January 25th, 2011

Brown Blows Balls Line

Brown popped up to represent his constituents in Kirkcaldy on the American news channel CNBC earlier. Guido is sure Ed Balls was as happy as he was to see him. Given Osborne has spent the last six years systematically trashing Gordon Brown’s reputation, it must hurt when he is compared to the old Prime Mentalist. However there are those that suggest the two have more in common than just recent appearances, particularly in regard to the politicisation of the Treasury. It’s not every day that you get such a clear comparison though. Who was it that said:

“Then we had a terrible month of weather which hindered transport and communications in business in the country.Obviously it has been a difficult few months. But that just shows just how fragile the recovery is.”

Yep, Gordon Brown in April 2010 blaming the less than encouraging rise in growth on the snow rather than his own taxation policy. Surely Osborne wouldn’t follow suit…


81 Comments

  1. 1
    bbitgu says:

    From one lunitic to another ………… Ho hum.

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    • 15
      Andy Coulson says:

      I’ve only been out of the job for a couple of days and it’s already goning to hell in a handcart.

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    • 20
      To Be Fair says:

      Actualy Osborne is only quoting what the ONS stated.

      The GDP estimate was significantly affected by the bad weather in December

      http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=192

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      • 21
        Office for National Statistics says:

        Impact of bad weather on the sectors
        The estimated impact of -0.5 per cent due to the bad weather is roughly split across the sectors as follows:
        Construction -0.1
        Services -0.4
        Within services, the main areas affected are hotels and restaurants, the various transport industries (particularly land transport and air transport) and recreation. There may well have been impacts in other areas.

        http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/gdp0111.pdf

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        • 61
          stun says:

          Christ, construction effect was only 0.1%? The ground was frozen solid for weeks, not to mention under a foot or more of snow at times. No concrete pouring, brickwork, digging. Builders not getting to work. Hmm.

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      • 81

        When the going gets tough….George Osbourne blames the bad man who controls weather for the unexpected dip in growth. In truth he is probably right, although I was a little disappointed when he failed to add that the snow was of the wrong type and life just wasn’t fair! However, as far as spin goes, the Tory branch of this Coalition government hasn’t done a bad job, but now reality intrudes on their nice little world and one wonders how he and his privaliged chums will cope? The VAT hike may have been introduced to help pay for Labour mismanagement, but its effect is blamed squarely on this new government. The Tories, unlike the poor LibDems, have yet to feel a real blast of public anger, but one suspects it will not be long in coming. One wonders if George has the balls to handle it?

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    • 29
      Private Fraser-Balls says:

      We’re doomed! We’re doomed!

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    • 41
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Growth was going up because Labour where borrowing AND printing while money was going out of fashion. It was designed to give the illusion of growth just long enough to get through the 2010 general election.

      As soon as some sanity was restored, the fake boom and faked coming out of recession was exposed as it is in today’s figures.

      As for what Gordon Brown has said in this clip, the USA is NOT out-manufacturing everyone else, they have moved most the manufacturing to India and China. The US is on a rapid spiral downwards to a total implosion of their economy. People are dumping the Dollar, other MUCH smarter countries like China are buying gold, they want nothing to do with worthless bits of paper.

      Blanchflower is just an ex-BoE asshole.

      The presenter is shocking, he ACTUALLY believes that Gordon Brown saved the world. It shows why the USA is in the state it’s in, just as the UK is. Keynesian idiots !!!!

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      • 70
        Rodsky says:

        I for one cannot see any difference (as can most, I suspect) between the lame bunch of over spending tossers that were/are labour and the current so called government. This only highlights to me, they [Brit Gov] are doing what they are told. Britain is and always will be the 11/12/13 (whatever) state of the EUSSR. Scotland is being actively encouraged to separate itself from the UK (divide and conquer) and there’s fuck all your so called democracy can or will do about it. Get the fuck out of the box and look at what’s really happening…. or you could just carry on bitch and moaning left and right….

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      • 73
        Anonymous says:

        Very true; I’ve also been mentioning that on Robinson’s blog (ie that the massive 0.1% “growth” that Brown achieved cost us about a trillion quid of tax payers’ money to achieve, and the figure came out just weeks before the election).

