April 30th, 2014

Ed Balls Lies He Had No Role in Co-Op Britannia Merger…
But Claimed Credit for Deal in 2010

In his interview on Channel 4 News last Night Ed Balls told Cathy Newman:

“I had no role at all in the Co-op bank’s merger with Britannia… That’s a Tory smear, it’s entirely untrue.”

Yet in this blogpost written in September 2010, Balls claimed credit for the deal:

“I was also able to give the Treasury’s support for a new Private Members Bill that led to the creation of the first ever ‘super-mutual’ bringing Britannia Building Society and the Co-op Bank together in the interests of customers, rather than the banking elite.”

Look into Blinky Balls’ eyes as he deceives the nation…


  1. 1
    FrankFisher says:

    Ed Balls

  2. 2
    Moley says:

    Mainstream politicians telling lies is no longer a surprise.

  3. 3
    Christopher John says:

    Sent by racing pigeon


  4. 4
    Rickytshirt says:

    Historical revisionism – much loved pastime of socialists.

  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    Is he standing in Newark?

  6. 6
    jgm2 says:

    I know ‘How do you know when a politician is lying – his lips are moving’ is a cliche but with Ned Balls would be a shit poker player because he has a couple of ‘tells’.

    Licking his dry lips and blinking uncontrollably as the lies tumble forth.

    I’m surprised Labour have allowed him back onto the TV screens. Perhaps they’ve been working on his presentation skills so he doesn’t sound like such a voter-repelling, incompetent arsehole.

    They should ask for their money back.

    As should we.

  7. 7

    If this is true, then will Channel 4 tonight point out that Ed Balls lied on the Channel 4 News last night? I am sure they would had it been a Conservative politician.

  8. 8
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    No, but he’s a blinking wanker:-)

  9. 9
    Peter Martin says:

    Meanwhile, back at the mainstream political arena the MSM are desperate to distract from…

    No wonder they are flailing around to… Oo… Look… A Nigel!

    One presumes the well paid and briefed Ms. Newman, channel & professional news colleagues were or at least will be over this like a rash?

    Mr. Crick, Mr. Robinson… The floor is yours….

  10. 10
    HenryV says:

    This is the sort of thing a Parliament watchdog should look into. No he wouldn’t be able to keep track of all of them. But sniping at the big dogs would hopefully deter the rest from lying.

  11. 11
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    The Tories, if they had a shred of common sense, should be all over this trying to divert attention away from Ukip. Of course they won’t as they are too arrogant and out of touch to recognise the obvious car crash that Ukip is causing them.

    Unbelievable that the MSM and other parties haven’t realised that trashing Ukip is backfiring spectacularly on them.

  12. 12
    Whitestones says:

    Everything Ed Balls says is…..well…..Balls!

  13. 13
    jgm2 says:

    This used to work better in the pre-internet days when anybody who vaguely remembered a contradictory quote that a lying politician made has only to stick it into google and, within seconds, there you are – nailed the fucking liar.

    The system will be complete when there is somebody sitting in the studio with access to google who can pipe the damning evidence into the interviewer’s earpiece before the liar has even completed his sentence. Although I think we can assume this treatment will be reserved for Tory politicians and not Labour liars.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    And they wonder why normal people are looking for an alternative party to vote for. All I’m reading about the current shower of Labour and coalition shites these days is expenses-fiddling, sleaze and lying.

  15. 15
    David Chappell says:

    The man’s a politician, what do you expect him to do? Tell the truth?

  16. 16
    Jack Ketch says:

    Former cabinet member and leading politician exposed as a bare faced f*cking liar!

    This is news?

  17. 17
    Nigel Garage says:

    Unlike UKIP who don’t fiddle expenses….oh wait a minute

  18. 18
    Up yours Herman says:

    You need a good memory to lie, it seems our political elite have brains like sieves.

  19. 19
    Norman Normal says:

    I quote Cherie, “Fat chance!”.

    So will this be a story or not?Place your bias bets now!

  20. 20
    David Chappell says:

    Correction – no brains

  21. 21
    jgm2 says:

    Is it though? Again, we here are a self-selecting bunch whose cynicism allows us to see through the organised LibLabCon/BBC/MSM blitzkriek of the past couple of days.

    We forget that most voters are too busy with their lives to realise the co-ordinated attack that is happening or, if they do, then they take the smears at face value. After all, the BBC isn’t like that. It’s fair, and balanced and open and honest. because that’s what the BBC has been telling them all their lives.

