August 31st, 2011

Darling Bashes Balls and Brown

Guido has often thought that history will be a lot kinder to Alastair Darling than anyone else who survived serving in the last government. Knowing exactly how to pick his moments, we have seen glimpses of the truth from Darling, especially with his “forces of hell” comments. Well his memoirs are going to be bad news for Brown and Balls and their attempts to rewrite history. Labour Uncut have seen extracts:

“Darling details the total breakdown in trust between the prime minister and chancellor. He singles out Ed Balls and Shriti Vadhera as key Brown lieutenants running what amounted to a shadow treasury operation within government. Brown’s demeanour was increasingly “brutal and volcanic”, mistrusting Darling to the extent that he repeatedly tried to place his own aides in the treasury ministerial team to report back on what the chancellor was doing.

Darling point-blank refused to have the newly-enobled Shriti Vadhera in his team, describing her as “only happy if there was blood on the floor – preferably that of her colleagues”. He accepted Yvette Cooper as chief secretary to the treasury in January 2008, but was equally clear that the main reason Brown had placed her there was to “keep an eye” on him.”

Darling also apparently confirms for the first time that Brown tried to sack him in 2009 and replace him with Ed Balls. Something that the latter has point-blank denied in the past. There’s a pattern emerging here, and it’s going to be tricky for Balls to deny it all this time…


133 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Only Labour minster i have any respect for.

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    • 5
      Anonymous says:

      Nine out of ten people who joined the workforce last year were foreign nationals, official figures revealed yesterday.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031973/Nine-jobs-created-year-went-foreign-nationals.html#ixzz1WaleMNlH

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      • 7
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        Yes , we have discussed this before.

        its what happens when Labour are near the levers of power in the Education dept.

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        • 26
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          What a BALLS UP. I had to say something about the way things are failing, however the institutions are and will fail under the ongoing lies that they are built on. Quango Crat Lying State sponsored way to Government to control at Arms length. NOT ME GOV. When they F–k up.

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        • 35
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          Labour haven’t been out of power in the Education Dept. since Shirley Williams. Even the baby-eating Baroness couldn’t touch the socialist toads in the Education swamp. Re-read Melanie Phillips, All Must Have Prizes, to comprehend the devastation wrought by socialist education dogma over the last 45 years.

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          • Send all socialist maggots to N Korea - thy've fucked up my England says:

            I remember her. Sent her kid(s) to a public school while trashing education for the rest of us. Maggot.

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          • Iloathlefties says:

            All these socialist worms send their own kids to decent schools. Its the rest of us who have to suffer the politically correct bollox in the state (shit) schools. They just don’t care about the three r’s and discipline. Multi-culturism is the order of the day, not learning, especially English history!!

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          • richard sniffer & he's wife fanny says:

            spot on grumpy, They just wanted to dummy every one down to a stupid level

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      • 44
        Anonymous says:

        Says more about our indigenous than it does immigrants. We should send
        our lazy spongers to the third world as a fair swap.

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        • 77
          50 Calibre says:

          Most of the immigrants seem to be infinitely preferable to the home grown benefit dependent shitheads we see on TV busting up everything in the sure knowledge that not much will happen to them if caught. Some serious examples need to be made before the vigilantes do it on behalf of society.

          Not many people will mind very much if that happens. I won’t…

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        • 92
          Anonymous says:

          That’s right dearie. Don’t mention all the tax bribes to companies to employ foreigners. Twat.

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      • 87
        Iloathlefties says:

        British jobs for British workers!! Make the employers pay a premium for public services on top of the minimum pay they offer and then they may want to employ an English person!!

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        • 122
          Infanta of Castile says:

          just get rid of tax credits and other poverty trap policies Yesterday the BBC had an item to the effect that young people nowadays ( I assume they mean 30 somethings) would rather be paid less and have more time off. It was assumed that this was because they have an enlightened attitude to work-life balance. That may be so but there was no discussion of the fact that some people on low to middling incomes see no point in working full time if working part time for less then entitles them to a range of benefits. In the past that has been one reason why employers couldn’t recruit full-time British workers and therefore recruited immigrants who were prepared to put in long hours.

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    • 9
      Spartacus says:

      Presuming that is darling you are talking about – the piece of shit that as a councillor, turned edinburgh into a no car zone. And was probably instrumental in the tram fiasco.

      The guy that was told to shave off his beard because women thought bearded men were untrustworthy.

      The startled eyebrows darling?

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      • 54
        labourunionsbbc we are one says:

        If Eyebrows had spoke out while in power we might have ended the prime monsters reign of terror earlier, but he put his own scotish preening self interests before England.
        Oh and signed us up to eu bail out at the death.

        He’s just another hypocritical libore tosspot.

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      • 79
        50 Calibre says:

        He was never any good at being a councillor.

