April 8th, 2014

Balls Loses Another Internal Labour Battle

Ed’s snoozefest about local government infrastructure reorganisation in Birmingham today has not set the world on fire, despite the protestations of his adoring fans:

There is one interesting thing to note though, this is yet another nail in the Ed Balls coffin. As Rawnsley deigned to tell us a week or so ago, Balls has been fighting the local devolution policy, which he described as a “profound and important fault-line with big implications for how Labour might govern”. On one side of the fight was Cruddas, Andonis and Byrne with opposition “coming from more conventionally-minded types on both left and right”. Like Balls:

“Ed Balls is regarded as a key figure in this debate. There is a traditional Treasury objection to loosening the reins of control, which is almost invariably shared by chancellors and would-be chancellors.”

Well Miliband sided against Balls. Again…


  1. 1
    they're all a bunch of bastards says:

    How many times did Balls and Cooper flip their
    second homes and how much money did they make?

  2. 2
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Balls is a laughing stock and his regulation humiliation is delectable!

  3. 3
    dai laughing says:

    enquiry please – at their expense

  4. 4
    dai seriously says:

    its actually an important issue

    a) in itself (whitehall + westminster / local gov’t)


    b) re europe – the third (or is it first) level of government

    note the utter shambles – just in one party

    ‘how we are to be governed’ is the central in the coming elections

  5. 5
    Bang the Slapper up says:

    Maria Miller+Cameron epitomise everything that’s rotten in Parliament in politics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIRZlDZ9ZIc

  6. 6
    Mitch says:

    All this will amount to is something ridiculous like allowing councils to put traffic lights two inches closer to the road.

    How much did Labour waste on that other “local devolution” – regional assemblies What happened to them?

  7. 7
    Charmed I'm Sure says:

    Could. Not. Give. A. Sweaty. Vinegary. Bollock. About this. But I do wanna know how Peaches got snuffed out. I heard she was on a diet of ryvita and ketamine and that’s what done it. Dozy bint.

  8. 8
    Fred The Great says:

    So this is another attempt to split England up into competing regions?

  9. 9
    Augean Stables Cleansing Operative says:

    Local govt needs wrapping up, close it down, privatise and half the tax. Next.

  10. 10
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “…from the guy who might be PM next year.”

    Oh dear – Ferguson has answered his own question.

  11. 11
    nell says:

    Regionals – not doing anything useful but still costing us £millions last I heard.

  12. 12
    Augean Stables Cleansing Operative says:

    Three times (1point)

  13. 13
    that makes two of them says:

    His posh wife is also a laughing stock for adopting a
    fake northern accent.

  14. 14
    Michael Gove says:

    Maria Miller…………………………………………………..

    I would book her a free ticket to Dignitas if she would take it…


  15. 15
    just remind me says:

    So if more power is being devolved to the regions and
    the EU is making most of our laws,what’s the point of

  16. 16
    Mitch says:

    £20bn over a parliament isn’t a lot. What are we supposed to get excited about?

  17. 17
    Stop fucking the interns senseless says:

    It’s Adonis.

  18. 18
    but more importantly says:

    Is Miliband capable of making any facial expression other than ‘weird fucker’?

  19. 19
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    Well I’ve just read that the family is “beyond pain”.

  20. 20
    nell says:

    As disappointing as davidcameron is he is a thousand times more preferable to the bullyballs/militwit duo

  21. 21
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    ….from Whitehall rather than Parliament.

  22. 22
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Yep, with lots of ‘authorities’ with Chief Execs on £150k plus bonuses, cars, pensions etc.

    Not forgetting squadrons of Stakeholder Engagement Managers on £40k etc.

  23. 23
    Yvette Whippet-Balls says:

    Ow pal, I fooking ‘eard thah !

  24. 24
    M.Miller says:

    Look over there…it’s an order!

  25. 25
    Harrison Umunna says:

    No no no, I’m the Labour Adonis

  26. 26
    Mitch says:

    The death of a ‘healthy’ 25 year old isn’t natural, by definition. Especially one who’s mother died of a heroin overdose, and who looked extremely ‘tired and emotional’ sometimes.

  27. 27
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    We should be rather pissed off that Labour are planning yet another tier of government at great expense. You can be bloody sure that the additional £20 billion (yeah, peanuts!) won’t be offset by savings in central government.

  28. 28
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Actually, the RDAs were shut down – costing us gazillions in redundo payments, natch…

  29. 29
    The Conservatives. (Not Cameroons) says:

    Miller should resign and Parliament should reform


  30. 30
    Nemesis says:

    I’m sick of the constant Pisty fucking trial in South Africa. This vile bastard is as guilty as hell but why should it bother us! Sky News is once again the worse culprit for covering things that nobody in this country gives a fuck about.