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find a dip in UKIP support come the next opinion poll. I hope I’m wrong

  22. 22
    Ockham's Razor says:


    Sweet Ed Balls
    There’s one in every town
    And the devil dr!ves till the hearse arrives
    And you lay the pistol down

    Well, be-bop-a-lula, it’s my baby
    Be-bop-a-lula, I don’t mean maybe
    Be-bop-a-lula, it’s my baby
    Be-bop-a-lula, I don’t mean maybe
    Be-bop-a-lula, it’s not my baby bank
    My baby bank, my baby bank

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    At least, as far as we know, that’s the only thing fiddled with.

  24. 24
    Labour Fucktards says:

    Lying cünt.
    Tea ever thus with him and his Ilk.

  25. 25
    jgm2 says:

    Naaah. But for sure some UKIP councillor candidate will have said something unkind about the joys of cultural enrichment so that will be all over the news instead.

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    This is a good example of why blogs are gradually making mainstream news redundant.
    Mainstream is too interested in take-away news which, without a little research, becomes just a platform for those with an agenda to peddle deceit.

  27. 27
    John Bellingham says:

    I did an industrial psychology course years ago and the traits you mentioned are standard textbook stuff for police, barristers and job interviewers. Another is the steady stare at the questioner without head movement when telling a porky. Balls couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it, which, God willing, it one day will.

  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder who takes credit for the Royal Mail disaster. Just a piece of advice when you create competition do not leave the statutory functions in the private company so that they can try their best to ruin the other business.

    What were you thinking? This country now has two standards for addresses. One driven by the Royal Mail and one a British Standard driven by the Councils. They are incompatible.

    The UK has lost it ability to have a functioning government. Role on 2015. Time to expose all the failings is when these useless people need something from us.

  29. 29
    The two Muppets says:

    He is a piece of utter lying scum , but please keep him as shadow
    chancellor as every time he opens his mouth the public can see what
    a complete waste of space he is .

  30. 30
    Diane Abbott says:

    This bank dies Black boys the opportunities afforded to white boys

    init fo shizzle my nizzle, sayyyyy what

  31. 31
    You can't blame me, I've got a stammer says:

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

  32. 32
    Peter Martin says:

    At least lie to a professional standard.

    And the internet means you can’t now rely on compliant media supporters in broadcast suites to sort slip-ups in post, though they can of go very, very……. quiet.

  33. 33
    Up yours Herman says:

    “Fiddle expenses”.. sorry old chum collecting an allowance is not fiddling expenses.

  34. 34
    'Gypsy' Dave Cooper says:

    That’s the problem with being a liar, you forget the lies but you don’t forget the truth.

  35. 35
    jgm2 says:

    The Maximum Imbecile was the exemplar of shit lying. He’d catch himself in a lie from one sentence to the next.

    ‘I take full responsibility for what happened. That’s why the person who was responsible went immediately.’

  36. 36
    Up yours Herman says:

    I accept that correction, brainless, brass necked twats.

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Why does the alternative need to be a party?

    I think you need to step back and acknowledge parties should be created from good MPs. Not parties dictating who should be the short list for being an MP.

    With the parties chasing each other tails there is no room for the representation of the actual voters.

  38. 38
    Inconvenient Truth says:

    Ha, ha, ha. It’s not just the toady socialists who can scroll back on what people have previously said.

    Miliband is just a vacuous urchin who would try and take credit for the sun coming up every morning if he thought it’d get him a few more votes.

    Labour, the Party full of incompetent amnesiacs.

  39. 39
    Norman Normal says:

    Well sometimes, he never does. Balls bleated on about the cotht of living cwithith again.

    Who started the fuel escalator?
    Who made UK diesel the most expensive in europe?
    Who allowed house prices to nearly double?
    Who put a green levy on energy bills?
    Who raided the pensions?
    Who put a tax on air travel?

    Labour did, so tell us again Balls who created the cotht of labour cwithith?

  40. 40
    Ed Balls says:

    I was lying then. I’m now telling the truth. Honest. Tony trusted me.

  41. 41
    Lone Ranger says:

    +1 and :)

  42. 42
    Nigel Garage says:

    At least I didn’t set up an offshore trust to minimise my tax bill…..oh wait a minute.

    yes, I am completely different to the mainstream public schoolboy career politicians

  43. 43
    still walking into darkness says:

    in last 3 weeks, the Tories have had Maria Miller, Nigel Evans and now Mercer. You couldn’t plan a better implosion. I bet there’s another next week, I don’t think they can help themselves.

  44. 44
    On a crash course says:

    Is he still driving in Morley?

