November 1st, 2013

Ed Balls’ £5 Million State Subsidy For The Guardian

Guido isn’t sure who this one is more embarrassing for. While in office, Ed Balls used taxpayers’ money to subsidise the Guardian to the tune of 1% of its turnover. As Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Balls bunged Kings Place £4,899,688 between 2007 and 2010. The money went on services ranging from advertising to training courses. Guardian News & Media had a turnover of £261.9 million in 2007/2008, that year they were the lucky recipients of £2,445,787 from Balls’ department or 1% of their annual turnover. Someone had to help keep them afloat, turns out it was the taxpayer…


  1. 1
    Two Dicks one Ed says:


  2. 2
    Lindum says:

    All governments spend huge revenues on advertising with all kinds of outlets. Move on by, nothing new here.

    I wonder how much governments have spent with Guido’s employer Rupert?


  3. 3
    The British media are cunts says:

    and yet the Tories have done nothing to stop the public sector (including the BBC) advertising in the Guardian.


    • 7
      Round the Bend says:

      What about all the gov radio adverts just before the last GE that went to LBC.


    • 8
      A Tax Avoidance Scheme says:

      Why shouldn’t one part of the state controlled media advertise in another party of the state controlled media?


    • 11
      The BBC is a Tax on Society says:

      The BBC TV Licence is classed as tax. That’s why they are able to make criminals of people who do not pay it. Any money the BBC spends therefore is taxpayer money.


    • 34
      Spot the Dog with Dirty Balls that Just Want to Spend Spend Spend says:



  4. 4
    Wait, what! says:

    Factor in the money that the BBC gives them – from the taxpayer – and the circle is complete.


  5. 5
    HM Her Majesty says:

    This is an article about the state controlled media. One has no way of knowing if it is true or not.


  6. 6
    Peter Grimes says:

    Turds float as well, don’t they?


  7. 9
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    How much do you all pay in your taxes for Job Centres?

    I mean to say there is no need to pay a second time around for private recruitment.

    Just advertise all jobs on the boards that are all fully paid for.

    All adverts can be placed in the Web Page too .

    It will save a fortune but those Mps you keep electing just don’t get it.

    They are not working for you.


    • 24
      Tina Thatcher says:

      Remember too Job Centres give at taxpayers’ expense a free recruitment service to employers.

      With all this high powered cost saving why hasn’t Frankie Maude not introduced charges.

      There is nothing like looking after taxpayers’ interests and that is what you have here.


    • 32
      Observant says:

      Surely common purpose have a blog/website where these positions could be advertised for free.


  8. 12
    Jimmy's shadow says:

    This amount is infinitesimal compared to what Gordon and Mervyn bunged to the banks.


    • 23
      Paniagua V5 says:

      And your point is?


    • 54
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      Yes Jimmy’s Shadow that’s true but the government can sell the shares when the price rises and get the money back for bailing out the banks. But getting taxpayers’ money back from the Beeb and the Grauniad? Don’t make me laugh!


  9. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    Confused them with the BBC – easily done.


  10. 17
    Casual Observer 3 says:

    Is part of the Guardian’s function to behave as a proxy to allow government to exert some control over the teaching unions ?


  11. 18
    AC says:

    I think you need to check the meaning of subsidy.


  12. 19
    Labour=Waste says:


    No wonder Polly Toynbee sings Labour’s praises, her bread is buttered by Labour’s waste.


  13. 21
    Thrapper says:

    Bollinger Bolshevik subs Prosecco Pravda!


  14. 22
    English for Beginners says:

    Ed Balls’s £5 million..


  15. 27
    The only good Socialist is a dead Socialist says:

    If Fawkes has got his paperwork in order on this story he has a civic duty to get down the Police station prompt.

    This is fraud and abuse in public office.

    Sentencing could be 5 to 10 years in prison.


    • 51
      HEARDITALL says:

      The police are you sure? they’ve been in Labour’s pocket since Blair, they would only trot out the well worn phrases’ INSUFFICIENT EVIDENCE ‘blah blah blah’ NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING’ blah blah blah ‘ NO LAWS SEEM TO HAVE BEEN BROKEN ‘ blah blah blah’ AN INTERNAL MATTER blah blah.


  16. 29
    Jimmy says:

    “Guido isn’t sure who this one is more embarrassing for.”



    • 38
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      No Jimmy, for you and your vile, corrupt, underhand, thieving socialist comrades.


  17. 30
    Polly Toynbee says:

    What Guido doesn’t know is that this money wasn’t for nothing – we had to work very hard for it. I lost count of the number of times I had to put Ed’s balls in my mouth


  18. 36
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Was what Balls did legal?


  19. 39
    There,s no money left says:

    ….”Hey, let,s build a train set.”


  20. 42
    Postal Vote says:

    That’s just one department. In addition to education jobs there are scores of NHS, care, housing, Beeb and other public sector jobs advertised in the Guardian and on its website (well over 5,500 currently).

    Applause for Campbell and the Nu Liebore media team for inventing this strategy. It ensures Labour positive coverage, negative coverage of Conservatives and no mention of irregularities with postal voting or the constituency boundaries in Labour’s favour.

    PS There is also the Beeb which buys 1% of printed Guardians with its lavish income from the poll tax named license fee.


  21. 43
    Penfold says:

    If that amount had gone to the Daily Telegraph all hell would have been let loose by the lefties……….


    • 47
      Mr Anonymous says:

      If the Tories have any nous they will have signed binding 10 year contracts that siphon millions of pounds in the direction of the Telegraph, Mail, etc


  22. 46
    Mr Anonymous says:

    And what about that ‘Union modernisation fund’ or all those ‘charities’ that were paid by the government to undertake tasks of dubious value?

    No wonder the unions, charities, large parts of the media are up in arms whenever anyone dares to point out that, yunno, spending ever more and more public money might not be sustainable.

    These vested interests are the enemy within.


  23. 50
    mitch says:

    It was a multinational on Monday but by Saturday with Balls help”


  24. 53
    Postal Votes are Labour Loo Paper says:

    FFS flush the grauniad down the bog where it belongs.


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