        The previous year’s growth figure was completely meaningless.

        The fact that we’ve actually achieved real growth (even in the last quarter, when you discount the bad weather aspect we still grew) during a big spending squeeze and at the end of the worst recession for about 100 years is pretty fucking good going.

        The BBC, however, is completely misrepresenting what Mervyn King said, failing to mention completely the fact that we actually grew in the last quarter when you discount the bad-weather.

        “Growth slowdown” to the BBC equates to “Economy Shrinking”; they simply don’t understand that a decrease in the growth rate means that you’re still actually growing. “Economy Shrinking” in this instance only relates to a single quarter during a time when there was about 2 weeks of total economic standstill due to the bad weather, when you discount the bad weather we still grew in the last quarter, and even if you don’t discount the bad weather then the annual growth was still positive and around 1.7%.

        I think we’re doing quite well as an economy given what a complete heap of shit labour left behind.

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    • 57
      Send Him Down says:

      Taylor GUILTY

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  2. 2
    shocked of sheen says:

    Oh yes he would…

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  3. 3

    Hours of fun to be had with “Giving ‘Ed”, “Balls sacks so-‘n-so”, “deep in the Brownstuff”, etc.

    Cameron and Osborne in contrast are much harder work.

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  4. 4
    bbitgu says:

    Is Ed Balls qualified to be a village idiot ?

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  5. 5
    Scrumpers says:

    It’s going to be worse in April when everyone can take a month off, and barely have to touch their holiday.

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  6. 7
    Steve Miliband says:

    Brown still pulling faces.
    They have a Library in Kirkcaldy?

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  7. 9
    Ed Balls says:

    What are you all worried about you fucking cry babies? The private sector is totally fucking evil anyway. Haven’t you been listening?

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    • 38
      Hugh Janus says:

      You overlook one small point Mr Bollocks – it’s the private sector that creates the wealth for prats like you to squander on grandiose ‘investment’ schemes (and where the sole objective is to buy votes).

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  8. 10
    Blinky is a fucking cunt says:

    I wish Balls and Brown would do us a favour and fuck off and die.

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  9. 11
    No Balls says:

    Brown is like a turd that refuses to be flushed down the toilet and just keeps popping up.

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  10. 12
    Maggies still here says:

    Vince Cable today blamed the poor growth figures on Decembers climate. Does he knowe the difference between climate and weather?

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  11. 13
    Northern Monkee says:

    Osbourne had a disturbing similarity to ol’ Bonkers Brown in his early days as prudence-chancellor during his press conf this morning.

    Get a line and use it to every question – I assume in the hope that people will come to believe it. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

    Just makes me worry for the future, though.

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    • 26
      Grumpy says:

      No, dear, Osborne. Get it right or they will think you illitrate innit

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    • 30
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      It’s an all-party standard defence brought on by the fact that if one word is said out of line, the MSM dissolve onto an hysterical feeding frenzy. Neo-classical endogenous growth theory is too big for their tiny minds to fasten on to, but one slip of the tongue will keep them amused for days.
      The dumbing down of the MSM is just as worrying for the future.

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      • 44
        RJ Mitchell says:

        If anybody ever tells you anything which is so bloody complicated you can’t understand it, take it from me: it’s all balls.

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  12. 14
    REALLY MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Now we can no longer blame Labour
    It was the weather wot did it !

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  13. 16
    Down With Brown! says:

    Mad Gordon is still bonkers.

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  14. 17
    Cyril Smith says:

    Enjoyed the interview on CNBC when the presenter referred to him as ‘Mr Prime Minister’.

    He wishes.

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  15. 18
    Disco Biscuit says:

    “everyone hates snow”… rare for Guido and the Prime Mentalist (as was) to agree!

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    • 47
      Winter Wonderland says:

      Not true, really. Kids and dogs love it. I’m quite partial to it myself, in moderation.

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  16. 22
    Grumpy says:

    Ossie will copy everything the last administration did, excluding nose picking, and so in that way he thinks they can’t blame him. I wonder, when it comes to it he will copy Browns resignation letter or might Cam have beaten him to it

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  17. 24
    Gordon Brown says:

    I just did a ploppy. Whose idea was that? Sue’s I think.