  31. 31
    NELL. Please think again. says:

    Cameron intends to hold an EU referendum and he intends the result to be a Yes vote.

    A Yes vote would be the green light to adopting the EURO and becoming a federal state of Europe.

    That means the End of Great Britain.

    Cameron is the most dangerous man that these British Islands have ever had to confront.

  32. 32
    Mitch says:

    I agree his story sounds contrived, but the main prosecution witness who says she heard screams lived a mile and a half away! How credible is that?

  33. 33
    The mandate of heaven says:

    The Labour Party is part of the criminal conspiracy to steal democracy away from the public. It should be abolished.

  34. 34
    Toxic Tories for Landowning Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Expenses Fraudsters, Traitors, Peedos, & says:

    She still there?
    Doesn’t Camoron get it yet?

    You are ALREADY unelectable next GE.
    Keep this up and we’ll be launching a Parliamentary Inquiry into your behaviour with the aim of issuing some form of personal punishment for you, – for example, for Gross Negligence of Public Duty.

    Don’t say afterwards that you were “surprised”.
    The reaction against Ms Miller is plain for all to see.
    YOU INCLUDED, Camoron.

  35. 35
    Rolling News says:

    It makes great Telly and is cheap.

  36. 36
    News as Soap says:

    The media are obsessed with Peaches & Oscar whilst a storm is brewing inUkraine

  37. 37
    The Backwoods says:

    A mile and a half is possible. Sound travels at night.

  38. 38
    Umbongo drinker says:

    It’s bad enough to lose. It’s worse to be seen losing in public. But imagine being seen to be losing against Ed Miliband? The horror and shame!

  39. 39
    Next question? says:


  40. 40
  41. 41
    Conflict of Interest ? says:

    Hodges son in law / Islington council investigation into abuse when Hodge was running it:


  42. 42
    peoples representitive of doncaster says:

    how about twenty four hour news covering the trial of a south african sportsman when the man accused of pc blakelocks murder is on trial ferguson you tit

  43. 43
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    And the Pistorius household was the only one in that area with a gun toting nutter in it so it must have been him,

  44. 44
    Downing Street says:

    Then confront him. The trick is to do it between lattes when his i-pad is recharging.

  45. 45
    Mary Mullered says:

    Pigs might fly next year.

  46. 46
    Pull the other one says:

    She was so healthy it killed her. The booze and drugs were just for fun.

  47. 47
    M­a­­­­q­bo­­ul says:

    They’ve got that Indian bloke lined up next. This could go on indefinitely…

  48. 48
    Old Nick Heavenly (alive and kikin) says:

    It has been!

    Democracy died long ago!

  49. 49
    C O (Ξ7o) says:

    According to her twitter feed / instagram she had a fondness for chocolate / marzipan.

  50. 50
    ey up brother says:

    This lot are already trying it out, they dumped Merseyside and now they are trying to resurrect the same crap by making one mayor and one council of all the local councils, Liverpool, Halton, Wirral and the rest of the left wing trash.

  51. 51
    In denial watch says:

    Mark Ferguson is right to draw our attention to both these stories. In one of them we have a guy who is culpable but refuses to admit his guilt and we are subject to him daily bleating on and on in self pity on our tv screens and the other involves the trial of Oscar Pistorius?

  52. 52
    Credibility Stretched says:

    The area between the two houses included a rough and ready township. Yes, no screaming or gunshots after 9pm there.

  53. 53
    Credibility Stretched says:

    His performance in court will make Pistorious look like an amateur.

  54. 54
    C.O.Jones says:

    Well exactly.
    Every time someone calls him a dunce it reflects badly on his opposition who are not remotely on the same level as him. If Dave is a dunce then the Eds are fucked.

  55. 55
    Are you even remotely familiar with the circumstances of this case ? says:

    Nobody’s saying it wasn’t him. Even he’s saying it was him!

  56. 56
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    ……..and people are still dying in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan……….

  57. 57
    Margaret Moran dressed as Ena Sharples says:

    Not as good as mine though.

  58. 58
    Old Nick Heavenly (alive and kikin) says:

    it is going to be hysterically funny seeing milli do gravitas with other world leaders, him being so photogenic

    i am looking forwards to that with glee

  59. 59
    ey up brother says:

    Adonis is back , that’s all the country needs, all the mini hospitals he made out of collecting all the doctors on one site is still being implemented the costs for PFI to build these things will take us hundreds of years to pay back, the one by us cost £40million on greenfield land and sacked the council nursery staff and demolished the nursery, to make way for a multi occupancy surgery that if it was built for a million pounds would still be overpaying.