        It looks like he’s a lot better at writing memoirs…

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      • 105
        I'm Spartacus says:

        I will wait till his book joins Brown’s in the 20p bin

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    • 16
      it's gordons fault says:

      time will see these people humiliated – hurrah

      next up Tony Baloney

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    • 17
      Ed Balls says:

      So what?

      I’ve been re-writing history for over a year now and no one at the BBC has ever challenged me.

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    • 46
      Dazza says:

      Ditto that Billy.

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    • 67
      Aaron D Highside says:

      Darling is an inoffensive type but competent? GUIDO, how did you miss this genius cartoon found by Daniel Hannan http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danielhannan/100102202/more-quantitative-easing-my-masters-are-you-mad/

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  2. 2
    RusbridgerFan says:

    Cooper doesn’t come out of it so well, does she? Spadded for Brown, interned for Clinton, spied for Balls …

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

    Guido

    The way Darling paints it is that Gordon brown was not only bonkers, but a control freak, that being the case is it really the case that he did not know what Damian Mcbride was up to? Was it just “One rouge smearer” ?

    I agree that history will be kinder to Darling than any other minster from the Labour goverment.

    Balls, Mcbride , whealen and Watson have all rasied thier profiles lately?

    2nd coming?

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  4. 6
    Deep Froat says:

    He’s fat, he’s round, he lost a Trillion pound,
    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown!

    I adore those football fans, even if they are of a Scottish persuasion.

    Of course Brown didn’t want anyone else using the Chancellors position to become PM. He was simply cutting the rope ladder behind him.

    Small minded petty scheming pr1ck that he is.

    Much more important to win his internecine vendetta’s than run the fuggin country. Thats why we’re in the Brown stuff up to our noses now.
    How ever did we let such a dreadful sack of crap become PM.

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  5. 10
    Daydream Believer says:

    Just another example of the total unsuitability of Brown to have been allowed to become Prime Minister….everyone within Labour(AND the media) knew exactly what Brown was like and nobody had the guts to tell the British public or stop him(Darling included)No doubt more political memoirs will surface over the next couple of years which will totally destroy Brown’s reputation as firstly a competent Chancellor(he wasn’t…every decison he took was a castastrophe for Britain)and secondly as Prime Minister…a job he was very clearly unsuited for.He must surely rank as one of the worst Prime Ministers if NOT the worst for the past 50 years

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  6. 11
    blackbyle says:

    So A Darling has at last discovered some balls- even if they’re not attached to him

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  7. 12
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Darling may loathe Balls, Cooper and Brown, but will Deadwood Miliband merit even a footnote?

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  8. 14
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I hate backstabbers.

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  9. 18
    Waupoos says:

    That picture of Ed the Dread is perfect. Anytime Balls-Up tries to assuage voters that he is just a nice cuddly guy, Guido needs to bring this pic back out to remind people of the real villain on the inside. Short, nasty and brutish, indeed!

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  10. 19
    BillyBob.... says:

    I cannot see any of this being mentioned on the BBC !

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    • 22
      The BBC .....making(not reporting) the news to-day says:

      Nope…correct they’re too busy scaremongering to-day about the withdrawal of DLA from the severely disabled !!!!

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      • 28
        BillyBob.... says:

        I noted that the second story on the news list last night was the scaremongering about people not being able to afford property in the future…….

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        • 31
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Maybe if the state didnt steal at least a fifth of peoples wages then they might have a chance.

          (i havent included concil tax or any other taxes )

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    • 36
      The Observer says:

      It will certainly be a very hot topic WITHIN the BBC.
      Perhaps they will ask Toynbee to praise the past government ad nauseum in her new radio 4 programme?

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      • 73
        misterned says:

        As if they need to ask!

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      • 104
        The BBC is Biased/You Couldn't Make it Up says:

        In their homage to themselves on BBC4, ‘The Great Thinkers’ (which was supposed to be about great political and economic thinkers of the 20th century), along with Bertrand Russell, Keynes and Hayek, the BBC included Mr Ralph Milliband. In addition, they included comments by David Milliband, just so that the general public got the message about what a wonderful family they are.

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  11. 20
    Fees Office Clerk says:

    Bury Council wasting millions putting iPads in bin lorries!

    Why?

    Because it’s not their money….it’s not coming out of their pocket. Don’t worry the public are paying and as public money is “free” money then wasting it doesn’t count.

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  12. 21
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Tricky for Balls to deny it this time? Nope, he’ll deny it just like he denies everything that was wrong with the last Government and he will believe what he is saying too.

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  13. 25
    Champagne activist says:

    Bloody socialist activists sticking up for the Basildon Gypos. If Vanesa Redgrave is so concerned why doesn’t she put some up in her own home and garden?

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    • 57
      Another Engineer says:

      Broadband in our locality went off the other week. Apparently, someone had levered up a manhole cover, cut the telephone cables, tied them to the back of a 4×4, and driven off, pulling out a considerable length.