  45. 45
    MB. says:

    I keep expecting to hear him denying that he has ever been a member of a previous Labour government.

    Gordon who?

  46. 46
    Ockham's Razor says:


  47. 47
    BBC News Editor says:

    We’re working on it, but so tar the unfinished project has cost millions. The DG would cancel if only he were able to understand anything about the Internet.

  48. 48
    Peter Grimes says:

    So why did the dopey cow let Bollox get away with his ON AIR denial? Yet again the Leftist tv channels let him get away with blatant, unchallenged lies!

  49. 49
    Meanwhile, elsewhere says:

    Ms Newman has gone very quiet on the Rennard affair.

    Was quite vociferous about that not too long ago, but seems she and those behind the allegations have been quietly muzzled. Again…

  50. 50
    C.O.Jones says:

    Spot on! +1

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    I agree with you but who am I supposed to vote for currently?

    I can’t even find a proper list for 22nd May yet, so how am I supposed to research who the hell to vote for?

    The easiest thing is to not vote and let them get on with it, but I’m sick of doing that – we definitely need change.

  52. 52
    Lone Ranger says:

    I don’t think it gradual.

  53. 53
    jgm2 says:

    In fairness I think it was the Tories who introduced the tax on flying.

    I was fucking disgusted at the time. It reminded me of those overseas destinations where you have to line up and pay a departure tax in fresh US dollar bills just so they could get their hands on some hard currency.

    A national fucking disgrace.

    Just like the National Lottery. A tax on stupidity.

  54. 54
    Up yours Herman says:

    He never put any money in the account, must try harder..

  55. 55
  56. 56
    Those Lying Eyes says:

    The really difficult bit regarding the “Mad Eyed” National Socialist is to decide if it’s when he’s blinking that he is lying or when his eyes are open, could be both of course!

  57. 57
    another says:

    no, I think your wrong with that one, even our immigrant bretherin appear to have absorbed the consept of british fair play

  58. 58
    C O (Ξ7r1) says:

    It’s Ed Balls – the only politician capable of losing himself and his party credibility if he told the truth.

    @OR: To your point on that UKIP Mail article – remember that since L’eveson the UK press is not truly free anymore. One thing UKIP should now be careful of is to qualify who they refer to as ‘establishment’ as the DM is the establishment paper and it appears to be rightly warming to them.

    Even this blog followed the herd – one which was curiously led by F’inkelstein’s friends over at The Times. The editors at the T’imes need to address that sort of influence there as a repeat will destroy their credibility permanently: Am fairly certain they wish to remain in print rather than be out of.

    The BBC can only ‘fart against thunder’ because they are publicly – not commercially – funded, and get away with using their broken royal charter as a deflection for criticism.

    – On the average sea temperatures stuff:

    Have got that SST data onto a grid and monthly averages calculated for grid points. Am going to present the output as a series of video’s again so as the gridded version can be compared against the original – in part to show the distribution.

    The grid resolution chosen is high: Delta Latitude = 0.1 degs, cell area sizes are a constant 1000km sq +/- 0.5%. Even though that is a small area, some cells are logging > 30 data points over the month.

    Shall present all averages including those for cells logging only 1 data point for the month (total b/s agreed) first, and then narrow down by increasing the the cell count requirement.

    When the number of data points by cell is examined, the real geographical biases in the SST data should quite clearly.

    Combined plots of monthly average temp SST with Land are also high on the list, once the SST data cut has been finalized.

  59. 59
    Those Empty Eyes says:

    Miliband cannot even remember his own dad coming here without the paperwork!

    Mysteriously soon aquired a reasonable level of money power and influence even without the paper work!

  60. 60
    jgm2 says:

    I sincerely hope you’re right.

    If UKIP can weather such a concerted media and political storm then they’re home free.

    They’ll be forced to arrest Farage on some pretext just as they did N*ick Gr*if*fin in order to try and stem the surge of support.

    They’ll do it too if he puts a single foot out of place.

  61. 61
    Those Lying Eyes says:

    So, in other words, the merger was unequivocally a complete Balls Up!

  62. 62
    Inconvenient Truth says:


  63. 63
    The BBC says:

    Oh no, unfortunately we won’t have time to cover this on BBC News as we are too busy with the “Farage is scared to stand in Newark” non-story

  64. 64
    jgm2 says:

    While he’s awake, he’s lying or inventing new lies. When he’s asleep he’s dreaming of new lies.

  65. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Sadly leftwits don’t understand the difference between an allowance and expenses.

