January 6th, 2014

Ed Balls Denies He Predicted a Double Dip Recession
(Except of Course He Did) 

Ed Balls told Adam Boulton on Sky  News that he had never predicted a double dip recession:

Except of course he did…

See also: Ed Balls denies that he denied there was a structural deficit.


160 Comments

  1. 1
    Living Next Door to Roma says:

    Drip flip balls up!

  2. 2

    Always wight even when he’s rong!

  3. 3
    hang on a min says:

    “Figures show that Britain’s double dip recession is even deeper than first thought”.
    Ed Balls,Labour Party website.May 2012.

    • 13
      Cinna says:

      He’s a lying b’stard, pure and simple.

      • 42
        walking into darkness says:

        Well done Ed, no really, it’s takes quite a psycho to actually admit you’re in denial

    • 77
      Try wiki-leakes says:

      Looked and all they want are donations from you.

      A little digging you get on the slurring of their opponents.

      Policy? anything about the past that would predict their future performance. I gave up.

    • 91
      Sal E Bercow says:

      double dip? *licks lips*

  4. 4
    it's march, so spring on. says:

    as i was saying,
    juss saying like,
    Hoggart is round un the mound up the .

  5. 5
    Ed Miliband says:

    Have you seen the price of a car service? What a rip off. We need to regulate the industry

    • 43
      Oyster card says:

      Doesn’t Ed get provided with a chauffeur driven car by the taxpayers?

    • 48
      Oyster card says:

      Doesn’t Ed get provided with a chauffeur-steered* car by the taxpayers?

      *He also presses the peddles, but Guido doesn’t like the word dri-v-en.

  6. 9
    Anonymous says:

    I had a dream of Yvette last night, and woke suddenly with sweaty balls…..

  7. 10
    is this what you mean says:

    In August 2010, Balls-up warned in The Guardian that the Government was creating a “perfect storm” which could trigger a double dip recession.

  8. 11
    Simon says:

    Ed Balls is a priceless commodity – long may he stay on as shadow chancellor.

    • 65
      Bilda Berger says:

      A sort of panto hate-figure, the epitome of a bully … his hair is thatched and his face looks as if it’s been stuffed with two-inch ball-bearings.

  9. 12
    Gordon Brown says:

    And I said I had put an end to TORY boom and bust!

  10. 15
    er says:

    I remember Balls demanding Cameron apologise for the double dip recession.
    And it was a phrase repeated ad nauseum by the BBC.

  11. 16
    Give me a break says:

    Were his lips moving? That explains it then.

  12. 17
    Ed's Mum says:

    Look, Ed is a liar. It’s in his nature. Can’t you just all leave him be? It makes him happy to tell lies.

  13. 22
    David Milibiscuit says:

    When a chap’s failed and his career is over, it is customary to let him retire with some dignity.

  14. 23
  15. 24
    it goes without saying says:

    Balls gave a Bloomberg speech a few years back where he warned of a double dip recession and name-checked failed economist Danny Blanchflower.

  16. 25
    Pollytwaddle says:

    Ed Balls? Lying?

    Surely not! He’s a Labour MP!!!

  17. 26
    Executive Summary says:

    Ed Balls is a cūnt.

    That is all.

  18. 28
    Officer Crabtree says:

    Don’t you just love the way they re-write history with bare-face provable lies. The most incredible thing is that he will be allowed to get away with it. These criminal liars need to be held to account for what they say and do.

    The greatest shame is that the public have very short memories.

    • 39
      Mike Hunt says:

      It’s the only way to be re-elected.

    • 47
      Keep Calm, Vote UKIP says:

      Not so short thanks to the internet.

      The nuance of the message needs to be cast right – spun if you will.

      People at the moment will be sensitized to a simple message that ‘Ed Balls is a liar’, and they may not get that he was talking about double dip recession, but would likely assume he is an expenses fraud.

      Using NLP, quite easy to conflate the double dip, and expenses, with the image of a till for the UK economy, and Ed looking shifty, bury the ‘recession’ bit in a byline – and you’re done.

      • 107
        Dirty ole Bugger says:

        How about as nuanced as:-

        ED BALLS IS A TOTAL AND COMPLETE C U N T

        • 146
          Jack Ketch says:

          You are only saying that because you are trying to save his reputation! Why not tell the truth!

