May 29th, 2013

Dear Chris Leslie…

Poor little Chris Leslie. He’s getting all the tough gigs for Labour’s Shadow Treasury team this week. Yesterday he was forced onto the airwaves to not answer on whether Labour would cut departmental budgets and today he has the pleasure of trying to respond to OECD’s spring report. Why would Balls want to avoid this?

Leslie, forced to play Ed Balls’ Chloe Smith, says:

“The OECD has once again cut its growth forecasts for the UK economy, warning that youth unemployment is too high and that weak growth means wages are not keeping up with price rises. And the OECD is just the latest organisation to say that the Government needs to increase the number of homes being built and that investing in infrastructure now will improve our economy for the future.”

Sure. But are you not forgetting something Chris? Turn to page 95 of the report. Leaving aside the bit where the independent experts say “employment performance has been good”, what do you say to their call for further fiscal consolidation?

Are you just going to ignore that? Is that really the plan? They are saying further cuts are needed to sustain our economy. You’re arguing for fewer cuts, but how’s that going to work? And no, taxing bankers bonuses is not the answer this time.


52 Comments

  1. 1
    Ivor Biggan says:

    ed balls

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    • 17
      CarryHole is a fat homuculus says:

      In other news you might have missed.

      http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/French-prosecutor-Soldiers-stabbing-religiously-motivated-314712

      PARIS – Evidence gathered by French authorities suggests the Muslim convert suspected of stabbing a soldier near Paris last weekend was acting in accordance with his religious beliefs, a state prosecutor said after the suspect’s arrest on Wednesday.

      Prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference the suspect was seen on video surveillance camera “saying a Muslim prayer” minutes before an attack which came three days after the May 22 murder of a British soldier on the streets of London.

      Islam is to blame for both attacks.

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    • 18
      chris leslie says:

      I’m lovely aren’t I?

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    • 19
      Gay Watch says:

      Is Chris Leslie gay?

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      • 30
        Ivor Biggan says:

        gay? gay – he doesn’t even look fukcin happy

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        • 38
          Doctor Dildo says:

          Going by the expression on his face he looks like something has just been inserted up his arse!

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      • 32
        chris leslie says:

        Gay?
        Fook off, I just happen to have a job that puts me in a room with a statistically skewed number of gay people…but I did get moved to a safe seat when I lost mine in Yorkshire.

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        • 47
          Must get a pseudonym one day says:

          As one who helped eject him from his previous seat, I observed closely his mincing ways, followed by his convenient marriage to a party-mule, echoing the tactics of his master at the time, Gay Gordon. You decide if he’s really a shirt-lifter – I did long ago.

          And his currently ‘safe’ seat may no longer be safe – he holds it as a ‘Labour Co-operative’ member, having taken dosh from the tills of your local Co-op. But seeing the parlous financial state of the Rochdale Pioneers’ venture, they may be cutting back on voter-bribery soon, in which case Pretty Boy Leslie may soon be spending more time with the pretty boys elsewhere. The tears are of laughter, not sorrow – he’s a slimy toad, full-stop.

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  2. 2
    Ali Zeki Aziz, enriching your children's future says:

    Islam will conquer Britain. Look at the demographics. PRaise be to Allah, death to the Infidel, Time to modernise you all out of existence.

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    • 7
      Anonymous says:

      Is this a joke? Phaha if it isn’t good luck trying to conquer Britain you prat. We’ve defeated the Nazis, and we won’t let a tiny percent of our population suddenly conquer Britain!

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      • 40
        Anonymous says:

        Errrrr
        But were not ( or the government is not) trying to defeat them. Actually the govt and liberal elites and BBC are promoting them.

        And they are not a tiny percentage of population, they have the highest birthrate of any group in the UK by a significant margin.

        So yes they will conquer Britain.

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    • 9
      Penfold says:

      Time to invoke the 1565 Siege of Malta, by Suleimun the Great, he lost.

