March 27th, 2012

LEAK: Balls’ Spinner Admits “Screw Up” But Briefs Opposite

Labour have spent all morning spinning the line that last night’s vote on the 45p tax rate was not a vote on it and that their abstention was not a massive howler. Well now Guido has seen a chain of emails between nervous political advisers looking to Balls’ bruiser Alex Belardinelli for direction on how to clean up his mess. Bear in mind that Belardinelli and Balls have spent the morning denying that this was a cock up or anything other than part of their grand master plan:

Date: 27 March 2012 09:42:32 GMT+01:00
Subject: Re: Fwd: Nats in 50p

Truth is there was a screw up somewhere along the way last night and it wasn’t clear what SNP had called a vote on or how, so we abstained on their vote.

Line is: we voted against whole Budget package which obviously includes 50p (first vote at 10pm), and we will seek to amend and vote on the Finance Bill on 50p, plus other issues of concern like the changes to allowances for pensioners (granny tax). There’s not much more we can say beyond that.

Other advisers “hope it will be ignored” after “trying to find out what went wrong”. They even share Guido’s coverage of events. The whole email chain can be found here.

Who would have thought that someone trained  in the dark arts by firstly Tom Watson and then Balls would say one thing in public and something very different in private…


  1. 1
    Wise Words says:

    What a Balls up.

    Good thing Labour dont have a half decent leadership team

  2. 2
    " Henry " Mancini says:

    Who is this Belardinelli bloke ? Does he play for Man City and does he have a “proclivity ” for setting fireworks off in his own bathroom on ….. Guy Fawkes Night !!

    Additionally does he regularly crash Ferrari’s because he earns too much ( ?)

  3. 3
    Geoff Boycott says:

    A googly by Balls spinner?

  4. 4
    Tony Bliar didnt fool me says:

    Have to agree, even a tiny bit of competence and the torys would be in trouble….

  5. 5
    Blankety Blank says:

    What a balls up!

  6. 6
    Geoff Boycott says:

    ‘ere oop north, we likes ‘em to play with a straight bat.

  7. 7
    SpAd says:

    Such professionalism – they didn’t even know what was being voted on!

    The whole operation is run like a some third-rate college debating society – no wonder every time they get into government it goes t*ts up.

  8. 8
    Guy Martin to win TT2012 says:

    Not only incompetent in government, incompetent in opposition!

  9. 9
    Alfa 101 says:

  10. 10
    Some Geezer wot's going for the obvious joke here says:

    There’s responsible policy criticism, and then there’s just bustin’ Balls…

  11. 11
    SAS - NOT !!!!! says:

    You getting more pathetic as each day passes…Is this the best you can do. Your glory ( if there were any ) days are over apologist Guido

    Twitter and face bookers, being locked up
    Fuel prices escalating
    Services dwindling
    All economic indicators going the wrong way
    Most of the cabinet in hiding
    Daily u-turns
    Sleaze after sleaze
    NHS bill disaster
    General malaise in whole of UK
    UK alone in the world

    …and this is what you post. ONE TERM…If he makes it to 2015

  12. 12
    Pot calls Kettle Black says:

  13. 13
    Janus Face says:

    Jamieson & Curran? Useless.

  14. 14
    Andrew Efiong says:

    They can’t even get an email or a vote right. No wonder they ruined the economy!

  15. 15
    WVM says:

    Came across this today. I don’t agree on everything he says but David Starkey talks sense especially about the working classes and patriotism, and that Dave’s blind strategy of chasing the Guardian readers will fail.

  16. 16
    AC1 says:

    “Luckily”* the MSM are the opposition to the currently elected party.

    *In some cases.

  17. 17
    AC1 says:

    “earns too much” is an oxymoron, or a sign of envy.

  18. 18
    Scamp - The Excitable Dog. says:

    I’m sick of reading about these utter c*nts, they’ve got the integrity of a suit made of skin.
    Instead of running around like the lying termites they are, they actually should be wondering exactly why it is they breathe air that would be better off used elsewhere.
    If either Balls or Belardinelli are reading this…Kill yourself. Go on. Kill yourself.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    The emails are not started by the David Taylor that works for Hain are they? Isn’t he the guy that ordered Walter Wolfgang to be thrown out of the Labour conference a few years back?

  20. 20
  21. 21
    Peter Mandelpoof says:

    I like to probe the corridors of uncertainty.

  22. 22
    Gonk says:

    Is a degree in lying science or arts.

  23. 23
    AC1 says:

    Just a B.S.

  24. 24
    Bongler says:

    Err, Labour don’t know where they stand on this and they’re the ones playing silly games.

    Balls is like the scorpion who stings the frog that offers to carry him across the river. He just can’t help himself.

  25. 25
    Geoff Boycott's Grandmother says:

    Let me at ‘im wi’ me stick of rhubarb!

  26. 26
    BBC News says:

    Nothing to see here, move along.

