increased in the quarter in question.

  24. 63
    Baldamort says:

    There’s no money left.

  25. 72
    Tax Payer Joe Public says:

    Balls certainly needs tobe certified, then packed off to a padded cell like his mentor the Mobile Throwing Mad Scotsman who believes he saved the Universe & beyond. Great Pity were unable, at present, to pack all of ZanuLieLabor deviants off to the Universe & Beyond as we try to recover from 13 years of their crazy tyranny.

  26. 73
    Ned Balls says:


  27. 75
    Blinky is a fucking cunt says:

    Last week, a BBC news presenter said Balls “used to be loathed but is now generally liked”. I’m still having my sides stitched back together.

  28. 76

    Another microphone mishap .. i blame Sue

    GORDON : Look at Harman.Yapping on about the economy like she knows anything about it. She shouldn’t be allowed further than two feet from her Aga. Why did we ever let women into our game, Ed?

    ED.: Terrible decision. Look at her now..did she just say Extra Terrestrial Growth theory? Good grief..Brillo will mash her up again..there is no place for women in politics.

    GORDON: Quite. Just a bunch of bigots with a shoe fetish. Harman discovered all she knows about numbers from Foxy bingo. .. I don’t know.. they should all be left to dancing or sewing or something. Politics is no place for a woman.
    I’ve always said that. Just a few for window dressing..rest of ‘em..back bench bullshitters. That Jacqui Smith was alright though. I liked having her about. She bought in that crumble. And she had tic-tacs in her bag. And she looked like a man…

  29. 81
    Eeu to me says:

    Ah but,ah but,that a while back,I’ve seen what the nasty party are doing and the only way that I can pee on them is to pretend I know better,after all I did work in the sith,so I know about money.

  30. 85
    John Bull says:

    He’s got all the charisma of his ex gaffa Gordon – fuck all. As soon as he starts to speak with his pre programmed ‘look and listen’ prepositions , I could fucking puke.

  31. 85
    Mr & Mrs Ball-Scooper, Triple Flippers says:

    Yvette and I together.


  32. 87
    bbitgu says:

    Ed Balls ate my hamster called Tony.

  33. 89
    bbitgu says:

    O niel signs for West Ham

  34. 92
    Eunuchonomics says:

    Ed Balls castrating himself on the Daily Politics. Brillo pasted the dithering twat!

  35. 93







    • 104
      streamfisher says:

      Look like Minister of Sound has blocked yer rap’ man, me not a stats man!, tell me where its at man?.

      • 150
        OV PHYSSCH MODE says:








  36. 95
    • 103
      Anonymous says:

      They could have used them to track somali pirates.

      • 115
        Eeu to me says:

        And then ?,drop a note asking them to behave themselves,a better idea would be couple of rotary barelled guns fired at them,but EU uman rights won’t allow them to do it.

        • 120
          Anonymous says:

          No, drop Sonar bouys on them. They had an annoying habbit of doing that to their own side.

        • 128
          jgm2 says:

          Don’t see that the EU has any jurisdiction in the Indian Ocean.

          These pirates should be captured, sailed into Mogadishu on a warship and hung from the mast like a fucking daisy chain each hanging from the other’s feet and hauled up with a winch.

          Pour encourager les autres.

          • Eeu to me says:

            All military forces who’s countries are a member of the EU and signatory of the EU uman rights must abide by them wherever,that why they are hogtied,if they end up on one of the military ships they will be home and dry and may go to jail in an EU country but will end up with a passport of that country after all they are from a country that has problems.

      • 129

        the pirates are costing 7.5 Billion per year which is almost double what the planes cost so like you say an enforced exclusion zone patrolled by them with fighter support
        and blow the fucking shit out of any vessel that enters
        and in a couple ofyears they would be paid bfor
        and the price of oil should start to fall
        it’s a win win situation !

    • 109
      Eeu to me says:

      Suggest you look back to at least 1957,then forward to the tsr2 ?,then Black Night ?,how Concorde ever got to be built with help of British money I will never know.

      • 140
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Clearly many of those things could have been completed with more money thrown at them.

        Anyone know why Dave doesn’t think we need them? I’ve wondered why they don’t get mothballed like they do in the US. (apart from the obvious that we’ve got no deserts.)

        • 160
          REALLY MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

          theres a massive political wasteland in Westminster they could pull it down and store them there

        • 166
          South of the M4 says:

          We use theirs. BA currently have moth-balled 747′s in the desert awaiting an upturn to bring them back into service.

    • 145
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Frankie, the airframes are over 40 years old and they keep bursting into flames. RAF aircrew and their wives can sleep sounder at night now they’ve been destroyed.

  37. 96
  38. 101
    Red Ed says:

    Now That Balls is Back. No one asks me to go on the telly anymore.

  39. 106

    George Osborne
    not happy at the news on the economy


  40. 111
    nell says:

    militwit has scored an own goal by appointing edballs as shadow chancellor.

    Nobody is going to believe anything the odious man says and of course he’s very similar to and closely associated, in the electorate’s mind, with gordon.

    So when is gordonballs going to start saying the last government never overspent, the last government didn’t leave us a £trillion in debt and gordonbrown really did abolish boom and bust and save the world.

