January 21st, 2014

Balls Silence Not Built to Last

Ed Balls has spoken, finally. Trying his best not to sound sad at the IMF upgrading Britain’s economic outlook by more than any other major economy this afternoon, Balls reckons:

“With business investment still weak and the IMF forecasting that UK growth will slow down again next year, it’s clear that this is not yet a recovery that is built to last.”

Built to last, you say? That was the very phrase that sparked the infamous leaked “nightmare” emails before Christmas, when Miliband adviser Torsten Bell and loyalist Greg Beales ripped into the Shadow Chancellor:

TB: “As an example of why we’re having problems on EB messaging – this is his current three-part argument: Cost of living; Recovery built to last; Economy works for working people. Nightmare.”

GB: “When did built to last become a part of our thing?’

No wonder they want him to shut up…


  1. 1
    Balls Ed says:

    Too much
    Too young

  2. 2
    BBC News Editor says:

    We’ll be giving Mr Balls wall-to-wall airtime over this.

  3. 3
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Cost of living crisis, what cost of living crisis!

    Such a silly *illy!

  4. 4
    Black Rod says:

    There are two men going head to head in the house of commons toilets.

  5. 5
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

  6. 6
    WelshRacer says:

    He must have the belly ache……

  7. 7
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    More airtime for us to laugh at him and his diatribes :)

  8. 8
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Any pubic lice about? **innocent face**

  9. 9
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    It is a big belly…

  10. 10
    Postman Prat says:

  11. 11
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Gordon Brown is still Ed Balls boss, as is Tom Watson.

  12. 12
    Britannia says:

    He is right to be critical. British polticians hav no ambition: we should be looked for a sustained decade of 4-5% a year growth, WITHOUT sucking in immigrants from the Eurozone

    If we abolished VAT and taxes on energy the economy could grow massively. Labourr, Libdem and Tory insistence on holding us back in the technological dark ages is a massive disincetive to invest.

  13. 13
    The Public says:

    Balls’s 9 months were up a long time ago.

  14. 14

    My credibility has just shrunk in inverse proportion to the growth of my waist line.

  15. 15
    M­a­q­bo­ul says:

    No pressure then.

  16. 16
    I couldn't give a toss says:

  17. 17
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:

    Abolish taxes on energy ??

    Fuck off !

  18. 18
    unnatural weather says:

    does anybody in Parliament know what the fuck they are doing ?

  19. 19
    ████ 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    ** GRABS POPCORN ** ( Crab flavoured )

  20. 20
    Too much Too young says:

  21. 21
    Every Expenses Form says:


  22. 22
    ShepshedRichTea says:

    where are we China – look at the stats – average growth is normally 2% for this country!

  23. 23
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    I do.

  24. 24
    Letching Politicians says:

    I see they pushed the uglier one to the edge of the photo

  25. 25
    9 months in Labour says:

    Why, is he pregnant?

  26. 26
    Jasmin Beckett says:

    Ed, I thought you loved me!

    Who’s that little slut standing in front of you showing her knees?

  27. 27
    Education, Edyerkayshun, Eddyookaashun says:

  28. 28
    LibDems deny Open Democracy says:

  29. 29
    Britannia says:

    Yes, pathetic, isn’t it?

  30. 30
    My Granny says:

    It’ll end in tears

  31. 31
    FFS says:

    China doesn’t have the growth it claims to have. More or less flatlining this year and the previous year.

    Do you really think that the CCP produces reliable figures? Even less likely than the ONS.

  32. 32
    FFS says:

    Now migh be a good time to sell the other 50% Vince.

  33. 33
    Shame on the LibDems says:

  34. 34
    CERN says:

    Was it a large hardon collider?

  35. 35
    unnatural weather says:

    in particular does William Hague know what he is doing ?

  36. 36
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Are they suffering a cost of living crisis also?

  37. 37
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Why is Ed Balls trending? *smirk*

  38. 38
    Fish says:

    Rachel Reeves would fail Rachel Reeves’ English test.

  39. 39
    Wake up & vote UKIP says:

    He is already in labour..

  40. 40
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Surely not another LibDem sex scandal? Are they all at it?

  41. 41
    I hate socialists. says:

    Balls is nearly as unelectable as Len McClusky,s glove puppet Red Ed Miliband.

  42. 42
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Correct, but the BBC is too stupid to realise, the BBC think they are promoting Balls and labour.

  43. 43
    Harry Potter says:

    One of Gordons Horcruxes did you say?

  44. 44
    Technomist says:

    Everything you say is true no doubt, if you take the country as a whole, (there are still some astonishingly ‘untouched’ areas) but visiting the country every year or two for the last 15 years, I can say they have the kind of growth rates in their major industrial and urban areas that put the British industrial revolution in the pale.

