July 28th, 2011

£4.2 Million To Change Labour’s Mind

When the government announced that they were switching from the Retail to Consumer Price Index for pensions, Labour kicked off. Stephen Timms set out their absolute opposition to the move in the Commons, and Balls told the GMB union that the move one of the biggest hits “to the living standards of your members in a generation”However it seems that it was all just opportunistic bluster…

Kudos to the eagle-eyed Tory spinner in CCHQ who spotted that Labour’s  annual accounts show that they too have changed from RPI to CPI for their own pension scheme. And why the sudden change of heart? Well a £4.2 million reduction in the cash-strapped Labour Party’s own pension liabilities must have helped…


  1. 1
    ToryBoy says:

    New Balls Please!

  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


  3. 3
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    “the move one of the biggest hits ”

    Does not make sense.

  4. 4
    The Labia Farty says:

    Do as we say, not as we do.

  5. 5
    Nasal Voice Or Maybe Not Anymore says:

    Balls is breathtakingly good at papering over his reckless mistakes in the past, isn’t he. It was Balls advising Brown when the previous govenrment switched the inflation target from RPI to CPI.

    Yes, I’m proud to have Balls in my team. He’s also one of the few to always first run his ideas past me before vying for media attention. And he was already so loyal to me before I asserted myself on the back of hackgate.

  6. 6
    Jimmy says:

    This is because our staff are motivated not by money but by a selfless desire to serve the people. It’s a hard job persuading them to accept any payment at all.

  7. 7
    Unwilling Funder of Left Wing Social Engineering (still unwilling under CMD) says:

    Move one of the biggest set of shits surely?

  8. 8
    Sir William Waad says:

    There is no reason why the RPI should always run ahead of the CPI. Over long periods, they should increase by very nearly the same amount. So, my question is – if CPI starts to inflate faster then RPI at some time in the future, will HM Government and the Layabout Party switch back to RPI?

  9. 9
    Dread says:

    Balls really is a complete skuzzbucket of the first order.

    Hopefully the cnut will become the leader of the “Labour” party and they will be dissolved (though sadly probably not in acid).

  10. 10
    I Hate Tesco AND the Pope says:

    Good on yer, Guido. Keep this up and give the odious Testicles a solid kick in the gonads. Not that he has any, you understand………..

  11. 11
    Mike Litorus says:

    Neither does anything that comes out Ed Bollox trap.

  12. 12
    Ed Balls says:

    “Balls told the GMB union that the move one of the biggest hits “to the living standards of your members in a generation”.”

    Best not to mention the 2007 budget, when Labour doubled the rate of income tax for the poorest workers.

  13. 13
  14. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Zaheer Khan ruled out of tommorrows Test match.

    Strauss will be happy!

  15. 15
    Alex says:

    I prefer to view it as a mental illness myself.

  16. 16
    albacore says:

    ‘Tain’t what you say, it’s the way that you say it – with a lot of other things beside inflation indices.
    BBC: “Oliver and Olivia were the most popular baby names across England and Wales in 2010 for the second year running, figures show.”
    Daily Mail addendum to the same story: “An official Office for National Statistics list of names released earlier this year revealed that Mohammed, encompassing all its different spellings, was the most popular boy’s name.”


  17. 17
    Greychatter says:

    BBBC won’t report the change. But what else can we expect from opportunistic Left leaning Politicians and the Biased media and bbc – shout their mouth off when it suits them, think its called – Double standards.
    Who was it that left the country financially bankrupt?
    Thats all forgotten, except by the public who are expected to fund their excesses.

  18. 18
    Peter Grimes says:

    Do you think that ZaNuLieBor are taking advice from that Leftist pensions expert Will Hutton?

  19. 19
    The Devil's Spawn says:

    Er um, er, we’ll get back tp you on that ……………..

  20. 20
    Shelley Wordsworth says:

    Blinking Ed Balls can’t go any higher
    He’s firmly stuck in the gutter
    I wish he’d piss off like Tony the liar
    And Gordon the vanishing nutter.

  21. 21
    Dread says:

    So you are asking Guido to get Yvette Cooper to go to her bedside cabinet, open the bottom draw, get out the locked box and for her to let Guido kick the contents?

    While he is at it I suppose he could always give her a glaswiegan kiss before throwing her out the window (with some piano wire helpfully tied around her throat and the radiator so she doesn’t hurt herself on the sharpened railings outside)

  22. 22
    The Labour Parteh says:

    It’s what we do best.