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  18. 27
    Gordon Brown ate my hamster says:

    Surely this is actually helpful to the government. When Milibot gets to his feet tomorrow at PMQs and attacks Cameron over the figures and for saying it was because of snow, Cameron can quote what Brown said last year and thereby expose Labour’s opportunism.

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  19. 28
    Eunuchonomics says:

    I do not doubt that the weather has played a part. But this is just one piece in the jigsaw.

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    • 33
      Sir William Waad says:

      Perhaps the jigsaw will turn out to be a nice picture of the old bridge at Castle Combe. It might, though, be one of those tricky double-sided efforts with Gordon Brown’s bum on one side and Ed Balls’ face on the other. Now that would be really tough. You wouldn’t know which way up the pieces went.

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    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      It seemed like Christmas again for the eunuchs
      As they lolloed about in their chairs
      Wondering how much in expenses
      They might conceivably claim for au-pairs
      When the voice of their pleniptentiary
      Came echoing through the halls
      Asking: Who should shadow the Chancellor?
      and the eunuchs all shouted: Balls.

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  20. 31
    Gove The Gimp says:

    Wetting myself Guido, and all your fellow apologists.

    So what are you saying now…. Brown was right, and Balls was wrong. Or is it Brown was wrong, and Balls is right. Or were they both wrong and also right at the same time. Lovin this Guido.

    You have yourselves tied up in knots

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    • 35
      Sir William Waad says:

      All we are saying is, basically, that none of them has a Scooby-Doo what’s going on. The forecasters were badly wrong, as usual, Osborne says that we must cut everything to ensure growth, Balls says that we must spend lots more in order to cut the deficit and I say it’s almost time for a nice glass of claret.

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    • 42
      Ed² says:

      Brown and Balls wanted ‘investment’ not cuts.
      Darling wanted to cut by 50% in 4 years (with no details of how)
      Miliband still has a blank piece of paper.
      Balls now says he agrees with Darling after all, beacuse if he did, Miliband would trust him to take over from Johnson. But Brown still wants ‘Investment’ and so does Balls but he is saying anything so that one day he will be PM (in his own head)

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    • 63
      Name lost due to cache clearing tragedy says:

      31… There is treatment available for that disorder. It includes a piece of thin, silken thread and a very, very tight knot.

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  21. 32
    Eco Fascist Surrealism says:

    So the eco fascist global warmists got it wrong and the economy is in meltdown? Strange.

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  22. 40
    Gay Gordon says:

    The HoC is such a boring place when you’re not PM. That’s why I don’t go there much.

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  23. 43
    Name lost due to cache clearing tragedy says:

    The difference was that the weather last winter was poor but n ot exceptionally bad. The recent bad weather was terrible. God knows what Brown would have saiud about it, had he still been PM…

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    • 50
      Iron Man says:

      Funny, I had to walk to work for a few days last winter due to the snow. I haven’t had to do that this winter, even with the snow we had.

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  24. 49
    bbitgu says:

    I reckon they are lizards……….

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  25. 51
    bbitgu says:

    I wonder if Gordon will go on Fox News?

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    • 79
      Anonymous says:

      I don’t think so somehow.
      Even when he was on the Daily Show, which is very left-wing, he was openly called a commie and told to fuck off before anyone in America started to take any of his “advice” seriously.
      If he appeared on fox they’d tear him a new arsehole, and probably shoot him in the head before he managed to convince any of the American public that having a public sector that makes up 60% of GDP is a good thing.

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  26. 51
    Tax Payer Joe Public says:

    Why did Saddam Hussain (Now Deceased) & Ed “The Lieing Bully” Balls (Not Deceased..yet) always see Eye to Eye on everything ?

    Answer : Both had the same syncronised eye BLINKING rate !!!

    The Common Trate of Tyrants…

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  27. 55
    nell says:

    gordon obviously thinks this is now the time to pile in with his expertise for militwit and blinky.

    Bet they’re really pleased he’s raising his profile and talking economic twaddle again.