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  3. 3
    Llondon Centric government and National planning says:

    But there is not actually a shortage of homes nationwide. Get out of London and there’s loads of homes for sale, new and old.

    Travel around the Midlands and you will see new builds going up everywhere mainly on the old slag, coal and clay tips.

    Doesn’t the press and Westminster realise that there is life outside the South east?

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    • 6
      A. Northerner says:

      Er………….. no!

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    • 8
      Kronos says:

      Nope never heard of these places of which you speak. There’s London and er er london

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      • 29
        Polly Pot says:

        ..and Tuscany. That’s lovely.

        I went to Oxford. That was nice, even if it was in the North.
        I gather there are other places even further away than Oxford. They must be very chilly.

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    • 41
      Anonymous says:

      Immigrants love being close to friends and family,and plenty of mosques in London.

      Why deprive them of their human right to live in one of the most expensive citys in the world.

      Its against their human rights.

      And we only pay for it, what’s the problem..

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  4. 4
    "Teens" says:

    Dutch teens, dad on trial for linesman killing

    The seven youths and one man, identified only as El-Hasan D., 51, were subsequently arrested and charged.

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/sports/352362/dutch-teens-dad-on-trial-for-linesman-killing

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  5. 5
    Magic 8 Ball says:

    The Labour Party need the courage to say “Yes, we’d borrow more in the short term, which would more than pay for itself in the medium / long term”.

    See, it’s not complicated or difficult. They just need to grow a pair. Or go off to see the Wizard of Oz.

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    • 14
      Penfold says:

      Does he have the mystical money tree of socialism ?

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      • 25
        CarryHole is a fat homuculus says:

        You see all that money poured into failure rewards and disguised unemployment benefit will magically create economic growth.

        It won’t be a total malinvestment at all will it?

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      • 27
        The IMF (International Moneytree Fund) says:

        No, he doesn’t, we have that.

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    • 34
      The Market says:

      You may find the UK credit rating may have increased the cost of borrowing, so Labour may not want to do this or commit.

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      • 36
        Magic 8 Ball says:

        Well, certainly, at the moment, the interest rates available to the British government are at record lows.

        It needs noted that the bond markets have still not been ‘spooked’, despite Osborne’s level of borrowing being somewhat equal to that projected for Brown’s government after 2010.

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    • 35
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      “Friends of Dorothy,” is that what you’re calling them?

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  6. 10
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Is there any money left at the co-op bank and are labour one of the bad debts?

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  7. 11
    Penfold says:

    So Chris has been nominated as the substitute ball.

    Let’s hope he doesn’t lose his own……………………….

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  8. 12
    Tosspot says:

    No one has mentioned the Mass Migration from Scotland if they do vote for Independence

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  9. 13
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Labour are on the run, ducking and diving when it comes to the economy.

    I suspect the voters can see this very clearly and know full well that Labour are the party of public sector waste and addicted to debt.

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    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      That is inconsequential when the LibLabCon are addicted to the EU and addicted to uncontrolled immigration.

      Sort those problems out and the economy will be on the road to recovery.

      Everything else is a distraction.

      Enough is enough.

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  10. 15
    Economist says:

    A government which is wise, and wants to reduce its deficit and current expenditure when tax is already high and the real economy is not growing has only one option.

    It must shrink.

    It would be wise for government, to avoid a situation similar to Greece, to create and stimulate the private sector first so those in the public sector who will lose their jobs have something to go to.

    The cost of not doing this will be an counter productive increase in social security, which will become a political problem very quickly. And possible unrest among those now dispossessed of an income source.

    A wise government should take note that some Unions which cater for the public sector are advertising on television for new members, and to improve their own PR.

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  11. 20
    Toby Young says:

    Here is what Owen has raised for Help For Heroes

    http://www.justgiving.com/owenjones2

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  12. 21
    Gonk III says:

    How tall is ‘little Chris Leslie’

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  13. 23
    Steve Miliband says:

    The BBC will stick up for them.