  23. 23
    ONS says:

    And there are times when CPI leads RPI


  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    That’s a bit rich coming from you Billy, you tit.

  25. 25
    Admiral Leach says:

    Ed Balls another flabby faced Labour shit. The usual do as i say but i’ll do as i like. Do any of this crowd realise what a bunch of knobs they look? They make the Lib Dems seem almost worthwhile.

  26. 26
    The BBC's official line says:

    This is not news merely point-scoring gossip and we do not report that unless it concerns a Tory.

    Obviously the most popular name is Mohammed – why report what everybody knows, this is why we went with Oliver.

    Pay your money, obey and move along please.

  27. 27
    Gordon Brown says:

    I take my pills
    to cure my ills
    but until I’m getting better
    my bed is getting wetter.

  28. 28
    Gonk says:

    D’you mean the Will Hutton that ran the
    Work foundation so well that it went bust ?

  29. 29
    Admiral Leach says:

    Dear Nasal Voice Or Maybe Not Anymore, you might like to know that there is a better than 20% chance you’ll end up with a voice like Julie Burchill’s after your op, bet they didn’t tell you that! Can’t wait to hear how its gone.

  30. 30
    BBC News Headlines, 20 years from now, says:

    الله رحيم جدا! فوائد المطالبة! ضرب الكفار!

  31. 31
    Cool! says:

    He’s already got a face like Julie Burchill’s, so the voice will complete the set.

  32. 32
    Admiral Leach says:

    That’s the chap he ran it so well they just ran out of work

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    It’s because of the difference between a geometic and an arithmetic mean. The geometric meanwill never be greater than an arithmetic mean of the same items. The only way the CGI will be greater is when the items included in the CGI have a greater numerical value than those in the RPI. QED

  34. 34
    Neil Kinnock, £10 million and counting says:


  35. 35
    Dalai Llama Ding Dong says:

    More like Julie Burchill’s arse.

  36. 36
  37. 37
    Mike Hunt says:

    Liebour policy (not the blank sheet of paper):

    Do as we say not do as we do.

    bunch of slimy hypocrites – looking forward to seeing this on the BBC News tonight.

  38. 38
    The BBC's official line says:

    A translation for the minorities:

    “We would like to thank you all for paying your license fee and enabling us to spend £1.6 million on our new pavement.”


    Later on Newsnight, we’ll be asking 2 Labour Party politicians why the Tories are so bad and hearing from a Guardian editor about the news for next week.

    Have YOU paid your license fee?

  39. 39
    Rupert Mudoch says:

    ‎’Mr Gove has met Mr Murdoch six times for breakfast, lunch or dinner since the Coalition came to power in May 2010 – more than any of his Cabinet colleagues”

    What a bastard Michael Gove is !!

  40. 40
    Smig says:

    The Liebour Party will take guidance from Mugabe. Again. And again. And again.

    Shower of thieving, conniving, devious, insidious, incompetent bastards the lot of ‘em.

  41. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Yet it was Balls who was co-architect of the “biggest hit to the living standards” of members of private sector pensions when he and Brown did the dirty back in 1997.

  42. 42
    Mike Hunt says:

    Apologies to The Labia Farty (nr 4), you beat me to it.

  43. 43
    Lord Lucan says:

    No Boom and Bust thanks to Balls!

  44. 44
    postman pat says:

    Is that more or less than 2?

  45. 45
    Glenys Kinnock says:

    Don’t forget me!

  46. 46
    Tony B liar says:


  47. 47
    Smig says:

    I don’t pay TV tax. Ner-ner!

  48. 48
    Gordon Brown says:

    This conservative led coalition really is a shower of shit !!

    Cameron and Gove have again lied to get themselves elected, that they would protect Sure Start pre-school schemes. Not only has the Sure Start budget been hacked off by 20% and 31 centres closed, but the remainder of the centres is being cut until they are threadbare. Pre-school is vital for a good start in young life, and a welcome break for mothers.

  49. 49
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Guido. Any rumours of some post-Op voice coaching for our Hero/

  50. 50
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    that stephen Timms is a right pain in the neck!

  51. 51
    SHUT UP BALLS says:

  52. 52
    Two Eds cause Labour pains! says:

    Liebore = Hypocrite!

  53. 53
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Harsh but fair.

  54. 54
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Bollocks, Look after your own kids, cant affored em, dont have em! why expect taxpayers to pay for em?

  55. 55
    Geoff Hoon says:

    Absolutely right, old chap. Well, almost…

  56. 56
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    So am I.