    Oh sorry he’s said it already . Whoever is going to regard militwit and gordonballs as an economically competent partnership?

    • 125
      humbugger says:

      erm……people believe Eastenders is true, so i think Ed Balls is quiet believable, people wnat to believe him

    • 144
      Gove The Gimp says:

      errrrrrrrrrr I think Gidders and et al are scoring enough own goals of their own – dont you !!!! The ranks of apologists is ballonning

    • 146
      Hard Times Ahead for Dave & Co says:

      The trouble is that people DO believe what Miliband and Balls are saying and will believe them helped along by the left-biased media and BBC …..when they say that Osborne and Cameron have mishandled any chance of a recovery by their cuts being to quick and too deep and they have no plan B to create jobs etc if Plan A fails

      The cuts haven’t even started to bite yet and the UK economy has dropped back…blame the weather if you like but unless the economy picks up in the next quarter there will be a lot of very worried people in the Tory and LibDem party.

      You also have to understand that local councils throughot the country are cutting front line services which most people will notice in their day to day lives(which the Coalition said is not necessary)whilst stating that they have no option becuase of the cuts.A case in point on BBC Midlands Today this lunch time they stated that Birmingham CAB…a front line service is closing in February…it helped 56,000 people last year.It’s grant of £600k from Birmingham Council has been cancelled…they are blaiming central government and it’ll get a lot worse and all Labour has to do is sit back and do nothing…unless things get better they have every chance of be re-elected in 2015 whatever happened in the past when they were in government.People have very short memories…the Coalition’s Honeymoon is over

  41. 119
    Yasmin Alibhai-Brown says:

    It takes an outsider to see just how rotten this state can be

    Week in, week out, plain-speaking natives out there notify me that I will always be an unwelcome alien, never properly British.


    The awful thing is whenever I read her whinging articles I can hear her whining voice inside my head.

    • 164
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      The fragrant Yasmin has made a career out of biting the hand that sheltered and fed her and her family when they were destitute. She has chosen her path, but as is the habit of the Left, blames everybody but herself for the consequences of her actions.

    • 167
      Anonymous says:

      Too fucking right girl, muzzie bitch.

  42. 130
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Having Balls back on the nation’s tv screens will do wonders for the shoe industry – I ran out of my supply to throw at the monitor just after the last election. He is as loathesome now as he was last year. If he could answer a straight question with a straight answer he would at least put some distance between himself and Osb. What he fails to grasp is that the electorate (in broad terms) recognise his role in screwing the economy. A modicum of contrition (at least a skipload) would be a useful start. Every time I see / hear him, he’s just a reminder why I will never vote labour again.

    • 138
      Hugh Janus says:

      He should take a vow of silence, like Uncle Vince did until this morning’s Toady, when the bumbling old fool started up again…..

  43. 134

    Ball’s will have lost his voice by five o’clock he is all over the BBC like a fuckin rash
    spouting his bile about how good he and his party are and how they would sort it out in a heartbeat !
    Even Darling is getting in on the action !

  44. 137
    Gove The Gimp says:

    Balls is out there, Gidders and Cambo in hiding. Enjoy nothing – Tory apologists

    • 151
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      Gidders and Cambo have jobs to go to. Balls has ample time to spout the usual Looting Party line. in fact he’s showing that he has not lost the knack of putting foot in mouth.

  45. 139
    My Brother is wrong says:
  46. 142
    dazza says:

    I just don’t trust this fucker. He reminds me Bob Crow.

  47. 147
    Martin Day says:

    Guido Fawkes is very pleased that Ed Balls has become shadow chancellor. He brings great expertise, and will continue the direction of Guido’s economic policy – reducing the deficit while focusing on growth and jobs and putting families first. Here, Guido sets out our alternative.
    After Cameron & Osborne’s reckless gamble, 2011 is a critical year for British economy « Guido Fawkes

  48. 152
    Gordon Gate Crashes Balls' Party says:

    Brown was interviewed live by CNBC. Guest host David Blanchflower said he had enjoyed Brown’s recent book on the crisis and noted that he had “probably saved the world”. Brown did not demur.


  49. 154
    the money shot says:

    osborne claims private sector will cover public sectors job losses

    me thinks hes telling porkies

    • 161
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      That is the belief, firmly held by many. cross your fingers.

      I’d note that when longbridge closed the government rekoned everyone could go and work for tescos.
      (Now much as rovers were a bit crap, if they were now 20% cheaper on the european markeet they might have flogged a few)

    • 171
      douglas says:

      I don’t like this guy at all, he has a snobish apeal to me, transport reviews has a article about him as well.

  50. 157
    The BBC repeats Balls' Mantra says:

    Balls is very effective. As I type a BBC reporter is sat in his studio shouting down the Line to Vince Cable. WHERE IS THE PLAN B? WHERE IS THE PLAN B? WE ARE GOING INTO A DOUBLE DIP RECESSION.

  51. 178
    Name lost due to cache clearing tragedy says:

    Wow. He caught Brown’s Selective Amnesia Syndrome. How sad.

  52. 179
    Castration Coalition says:


    Sphericals hasn’t the cojones to utter the words……

    Its My Fault?

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Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

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