Balls Brings Back Mrs McBride

Mrs McBride, Balshan IzzetWhen Damian McBride had to hide out from the cameras during Smeargate, he holed up with long-suffering girlfriend and former Treasury civil servant Balshan Izzet. When Balls had to deny the disgraced spinner was advising him about his leadership bid last summer, it turns out it was “Mrs McBride” that was on the campaign trail. And now Balls is beefing up his Shadow Treasury team and has bought her back into the fold as an advisor.  The talk in Labour circles is that the pair are still smearing the sheets together…




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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