April 1st, 2013

Exclusive: Ed Balls to Replace Political Adviser Alex Belardinelli


Alex Belardinelli, long-time Political Adviser to Ed Balls, ‏is moving to lobbyists Tetra Strategy - where his girlfriend Ellie Gellard already works on digital strategy. The move is scheduled to happen in the autumn after Labour Party conference.

Speculation is mounting that he could make way for a rehabilitated Damian McBride following party conference, when McBride is aiming to complete his public rehabilitation with the publication of his memoirs.

Labour sources say Balls has been unnerved by persistent speculation that he might be replaced by Alistair Darling in a re-shuffle by Ed Miliband ahead of the General Election. Bringing back heavy-weight Damian McBride would put rivals on notice that he would not go quietly and there would be consequences. An implicit threat they understand all too well…

Last year Belardinelli was humiliated when emails leaked in which he admitted a “screw up” meant Labour failed to vote against the reduction in the 50p rate of tax. The emails revealed he concocted a false line to spin to the media to cover up the screw up. Belardinelli worked for Tom Watson before Ed Balls and knows his way around Westminster and the media. In the event of Labour returning to government he will be able to cash in on his extensive contacts.

UPDATE: Important note.


99 Comments

  1. 1
    • 7
      Nooooo Not the Badger. He's good, very good indeed. says:

      I have been hoping that Miliband does not appoint Darling to be his shadow chancellor.

      At a stroke this move would make Labour electable and place his shadow front bench in the grown ups area.

      GRAVITAS

      • 9
        Darling, the other way? says:
        • 19
          Engineer says:

          Of course there’s another way – just borrow and spend willy-nilly! Bring about Armageddon as soon as possible, destroy the country, get the pain out of the way, and then we can all get on with scavenging for food under the hedgerows.

          • Sarah Hobshawn says:

            Ann Pettifor, socialist Keynesian economist, adviser to last Labour government…

            “There is a money tree, and it’s called the Bank of England.”

        • 80
          Curly wonders says:

          Does he come with his own tetrapak?

      • 20
        Operation Crossbow says:

        Darling would make a better Tory chancellor than the gormless idiot we have now.

      • 69
        enigma says:

        AD handled the miserable treatment handed out to him by von Braun in ‘Der Untergang’ remarkably well

        prevention of any return to power of die BraunHosen is highly desirable

        von Kugeln’s advance must be stymied

      • 91
        Short memories some people have says:

        ‘I have been hoping that Miliband does not appoint Darling to be his shadow chancellor.

        At a stroke this move would make Labour electable and place his shadow front bench in the grown ups area.’

        Are you serious??????

        Darling?????

        A serial house-flipper expenses fraud who designated four properties as his second home in four years?

        He is a charlatan.

    • 14
      Engineer says:

      Stuff Ed.

      Generally speaking, I’m fairly moderate and laid-back compared to some of the commenters on this blog, but I’m getting to the point of being angry about British politics. I’m angry about being treated like an idiot by many politicians of all stripe. I’m angry about being routinely lied to by quite a few politicians (not all, in fairness). I’m angry about politicians who ignore public opinion (EU referendum, gay marriage for example). I’m especially angry about politicians who squander the country’s wealth by borrowing and spending way beyond our means. That will impoverish us all.

      One of the worst offenders in the last regard is Ed Balls. He’s long overdue a ‘nasty piece of work’ interview by Eddie Mair, and why it hasn’t happened yet reflects very badly on BBC ‘impartiality’.

      Alex Belardinelli? Clearly from the same mould as Balls. A pustule on the arse of the body politic, an egotistical narrow-minded worm with no concept of public service. May the fleas of a thousand badgers infest his crotch, and may his arms be too short to scratch.

      • 36
        Another not so moderate Engineer says:

        They’re all a bunch of self obsessed cnuts that that need stringing up!

      • 54
        Hargaret Modge, sleazy Labour MP and Stemcor Tax cheat. says:

        Ditto

      • 57
        Blowing Whistles says:

        I have been trying to tell many of you on here for some time now of the despicable low-lifes who have taken over our parliament. At last many are beginning to take the blinkers off.

        • 72
          Engineer says:

          There have always been political low-lifes. It’s just that even many of the principled ones seem to be losing the plot, now.

