March 23rd, 2011

Labour’s Leaky Legacy

The word has gone out from Labour to moan about the number of Budget leaks that have happened. It’s easier than offering up real arguments. MPs and the dutiful Twitterati have fallen in line and are evoking the spirit of Hugh Dalton, the Chancellor who resigned in 1947 after briefing the Lobby before his Budget speech. But when did that precedent go out the window?

The BBC noted back in 2008:

“During former Chancellor Gordon Brown’s time at Number 11, he installed a system of briefing for the press around his pre-Budget Statement.”

In 2005 the entire Budget made it into the first edition of the Standard before Gordon had even started his speech. Amazing how quickly a party can develop a new set of principles once it is in opposition…

UPDATE: Leaks to Labour are of course in the public interest:


  1. 1
    tube_thumper says:


  2. 2
    pmy008 says:

    Labour = rank hypocrisy. Nuff said!

  3. 3
    Observer says:

    Where’s Gordon?

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Gutless Labour. Can’t make a tough decision. Back to default setting of blaming everyone but themselves.

    Perhaps they should be called ‘I Blame Sue Labour’

  5. 5
    Ed Bollokov ( Son of Brown, Deficit-Admirer-in Chief ) says:

    ‘Amazing how quickly a party can develop a new set of principles once it is in opposition…’

    Let me make it abundantly clear: this will not be happening whilst I am leader of HM opposition Shallow Chancer.

  6. 6
    Leaky Government says:

    Well I do not Tweet and i do not listen to labour propaganda.

    But by 10 past 7 this morning I was left thinking what is the point of George going to parliament and giving a budget speech as I had just been told all that was in it.

    I was hoping that Dave’s government would raise standards back to where they used to be, sadly this is not so.

  7. 7
    Steve Miliband says:

    Didn’t Balls wave a draft copy of the Budget in the House yesterday? Perhaps Labour are leaking it.

  8. 8
    Mike Litorus says:

    Hypocritical lying shits are hypocritical lying shits SHOCKA!

  9. 9
    Budget Handicap Stakes says:

    … and they’re off, into the first bend and all over the first fence…. the race is on for the finishing line … with More Cash for the War in Libya taking all the attention… and maybe Small reduction in Tax for Motorists coming up a close second ….be sure that Taxpayer is not going to make any headway and in fact is bound to lose again….back to the studio in Libya

  10. 10
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’
    ‘Too fast, too deep’


    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’
    ‘I’m fast asleep’

  11. 11
    Anonymous says:

    not to mention all the fucking Labour sheep who now have a memory block about which goverment left us all in the shit.

  12. 12
    vaudeville talent spotter says:

    proof positive that they are all following the maxims of marx….
    ‘these are my principles…..if you don’t like them, i have others….’ Marx

    errr….Groucho not Karl

    so which one is Zeppo?

  13. 13
    NoPartyActivist says:

    …. it funny how the same can be said for those in power after years in the political wilderness, especially the lib dems … suddenly you can’t tell dave anything, he knows it all!!

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    sounds like billys forgot to set the alarm

  15. 15
    Dick the Prick says:

    A new set of principles implies they had an old set; other than gerrymandering and burning the money, plus a bit of genocide of ragheads for fun.

  16. 16
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Labour have no principles beyond self preservation and power, none whatsoever.

  17. 17
    the general public says:

    What difference does it make if we find out now or later that we are about to be shafted, and there’s nothing we can do about it because it apparently MUST be done as we have to save/raise money (well they have to find the money for the misiles from somewhere)!

  18. 18
    Steve Miliband says:

    One thing is for sure, The BBC will be all over it all day like a rash.
    Left wing economists will degrade the budget, left wing commentators will rubbish the budget and left wing presenters will do little to show their contempt for the Tories.

  19. 19
    Anonymus says:

    The script for the worlds worst ever porn film.

  20. 20
    James Robertson Fuckwit says:

    Labour are for the working man, innit !

  21. 21
    Eeu to me says:

    Well I never, change we have none, colour of rostette from red to a tacky blue and yellow, so the media are more important than the HOC, so lets get rid of the HOC they don’t appear to be needed by any of da management, we save millions and less mp’s get to go to jail.

