April 29th, 2014

Balls’ GDP Nightmare

The shadow chancellor’s Ed Balls Day hangover has not been helped by this morning’s positive GDP figures. One phrase stood out in his response to the news:

“Now that growth has finally returned, the question is whether ordinary working people will properly feel the benefit and we have a balanced recovery that’s built to last… 

And with business investment still weak, infrastructure output down and housing demand outstripping housing supply, this is not yet a recovery that is built to last.

Labour’s plan will ensure we earn our way to higher living standards for all, not just a few at the top, and secure a strong and balanced recovery that is built to last.”

“Built to last” was the phrase used by Balls that led to Miliband advisers Torsten Bell and Greg Beales calling him a “nightmare” in those awkward leaked emails last year. This morning he used it three times in five lines…


136 Comments

  1. 1
    frank says:

    I win the internet.

  2. 2
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    If you think one day of inconvenience is worse than 1000 workers losing their jobs, it’s you, not RMT members, who are selfish.

  3. 3
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Your prize is a cat.

  4. 4
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Balls, no style, so substance. Just soundbites. All Balls really.

  5. 5
    Operation Smear UKIP is in full swing says:

  6. 6
    Oh, really? says:

    Ed Balls. Not built to last.

  7. 7
    Danny Blanchflower says:

    -

  8. 8
    Ed Moribund says:

    I’ve had a brilliant idea! It’s un bloody believable!

    You know all this debt and stuff, right? Well, I’ve been reading about the evil Tories from 1979 to 1997. Well, they were so evil they hid all this gold in the Bank of England instead of giving it to poor people.
    They said it was for, like, emergency or a recession or reserve cash..or some nonsense.

    Anyway, all I have to do when elected is get the keys to the vaults and take the gold out and spend it! The book was written in 2001 and it estimates that the gold was worth $6.5 billion!

    And that was at the very bottom of the gold market! The price is ten times that now.

    I can’t believe no one has thought of this before. I’m doing a little dance I’m so excited! Wait until I tell ed balls!

  9. 9
    It only took until 10.13am today for UKIP to get rumbled says:

    That was fast

  10. 10
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    After yesterday’s Twitter bombardment, I shall mostly be practising for my Grade IV piano exams as I overheard Red Ed saying I was just a useless penis pianist.

  11. 11
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Losing their jobs? Losing them?
    I thought tfl said they could accommodate them all ? Or voluntary redundancy for those that don’t want to come out from behind the glass.

  12. 12
    BaahBaah Woche says:

    You sound like a Euracist!

  13. 13
    moosa koosa says:

    We need more policies like that clever Monsieur Hollande in Paris, France.

  14. 14
    Eric Morcombe says:

    He’s playing all the wrong notes. And not necessarily in the right order.

  15. 15
    Bill Towlast says:

    He claimed they’re be a triple-dip recession with soaring unemployment. There wasn’t even a double-dip and more people are in work than ever before.

    Ed Balls is wrong on everything all the time.

  16. 16
    Raving Loon says:

    What about half the readers of the Sun who just don’t agree with homosexuality?

  17. 17
    VelvetChasm ooh baby says:

    Axelrod will deal with this tool. Weeks, not months allegedly.

  18. 18
  19. 19
    RMT Dinosaur says:

    Hey, it’s our right to fight for our members to sit on their arses all day in ticket offices whilst everyone else uses Oyster.

    Heaven forbid we should have to come out from behind the glass and interact with the great unwashed public

  20. 20
    Shooty* says:

    When did “built to last” become part of their thing?

    Axelrod v Balls? I wouldn’t hold your breathe. Balls’d have him for breakfast. Sadly.

  21. 21
  22. 22
    Fruitcake and swivel eyed loony enjoying the utter panic says:

    Still not learning are we?

    You, your MSM buddies and the whole rotten europhile establishment has been rumbled.

    Vote UKIP, get UKIP.