  27. 27
    The Police says:

    Can someone just quickly check that neither Balls or Belardinelli are, y’know … bl4ck? *Gets warrant card ready*

    Oh, they aren’t?

    Carry on.

  28. 28
    Ed Balls says:

    I’m basically a pretty straight sort of guy.

  29. 29
    Lord Justice Turkeyforahat says:

    Other News:

    How vain to think he can get away with publishing absolute drivel!

    It is also outrageous that the Telegraph have photoshoped Hain to remove the usual orange hue.

  30. 30
    not a machine says:

    Labour parlimentary cock up , Hillaries glasses will be steaming up then ?

    Anyhow Guido skys just reported Mr Hain is in contempt of court over somthing he wrote about a judge in a book , probebly deny it was his book nor his volkswagen beetle .

    Have listened to various formats of new planning framework , and not sure if earlier telegraph headline was correct , as for shad response utterly woefull , basically if you dont get on local planning framework radar , you wont be able to oppose what ever it is they have in mind , so far Ive only heard the soundbites to do with the obvious ones , I would think that being as some pretty questions about competence are available , the tossed salad so far , means , I would have thought reason would win through , alas not , where to start with the questions is perhaps the question .

  31. 31
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    More fun this afternoon – looks like Peter Hain is to be prosecuted for contempt of court….

  32. 32
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Ed was firmly in control of his party during a crucial vote last night !

    Good to see he’s on the Ball !!!

  33. 33
    81IIy 80wden i5 7he gre@te5t ump1re ever ! says:

    The BBC are a bit behind on this story – can you send them something short and to the point so that they can update their website.

  34. 34
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    the screw up was a screw up but the covering of the screw up is yet another screw up – a screwed up screw up if you will.

  35. 35
    Jess The Dog says:

    Rami Okasha … thought that name rung a bell.

    THE SNP demanded an inquiry yesterday into comments made by a Labour press officer earlier this week when he warned members of the media they might be “shot” if they got in the way of the Prime Minister’s wife.

    The incident happened on Wednesday when the press were being prevented from getting close to Sarah Brown as she campaigned in Glenrothes.

    Rami Okasha, Labour’s head of communications in Scotland, was in charge of keeping the press corralled on to a piece of ground away from Mrs Brown when he referred to the Special Branch officers protecting her and said: “There will be six or seven guys with guns who will keep you away from her. You may be shot and then it won’t be my problem.”

  36. 36
    'cutio says:

    Sleaze after Sleaze every one a coconut

  37. 37

    Interesting Labour abstained on an SNP vote because it was an SNP vote!

    That doesn’t look good to Scotland.

  38. 38

    At least there’s some Consistency, though.

  39. 39
    Ex-Labour voter says:

    “Twitter and face bookers, being locked up” – good.

    “Fuel prices escalating” – good point, but Labour wanted to pile even more tax onto fuel.

    “Services dwindling” – SureStart centres have been closed. Oh dear.

    “All economic indicators going the wrong way” – actually, going the right way, but too slowly.

    “Most of the cabinet in hiding” – debatable. Maybe they’re with Gordon.

    “Daily u-turns” – it could be argued that that’s because they’re listening.

    “Sleaze after sleaze” – Labour were definitely not sleazy. Surely?

    “NHS bill disaster” – it got passed. NHS still exists. End of World averted.

    “Riots” – over a dead dr*ug dealer. What’s that go to do with anything (other than Ed Miliband supported the rioters?)

    “General malaise in whole of UK” – maybe where you live, it’s all tickety-boo where I live.

    “UK alone in the world” – on what issue exactly?

  40. 40
    Wise Words says:

  41. 41

    You know it makes you nostalgic for the Labour years doesn’t it:

    Gives you a nice warm feeling doesn’t it sas – twot !!!!

    Are yous the best Millbank Tower can field – typical Labour troll, bringing a knife to a gunfight.

  42. 42
    The Truth says:

    “Twitter and face bookers, being locked up” – excellent.

    “Fuel prices escalating” – yup. Labour wanted them to escalate even more.

    “Services dwindling” – you mean SureStart’s been closed? Boo hoo.

    “All economic indicators going the wrong way” – In Ireland, yes. Not here.

    “Most of the cabinet in hiding” – Bzztt. Don’t think so. Where’s Gordon, BTW?

    “Daily u-turns” – because they’re dumb, but they’re not deaf.

    “Sleaze after sleaze” – Labour would know all about that.

    “NHS bill disaster” – bill passed. NHS still hear.

    “Riots” – something to do with a criminal being shot. Ed supported the rioters.

    “General malaise in whole of UK” – not where I live.

    “UK alone in the world” – on which issue?

  43. 43
    St George Hawks & Spits says:

    Another balls up of a different and incredible kind:

    Abu Qatada gets a bigger, better house – because he wanted it !

  44. 44
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Big Balls Cocks Up – whats news…

  45. 45
    WVM says:

    It’s in his DNA, he was created from an anal wart sample scrapped of Michael Foot’s arse in 1966 and boiled in a vat of bullshit at Liebour HQ during the cold war.