  57. 57
    Titford Hat says:

    They didn’t know how much Labour had screwed the country’s finances until after they were elected, you tit.

  58. 58
    Not fuckin likely but.... says:

    So does that mean Gordon didnt sell the Gold and he truly is a genius ?

  59. 59
    Kirsty Wark says:

    And I will still be holidaying with Labour Politicians

  60. 60
    Engineer says:

    Or, to paraphrase, “How large a slice of our overdraft would you like?”

  61. 61
    Call me a cynic says:

    Having just googled a picture of the bint I’m not sure I could tell!

  62. 62
    Guido Fawles says:

    The right wing political blogger,Guido Fawkes said: “It reveals a lot about Michael Gove’s priorities that he has found time to meet with News Corp executives 21 times since he became Education Secretary but in his first seven months in the job he didn’t manage to visit a single sixth-form college, further education college or special school.”

    Gove should be sacked immediately !!

  63. 63
    Cambridge Blue says:

    And now he’s going to be Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. Wish them luck!

  64. 64
    annette curton says:

    Can the BBC spell misinformation?.

  65. 65
    Tony Blair, Multi-Millionaire says:

    Keep trotting out those lines dear boy – me and the missus will laugh our heads off at you privately, but you’re doing us a great service by keeping all the proles in their place.

    My chums Mandy, Prescott, Hoon etc agree with me wholeheartedly – we wouldn’t be where we are today without the hordes of useful idiots like you to spread our lies.

  66. 66
    Fat Goth says:

    Mr Gove is totally…..Awesome.

  67. 67
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    And, I assume, Billy Bowdenism = dyslexia?

  68. 68
    Ed Balls says:

    I like money.

  69. 69
    Stephen Kinnock says:

    Thank’s mum and dad, you taught me well.

  70. 70
    Dozy says:

    No your not.

  71. 71
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    Yes; he has been told not to use it. Apparently there is an epidemic of sleeping sickness on the tabloids affecting all those journos forced to listen to Neds voice messages.

  72. 72
    Anybody but Ed says:

    The curse of blinky strikes.Manages to shoot himself in the foot just like his mentor Broon!!

  73. 73
    Nasty back in power says:

    New figures have found one in three Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) in England are reducing access to treatment for “non-urgent” operations.

    Examples of rationing include knee operations only being allowed to go ahead where patients are in severe pain, overweight patients being made to lose weight prior to procedures, and cataract patients being denied treatment until their sight problems seriously affect their ability to work.


  74. 74
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    Unfair. Bollox has his uses. Where would the Westminster sumo nights be without Bollox versus Piggy Pickles.

  75. 75
    Archer Karcher says:

    Spell it? They live it.

  76. 76
    Awkward Balls says:

    Annoying man. That is Balls in a nutshell. I am sure he take the opposite opinion with everyone just to be4 annoying. F**k knows how his wife puts up with him.

  77. 77
    SureStart = Fecking Waste of Money says:

    “Sure Start .. works to bring together early education, childcare, health and family support. Services provided include advice on health care and child development, play schemes, parenting classes, family outreach support and adult education and advice.”

    Or, use Google.

  78. 78
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Socialism should be treated the same as Paedophilia.

  79. 79
    Ah! Monika says:

    Socialists are like religionists, the more they profess their faith the less they practice it.

  80. 80
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    Still not a problem for India. There are reports of chanting from their changing room “pitch it on off, slant it away”. Every international bowler knows Strauss weakness. Open with Bell.

  81. 81
    Yvette says:

    Aw. Shut up for God’s sake

  82. 82
    annette curton says:

    Look on the bright side: Harriet Harman gets stoned to death.

  83. 83
    South of the M4 says:

    The private sector provided that service well before Labour introduced free places.
    And then went on to *ugger up pre-school care as well as closing private nurseries and making many redundant. The country couldn’t afford it then, and cannot now. The vacuum will be filled once again by the private sector and subsidies still exist for those that cannot afford it.

  84. 84
    Tax Payer Joe Public says:

    Always remember the Latent Statements of Chairman Ed Balls

    “Don’t do as I do, Do as I say”

    After all some are more equal than others……!!

  85. 85
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    I’m Bullingdon Boris
    My friends call me Doris
    I saunter along in a daze
    I screw my friends wives
    So I’ve ruined all their lives
    But the details a bit of a haze

  86. 86
    Up sh1t creek says:

    Labour could always print more money to help their pension fund, like it’s done fantastic things to the UK economy… 30%+ UK Pound devaluation pushing up prices all over the place… but it’s helping “the exporters” (UK hardly has any of that any more). UK savers and pensions have been raided by the stealth tax of Quantitative Easing, have more…. that’ll teach those pesky savers to save (they have stopped spending because they are being raped by the BoE / gov.).