    • 49
      he can't hide from this one says:

      There’s plenty of evidence that he’s lying this time.

  19. 29
  20. 30
    Read my Lips says:

  21. 31
    John Denham says:

    Ed Balls

  22. 33
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Another nail in the global warming debate:

    Common sense predicts a deep permafrost has set in at Cameron’s weekly meeting with the Queen.

    Apparently this is due to a cold war anti-cyclone that recently formed in the North Sea, pulling in a cold air mass from the urals.

  23. 35
    like taking candy from a baby says:

    “Now that things have got worse and Britain is in an even deeper double dip recession when will Cameron and Osborne finally take action”,said Balls in May 2012.
    And he was backed to the hilt b y the usual suspects at the Guardian,BBC and Channel 4 News.

  24. 40
    Bert the Blinking Cert says:

    What was his blink rate on that interview? That’s generally a sign of lack of truth with Ed.

  25. 46
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Ed Balls is a pathological liar.

  26. 50
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Toby Perkins, labour MP for Chesterfield, is a spiteful piece of shit.

  27. 52
    Common Purpose NLP Technique says:

    Has Ed Balls lied about double dipping with his expenses or the recession ? Have the standards committee been notified of his conduct ?

  28. 55
    Ed balls is a scumbag liar just doing the country down says:

    Double dip FFS the man was screaming triple dip from the rooftops even when the double dip wasn’t happening

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/22/ed-balls-triple-dip-recession_n_2176139.html

  29. 61
    NE Frontiersman says:

    They breathe, they lie; only one way to stop them lying.

  30. 62
    Sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says:

    Balls is a dead man walking,Millitwit knows that Liebor are unelectable with B alls as their main economic spokesman.He,Millband,will wait until lthe autumn before sacking him thereby staving off any internal war.

    • 89
      Gooey Blob says:

      That’s only half of what Miliband needs to do for Labour to become electable. The other half is to sack himself.

    • 101
      Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

      Economic spokesman? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
      ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
      ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,,
      ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha. Economic arsehole, more like.

  31. 63
    Flange says:

    A hospital worker has spoken of how he feels “embarrassed and ashamed” over a series of tweets he posted, including a comment that he was going to use pubic hair shaved from a patient to create the sideburns sported by Olympic cycling champion Sir Bradley Wiggins. P*ul Nam said he had apologised at the time he was first confronted and he still did over his “incredibly stupid” actions on Twitter in 2012.

    The former operating department practitioner at Lincoln County Hospital – himself a keen cyclist – used the pseudonym “Sir Cockhardt” on Twitter to post: “I was going to save the pubes from the first patient I shaved today and stick them on Wiggins-style”, a disciplinary hearing of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) was told.

    Other tweets posted by Nam under the pseudonym included “working in gynae theatres AGAIN today. I’m seriously considering going gay! The thought of looking at one more aged flange.”

  32. 64
    Thinker says:

    So, does this mean that Ed Balls is briefing against himself ?

    Ed Miliband should sack him if he is.

  33. 73
    Penfold says:

    Balls is incorrigible.

    • 80
      Balls Watch says:

      And he can lie without blinking.

      See how open and fixed his eyes were.

      He must have been practicing for weeks.

      So, from that interview we now know for a fact:

      i) Ed Balls blinks a lot when he lies.

      ii) Ed Balls is lying when he has his hands flat down on the table and is looking the interviewer (or the electorate) in the eye without blinking.

      I hope Ed Balls does not get charged with anything as his defense council will have a hard time suggesting that any evidence Balls submits, for example, statement or that submitted under cross examination, is in fact the truth.

      People should ask more closely just who was instrumental in shaping Brown’s economic policy from 1992. A hint: Balls used the Fabian society press to add credibility for his form of economic vandalism.

    • 144
      The Puppet Master says:

      Balls is dirigible.

  34. 75
    50 Calibre says:

    I suppose he must apply the same standard of “honesty” to the rest of his life. He’s just full of shit and that’s no lie…

  35. 76
    Yvette Cooper says:

    He lies like the stinking fish that he is.

    • 110
      Stefanny says:

      So that’s why his fingers smell of fish. You learn something every day. There’s me thinking it was you Yvette.