    They also think a reduction in state benefits is a tax.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Balls licked

  67. 67
    Dr Liam Fox says:

    Is this type of behaviour really acceptable these days in a Parliamentary democracy.

    The answer would appear to be a resounding “yes” because there has been no resignation despite time having passed.

  68. 68
    Berlington Berty says:

    Unfortunately Ballshit baffles brains.

  69. 69
    The BBC says:

    We are all over this.

    (Puts feet on desk and opens latest edition of Gay Marriage magazine)

  70. 70
    Tonyh says:

    What do u expect of British Bolshie Corp. scum

  71. 71
    Tonyh says:

    The eyes have it.joke politician. Mili frightened to get rid

  72. 72
    BBGT British Broadcasting Gravy Train says:

    Whilst trickily multi tasking, ordering a cab on expenses to go to lunch!

  73. 73
    Norman Normal says:

    Got me there, they introduced it in 1994, it was £5-£10 depending on destination.

    It was labour who doubled it in 2007 and introduced banding in 2009 so it’s the ridiculous cost it is now.

  74. 74
    Morgan's Organ says:

    When is Millipede going to realise Balls continually makes an idiot of himself and all of his Shadow Cabinet colleagues. Incrediblle incredulity!

  75. 75
    daveyone1 says:

    Reblogged this on World4Justice : NOW! Lobby Forum. and commented:

  76. 76
    HenryV says:

    That you speak of alternative parties indicates how sick has become. Individuals just can’t think outside the party system. They can’t think of life without government. Be a bit braver and more expansive in your thinking. People are connected in all sorts of ways. They don’t need a particular coloured banner to stand behind.

  77. 77
    catesby says:

    What is it with these posh class-warriors like Balls-up! And Millipede! It’s reassuring though that Balls is so despises by his own party.

  78. 78
    Sherry Bliar says:

    I do NOT have legs the size of oak trees!

  79. 79
    Me says:

    Bye Bye Mr Balls.

  80. 80
    moleykins says:

    He pretended to be surprised by the question. Dead giveaway

  81. 81
    The Critic says:

    No need for body lanugauge, Balls has previous:

    Andrew Marr: ‘It is true to say, is it not, that in the run-up to the financial crisis, Britain was running the worst structural deficit — that’s the extra beyond the cycle — of any of the G7 countries?’

    Ed Balls: ‘I don’t think we had a structural deficit at all in that period.’

    Balls said:

    ‘His question to me, which you mustn’t take out of context is: “Should you have acted differently in 2007?” Well at the time, the answer is no. In retrospect, ‘cos we now know the world was different, of course there was a structural deficit.’

  82. 82
    Jim says:

    OK your wrong. It was 36% and now 38%. But we do need more people to vote to get over 60%.

  83. 83

    Has Ed Ballups, millitwats nodding dog got learning difficulties ? I’m told he went to Oxford, what on a day trip ?

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    will say anything that he think most benefits him at that time.

  85. 85
    broderick crawford says:


    It was all Mandy s fault . I told him at the tiine — if you foist that gigantic mortgage of yours on the Britannia it ll go under . Did he listen …??

  86. 86
    broderick crawford says:

    Depends how many ponts he s had by this time of the afternoon .

  87. 87
    broderick crawford says:

    Maybe not but you have a mouth that can accomodate one …… and often did.

  88. 88
    broderick crawford says:

    If by MSM you mean the Main Stream Media this is not technically a political party . Oh wait ….

  89. 89
    broderick crawford says:

    Don t worry . When ukip get in you ll be able to read about them too…….as soon as they ‘ re issued with their entry pass to the Troughers Banquet .

  90. 90
    broderick crawford says:

    You re not by any chance referring to “Joe” Mercer are you ? (R I P )

    As far as I know he wasnever even an MP let alone ex Cabinet .

    Quite a good England footballer though and later manager of Aston Villa !

  91. 91
    Tom Catesby. says:

    So, which lie is it then, he did or he didn’t?

  92. 92
    broderick crawford says:


    yeah but you re not supposed to tell em like that — telll em like that !

  93. 93
    Not in my name says:

    Just remember this small truth Ed: you are a Co Operative Party MP, not a Labour Party MP per se.

    Oh you are trying to back away from that and the fact you are nuts deep in the whole fiasco?


  94. 94
    Sir Cecil Scote says:

    Ed Balls is __________________ (Fill In Blank)

  95. 95
    John Wayne says:

    Fuck ‘em all.

  96. 96
    Bob of Bonsall says:


  97. 97
    Anonymous says:

    They also think a reduction in tax is a subsidy.