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    I do hope all the main stream news media continues to go for u kip, especially the euro loving bbc.

    The rich selfish euro loving political elite at Westminster are despised even more every time you hit out at Ukip.

    England for the English, just like Scotland for the scots

  24. 24
    Imdb says:

    UKIP must be destroyed.

    Horror
    4*

    “The ruling elite are thrown into panic when a new life form emerges to threaten them”
    starting William Shatner, Joan Collins, Doug McClure

  25. 25
    Anonymous says:

    Dopey fuckers oblivious to the fact that most ‘ordinary’ people are sick to fucking death of the LGBT whingers.

  26. 26
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Balls has just been on the BBC News. Balls is not right in the head.

  27. 27
    Max says:

    I’ve got a tiny pianist

  28. 28
    Ed Balls says:

    So true, I’m wrong, I’m wrong on everything!
    I’m the new Polly Toynbee

  29. 29
    B3 says:

    Canniballs?

  30. 30
    Harpenden says:

    Morecambe, if you please.

    …and it was “I’m playing all the right notes – but not necessarily in the right order.”

  31. 31
    An on says:

    Probably 95%.

  32. 32
    Ed Militwit, amking an answerphone sound interesting says:

    Mithter Thpeaker, thith ith typical of thith Tory-led out-of-touch guv’men’ that they are going too far, too fatht and ignoring the cotht of living cwithith.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Can some one in the media ask milliband or balls if the rat are right to be striking? Or is it a question of Labour still taking all the unions money as usual?

    Vote labour for continued unjustified strikes by their members in the public sector. Dinosaurs, unions, always have been, always will be. It’s a wonder they didn’t strike when street lamps were changed from gas to electricity!

  34. 34
    An on says:

    Going down…. A new meaning eh Max?

  35. 35
    Ed Milligimp says:

    Yes he was uncontrollable with staring blinking glassy eyes.

  36. 36
    Mad Max gets mad and storms out like a whiny bitch says:

  37. 37
    Socialism is theft says:

    “housing demand outstripping housing supply,”

    Now I wonder why that is happening?

  38. 38
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    The YES campaign in Scotland just need to bang on, day in day out, between now and September, that an independent Scotland will never have to suffer rule by a Tory government from London (Thatcher 80s,Cameron today) that a majority of Scots didn’t vote for and they’ll win the referendum with a landslide.

    The better together camp can’t promise no more Tory rule for Scotland, only the YES to independence camp can.

    Freeeeeedom!

  39. 39
    Swivel eyed loon says:

    Traffic jams are caused by gay marriage.

  40. 40
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    Is that the too far too fast recovery? Would you like it to slow down a little bit and not go far enough?

  41. 41
    Morcambe and Wise says:

    Q: Have you got a lisp?
    A: No, I always stand like this

  42. 42
    Everyone needs a bit of Ron Jeremy in their lives says:

  43. 43
    singled out for special treatment says:

    To be fair Helmer does come across as a bit of a prick, but that’s no different to the mainstream party’s which are full of ‘em.

  44. 44
    Town crier says:

    I never recovered after losing my job.

  45. 45
    Fed up Joe Public & all voting UKIP ORG says:

    Sounds about right coming from one of the triumvirate of three clapped
    out fcuking Corrupt Old Political Nags aka ConsLieLaborLebDims Anti-Democracy
    Alliance who have ruined OUR country along with the EUSSR Mafia in
    Brussels who help these corrupt fcuking Old Political Nags purloin all of OUR
    Money which they believe is there divine right handed down from on high
    only to the ConsLieLaborLebDims Anti-Democracy Alliance/ EUSSR to abuse
    in anyway they decide.

    There must be a better way than more of the same from these three
    clapped out corrupt fcuking Old Political Nags aka
    ConsLieLaborLebDims Anti-Democracy Alliance………..

    VOTE UKIP and take OUR country back from them !!

  46. 46
    me me LGBT says:

    Fuck off whinger.