  46. 46
    AC1 says:

    When’s the one planned for if they get the answer wrong?

  47. 47
    South of the M4 says:

    I personally think that the law should allow Peter Hain to be prosecuted for simply being Peter Hain. That would be justice.

  48. 48
    M'Lud says:

    Besides having an ugly orange face in the presence of the public?

  49. 49
    I'm a Spinner and therefore a liar says:

    Love how the email states ‘Truth is’ and then ‘Line is’.
    Would it not be easier and more honest to admit the Ed-up?

  50. 50
    Peter Hain says:

    Ed oversaw a strong and assured screw up last night.

  51. 51
    Magdas War says:

    Why the fuck was Sarah Brown campaigning in the first place she wasn’t a candidate ?

  52. 52
    Correcting fluid says:

    Kindly do not confuse “earns too much” with “is paid too much”. That is all

  53. 53
    Scraping the barrel says:

    Then a few years later, they made the Milibands with the left overs.

  54. 54
    Contact him? says:

    “” is not redacted in the exchange of emails.

    Why does he have an email address at Parliament?
    Surely “” suits him batter?

  55. 55
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    And there will be another if the answer isn’t the right one.

  56. 56
    Leprauchan says:

    The Irish people will have to vote twice, to be sure, to be sure.

  57. 57
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I couldn’t even read the article.

    I’m spitting bullets!

  58. 58
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Depends on what you call straight, doesn’t it, Ed.

  59. 59
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Don’t feed the trolls. Just give them a drink …

  60. 60
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Jeremy Clarkson was lambasted for saying something very similar to this.

  61. 61
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Sounds like a cocktail

  62. 62
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Ed Balls Up.

  63. 63
    Ruthie says:

    Balls is an utter fuckwit. Now we know at the next election he will stand as an anti- buisness candidate. As if anyone would notice whether he stood at all.

  64. 64
    Thicko Ed says:

    ‘There will be a vote next week, and we will vote against the 50p change’
    Ed Balls, March 22nd

    Last week the next week vote would be this week Ed!
    Now, I know you have terrible trouble with figures, but being unable to add on 7 at your age! Really! Too much lasagne making the belly fatter and the brain mere batter.

  65. 65
    A Psychiatrist says:

    Peter Hain is a figment of your imagination. He does not exist. He has never existed. He is a mere sham of a figure, a chimera. Anyone who believes in him or any of his works is almost certianly suffering from an overdose of suncream.

  66. 66
    'cutio says:


  67. 67
    Pythagoras and Plato says:

    Rami Okasha = Sharia Amok

  68. 68
    Yvette Cooper says:

    I’m intensely relaxed with Ed’s cock ups.

  69. 69
    'cutio says:

    Did you ever see President Medvedev and Nigel Farage together in the same room? Are they the same? We should be told!

  70. 70
    Mike Hunt says:

    But the Tories are the nasty party – look at the people the PM has to dinner.

    Liebour are lovely – look at their record:
    uncontrolled immigration
    descruction of private sector pensions
    murder of weapons inspector
    illegal war(s)
    massive deficit

  71. 71
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  73. 73
    Sir William Waad says:

    ‘Belardinelli’ is Italian for ‘pimple’.

  74. 74
    Sir William Waad says:

    “……it wasn’t clear what the SNP had called a vote on……”? Doesn’t it have to written down on an Order Paper and read out the House?

  75. 75
    Lord Mandy Fondlebum says:

    The lunatics are now in charge of the “assylem” at Labour.
    They certainly need me back, but can they afford me and can I afford to sully my reputation?

  76. 76
    Mars Attacks says:

    +1, with round of applause

  77. 77
    Ivor Schwarzkopf says:

    Well spotted !

  78. 78
    Tara Palmer Konkinson says:

    Love it babe!!!!

  79. 79
    Revd. Phoney £rd Way B£iar, Sanctimonious Git and £iar, emoting + stupid grin says:

    It’s because he’s worf it!

    And Cherry is right behind me on that one – she’s got a nice little earner on stuff like that – haven’t you dear?

  80. 80
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’ve got a lovely warm feeling in my trousers – at the back.

    But the front feels cold and wet and sticks to me.


  81. 81
    Big Al, - your pal if - and only if ... says:

    What’s that you #ucking say about an inspector???!!!

    You #ucking better just #ucking watch your #ucking mouth matey! Trouble comes #ucking quick to those who #ucking mess with us!!!

    Fancy a #ucking walk this #ucking weekend?

    Read my book?

  82. 82
    Yvadne Bo-Locks says:

    I can confirm he’s pretty straight with me- and he’d batter dare not try any other way!!

  83. 83
    Just Askin says:

    Before – or after?

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Surely this suggests Ed balls and /or his Union backers fall into higher rate tax bands?

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    funny fucking name for a scot either way mate.

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