  22. 22
    John Thomas says:

    Hiding, maybe he is the special hidden advisor to to the Red Balls, having said that, the leak may give the opposition chance to read the pronouncements and then make considered comments in the HOP, remember the deafening silence when McDoom anounced the 10% tax bans it took the Cons almost 24 hours to realise what ment, I think it was about the time dividends were taxed at 10% but if the person did not pay tax they could not reclaim the tax, the famous give with one hand and quickly take away with the other, something Gordum was famous for, as well as anouncing the same thing in successive bugets.

  23. 23
    Eeu to me says:


  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    pot. kettle. black.

    why can’t labour just fuck off and die?

    All they’re doing is reminding us how shit they were, how they bankrupted the country, and how their spin machine launched smear attacks against the likes of the heads of childrens’ charities in a bid to divert attention away from their own incompetence and corruption.

    A party that gets the police to come in without a warrant and turn-over a shadow home secretary’s office just because he told the newspapers how the government were fucking things up so badly really deserves the kind of treatment that we’re currently giving Gaddafi’s regime.

  25. 25
    But when did that precedent go out the window? 2008 ? Complete Horseshit says:

    * Jimmy Thomas, a member of a 1936 Cabinet, was playing golf with a City man, Sir Alfred Butt, who was also a Tory MP. With a wink, Thomas said: “Tee up!” The City man took the hint and insured himself at Lloyd’s against an increase in the tax on tea. He collected. But Thomas paid the price and resigned from the Baldwin Government and subsequently from the Commons..

    * Ken neth Clarke’s final Budget in November 1996 was leaked almost in its entirety, on the eve of its presentation, to the Daily Mirror newspaper. The Mirror refused to publish the contents, conscientiously returning it to the Treasury.

    Lamont leaked details and so did Lawson.
    Spin isn’t new only the term ‘spin’ for it is.

  26. 26
    the general public says:

    ……and does Osbourne not realise the headlines he will get for his income tax reduction that will “save” many £45 per year? Thats 86p a week, only marginally better than Browns 75p a week pension increase debacle.

    Good lord, in the last year my petrol costs have gone up by £30-£40 per week. I’d rather he kept the 86p (£1 billion in total a year was it) and used it to repair more roads, keep a few more Citizens Advice Bureaux open/increase their service, more care services for the elderly etc. etc.

  27. 27
    But when did that precedent go out the window? 2008 ? Complete Horsesh*t says:

    Fat Ken’s final Budget in November 1996 was leaked almost in its entirety, on the eve of its presentation, to the Daily Mirror newspaper.

  28. 28

    Labour. The last refuge of the ignorant. If they stood for office stating that they had no idea about running the country, economics, international relations, monetary stability, law and order, education, transport, defence, health and so on, it would be the truth.

    The question would then arise: What percentage of the electorate would still vote for them?

    I am inclined to think 30% on the basis that the admissions are already self-evident after 13 years of their calamitous governance.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    This coming from a party whose chancellor stood up in Parliament and told a blatent lie, saying that he’d got rid of the tax rate for the lowest paid, when in fact what he’d done was double it?

    I think we should force-feed labour MPs dog shit and broadcast it live on the web.

  30. 30
    Eeu to me says:

    As usual, screw public service and what’s good for the country, it’s all about little people getting one over on another group of little people, even acting worse than a gang of nursery schoolkids over who is having what toy, it’s not the naughty corner these people need it’s time to sack them and get responsible people in.

  31. 31
    Gideon Osboobery says:

  32. 32
    Dave's Beeboid Spindoctor says:

    Hear! Hear!

  33. 33
    Double Dip says:

    But think of the money you will save on VAT!

  34. 34
    Bomber Dave and Bummer George says:

    We have decided to give the plebs eighty pence a week.

    We suggest the plebs invest this windfall in a pint of diesel. Better still save up and buy the Royal Couple something nice for their wedding.

    If a pleb should be a filthy republican then donate the 80p to the Bankers’ Destitution Fund or to the plucky state of I srael.

    Don’t forget, don’t demonstrate and DON’T riot. Democracy and uprising is ok in Tahrir Square but will not be tolerated in Her Majesty’s Bankers Fiefdom.

    That is all. We return you to your regular propaganda media outlet.