  98. 98
    Fuck Gordon Broon says:

    Vacuous urchin! Hahahaha! He’s a cardboard cut-out who couldn’t hold down a job throwing bottles into a recycling bin. He’s typical of the ruling class these days – intellect-free, like the rest of the population; fraudulent, in terms of his stated ‘politics;’ and emblematic of the vast majority of the political class – devoid of any relationship to the bedrock ability to run a business or even formulate an original idea which would tax the brains of a six year old.

  99. 99
    Andrew says:

    Did he really say Private Member’s Bill?

    It must have been a Private Bill, and if he does not know the difference he is an ignorant twat in yet another way. I know it sounds geeky but it’s the sort of thing Members need to know.

  100. 100
    Cinna says:

    10/10 for having the brass neck to deny it.

  101. 101
    Flyinthesky says:

    My mum had him and his ilk sussed, he’s a wrong un. The desperation is to keep skin in the game. When he’s finally susseed by the populace I hope he takes his simmilar minded wife with him.

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    Ed exhibits the traits of a pathological narcissist with sociopathic tendencies – the perfect politician, then.

  103. 103
    ron Vibbentrop says:


  104. 104
    You Kipper says:

    I resemble that remark, how dare you!

  105. 105
    Teflon Balls says:

    You’ll never make it stick Guido. I had nothing to do with the financial crisis either. That was Ed!

  106. 106
    jeremyp99 says:

    And a far better manager of Manchester City, presiding over our last glory days before the present regime, way back in the 15th century. A fine man, a true gent.

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    The only piece of Political ‘literature’ I have received about the May MEP elections is from UKIP, for which party I will be voting.

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    Reminds me of landing at Ndola ‘Airport’ in Zambia where Brits are charged $52US for a ‘visa’. They have no US $ change, so get to pocket all over-charges. My brother and I, knowing the situation, announced loudly that, as we both had $52US in one-dollar notes we’d go first to ensure everyone got the right change.
    We were not very popular with the moner-takers that day!

  109. 109
    Biffo says:

    Balls & the Ladyboy – home switching, double claiming, even apart from any lies, great recruiting sergeants for any of the non-Labour parties – but yet they’ll get in again.

  110. 110
    Biffo says:

    But no doubt with a blinding ability to claim for every possible ‘expense’ that he can, right down to the very last penny – just like all the rest of the troughers, of all parties.

  111. 111
    Huxley says:

    . . . relevance to Balls lies is ?????

  112. 112
    RightwinggitRedux says:

    To infinity and beyond?

  113. 113
    Disgusted - but not of Tunbridge Wells (no Waitrose) says:

    We expect politicians to suffer from selective amnesia, to be economical with the actualite etc – but surely a political journalist should do his or her homework. Newman must have known in advance what questions she was going to ask Balls; if she’d done any research, she would have been able to skewer him in public – which would have made amusing viewing. Surely it is a journalist’s job to put politicians on the spot – we can’t as they sit behind tight security, guarded by the Met’s finest, protected from the electorate, and only want to meet hoi polloi when an election looms. It is not just Channel 4 journalists who are sloppy; the others are as bad. No doubt they are concerned that if they embarrass politicians on a regular basis, they won’t get any exclusives – or invitations to drink and dine at subsidised prices at Westminster – but if they all did a better job, politicians couldn’t cut them all off.

  114. 114
    Wilderbeest says:

    Surprised that particular blog post has not been taken down yet. I expect it will be. The full quote was:

    “As Economic Secretary and the first Labour and Co-operative Minister responsible for mutuals and financial services I ensured Government support for the modernisation of co-operative law.

    In that role I was also able to give the Treasury’s support for a new Private Members Bill that led to the creation of the first ever ‘super-mutual’ bringing Britannia Building Society and the Co-op Bank together in the interests of customers, rather than the banking elite.”

    I don’t think Cathy Newman was briefed at all well. This is typical of our main news media though, for whom ‘digging deeply’ is a cardinal sin.

  115. 115
    Disgusted - but not of Tunbridge Wells (no Waitrose) says:

    Quite – Paxman may have his faults but at least he – or someone on his behalf – does the research that lets him ask informed questions of e.g. Michael Howard and Chloe Smith.

  116. 116
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    But they didn’t trash the economy or open the floodgates to immigration to rub the indigenous populations nose in it.

  117. 117
    catesby says:

    We need to somehow persuade the good people of Morley in Leeds that they must get rid of Ed Bollox! This is not a particularly pro-Labour or left-wing area. He can be defeated.

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