    People that call for more money printing like Vince Cable, Ed Balls, and David Blanchflower should be strung up by their balls.

  87. 87
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    sorry – thought it was a poetry competition.

  88. 88
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    There is a bit of Billy Bowden in all of us!

  89. 89
    Stan Stedd says:

    No, only broadcast it

  90. 90
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    And thats not all……

  91. 91



  92. 92
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    Obviously he hasn’t visited a special school. It would bring back memories of his unhappy schooldays.

  93. 93
    James Purnell says:

    I’ll be back

  94. 94
    Bartholomew, George Osborne's Teddy says:

    Its the bend in the finger. The girls cannot resist it.

  95. 95
    David Jones says:

    socialism is a religion. It was and always shall be a belief system – opium for the politically inept and fiscally challenged.

  96. 96
    You won't find this on the BBC says:

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A federal wildlife biologist whose observation in 2004 of presumably drowned polar bears in the Arctic helped to galvanize the global warming movement has been placed on administrative leave and is being investigated for scientific misconduct, possibly over the veracity of that article.


  97. 97
    Ex-Labour voter says:

    “subsidies still exist for those that cannot afford it.”

    Whilst I agree, may I add that those who ‘cannot afford it’ shouldn’t have had children in the first place?

  98. 98
    Loungelizard says:

    Sure Start. Centers for socialist youth indoctrination. The left have always had an unhealthy interest in the nations young. Both Miliband and Balls like to use these centers for PR stunts, speeches press release etc. No wonder they defend them, all part of the lefts long term policy.

  99. 99
    misterned says:

    Funny, 4.2 million for labour to change its mind?

    The price has gone up since Blair sold Labour’s flagship NHS anti-smoking policy for a million quid bung from Bernie.

    How much is a peerage these days?

  100. 100
    Socialist Revolutionary Charlie "Storm Parliament" Gilmour says:

    I’ve noticed that most of the people in prison with me are working class and thick. And violent.

    But I’m still a socialist revolutionary! Up the working class! Comrades!

    oh god, it’s shower-day tomorrow

  101. 101
    British Biased Corporation says:

    The presenters on this morning’s BBC Breakfast were careful not to reveal to it’s audience the photograph of Piers on the front of today’s Independent…if it ain’t Coulson then it ain’t news.

  102. 102
    Fat Goth says:

    How do you think we feel. Has Mr Marr ever invited a Goth on to review the Sunday papers?

  103. 103
    misterned says:

    Yeah, but be fair, the labour party needed all that tax money to help the poor workers who are on the boards of the big banks, from losing their jobs and bonuses.

    Those yachts and private jets do not pay for themselves you know, so those poor directors needed all the help that they could get from the party of the poor and needy.

  104. 104
    Gonk says:

    ‘ There once was a chap called Balls,
    Who went over Nigara Falls,
    At first he was missed,
    But then everyone got pissed,
    And then realised he was a daft, felching
    ninny anyway and suddenly felt a lot happier ‘

  105. 105
    cheche says:

    Kirsty Walk is one one the funniest presenters on TV. Up there with Bruce Forsyth and Lenny Henry I rrol with laugher when she does that funny accent and prononounces the words like a Sotch Hilda Baker – very original

  106. 106
    AndyN says:

    SureStart centres have a “play advisor” on each site.

    These are state-funded individuals whose job is it to provide instruction and guidance on how to play with your children.

    Labour government in a nutshell.

  107. 107
    Fees Office Clerk says:

    “Retail to Consumer Price Debate”

    Dead Balls MP: “Mr Speaker…the switch from the Retail to Consumer Price Index for pensions is the biggest hit to the living standards of the public in a generation”

    Dave Osborne MP: “Mr Speaker….Labour’s own annual accounts show that they too have changed from RPI to CPI for their own pension scheme”

    Speaker Bercow: “Stop…the honourable gentleman must not embarrass the oppostion. The honourable gentleman is far too excited and he must sit down immediately”

  108. 108
    Gordon F Brown says:

    There can’t be that many people on the planet who don’t know that Timms and Balls were my henchmen when I was PM. Look where me taking any notice of them got us all. I lost my job saving the planet.

    Nobody should take anything either of them says as worth listening to. They are just as daft as me.