  47. 47
    Socialist Workers Party says:

    Socialism is the only solution.

  48. 48
    Town crier says:

    Half the readers of The Sun can’t.

  49. 49
    Dick the Butcher says:

    Am I right in thinking that a slimy lawyer billing the tax-payer for a load of pettifoggery enabling an illegal immigrant to get another appeal to the Euro human rights court is considered a contribution to our GDP?

  50. 50
    Town crier says:

    No but it does cause much backing up.

  51. 51
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    Roger has not advocated violence – however that article did.

    Perhaps if the media stopped sensationalizing homophobia folk could live with their prejudices without the urge to translate them into violent acts as the media suggest.

    Vote UKIP.

  52. 52
    Town crier says:

    The financial system was built to last under Gordon Brown.

  53. 53
    Guido Fawkes,The Fat Controller. says:

    The Waterloo & City Line pub crawl:

    http://usvsth3m.com/post/84116599363/the-waterloo-city-line-pub-crawl-responsible-binge

  54. 54
    albacore says:

    So, how much extra money has Dave had to bum
    And how many more immigrants has he let come
    Whilst shoving us further under Europe’s fat thumb?
    Call that recovery and you’re dumber than dumb

  55. 55
    ooer missus says:

    I got more than I bargained for when I asked for some PG Tips in Old Compton Street.

  56. 56
    bergen says:

    And Ed Balls will consult his economics expert, “Professor” Blanchflower. He’s wrong on everything too !

  57. 57
    still walking into darkness says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Murdoch change his tune before long. Sun readers are probably part of the labour vote coming over to UKIP.

    Farage has beaten Murdoch, and I can’t see Murdoch siding with the liblabcon losers

  58. 58
    Ukranians People's Front says:

    How the Balls is staff sitting on their arses in ticket offices going to make me safer?

  59. 59
    Ockham's Razor says:

    He had better start in his own backyard.

    Labour is not built to last.

  60. 60
    Ah! but says:

    I guess he/she knew that FFS.

  61. 61
    they think we're fucking idiots says:

    Such a simple question but somehow totally missed by the MSM.

  62. 62
    Rick the Roman says:

    It’s a win-win all round, as with a YES vote, the English will never have to suffer a Labour government again. If only Salmond had given us the vote, he’d have got a landslide.

  63. 63
    Colin the Meek says:

    He’s on Sky news right now. Lying. Again.

    “Cost of living crisis, hardworking families, I’m a c’unt, blah, blah”

  64. 64
    Boris says:

    fuck you and the horse you rode in on, you fucking arsehole

  65. 65
    jgm2 says:

    But he understands statistics. So he must be right. Because he said so.

  66. 66
    Swivel eyed loon says:

    Funny how Maggie had no shortage of them in her cabinet.

  67. 67
    Colin the Meek says:

    Balls on Sky just now explicitly denied that he’d predicted a triple-dip. So it must be true.

  68. 68
    the general public says:

    This does not mean that Boy Gideon has got it right. GDP growth is good news, but in none of the periods of GDP growth has my income increased and in none of them has any of my essential expenditure decreased other than by minimal amounts.

    In that same period executive pay has gone up, and bank bonus’s continue to get paid at amounts that 98% of the population can only dream of. Only London is booming, the rest is flat lining give or take small increases/decreases.

    The economy turning was always going to happen, governments can help it happen sooner rather than later (a really, really, bad government could screw it up…….a big hello to Gordon Brown there). And just for fullness, Ed Balls is a moron.

  69. 69
    Danny Blanchflower says:

  70. 70
    jgm2 says:

    Just out on a little mission locally and flipped on Radio 5. Full on party political broadcast by the anti-UKIP forces. No pretence that it’s anything other than a co-ordinated LibLabCon push to reclaim ‘their’ votes.

    By Christ, they’re worried.

  71. 71
    United And Fascist says:

    It’s the Final Solution.