  35. 35
    Anonymous says:

    It’s still better than doubling the tax of the lowest paid and then blowing it all on things like giving unemployed labour voters a free 4 bed flat in central london.

    If you want more care services for the elderly, talk to the councils who are still blowing all their money on pointless schemes instead of halting the pointless schemes and using the spare cash to keep services going (it’s not just labour councils doing this, the tory ones are too; our council’s a tory one, but they’re still killing off lollipop ladies rather than stopping totally pointless road schemes).

  36. 36
    Didn't they lie about VAT ? Or was that Gideon or Clegg ? says:

  37. 37
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin says:

  38. 38
    Breaking News!! says:

    Red Ed adopts the Hypocritical oath.


  39. 39
    Gordon says:

    Ah cannae stand this-another man at the dispatch box wi a’ the POWER and GLORY that I, Gordon the GREAT used to have-.

    Aye the days of glory and personal greatness maybe gone-but why should ah bother turning up at the House these days???-It is beneath my DIGNITY to show face -but ah’ll still take the cash!!

  40. 40
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Leak about Stasi State manipulation cctv
    out of control spending Nazi lying.
    Or leak about how the fuck where going
    to get out of this mess in one piece.
    Now let me see?

  41. 41
    Labour Listing says:


  42. 42
    Oxymoron alert says:

    Red Ed is the son of a ‘Marxist Intellectual’.

  43. 43
    Labour Listing says:


  44. 44
    Eeu to me says:

    Membership of a tribe, still in at least 30% of the voters minds, doesn’t matter what the colour of the rosette as long as it’s the colour of their tribal membership then the same people are prepared to be kicked about,shouted at,screwed silly as it’s part of their tribes membership,just like that game of football my team is better than your team, individualism they have none the like to be led by the nose.

  45. 45
    Labour idiot says:

    The public purse has no bottom.

  46. 46
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    At least the Coalition aint getting anyone arrestted for leaking tho!

  47. 47
    Corrigendum says:

    ‘Marxist Ineffectual’.

  48. 48
    Geoff Wisdom says:

    I saw that Ed Balls on my telly last night. He seemed to be blinking and bleating about something that he imagined was to happen today. Sitting beside him was that hideously ugly lesbian with the speech defect.

    I tried to imagine those two with their paws on the levers of power, spending our dosh to further their mad social-engineering schemes, and fainted.

  49. 49
    nell says:

    Labour and a set of principles?

    That’s like saying labour’s pal gad afi has compassion for his fellow man!!

    And who are they to talk about leaks? Whilst they were in government they leaked lies all the time.

    Let’s just hope the leaks over georgie’s budget are true and that he is going to do something about petrol prices and income tax.

    Of course the money to do that is going to have to come from somewhere. So I guess beer drinkers and smokers had better be expecting to get knocked.

  50. 50
    Eeu to me says:

    Just means they haven’t been caught or the bribe was a goodun.

  51. 51
    jgm2 says:

    That’s what I thought had happened. The Labour moles at the treasury – placed and groomed by Brown and Balls – will be leaking chapter and verse to the wicked and malicious Labour party. Unfortunately for them it is they (Labour) who have set a precedent with how to deal with such behaviour. You simply arrest the ‘leaking’ MP in their office and search all their correspondence and their home while pleading ‘national security’ considerations.

    I look forward to the imminent arrest of Ned Balls on national security grounds.

    It’s what Labour would do.

    Get it right up you youse c*unts.

  52. 52
    jgm2 says:

    Quite so. Time to arrest Ned Balls on national security grounds. After all, the Labour argument went, if they’re leaking this information what else and to who else are they leaking information. Arrest Balls now.

  53. 53
    Toryboy Twat says:


  54. 54

    Why is it of interest to Lord Mandelson, then?

  55. 55
    Roundell says:

    It goes way beyond that, Blairs first Budget was leeked to the FT the day before and Hague riddiculed how much mazing “insight” the FT had to get their predictions so accurate.

  56. 56
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

  57. 57
    misterned says:

    Agreed. Labour have no right to complain about the current government doing exactly what labour did in office every year in the run up to the budget.

    But then the current government should not be briefing the media about the budget when they complained about labour doing that whilst the current government were in opposition.