          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Engineer “losing the plot, now.” I doubt that many of them ever understood the plot in the first place – nevermind losing it.

      • 79
        Wyle Cop says:

        Superbly put, as ever, Engineer.

        A browse through the ‘team’ at this PR outfit reveals a load of silver-toungued spivs from politico-meejah land, including none other than… Julie Kirkbride who, together with hubby Andrew McKay, flipped their homes ad nauseam and had to pay back £60k.

        A more socially useless lot you’d be hard to find.

        • 81
          An Extremely Ancient Seafarer says:

          Those who can, do; those who can’t,teach; those who can’t even teach join ‘think’ tanks; those who can’t even make it into think tanks become MPs.

      • 86
        the savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

        No !!

        Everything else re Belardiballs but ” …not arms too short .. ” .

        He ll have to coerce someone to wank him …

      • 97
        Dr Hffrrhhrrhh says:

        It is spelled Bellend-inari.

    • 63
      Mrs Draper says:

      My Dolly is still waiting for the call.

      He just downloaded “the boys are back in town” from iTunes.

      He’s so excited!

  2. 2
    Sir William Wade says:

    ‘Belardinelli’ is the Italian for ‘very small Balls’, appropriately.

  3. 3
  4. 4
    les says:

    Labour – it’s like a sect, it really is!

    • 76
      Little Nicky Clegg, Chief Cockroach, Pervs Я Us says:

      Labour is like an insect, surely ? I should know.

  5. 4
    McPoison says:

    I would be a beacon of honesty and integrity.

  6. 6
    The rich immersive digital content experience says:

    “where his girlfriend Ellie Gellard already works on digital strategy”

    Digital strategy? Would that, by any chance, involve using Twitter all day?

    • 82
      An Extremely Ancient Seafarer says:

      Digital has to do with fingers…

      Don’t even ask…!

  7. 8
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, these people have been flushed out for all to see.

    Ed Balls is doing such a bad job as Labour’s Shadow Chancellor I hope he stays put.

    But it shows how weak he is that he has to surround himself with thugs. He can’t win the argument so he’s trying to win the fight. He’s desperate and on the run!

    • 10
      Tessa Tickles says:

      It’s not really a surprise Ed “2nd choice” Balls is doing such a bad job when Ed “the wrong Miliband” Miliband’s first choice for shadow Chancellor was a former Tesco shelf-stacker.

      • 13
        Seconds Out. says:

        Ed Mili, the party’s second choice
        Ed Balls, Ed Mili’s second choice
        Damian McBride, Ed Balls’ second choice.

        • 32
          Andrew Efiong says:

          Ed Balls was actually the fourth choice.

          First Choice: Alan Johnson quit after he discovered how crap he was
          Second Choice: Yvette Cooper but she rejected it, probably didn’t want Ed Balls sniping at her!
          Third Choice: David Miliband, Ed M was keeping a door open their

          Fourth Choice: Ed “Boom and Bust” Balls, the failed Brownite bully.

          • Blowing Whistles says:

            They are all the deadwood still swishing around – of the New Labour busted Project. They were all in it together Blairites & Brownites AND there is no getting away from that.

      • 93
        Telegram for Alan Johnson and all his fellow mongs says:

        BOGOFF !!!!!!

  8. 11
    eddie mander says:

    does anyone really belive in the likleyhood of a labour win?, where are the heavywights?

    • 15
      Marx Brother #1 says:

      Well I’m heading for the USA now, and may be gone for some time. I would like to thank Paolo Di Canio for giving me the perfect excuse to cut my last remaining tie with England. I won’t miss it, South Shields, or Sunderland FC in the slightest.

      • 83
        Catty Comment (Ms) says:

        ….. last remaining tie except for my gold plated pension which you lot still have to pay for.

        There, fixed it for you.

    • 98
      SilverFox says:

      Not with the “Toxic Two Ed’s” leading the charge to the 1970′s- David Cameron must have been delighted when David Milband ” the sensible one” decamped to the USA – Now he only has to hope that Alistair Darling, (Osborne’s Mentor), disappears

  9. 15
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The BBC have been banging on about bedroom taxes and Tory cuts all day. Yet not once has the BBC bothered to point out that we are skint and that real cuts are needed to balance the books.

    Even if we could grow the economy at 10% we would still need massive cuts to our budget.