  72. 72
    Ed Milligimp, loser says:

    If a few common welf medals can be fixed up for them, they’ll think they are a nation of sylph like athletes who can walk on water. That should add a few percentage.

  73. 73
    jgm2 says:

    You said ‘Gideon’. Only bedwetter apologists do that.

  74. 74
    Shut that fucking door says:

    No one cares about gays one way or the other you fucking moron.

    We’re just sick of hearing the whining.

  75. 75
    Westminster Dry Cleaners (Underpants Division) says:

    Business is brisk.

  76. 76
    Darn da toobs says:

    I’m avin a right laff, me.

  77. 77
    jgm2 says:

    Several million people being ‘inconvenienced’ ie unable to work so that 1,000 people can keep their jobs is fukcing Labour mathematics.

    1,000,000 lost working days/1,000 jobs = 5 working years lost per striker per day.

    They only have to strike ten times in their lives and they undone all the ‘good’ they did by turning up for the rest of their fucking miserable lives.

    Fire the fucking lot of them and train up some fucking budgies.

    Red light ‘STOP’, green light ‘GO’.

  78. 78
    Ee Vet says:

    He only understands statistics 32.7% of the time, on average.

    And when he talks about his standard deviation, he is actually referring to a penchant for nazi uniforms.

  79. 79
  80. 80
    frank says:

    Is the Sun going down on UKIP?

  81. 81
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Will nobody rid us of this turbulent diarrhea?.

  82. 82
  83. 83
    The noise for 'wrong answer' from Family Fortunes says:

    I’m not in to betting but going by previous form…..

  84. 84
    A lump of jelly floating in the sea off Spain, commenting on the lump of jelly in Downing St. says:

    He not nice man! I try be friendly!!

  85. 85
    The Critic says:

    Surely that’s the entire point? UKIP are selling themselves as different to the rest -if they are populated by the same type of ‘pricks’ as the other parties,there is unlikely to be any difference at all.

  86. 86
    Ed Balls's pants are on fire! says:

  87. 87
    frank says:

    Is Labour a dying party? Have they been able to recruit any winners to stand as candidates- instead of the retards and hereditary pinkoes?

  88. 88
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    The C88t could engineer one though.

  89. 89
    catesby says:

    Nobody is interested in the views of the privately-educated Marxist Balls-up! Or multimillionaire marxist Millipede! The Sun really is a paper for half-wits.

  90. 90
    Village Idiot says:

    ……Are terms such as,…Overcrowded,overpopulated,too many people, replaced by ,…..housing shortage,not enough building,too few homes?

    Is immigration down to the “Tens of thousands ” yet,as promised?
    Have I missed the “cast iron promise” of a referendum in this parliament?
    Do we have well paid “British jobs for British workers”?
    Are UKIP putting the fear of, well,…God (as we are a Christian country)into the present political elite?…Questions,questions and few answers!

  91. 91
    Kiss me Hardy says:

  92. 92
    Jack Ketch says:

    I wonder why Page 3 doesn’t feature people like “Gavin, 23 a masseur from Droitwich” posing in his mankini. (Or maybe it does, I haven’t actually read the Sun apart from the time I was detained at Heathrow airport).

  93. 93
    Are BallsBrownMiliband once of tresury the guilty ones says:

    The Economy “built to last”. Putting it another way, recovering from BallsBrownMiliband never to be prepared for the inevitable recession, or replacing an economy not built to deal with downturns whether short term or long term.

  94. 94
    #EdBallsday says:

  95. 95
    #EdBallsday says:

  96. 96
    Ed Balls says:

    Only Moussa Tat uses Gideon.
    Neither he nor any of his multiple personality disorders can resist.

  97. 97
    Jack Ketch says:

    I was watching Mr Balls on the BBC today. He appeared in urgent need of the lavatory, either that or he had some other irritant in his lower regions.

  98. 98
    Ed Balls says:

    Ed Balss

  99. 99
    Ed Balls says:

    Bugger. .. I really thought I was finally going to get something right then I buggered it up.