    I thought they were going to clamp down on that sort of thing and promise to respect Parliament and ensure that important statements like the budget statement are only revealed to Parliament first.

  58. 58
    Toryboy Twat says:


  59. 59
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Wasnt Balls “working” at the FT then?

  60. 60
    jgm2 says:

    They fucking well should though. Return the favour. Arrest Ned Balls and then use whatever they find after a good search of his computer and office and home to trace the leak at the treasury. Use the words ‘groomed’ a lot in the press about the relationship between Balls and the source of the leak.

    And fire the c*unt.

    Fight fire with fire.

  61. 61
    Number 10's Cat says:

    I was about to suggest the leaks are being made by a liebour sleeper at the treasury. Then I realised they’re all sleepers in there.

  62. 62
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Amazing how quickly a party can develop a new set of principles once it is in opposition…’

    Or once it is in government – remember no more top-dpwn NHS changes? There’s little point in calling one set of politicians or another hypocrites – they ALL are.

  63. 63
    Worrell says:

    How many people are there in this country?60million? And of those 60 million Ed Balls would aspire to be the next leader of the country or at the very least the next leader of the country’s finances. If that isn’t an indictment of the system I don’t know what is! It would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic.

  64. 64
    Ed Miliband says:


  65. 65
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Poorly reasoned rubbish as a result
    of being stuck behing smoking, nattering,
    20 mph crawling, nest coiffured useless
    tart driver.

  66. 66
    jgm2 says:

    Amazing how quickly a party can develop a new set of principles once it is in opposition…

    Amazing how slowly it can develop a new set of policies too.

  67. 67
    Turnip Taliban says:

    You couldn’t wait to start splashing about in the blood of another Blairite Middle Eastern War without end, could you nell ?

    Your hero the Heir to Blair is lying about regime change to secure the BP Oil he was so keen to talk about until last week.

    You must be delighted to be one of the gullible twats supporting another quagmire like Iraq and Afghanistan. But the public won’t, and as the weeks and months go by you will be reminded of your unwavering support of this disaster.

  68. 68
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    What did Gordon know?

  69. 69
    Steve Miliband says:

    Did you know an anagram of ‘Ed Balls’ is ‘I’m a fucking c*nt’

  70. 70
    Billy Bumblefuck is the shittest tourist ever ! says:

    And how does the UK Budget affect you in New Zealand Billy Bumblefuck?

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Gordons budgets were legendary in the fact it always took two to three days to dissect them and find what was hidden.

  72. 72
    Gideon Osboobery says:


  73. 73

    I seem to recall Cameron promising an end to Government by media leaks. Did he have to give that up for the coalition agreement?

    The Secret Diary of a Westminster Intern! But who’s the MP?

  74. 74
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I thought c-unts were useful, the only use Ed Balls has is as a ……….

  75. 75
    Osborne's Anal Beads says:

  76. 76
    jgm2 says:

    Gordon fucking well instigated it. A full-on-Alex-Ferguson-head-two-inches-from-yours-screaming-in-your-face-hairdrying-session for Jacqui Smith

    ‘What the fuck are you going to do about these leaks Smiffy? I’m being made to look a c*unt Smiffy. Sort it out Smiffy…’

    And then po-faced lying about how he had nothing to do with it as usual. The wicked and malicious c*unt.

  77. 77
    Keith Vaz says:

    Nothing to see here. Just look at Midsomer Murders which could become like Eastenders and other televisual crap with the important message “Effnics good whitey bad”

  78. 78
    Humour for Mongs says:

    Tee Heee hee hee hee hee heee heeeee

    yoo mayd a funeee!!

  79. 79
    nell says:


    Unwavering support for libyan action?

    Er where do I say that in that comment above?

    Your very like the old labour crew trying to smear people by lying about what they actually said.

    That’s the trouble with labour you see, no principles and no realistic understanding of the simple word truth.

  80. 80
    Baron Mandelson working class boy made good says:

    Labour are for the working class innit

  81. 81
    I once had a pair of yellow socks says:

    Same old boring hypocritical labour. Brown’s people pretending to be something new and failing miserably.

  82. 82
    nell says:

    Come to think of it their pal gad afi has the same problem with telling the truth doesn’t he?