  60. 60
    Just Saying says:

    “Cruddas, Andonis and Byrne” as opposition to devolving power from London to Birminham (another major corrupt city).
    Hell’s Bells Homer Simpson could beat these three on wisdom, including political wisdom.

  61. 61

    If you consider her to be ‘posh’ god help you!

  62. 62
    Stop fucking the interns senseless says:

    You can fuck right off too.

  63. 63
    Dave - Blobby, Blobby, Blobby - Cameron says:

    Feel the love.

  64. 64
    BBC - Labour Says, Labour Says says:

    We heartily agree and keep telling everyone it is Tory backbenchers that are attacking her and not our comrades in the Labour and Lib Dem parties.
    Chairman of the oversight committee is Labour?
    We will not mention that one as it is not in our agenda.

  65. 65
    Dave - Blobby, Blobby, Blobby - Cameron says:

    I’m taking this very seriously and will certainly look into it.

  66. 66

    A sad death for a young person but her net contribution to the sum of human knowledge was less than Zero , famous for being famous .

  67. 67
    Charge her with joint enterprise as well says:

    Its about time is lying vile grandstanding hypocrite was exposed for what she is. Oh and I see the all too familiar left wing town hall nepotism is alive and well.

  68. 68
    Big Motha says:

    1.5 miles? You must be reading Pravda. More like 200 metres as a view of the estate will show. Sound travels at night especially in quiet African estates, as this one was.
    My dog starting howling when Pistorius came blubbering on. Is he trying for a 2015 Oscar?

  69. 69
    Augean Stables Cleansing Operative says:

    Dear H of P,

    The Millars Tale has now been front page for six days. It will not go away. Sort it today, never mind hours before your next holiday on Thursday.

    This is the problem with gay politics, the place is full of women.

  70. 70
    Ed Balls Up says:

    You are so over the top.
    Please remember that WE in the glorious Labour Party are the undisputed kings of corruption and hypocrisy.

  71. 71
    Cor Blimey says:

    So right, but you would not believe it when listening to or reading the media.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    The one on this thread is a real cracker!!!

  73. 73
    Tall Storey. says:

    Left wing council in Isslington allowed to investigate its own corruption and mismanagement.
    Who said we are not a venal self seeking banana republic?

  74. 74
    Nworb Nodrog says:

    But, but, but can anyone who isn’t an MP or Journo name the Minister for Wales, or failing that, the Scottish Minister – let alone their shadows. Then you get tripe like this:


    Yes folks it’s “Jobs for the Boys”.

  75. 75
    Norman Normal says:

    Been a laughing stock in Fryston ever since the opening of Fryston Village Green where she gave a speech to an absent audience (locals were disgusted at the design and the cost). Yet another £1million Labour Quango funded disaster.


    The rock sculpture is dubbed Martha’s Middle Finger after the way it was forced on the residents.

  76. 76
    Scumbag says:

    Jesus, what an eyesore.

  77. 77
    North Country Boy says:

    But she wrote columns for newspapers and was a brand ambassador for someone or other! I think everyone fighting for independence/servitude in Ukraine should show some respect and have a minutes silence for Peaches.

  78. 78
    President Leprechaun says:

    Nice to see Jimmy Savile back, wearing a suit, for his reception with The Queen today. He looks well considering.

  79. 79
    Norman Normal says:

    Special report on Peaches death every 2 hours on Sky from 4:30! What’s going to be the content?
    No one knows anything! Who is the deadbeat editor behind Sky News these days. It’s the worst I can remember.

  80. 80
    Avonian Billy says:

    Mirror, mirror on the wall
    who’s the weirdest of them all?
    Balls and Clegg and Ed and Dave
    putting England in her grave.

  81. 81
    maria miller says:

    i’m minister for wails

  82. 82
    Jolly nice chap says:

    Who cares. The politics is much more important, Although maybe not as interesting to vacuous celeb-junkies.

  83. 83
    Dave M says:

    Ryvita, the fat bitch.

  84. 84
    Dave M says:

    Didn’t a plane go missing,oh well next story.

  85. 85
    Dave M says:

    Whats long, hard and smells like peaches?
    The coroners cock.

  86. 86

    The little fucker looks more like Jimmy Savile than Jimmy Savile !

  87. 87
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    We can flip too….two finger flip at the Ball-Scoopers. Twats.

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