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…


79 Comments

  1. 1
    Balls Ed says:

    Too much
    Too young

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  2. 2
    BBC News Editor says:

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

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  3. 4
    Black Rod says:

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

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  4. 5
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

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  5. 6
    WelshRacer says:

    He must have the belly ache……

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  6. 10
    Postman Prat says:

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  7. 11
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

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

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    • 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

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  8. 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.

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

      Abolish taxes on energy ??

      Fuck off !

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    • 22
      ShepshedRichTea says:

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

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      • 29
        Britannia says:

        Yes, pathetic, isn’t it?

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      • 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.

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

          Are they suffering a cost of living crisis also?

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        • 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.

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          • 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.

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  9. 14
    EXECRABLE ED BALLS says:

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

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  10. 16
    I couldn't give a toss says:

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  11. 18
    unnatural weather says:

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

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  12. 27
    Education, Edyerkayshun, Eddyookaashun says:

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  13. 28
    LibDems deny Open Democracy says:

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  14. 37
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Why is Ed Balls trending? *smirk*

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  15. 46
    fredy says:

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

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  16. 50
    Mark Carney (small hands) says:

    We have a quality of data crisis

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  17. 52
    Ah! Yes says:

    Wrecking Balls

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  18. 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

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  19. 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.

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  20. 69
    ppaattrriicckk says:

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

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“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”



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