  45. 45
    Ed Balls says:


    I can understand 9 months without taking my socks off

  46. 46
    fredy says:

    Makes you sick. They just want to see the economy fail to aid their own political forwarding

  47. 47
    Chris Huhne says:

    Rennard Ally !!

    Is that his arsehole? Pwhoaar

  48. 48
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Immigrants, Criminals & other Wasters. says:

    Built to Last, come on Labour you’re having a laugh! When did anything Labour did in the past actually last apart from money wasting. These Socialists are looking for their money tree again.

  49. 49
    Gordon Brown says:


    But announce you are doing it a week before for maximum effect.

  50. 50
    Mark Carney (small hands) says:

    We have a quality of data crisis

  51. 51
    Sir Ming says:

    Not quite all.

  52. 52
    Ah! Yes says:

    Wrecking Balls

  53. 53
    M­a­q­bo­ul says:

    Scenes not seen since the bloodbath in the Monster Raving Loony Party following the sad demise of Screaming Lord Sutch.

  54. 54
    Cinna says:


  55. 55
    SleeplessInKirkaldy says:

    And think of all those shiny schools and hospitals built using PFI that we haven’t paid for yet – they didn’t just spend money we didn’t have, they spent money we haven’t earned yet

  56. 56
    Rennard says:

    Where’s your right hand Ed?

  57. 57
  58. 58
    Dr Dr says:

    The 9 months is time for a pregnant pause.

  59. 59
    Rinka says:

    I got away.

  60. 60
    M­a­q­bo­ul says:

    They mortgaged state assets. That’s worse than selling them.

  61. 61
    Gordon Brown says:

    My economic crash was built to last.

  62. 62
    FFS says:

    Does Millibland demote Bully Balls and risk having him brief against him from now till the next election?

  63. 63
    FFS says:

    Well that’s because it’s all in the hands of the yanks.

    For years the Chinese have been printing money which they use to buy US government bonds. So that means the US ends up with huge amounts of useless Chinese currency. Useless except that it can be spent in China. So what do you spend it on?

    Land. Lots and lots of Chinese land.

    And what do you put on that Chinese land now owned by America? Hotels, factories, apartment blocks – anything you like that can be used to make money.

    America more or less owns China, and everything built in China for the last 30 years.

    It’s hitting the end-stops now though – costs are going up now the cities are full.

  64. 64
    They are doing better says:

    Balls is asking for more that what he, Brown, Miliband ever delivered.

  65. 65
    FrankField's Buttplug says:

    Be nice to him duckies – you are all better off than him. At least you don’t have to shag that beastly Cooper creature

  66. 66
    Never underestimate the overall gullibility of large swathes of the electorate says:

    But Labour with a liitle help from the BBC have successfully tagged the Tories as responsible for benefits and public spending cuts whereas it’s because Labour busted the economy that cuts are having to be made.
    There is a large section of a gullible electorate that actually believe things will be better for them under Labour

  67. 67
    Dirtbag says:

    That’ll give that grubby little pervert Chris Bryant an idea for his next gay mag advert.

  68. 68
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    If Ed Balls was put in charge of the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in 4 years.

  69. 69
    ppaattrriicckk says:

    Sadly, not only is Ed Balls a nincompoop, he is an ill informed, mouthy, and dangerous nincompoop.

  70. 70
    moderate me would you? says:

    Balls will be briefing against Miliband anyway. How do you think Postie Johnson was putting up such a shit effort as shadow chancellor? Because Balls was deliberately feeding him utter shit to make a fool of him.

  71. 71
    Darth says:

    It’s a Death Star

  72. 72
    Reader of horrible books about New Labour says:

    Not strictly true: Balls told Brown what to do thereby putting ultimate responsibility for the car crash firmly on his shoulders

  73. 73
    Blowing Donkey Whistles says:

    99.995% of the voting public are mongtards. Democracy is highly over rated.

  74. 74
    Rightwinggit says:

    Why is the twat on the right still wearing a poppy?

    How old is this picture?

  75. 75
    Sofian genius says:

    It is a very difficult test. I do not understand what all those dotted lines are for.

  76. 76
    Sofian genius says:

    Is Pascoe so bloody thick he can’t even remember to leave a copy lying around on the next train to London?

  77. 77
    Sofian genius says:

    Perfectly suited to a senior Labour Party position then.

  78. 78
    Graham says:

    Morons vote for morons. That’s how Liebour gets in power.

  79. 79
    Ken Dodd "I can't compete with that" says:

    “unless he starts winning the economic argument with George Osborne”

    A socialist winning an economic argument?

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