    Ed Balls

  100. 100
    Andy Burn'em says:

    Some footage of my old mate Ed at the joanna.

  101. 101
    Andy Burn'em says:

  102. 102
    C O (Ξ7q1) says:

    @OR and anyone else interested: Climate change de-bolloxed.

    The following video shows a plot of CRUTEM4.2 data from 1931 through 2013.

    This data is a complete set of average monthly temperatures as recorded by land based weather stations around the world. Each point shown is depicted at the corresponding land station location, and the colour indicates the average monthly temperature for the year / month indicated.

    Average temperatures for different regions of the world are shown sliding on the bottom bar: Northern / Southern hemispheres, broken out by tropical / non-tropical regions etc.

    This cannot be lined up with the SST data posted previously just yet as the SST data needs to be gridded and averaged by month to give a comparable data set.

    However – the temperature swings for the land data are clearly much larger over the year compared to that seen in the SST data, reinforcing the fact that air temperature recorded over the sea is more stable than that over land: A function of the different thermal properties of land vs. water.

    Note also the geographical biasing with respect to data point density for Land.

    As data points for sea measurements are biased towards shipping routes, land based measurements appear to be biased towards developed industrialized nations. As urbanization has proceeded in those countries (it is well known that urban areas record larger temperature swings over the year compared to natural), this is suggesting that any increase in air temperatures recorded over land is perhaps more reflective of measurements now being affected by that aspect of human development.

    That does not translate to global temperatures raising – but would affect local, and has absolutely nothing to do with CO2 emissions.

    ie. Unless urban areas are removed or reduced in size, or built in a way that has less of an effect on local air temperature, it does not matter if you increase either your energy efficiency or use energy sources which are carbon neutral.

    – This hypothesis is really worth testing :-D

    (It perhaps explains why the US Govt. has an active interest in limiting urban development now in the Continental US. There is a very clear implication for urban development elsewhere – especially in countries such as Ch!na…)

  103. 103
    Les Dennis says:

    That was a bloke backstage with a microphone to his arsehole.

  104. 104
  105. 105
    Village Idiot says:

    …..Certainly not, rising,i would say!..Meanwhile, R5,continues its’ pathetic attempt to poo poo UKIP…They just fail to get it!

  106. 106
    Corby says:

    A reovery not made to last – just like Nu Labours Bust and Bust economy.

  107. 107
    smiling vulture says:

    Horrible histories

    labour devo bill—page 6

    For those that should NOT be devolved to Scottish Parliament

    1.financial and economic matters
    2.foreign affairs
    3.core of welfare state
    4.the constitution
    5.imigration
    6.drug trafficking
    7.betting gaming lotteries
    8.broadcasting
    9.civil service
    10.abortion

  108. 108
    Postal Vote says:

    I suppose Yvette has been complaining his manhood was not really built to last ….

  109. 109
    Anonymous says:

    They should do the jobs they are paid to do. If they don’t like that then just fuck right off because thousands of others will

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

    Train up some budgies LOL

    Comment of the year and very true

  111. 111
    JH293275709234-027 says:

    They are not so much ‘worried’ as they are having an outright tantrum that the magic talisman that has served them so well for the last 40 years – ie calling anyone who disagrees with them wacist/bigoted/eeevil Tories – has finally lost its power to silence and sweep away opposition.

    Add to this the fact that the foghorn of their trendy authoritarianism – the BBC – is on its last legs in terms of being able to force people to pay to be told what nasty, nasty little bigots they are if they don’t celebrate the left’s protected species du jour.

    They have nothing else left. Nothing. Having such an easy ride for so long has made them lazy, intellectually void and blind to reality. Dan Hodges nails it – Labour can’t actually engage with the working class any more as said working class are beyond furious with them for destroying their wages and living spaces with mass immigration.