    We borrow 130 billion a year

    We pay out 50 billion in interest payments alone on our national debt

    We owe a trillion pounds in money

    We have billions of hidden debt in Browns wasteful PFI schemes

    The BBC never talks about this, they think we can use Owen Jones economics to borrow even more to fund even more public sector debt.

    I’d expect the BBC to lay out the economic realities to people instead of the old BBC leftist crap of evil Tories.

    • 25
      Long John Silver's parrot says:

      If we sold all our council houses we might be able to pay off the national debt and save 50 billion pounds without any growth then.

  10. 17
    The Last to know. says:
    • 20
      Damian McBride says:

      You don’t sound too sure Alex. Is Ed not answering his phone?

      • 53
        Psychic Watch says:

        Huh!…the time stamp on the Belardinelli tweet is 11:27 AM today, but the time stamp on this (Guido’s) blog is 11:56 AM!

        Maybe he’s a psychic!

        • 87
          the savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

          Not holding your brath Alex ?/

          Why not try it sometime — afte all it’s called thinking outside the envelope .

          But for it to be successful you need to do it
          for a minimum of 30 minutes .

        • 99
          EdButLookBalls says:

          The cnut turned his clock back not forward, the liebour pillock!

    • 24

      That’s not really a denial is it,Alex? Now is your opportunity to explain why a policy geek is not being replaced by a political gangster, so come on, inform Guido’s readership what’s really happening – if you know that is.

    • 37
      Non denial spin guff says:

      But will you deny the story?

      Seems not.

      • 65
        Blowing Whistles says:

        Perhaps he won’t deny or issue legal threats – because he is caught bang to rights.

        Has Blair issued any legal threats to any of the msm who have called him more than just a liar – well no he hasn’t – because Blair is also caught bang to rights. However it them legal shysters / its whole fraternity who really are the liars in chief the dupers with rhetoric etc…?

  11. 18
    oh my, the footwork! says:

    So Liebour change means no change, both in spin and money, god help us, if we get the same crap as Browns regime.

  12. 22
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    I had a hotcross bun this morning but I dont think it was organic.

    • 26

      If it didn’t have shit in it, it wasn’t organic.

      • 43
        As Nadil says:

        Chris Huhne must be 100 per cent organic then.

        Still hasn’t settled up with the taxpayer regarding costs and his ipad is still AWOL.

        Any reasonably just parole system would exclode early release of a prisoner if financial matters had not been resoved

        • 66
          Blowing Whistles says:

          Has he been appointed a probation officer – who will produce a report about his being in denial of his conviction etc? Most convicts have a probation report produced before they are sentenced. Must be a two-tier system of them ‘n us then eh?

      • 47
        Organic Wanker Watch says:

        Huhne’s full of shit…ergo he must be organic!

        Oh…and a wanker!

        • 73
          the poor bloody tax-payer says:

          50 years ago a pal at slag-bank 2ndry modern (somewhere in cumberland)
          objected to our daily bowl of gristle and ghastly gruel

          in the middle of the refectory he stood up – slammed the offending/sive mess on the table and, in broad cumbrian declared ‘as (I’m) nay garn t’ fookin bother mekkin shit outta that!’

          sod syntax sod grammar – that was as clear a piece of communication as i have ever heard

    • 89
      the savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

      From which orifice Phil ….. the mout ?…
      or were you sampling from the other end ?

  13. 23
    Anonymous says:

    A BBC TV interviewer yesterday referred to the “bedroom tax, or what Mr Cameron EUPHAMISTICALLY calls a reduction in benefits”…. And his terminology is a perfect example of BBC bias. Utterly disgraceful.

    • 29
      Bleubottle says:

      If it is a straight choice between Mr Cameron, BBC , and Mr Duncan Smith then i prefer Mr Smith every time.

      • 30
        Lost in Clacton says:

        I totally agree.

        If push came to shove I would much rather share a bedroom with Mr Duncan Smith than that Grant Snapps person.

    • 35
      BBC = Brainwashing says:

      Great that the latest BBC attempt at brainwashing last night from their Drama (Left-Wing Luvvies) Department has been trashed.

      People are actually beginning to realise that every new BBC drama series is simply a brainwashing exercise in the BBC’s PC, feminist, minority-supporting, class-obsessed, capitalist-hating agenda.

      And they are getting bored with it.