  36. 81
  37. 84
    Podiceps says:

    Edward Balls
    Answers when Nature calls.
    After he pissed on Obama,
    He shat on the Dalai Lama.

  38. 85
    Yvette says:

    I long came to the conclusion that he was almost as bonkers as Gordon but decided not to say anything and to stay together for the sake of the Party.

  39. 93
    Ed Balls Fanclub (Con Gain Section) says:

    What a plonker. He can’t even get his lies straight.

    Normally I’d call for him to resign but he’s such an electoral asset for us Conservatives that I’m loving his work.

    Keep it up Ed!

  40. 96
    No such thing as Happy New Year in Edinburgh shitty! Same Auld Leeching Tripe over & over again! says:

    He is lying Hunt! What was all hand gestures for?

  41. 102
    nell says:

    double dip, flat lining, cost of living crisis – no cuts to benefit payments, no to curtailing eu excesses, raise taxes and commence spending a la 1997-2010 just as soon as they can get len mcclusky as his puppets militwit and bullyballs into no 10 and no11.

    labour’s ‘policy’ for 2015 election – one must wish them joy of it.

  42. 108
    Gooey Blob says:

    Ed Miliband seems to be going grey. Has the price of Grecian 2000 gone up sharply?

  43. 113
    A prime minister who doesn't ever lie says:

    Lie 1: Three days before the election, David Cameron: “Any cabinet minister . who comes to me and says ‘Here are my plans’ and they involve front-line reductions, they’ll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again”.

    Lie 2: A month before the election, David Cameron: “Our plans involve cutting wasteful spending, Our plans don’t involve an increase in VAT.”

    Lie 3: The coalition agreement: “We will stop top-down reorganisation of the NHS.”

    Lie 4: The coalition agreement: We will guarantee that health spending increases in real terms.”

    Lie 5: Two months before the election, from David Cameron: “I wouldn’t change child benefit, I wouldn’t means test it. I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

    Lie 6: Michael Gove, just before the election: “Ed Balls keeps saying that we are committed to scrapping EMA. I have never said this. We won’t.”

    Lie7: Liam Fox: “a bigger army for a safer Britain”, but it now loses 7,000 soldiers.

    Lie 8: In October 2009 George Osborne said: Retail banks should stop paying out significant cash bonuses. A year later, he opposed an updated EU Capital Requirement Directive intended to limit them.
    In 2013 he took a plane to Europe in bid to block a Europe-wide cap on bankers’ bonuses

    Lie 9: David Cameron: “Yes, we back Sure Start. It’s a disgrace that Gordon Brown has been trying to frighten people about this.” Yet the government’s Early Intervention Grant means a reduction of £1.4 billion in the amount given to early intervention programmes. As a result,More than 400 Sure Start children’s centres have closed during the first two years of coalition government.

    Lie 10 No cuts in tax credits for families with an income of less than £50,000;

    Lie 11 prison for anyone carrying a knife;

    Lie 12 no cuts to the navy;

    Lie 13 keeping the child trust fund for the poorest third of families;

    Lie 14 no hospital closures;

    Lie 15 3000 more midwives since 2010 they’ve created 1000. Lowering the shortage from 6,000 to 5,000.

  44. 114
    Ed the Eunuch says:

    What a bare faced liar! Cut his hands off or better still do a mexican wave as in bye bye to this liability that is Ed Ballox!

    Unfortunately for Labour, Darling does not want to get into bed with a pair of communist arseholes. He would rather retire with dignity.

    In that case, Darling for Leader of Labour Party! Bring it on! He can choose his own team! Time to get rid of the two Eds for good! They are a liability!

    We need a credible opposition. Not a pair of jokers!

  45. 115
    nick says:

    We all know Balls is a fool, no intelligence unable to string more than 2 words together and has always been economical with the truth. Well that is just about any MP. But know he is proved to be a liar in public ; so when does Ed Millibrain fire him? Probably not as he has not the guts- more likely Yvette will divorce the fool. I hope he stays on for the comic effect and he is also the Tories second best weapon -the first weapon is the other fool-Milliband. Oh boy I just can’t wait for the Tory majority next election and listen to Eds reasons why “he wuz robbed”.