  83. 83
    Fa Kin Su Pah says:

    Chortle and then again

  84. 84
    Former #47 for the Atlanta Braves says:


  85. 85
    Audemus Dicere says:

    Post of the day, anon. Perfectly sums up the situation and the required action!

  86. 86
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fergie a socailist as well , Has meet Ed Miliband.

  87. 87
    penises on a budget says:

    The PC Inquisition is full of self righteous, hysterical fuckwits with nothing better to do all day than ring their hands and wank off to their own incredibly silly pronouncements, which of course come directly from god.

  88. 88
    Audemus Dicere says:

    “they’re still killing off lollipop ladies”

    Why do I have an image of a bunch of old dears with dayglo jackets and road signs being machine gunned against a stone wall, all shouting “Viva Villa!”?

  89. 89
    Billy Bowdens ballsack says:

    I’m running on empty.

  90. 90
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Yesterday’s figures on inflation and borrowing were grim. Unless Osborne gets to grips with the deficit, next year’s budget will be dire. Today’s effort looks as though it will be about little more other than re-arranging deckchairs on The Titanic. Already hugely unimpressed!

  91. 91
    jgm2 says:

    All football teams (or almost all) are socialist.

    They take a huge amount of money off as many people as possible – many of whom can barely afford it, p155 it all over the place paying too much money to absolute incompetents and half-wits or building ‘prestige’ new hospitals and schools grounds instead of upgrading the one that’s been doing a fine job for the last 100 years, make a massive loss and still fail to produce any results.

  92. 92
    jgm2 says:

    Oh and then they blame the owners for ‘not putting in enough money’. Or the fans for ‘not showing enough support’.

  93. 93
    jgm2 says:

    The UK is fucked. It’s been fucked since about 2003. This is just the ongoing slow-motion financial clusterfuck bequeathed by the Maximum Imbecile. There is literally nothing to be done within the existing financial set-up.

    It’s fucked. By Brown. We’re beaten. There is nothing we can do. Brown has ‘won’ – he has broken the system.

  94. 94

    I think you are right. This means that a large part of this sector are the equivalent of farm animals … without the benefit of being able to slaughter them for profit. Some will be making an economic contribution but a large portion will be neutral at best or a drain upon the economy at worst. The remainder of the population has to pay more than 50% of what they earn, in direct and indirect taxation, to sustain these people.

  95. 95
    Anonymus says:

    Thats not the real Brian May.

  96. 96
    misterned says:

    The money for the missiles is already included in the MOD budget. This Libyan action will be funded by current budget. It will be costing less per month, than labour were spending in Iraq on an illegal war per day.

  97. 97
    We'reAllTogetherNow says:

    I love the smell of government hypocrisy in the morning.

  98. 98
    Up sh1t creek says:

    I am appalled at the leaking of all this sensitive market information by the coalition, specifically because they critisised Labour for doing it.

    Who do we complain to for these leaks? Please tell us Guido, as I’d like to write an official complaint.

  99. 99
    misterned says:

    All of them (including labour) said that they “had no plans to raise VAT” It is what they say when they know that they would be raising VAT, but have not actually written the budget yet.

    Like saying you have no plans to get your car insured six months before your renewal date. At that point in time, you know you will be getting your car insured, but you do not know if you will renew your current policy, or search for a new policy, and you have not planned for that yet. You can truthfully say that “you have no plans to renew your car insurance”.

    It is not strictly speaking a lie, but it is not open or transparent either and one this is for sure, if labour had won the election, they would have increased VAT to at least 20% too.

  100. 100
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Here’s the coalition tackling the deficit…. NOT ! They are taking the p of private sector taxpayers, having to pay for a STILL expanding state.

    “Whitehall departments are still recruiting thousands of staff, official figures revealed yesterday – despite a Government pledge to slash the number of civil servants.

    The figures, obtained by former Tory Cabinet minister John Redwood, show that Coalition efforts to cut the civil service payroll are being undermined by continuing recruitment drives in Whitehall.

    The figures reveal that nine major departments have lost a total of almost 9,000 staff between them since the General Election in May last year.

    But they have also decided to recruit more than 4,100 new staff – cutting the reduction in overall headcount to just two per cent.