  109. 109
    smoggie says:

    Once there was a time that might be true. Not today though.

  110. 110
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Just bust – as ever with labour governments.

  111. 111
    misterned says:

    Let’s get the tax payer to pay for all these services at all the different locations and then spend a load more to replicate them all in one place too.

  112. 112
    MrFlaneur. says:

    Worse than scum.

  113. 113
    Greychatter says:

    Who looks after their kids? Tax payer funded nanny? Takes ‘em down to a surestart centre. and lets someone else bring them up.

    Socialism at its best, pass the buck.

  114. 114
    Honest View says:

    Wouldn’t make the slightest dent in the Beeb’s total indifference to rational debate about Climate Change. As far as they’re concerned, it’s a fact, because Greeny-Lefties love it, and that’s that.

  115. 115
    East India Company wallah says:

    Fair enough,I thought it was a rap jam ala that chief constable that thought all his black officers were wide boys cool to the shit
    A more learned person than I can post the link-I CBA!

  116. 116
    Mike Hunt says:

    It’s the standard weakness of most left-handers – DI Gower is the classic example.

  117. 117
    Dusty says:

    Weren’t they transplanted on to EYE Vet

  118. 118
    Anonymous says:

    Bartholomew,that’s great advice & I hope he acts on it;he has very obviously stopped using his brain & if he also stops using his voice we will all benefit from the silence.

  119. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Or, as Billy would put it Smig,”hang the bastards”.

  120. 120
    what a plonker says:

    Blinky Balls does not know his arse from his elbow when it comes to economics .
    He just spouts off a load of socialist / communist claptrap.

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

    If it was, you would have lost.

  122. 122
    Labour caused the problem says:

    what part of there is no money left does your miniscule left wing fucked up brain not understand


  123. 123
    Emperor Harman van Rompuy says:

    None of the pupets in government or oppposition has any choice in this matter.

    your EU masters have dictated the adoption of CPI instead of RPI. The main difference? RPI includes mortgage cost and as you know in the EUSSR the masses have to rent they are not allowed to buy.

  124. 124
    Labour caused the problem says:

    red ed met them 16 times
    evening standard report 27.07.2011

    Go fuck yersell

  125. 125
    Pos says:


  126. 126
    Anonymous says:

    No. It means that after Shirley Williams destroyed the grammar schools their were no more proper education. Extrapolating it also probably means that after Gordon destroyed the economy there will be no more proper jobs anymore.

  127. 127
    Civil Servant says:

    spelling = not your strong point

  128. 128
    M says:

    Blink and you could miss it

  129. 129
    David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

    Government uses RPI for income and CPI for paying out. The rationale given by the government does not make any sense whatsoever. RPI used for indexation to increase water bills, vehicle excise licence, alcohol, student loans.

    MPs pensions are not touched and they still have a second home paid for by the taxpayer to supplement their pensions. How about the loonies who made the country bankrupt in the Treasury? Darling and Byrne got a £20,000 tax free golden hand shake- why? Why do ministers get this payment?? Come on Guido, we need a purge on the MPs double standards when they are working it into everyone else.

    This is not a private versus public sector pension debate- this scam/spin is to detract everyone from what they are doing. Fiddling fckers. Let’s start with MPs pay, pension, second jobs, lobbying and interest groups.

  130. 130
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Not reported by the BBC.
    Balls = Twat

  131. 131
    Harrier's pants says:

    Relevance? Oh silly me, New Labour, say what you want regardless of the issue ( especially when you have been found out to be utter hypocrites) .

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    Since, in your view, rationing is so nasty, please tell the assembled readers exactly which governing party set up the quango NICE in 1999? You know NICE – the organisation which denies drugs to cancer patients?

    As the rationing of non-urgent treatment is enough to get you on your high horse, please tell us who it was whose quango denies LIFE-SAVING medication?

    Now tell us which is the real nasty party…..

  133. 133
    Early, often says:

    Indeed. And don’t forget to help The People’s Party out by expressing that opinion here:


  134. 134
    A C*nt says:

    Working = Not your strong point.

  135. 135
    notareargunner says:

    It’s ALL too complicated for the 4% Neanderthals

  136. 136
    oddly helpful says:

    Google Translate helpfully provides a translation.

  137. 137
    oddly helpful says:

    There’s a reason true poetry scans/
    It’s to keep it in competent hands/
    Not ninnies who squawk/
    And jabber, not talk/
    And leave the economy totally and irredeemably buggered, like Eduardo de Glans.

  138. 138
    Rats arse says:

    o know their haint

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