    • 71
      the poor bloody tax-payer says:

      one can sympathise – but in the logic of taxation/benefits its odd that the least well-off are means tested on property but the better off are not

      all 4(?) main parties agree that ad valorem property taxation is anathema

  14. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Never mind all this who is going to replace David Milliband at Sunderland FC?

    Worrying times for the Wearsiders.

    Replacing the manager, easy-peasy.

    But a clueless geek like him?

  15. 40
    oh my, the footwork! says:

    According to the BBC news, we are all fascists, because we have right wing views.

  16. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Well done Guido, posted at 11.56, just before the noon deadline on April fools.

    • 60
      Resident of 96.99% white Merseyside says:

      I was unaware it was April Fools when I heard you had been out picking calla lilies!

  17. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Belardinelli is the worthy successor to

    our one and only DOLLY

    He will claim that he knew Lloyd George and flog his doubtfu contacts to the highest bidder like his heroes Con Man Blair and Madoff Mandelson of Ethics fame

    Or parhaps Alex has a hot line to some C

    BTW Where is Dolly hiding nowadays?

  18. 44
    Jack says:

    This just proves that if Labour ever gain power again,

    they will be the poodles of any PR shysters that want to pay them

    In addition to taking orders from Cashpoint and the other filthy rich Hampstead hedgies who could not give a flying fuck about the British People

    What a revolting prospect of undemocratic and corrupt government

    • 51
      Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

      Talking about Cashpoints I have just come off the phone to my friend Denise.

      She went to Tescos in Llanelli this morning, put her card in the cashpoint and nothing came out .

      I told her that the machine had run out of money over Easter but Denise seemed to think it was more serious than that telling me she thought it was a systemic failure of our Banking system.

      I am not too sure right now.

      • 55
        Liam Byrne, another Labour imposter says:

        I was there first

        You see we make sure that “there is no money left”

        It is our speciality

        And the working class an not only kiss my ass but fook off, as long as they pay my salary, penson and expenses…..

      • 58
        Lord Cashpoint, another Labour imposter says:

        Oligarchs of the World unite I say

        That was always Labour’s real motto

        That is why we sold them all passports, don nom status and reputation cleaning

        And gladly accepted their donations…

        PS I have never met a memmber of the British working class

      • 64
        Anonymous says:

        The time to worry is when only 40% comes out.

        • 92
          the savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

          The time to worry is when they abolish cash as legal tender altogether and limit us all to paper trail payments like cards and cheques etc as they are starting to do right now in the guinea pig market of Cyprus .

          Today Nicosia . Tomorrow the entire EU .

  19. 48
    Schrodies gay teddy says:

    I’ve changed my mind about immigration issues, I think Britain should set an example to the world and be inclusive not seperative. (I’ve met a gorgeous little black boy who goes like a train)

  20. 50
  21. 52
    Russian oligarch (and his bent London solicitors) says:

    Are all Labour SPADs and MPs just “taxis for hire” as the infamous ex Cabinet Minister Hoon said on live TV?

    Do they sell their mothers as well?

  22. 61
    P l e b says:

    Well at least from today Abu Quatada will be subject to the benefits cap.

  23. 68
    Blowing Whistles says:

    There is a little known EU directive which is set to become EU dictated law in November of this year. The reason that our politicians are ‘forging’ ahead with all things of ‘gay marriage’ is that our politi.cians are suborned to do as they are dictated to by the EU’s unelected – while giving the impression [false] that they our politicians are in control.

    Research “The Berlinguer Report” – which is due to be voted through the EU parliament in November.

    Isn’t it the trick our parliamentarians – don’t want the public to know of or realise the truth of?

    • 70
      enigma says:

      yes its largely make-believe

      another instance is the supplementary EU budget (sorry my terminology is wrong) – which indicated that if the EU ‘machine isn’t granted spending power increases by the poli’s it does an oliver (‘more!’) a few days later

      we’ve lost the most important political controls

  24. 75
    Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill (and 1st class passenger!) says:

    Welcome to our free-love abode, join the BBC1 behind the scenes main bosses Alex. Slurp liberally!

  25. 94
    Anonymous says:

    DOESN’T MATTER WHO THEY GET – anyone who works for the labour party are scum http://fascistcow.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. 95
    YorkshireLad says:

    Why does Ballsup need a political advisor? I thought he knew it all


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