    • 151
      Afrocutter says:

      With his local postal voting scam already well in place, rest assured that he won’t be robbed – and we can continue to enjoy his parliamentary antics for a further 5 years!

      Lucky us….

  46. 116
    Anon. says:

    24 May 2012.

    Ed Balls:

    ” Now that things have got worse and Britain is in an even deeper double-dip recession, when will David Cameron and George Osborne finally take action? If we see slow growth and high unemployment being entrenched for months and years to come, families and businesses will pay a heavy long term price. There is a better way, but there can be no more complacency and no more excuses for delay.”

  47. 117
    Ed the Eunuch says:

    What happened to the triple dip recession that Balls promised! He is a liability!

    http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/450305/What-happened-to-the-scary-triple-dip-recession-Ed-Balls

  48. 119
    Anon. says:

    From 1:23

    • 143
      he's a joke says:

      How kind of the BBC to flag up the words Double Dip Recession for a large part of that interview-just to hammer it home to viewers who may have been bored by Balls droning on.

  49. 121
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    “A £250m super-prison could take a step closer as Wrexham councillors are asked to back plans for an old factory site.

    Planning officers are recommending that outline permission for the 2,000 inmate jail is approved.”

    Just enough room for the MPs, lords and spads?

    • 155
      HEARDITALLSEENITALLBEFORE says:

      Why should a prison cost £ 250 million , all that is required is barbed wire and concrete!

  50. 123
    Sensible voter says:

    Cameron, we are judging you now, you asshole; pandering to the rich and screwing everyone else. You’ll never get in again.

    • 125
      Anonymous says:

      He doesn’t need to. He only needed one term to line his pockets and those of his colleagues and cronies and ensure the country is crippled on its knees for the next government so the Tories can spend the next decade complaining what a state the country is in.

      • 128
        left wing, right wing, they're all turkeys. . says:

        Just shows the incompetence of Liarbore, took them 3 terms to line their own pockets, that of their cronies, leave the country F^@&#d,
        and spend from day 1 of the following Government complaining about the state of the country.

        Sometimes I wonder if most labour voters are virgins….. They vote labour to improve their chances of getting F^@&#d!

  51. 124
    Tachybaptus says:

    Osborne is targeting a demographic that don’t vote TORY, with these new cuts.

    Not like the pensioners; that’s why they’re being spared. They’d be out on their ear if they lost the grey vote.

  52. 126
    John says:

    He probably believes he didn’t say it. The problem is that Ed lies so easily, so pathologically that he doesn’t know what the truth is any more.

    You see the global economic meltdown was nothing to do with Labour, and Balls had nothing to do with how the last Government operated the finances either.

    You see how easy it is – simples

  53. 127
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    What a silly bollock!

  54. 129
    Anon. says:

    Ed Balls has put George Osborne on the canvas . :lol:

    Ed Balls warned that “the government is in danger of encouraging a ‘perfect storm’ that could trigger a double-dip recession in Britain, and that the world faces a dangerous time as many governments embark on premature fiscal retrenchments.” He has been proved right.

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/danhodges/100153326/ed-balls-has-put-george-osborne-on-the-canvas/

  55. 132
    blair's lapdog says:

    Flat lining…

  56. 135
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The political system in this country is still full of ‘dead wood’ and the younger ‘dead headed saplings and cuttings from the elders’. We need a damned good bonfire to burn all the older and younger infected and rotting wood.

  57. 136
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am the god of hell fire.

  58. 145
    Ed the Eunoch says:

    I take it Ed Balls’ book publisher has cancelled his memoirs on how Ed saved Britain from an eternal quadruple, triple down, double dip recession?

    • 148
      Ed Balls says:

      A great philosopher once wrote .. ed Balls is naughty, naughty…veeerrryyyy naughty!

  59. 153
    Bryant says:

    I’m good at playing with Balls.

  60. 156
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    So, the porky tells porkies – no surprise there then.

  61. 159
    nick says:

    Ed Balls, Mp and liar. Also the thickest Mp in the Commons. Why do we give fool ANY oxygen in the media. Guess what is going to happen to your lead in the next election Ed? You are going to become Ed Balls, chump!! No Mp status at all. I shall look forward to waving you goodbye and the rest of Labour crims.-Oh they are already gone aren’t they Ed?


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“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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