      The police found the cables “outside a local travellers camp”, but no arrests were made. Mainly because the only police allowed to go near the “camp” are the “traveller liaison officers”. (I kid you not).

      Ms Redgrave should be tied to the back of a 4×4 too.

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    • 60
      Another Engineer says:

      Oh, FFS, what was it this time?

      Broadband in our locality went off the other week. Apparently, someone had levered up a manhole cover, cut the telephone cables, tied them to the back of a 4×4, and dr1v3n off, pulling out a considerable length.

      The police found the cables “outside a local travellers camp”, but no arrests were made. Mainly because the only police allowed to go near the “camp” are the “traveller liaison officers”. (I kid you not).

      Ms Redgrave should be tied to the back of a 4×4 too.

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      • 65
        Another Engineer says:

        The FFS was aimed at the ModBot, BTW

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      • 75
        Gypsy Plod says:

        Same is happening at this camp. The gypos have built a shanty town on common land without any planing permits. They are making the lives of the locals hell.

        But the police instead of arresting the so called travellers are arresting the locals for very minor infringements of the law.

        And now Redgrave and a bunch of soap dodging socialist activists from all over the world are siding with the gypsies.

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      • 80
        Adrian Swall says:

        You in Seaton Delaval or is it nationwide problem?

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        • 85
          Constable Melton says:

          Not at the minute and yes!

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          • The BBC is Biased says:

            The BBC are giving them all the support they can. No doubt they will have the cameras there when it kicks off so that they can record every infringement of the travellers’ human rights. They will of course be interviewing every left-winger nutter who turns up for the cause.

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      • 113
        Ihatetorytrolls says:

        We heard you the first time you tory moron

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  14. 32
    Andrew Efiong says:

    It’s like something out of The Godfather, no? Ed Balls seems to be a thug.

    No wonder all those banks collapsed because Balls, Brown, Cooper and the others were too busy trying to knife each other to worry about the economy.

    I wouldn’t trust them to run a corner shop, yet alone a ministry.

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  15. 37
    Gordon Brown says:

    done poo-poo in my potty [sucks thumb] want to wear nappy again [rocks back and forth]

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  16. 39
    Lost balls says:

    UK plunges into debt danger zone after Labour’s 10-year borrowing binge, says finance watchdog

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2031946/UK-plunges-debt-danger-zone-Labours-10-year-borrowing-binge-says-finance-watchdog.html

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  17. 40
    Ed Bollox says:

    This is my sex face.

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  18. 48
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    And this is another reason to make the BBC subscription, they knew all about this at the time (Remember Peston had the exclusive on Northern Rock).

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  19. 49
    Paul says:

    Darling did have some reputation, but demolished it by the contemptible way he stitched us up to the euro bailout while Cameron and clegg haggled terms of coalition

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  20. 50
    wotson says:

    It was quite obvious from the start that Brown was a smug bastard with all his crap about moral compass etc

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  21. 51
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    I’ve no time for Labour and its fate is of no interest to me – but the party might have been wiser to ask Darling to be leader rather than the either of the Milibands. Everyone notices that he has an integrity about him. A dull integrity, but integrity nonetheless.

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  22. 52
    jenny talia says:

    thats his Oh face. Not sure whether its his taking or giving one though

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  24. 55
    Jaqueline Schmidt says:

    Why, you vile, rotten, right wing vultures, jackals … just you wait! Come the glorious faux-Socialist revolution, you’ll all be sorry! Mm-hmm!

    ID cards for the lot of you, and a nice long stay at Broadmoor Prison (Dartmoor? MichaelMoor? Whatever) as long as I deem fit. Sorry, not good on geography, but regardless.

    All this said … I shall probably need a spot of creosoting on the garden fence about the time of the downfall of the CONDEMS – and my sister’s loft needs insulation at her … my main house … eh … her place, I forget frankly who it belongs to, but rest assured I shall show no shame for my behaviour.

    You have all been warned.

    Signing off with a smart prussian salute in polished leather,

    JS

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  25. 56
    Sir William Waad says:

    Lest we forget: Darling did a shocking job with Railtrack and the Strategic Rail Authority, confiscating private property without compensation and setting up a very ineffective quango.

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  26. 58
    Gonk says:

    Such a good guy, oh really, do me a favour.
    Why didn’t he resign and expose the horror
    of Brown ? Eh, eh, eh. Go on, answer me that one.
    No, he stayed in his job and continued to be complicit
    in the machinations that almost ruined the country.
    Oh yes, that’s it. It was his duty to stay and help in
    anyway he could. God help us from people who
    go about doing good.

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    • 76
      misterned says:

      Correct, he even stayed in his job a week past the labour party getting a million less votes at the 2010 general election than John Major got in 2007, and by hanging on for that extra week, signed us up to the EU bail outs.