    Add the fact that your average fragrant lefty would have a fucking stroke if they heard what real-life working class people actually think about these issues and you can see why they look so adrift.

  112. 112
    Colin the Meek says:

    I seem to remember they experimented with a “Page 7 Fella” in the 90’s. Didn’t go down too well with Gary the builder.

    Still, now it’s behind a paywall, the Sun is read exclusively by metrosexual Tarquins, apparently.

  113. 113
    Stephanie Flanders says:

    Yeah, umm, sorry about that. *spits*

  114. 114
    Dangerous Brian says:

    The first ever UKIP poster appeared in my village last night, previously 90% Tory stronghold.
    I expect to see lots more by the 22nd of May.
    Those w*nkers in Westminster must be cacki*g themselves, and rightly so.
    Vote UKIP have a laugh and maybe force some change.

  115. 115
    Dangerous Brian says:

    +100%

  116. 116
    Village Idiot says:

    ….I still buy it to remember my working class roots!

  117. 117
    singled out for special treatment says:

    I’ve yet to see any organisation, let alone a political one, that is devoid of the odd prick or three.

  118. 118
    Nim says:

    It might be true, but that didn’t stop him saying “we are in a triple-dip recession” or “we don’t want a a triple-dip recession”, or “lawks a lordy we just had a triple-dip recession”.

  119. 119
    M says:

    Vote labour and there won’t be a green light , red light just candle light

  120. 120
    the general public says:

    ……if I said “Edward” Balls does that make me less of a bedwetter apologist?

  121. 121
    Ed The Leech says:

    ” Labour’s plan will ensure
    we earn our way to higher
    living standards for all, not
    just a few at the top,…..”

    Bullshit!

  122. 122
    Ed The Eunuch says:

    Garbage!

  123. 123
    A Labour Team of Lying Smearers. says:

    Labour scum.

  124. 124
    The name's Blair, cunt-face Blair says:

    Well I’ve got a prick, so that must be true. Arf arf arf.
    Surely, pricks aside, it’s the policies, stupid?
    Sorry, I’ll stop calling you surely.

  125. 125
    broderick crawford says:

    Quality

    that s BUILT TO LAST

    For years and years and years and years and …..

    This is the luxury you can afford

    By Cyril Lord

    (who was also the chairman of Burnley FC at the time . )

  126. 126
    broderick crawford says:

    MRS SLOCOMBE SAYS

    don t you dare hawk my pussy around as a prize !!

  127. 127
    broderick crawford says:

    CORN LAWS ADVOCATE SAYS

    Neither did I ….

  128. 128
    broderick crawford says:

    TICKET OFFICE OPERATIVE SAYS

    i ‘ m agoraphobic .

    I physically cannot come out from behind my glass .
    The world outside terrifies me .
    My mother brings me food , a weekly change of underwear and gives me a dry bath on Sundays .

    My dad comes in to cut my hair and toe nails .

    Once a year I get sent a change of clothes .

    I post the old ones to the charity shop .

    I m with Bob Crow …. well ,I soon will be.

  129. 129
    broderick crawford says:

    you ll be equipped with — hopefully — a valid correct ticket for travel which will obviate any possibility of a fine on e yoy are

  130. 130
    broderick crawford says:

    sorry bout that ..fell asleep and nodded of on the send button

    Goodnight.

  131. 131
    broderick crawford says:

    Dearie me …

    Next he ll be comparing dark people to a cup of ” char”

  132. 132
    broderick crawford says:

    They will be corralled in the national footbal stadium tomorrow morning and devoured by 5,000 rabid starving pitbulls .

    Have a nice day …..Kim

  133. 133
    Grammar School Boy says:

    10-4.

  134. 134
    Ed Balls Up says:

    I just cannot remember the word “sustainable” when in front of camera and microphone.

  135. 135
    Brother York says:

    One could say Labour’s economic policies are a total Ed Balls up…

  136. 136
    Sir Cyril Slack-Scote says:

    Cock


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