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    • 66
      Tax Payer Joe Public says:

      And don’t foget to add to this monsterious pile of sh*t thats being poured on everybody today is Saint Alister C*ntbell, his holiness’s Emporer Tony’s special advisor here on earth.

      Suffered the sh*t for about 10mins this afternoon on Radio 5 Live before I smashed the f*cking portable radio against the wall to shut the lying f*cking c*nt up…..which the ar*se holes on 5 Live were agree with his every f*cking utterance….as if the almighty had written the words in person….

      Lets hope & pray Portsmouth well & truly f*ck Burnley,several times, rite up the ar*e tonight……….could’nt happen to a nicer piece of excrement

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  28. 56
    Soaked In Whisky IN Kirkaldy says:

    “I look like shit… I feel like shit.. my policies are shit… who am I? Mummy?”

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  29. 58
    Gove The Gimp says:

    LOL….. 8 months in.

    Growth has halted
    Inflation rocketing
    Dole queues lengthening
    Investment failing
    Services slashed
    Taxes up
    Petrol virtually unaffordable.

    …All above taken place and initiated by Dave and Gidders…… I know let’s have a thread about Brown.

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  30. 59
    Gove The Gimp says:

    LOL….. 8 months in.

    Growth has halted
    Inflation rocketing
    Dole queues lengthening
    Investment failing
    Services slashed
    Taxes up,
    Petrol virtually unaffordable.

    …All above taken place and initiated by Dave and Gidders…… I know let’s have a thread about Brown

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    • 62
      South of the M4 says:

      And there will be many that will say that this is the unavoidable consequence of Brownomics and that 2011 was always going to be thus.

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    • 64
      I hate New Labour says:

      Brown has a big part to play in the blame for all this, definitely.

      But ‘Gideon’ and ‘Dave’ could have improved things rather than making it worse.

      Frankly, I can’t see anyone who voted Tory being happy with things right now. I didn’t vote for them – and never will while we have these two hopeless old etonians running things.

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    • 68
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      These are steps forced on the government by the rank economic mismanagement of Brown and Balls. If Cameron and Osborne can’t pin that on them properly they don’t deserve to be in office but a far far worse scenario is an arrogant useless c’unt like Balls running the country’s economic policy again.

      I’d seriously plan to emigrate if that occurs

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  31. 69
    Tax Payer Joe Public says:

    Saint Alister C*ntbell was seen a little while ago gliding out of his chauffeur driven Limo at Fratton Park for tonights match……No it surely cant be in these economic dire times that Biased Beeb is going pick up the limo costs from London to Portsmouth & return from this annal licking excrement….Nothing surprises with the Oaf Thomson drunk with his power & still in charge of this money sucking parasite

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  32. 71
    This site is for fuckwits says:

    Aharr me hearties

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  33. 72
    Anonymous says:

    If I was going to spend £1,200 on a new telly, then the vat increase makes it an extra £25 more.
    I don’t think that’s really going to influence my decision on whether or not I can afford to buy it.
    Mortgages aren’t effected.
    Neither is “proper” food.
    Neither are kids clothes.
    Neither are electric/gas bills.
    Petrol is effected, so food prices will still increase due to the transportation cost increase, but that’ll be minimal because the actual post-tax increase is 2.13% (not 2.5%).
    I don’t think anyone’ll notice the change.
    When it went down temporarily to 15%, it cost us billions but nobody noticed it; it had no effect at all on growth/spending, all it did was suck money out of the economy by increasing the size of the debt mountain.

    I’d rather we cut spending than increase taxes (although technically they’re the same thing, but you know what I mean), but the existence of the BBC means that that’s not an option because the BBC wouldn’t allow it to happen.

    Mervyn King said today that when you discount the bad weather, the real figure was positive growth, but you’ll hear no mention of that on the BBC.

    The BBC see “growth slowdown” from King’s speech, and report “economy shrinks” – they never report the full facts that that single-quarter contraction was purely down to bad weather and that the real figure was positive growth for that quarter, and that even with the bad weather the annual figure was still very decent positive growth.

    Brown spent trillions in order to achieve his 0.1% growth figure just prior to the election. I say fuck that; I’d rather not spend those trillions just to produce a temporary fake positive blip.

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