    ”Damning OECD report critical of the Governments economic and social policy and calls for more borrowing”

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  14. 24
    Ron Barras says:

    I’d never heard of Chris Leslie before. But now I know he’s Labour’s version of mad “Chemical Ali” and I’ll call him “Debt Leslie”

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  15. 28
    Capitalist News says:

    Pork producer Smithfield Foods to be acquired by Owen Jones’s Socialist Halal Meat Company in $4.7bn deal.

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  16. 31
    Polly Toynbee's Butt Plug says:

    Chris Leslie hasn’t needed to pull out the Labour trump card just yet. The trump card being that the Tooth Fairy will fix the economy and put money back in everyone’s pockets.

    Let’s hear it for the fucking Tooth Fairy.

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  17. 43
    Bed time for Bonzo says:

    First of all, Ed Balls is a moron that I wouldn’t trust to manage my son’s lunch money budget for the week, let alone the UK budget (I know, too feckin late). However, I don’t think George has the balance right.

    The reason that the debt figure is quoted as being so terrible is more because it represents 90% of GDP?

    Had our GDP figure been better then we could have the same debt figure or higher, but still be classed as being in a better economic position because as a % of GDP it would be less.

    So a higher debt figure that is, say 70% of GDP, indicates that the country is financially healthier.

    So with little growth of the economy George is leaving himself open to the argument that all he seems to have done is reduce debt by cutting costs, which has taken many millions of £’s each week out of the economy, which slows growth further and then reduces our GDP figure? Hence 90% of GDP as at present.

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  18. 44
    CHRIST ONA BIKE! says:

    Fvcking nerve talking about high youth unemployment considering all the 1mmigtants that Labour bussed in to do the damn jobs that the unemployed should be doing.

    Given that youth unemployment was higher in 2007 (pre-recession) than it was in 1997, and despite a couple of Billion quid being spent on some hair-brain scheme to get young people into work. But we all know that Labour only ever meant to keep the indigenous unemployed out of work and on benefits.

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    • 46
      Fishy says:

      Youth unemployment hit 1m just before the election – labour and their broadcast arm the BBC repeatedly refuse to tell you that.

      As for long-term youth unemployment which they repeatedly have the nerve to go on about – it is only higher now because it is counted differently.

      Under the last government any young person who went on a ‘scheme’ left the unemployment register. When he finished his / her scheme, without a job to go to, and signed back on at the Jobcentre, this was counted by Labour as a completely fresh period of unemployment (i.e. they were counted as short term unemployed even though they had never worked).

      The present government changed this – anyone who goes on a scheme and doesn’t find work is recorded as continually (long term) unemployed.

      So when a labour-ite is next on TV, bleating about this – perhaps Toenails or Brillo could challenge them.

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  19. 45
    surlyscot says:

    does this extremely stupid person not realise that by 2015 the debt burden of the UK will be £1.4 TRILLION QUID – what is wrong with these people???
    that is 5 times GDP – typical socialist – as in socialism is spending other peoples money!! get real sunshine, ALL governments need to stop spending – UK plc is going down the tubes, not that ANY politician is likely to own up to this mountain of debt any time soon.

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  20. 48
    ITS BLEAK IN SUNDERLAND WITH 3 LABOUR MPS AND NO FOOD BANKS says:

    What else would one expect from McDooms photo copy boy?

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  21. 49
    Mrs Leslie says:

    Leave the poor boy alone. He does not know what he is doing. Ex Bingley Grammar School so what do you expect.

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  22. 50
    Leslie Lies says:

    Please shove some warm dog poo through the letterbox of 12 Regent Street, Nottingham.

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  23. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Chris Leslie?

    He’s total pants!

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  24. 52
    jax says:

    Shut the fuck up about economics guido you obese Hunt.You have no idea what you are talking about

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