      What I cannot fathom is why Osborne did not immediately follow this with his own trip to the EU mainland to tell them that no government can bind it’s successor government and owing to the legal fact that the bail outs contravene EU law and the Maastricht treaty, that the UK will be revoking our consent for the bail-outs.

      Both Chancellors are therefore, anti-British fuckwits.

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  27. 61
    An Englishman says:

    It may be just me. I sanyone else immediately reminded of The Predator?

    http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2009/04/24/robert-rodriguez-to-direct-predator-reboot-confirms-himself-for-sin-city-2/

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  28. 62
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    If Eyebrows had spoke out while in power we might have ended the prime monsters reign of terror earlier, but he put his own scotish preening self interests before England.
    Oh and signed us up to eu bail out at the death.

    He’s just another hypocritical libore tosspot.

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  29. 63
    The Stilton Eater says:

    These people need to be exposed.

    There’s nothing wrong with ambition but they view politics as a means of personal advancement.

    Ed Balls in particular appears to be a psychopath, hell-bent on knifing colleagues instead of serving his country.

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  30. 69
    Mornington Crescent says:

    So a more apt title of Darling’s tome would be “Fiddling while Rome burned”.

    I much prefer Bob Marshall-Andrews’ book “Off Message” – a superb read I would highly recommend to anyone.

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  31. 82
    Gordon F Brown says:

    I still get paid as an MP you know.

    It’s money for old rope according to my nurse…

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  32. 88
    Albert Hall says:

    I do not see why history should be kinder to Darling. He is just as incompetent as the rest of the shower of s***.

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  33. 90
    Alf Garnett says:

    “Shriti Vadhera”

    Surely one “r” too many?

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  34. 93
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    So Gordon failed in his attempt to give Alistair Darling “Shitty Diarrhea”. Must say he was more successful in my case.

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  35. 97
    BillyBob.... says:

    Al Gore will be livid if he reads this Telegraph report…

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100102296/sun-causes-climate-change-shock/

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  36. 98
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Darling was once told by Blair to curb his exuberance after England was beaten by Argentina.

    Nice genuine people these were, that they were happy that England were losing to a foreign team while they governed us.

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    • 123
      roygbiv says:

      does darling look like a footballing man?

      he probably doesn’t know what the game actually is. indeed, London-born darling probably has no idea what league England play in and which colour Argentina wear.

      yes, have a go at them for ruining the economy by all means. but don’t be such a dick. in what possible universe was Blair watching the footie with darling???

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  37. 101
    YorkshireLad says:

    Smacks of Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson/Alan Walters episodes.
    History repeating itself…
    GOOD ON HIM! Expose the bastards for the lying, cheating, duplicitous bunch of ne’redowells that they are!

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  38. 103
    Xdeo says:

    …”it’s going to be tricky for Balls to deny it all this time…” Not really, he and his wife will do what they always di and lie through their teeth.

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  39. 108
    Rt Hoon Tom Whatson MP Aothor PEN says:

    Darling better watch his back if he writes about me in the less than deferential
    terms that THE future PM is due.

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  40. 111
    Penfold says:

    Darling might have the book and might get the story out.
    But, like all things Labour he will be whitewashed out of history and the facts will disappear under a veritable deluge of spin and disinforamtion and outright lies from all parties.
    Balls will have the chutzpah, as ever and always, to lie with a straight face that its all bunkum and Darling has got it all wrong.
    Darling may well be an honest man, but he will not survive the backstabbing and rewriting that is a regular feature of the hard left.
    Time for Gordo to stop taking the pills and make a personal statement ratting out all his old acolytes, like Balls, Cooper, Vadera et al…..

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  41. 117
    Jimmy says:

    I’m shocked by the news that Gordon could be a bit difficult. Just when you think you know someone…

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  42. 119
    Another Labour sheep with their head dipped in red dye. says:

    Thank God Brown is gone. God help the country if Balls where to take control of the economy.
    Wake me up when the recession is over.

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  43. 120
    169995 says:

    When Darling was minister of transport he was asked to provide £750 million from the English Transport budget to build a new Edinburgh Central rail station which by coincidence is the constituency of Alistair Darling. Alistair had no qualms in providing the cash from the English budget and re allocating it to the Scottish Transport ministry. I am sure it was all above board and that he is an honourable man and can explain everything should he ever be asked .

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    • 124
      roygbiv says:

      More chippy bullshit.

      Darling represented edinburgh south west. edinburgh Waverley is not a new railway station, it being one of the original stations on the gner line. it is also located in the edinburgh central constituency.

      edinburgh “central” railway station doesn’t exist. there is haymarket and waverley, neither of which are new.

      there’s plenty you can dole out to brown, balls, darling et al without resorting to talking complete pish.

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