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change has actually seen its staff numbers increase by 11 per cent, after recruiting 171 staff to replace 53 who left. “

  101. 101
    DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells says:

    Last year it was the Conservative moles at the treasury leaking, I wouldn’t trust any of them.

  102. 102
    No miracles today says:

    This budget isn’t expected to be groundbreaking. It’s “steady as she goes”. If you remember, “there’s no money left”. There’s no possibility of grandstanding. Wait till 2015.

  103. 103
    PD77 says:

    Amy Winehouse?

  104. 104
    PD77 says:

    Nell, Liebour Trolls are like crap magicians they’re bloody useless at misdirection!

  105. 105
    misterned says:

    Big difference between an illegal invasion and occupation, based on lies, costing about 100 billion and the legal, humanitarian action in support of UN resolutions costing far far less.

    As for regime change, if they wanted to kill Gaddafi, they know where he is, (after all he is not keeping a low profile) and he would have had a cruise missile in his living room by now. They are NOT targeting Gadaffi.

    OK I know a lot of people on the left feel very foolish for being taken in by Blair’s lies over Iraq and the subsequent illegal occupation and slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. And so you should…

    But that does NOT mean that every military action is the same as Iraq. This one is LEGAL, has the support of the region, the UN and is working. Gaddafi’s forces are finding it harder and harder to attack civilians every day. Bengazi has been protected and other cities are getting more and more protection.

    I know the left have a record of slaughtering the innocent, instead of protecting them, but actually this is the UK government doing some good, for a change!

    And as For oil, it would be better if we could buy Libyan oil from a friendly, democratic and free Libya, instead of from a Libya under the rule of an insane dictator.

  106. 106
    Marmite says:

    F U C K O F F !!!

  107. 107
    It'sAlreadyTooLate says:

    But the favourite, Cost of European Membership wins every day

  108. 108
    Marmite says:

    You write to the Labour Party ‘sh@tcreek’ – thought you would know that.

  109. 109
    Rat's arse says:

    Nothing surprizes me as far as Labour is concerned. Have you noticed how, since leaving Office, their spite, lies, and general nastiness knows no bounds. And to think, tossers keep voting for them. I bloody well despair!

  110. 110
    ianbeag says:

    These are my principles – if you don’t like them I have plenty more!

  111. 111
    DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells says:

    “Support of the region”? the Arab League are already crapping their pants

  112. 112
    Pepsi Cola says:

    Agreed “Rats”. Morons the lot of them and sad w?nkers to boot.

  113. 113
    pensioner says:

    yes, I met a farm animal when I went to the surgery this morning. Some prissy little oik told me that the doctors have it all under control and I needn’t fret one bit. What she didn’t know was that I spent years working in the health service to a very high medical level and she’s a fucking twat cos she knows nowt!!! arrogance does not replace ability.

  114. 114
    Rue Morgue says:

    he is now

  115. 115
    disgrace says:

    NI Questions were due to start at 11.30
    Its 11.33 and still they havent commenced.

    That little dwarf ponce should ensure the house sits on time, setting an example.

  116. 116
    WakiLeaks says:

    Gordon Brown leaks …….

  117. 117
    machiavellian anal despot says:

    Fuck me. My MP’s just been on the telly standing outside 10 Downing Street with Osborne and his shiny new red box! She didn’t look happy next to our grinning Chancellor.

  118. 118
    Desperate Dan says:

    Made up stories, guesses, speculation and Gypsy Rose Lee “I can see the future” forecasts are not leaks. Most people recognise the wild conjecture for what it is and are waiting for the real thing.

  119. 119
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Did you know an anagram for Ed Balls is ‘Sad bell’? Sad bell end surely.

  120. 120
    Anonymous says:

    And thanks to Mandelson’s recent book we know that Red Ed was one of the cabinet ministers who wanted to raise VAT to 20%, but was overruled by Brown. The next time Ed moans about VAT someone should produce a copy of Mandelson’s book live on air and read him the appopriate paragraphs.

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    Archie says:


  122. 122
    Archie says:


  123. 123
    Archie says:

    Take my principles for instance, I’m not using them!

  124. 124
    Archie says:

    Hotly followed by last season’s favourite “Foreign Aid”!

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