Ed Balls: Out of Office

A Yorkshire co-conspirator sends this mournful image of Ed Balls’ former constituency office in Morley…

Who Was Ed’s Secret Girlfriend in 2005?

“I first met Ed when I went to a friend’s house for dinner,” Justine Miliband tells the Mirror today:

“I was interested in him, I thought he was good looking and clever and seemed to be unattached. But we just went down a conversational cul-de-sac. Apparently we had nothing in common. He wanted to talk about economics – one of my least favourite subjects. None of our conversations went anywhere. Then I found out he was secretly going out with the woman who had invited us for dinner. I was furious.”

But who was Ed’s secret lover at the time? According to John Rentoul it was Stephanie Flanders…

Flanders has admitted to dating both Ed Balls and Ed Miliband, though friends had always claimed it was in the nineties. Curious…

“Could the secrecy have been because he was a Treasury special adviser Stephanie Flanders was BBC economics journalist”, mused Rentoul on Twitter today. Questions to which the answer is oooooh.

LISTEN: Ed Balls Says He Will Abolish Non Dom Status

Ed Balls told Radio 5 this morning that he would abolish Non Dom status:

He was backed up in a car crash outing by his deputy Shabana Mahmood on the Daily Politics.

Yet Labour are briefing that they are not abolishing and there will be temporary status for some.

So which is it?

How Journalism Works

The Huffington Post are desperately trying to spin for Balls, resorting to real barrel scraping tactics:

From: Money4Media United Kingdom 
Date: 17 February 2015 12:26:49 GMT
Subject: Journalist Alert: The Huffington Post, Asa Bennett

Tax Experts on Receipts/accountancy Needed

I’m looking for a good tax expert who could help for a potential piece, aiming to debunk the Daily Mail’s suggestion that Ed Balls is a “total hypocrite” as he hasn’t asked his window cleaner for a receipt, despite suggesting it would be right to do that for odd jobs…

Contact Person: Asa Bennett

Publication: The Huffington Post

Deadline for responses: Date: 17/02/2015 Time: 2:30PM

An accountant that will say the opposite to reality? Try PWC…

Meanwhile, on the World at One, Rachel Reeves just totally contradicted Balls. The Shadow Chancellor said on Sunday:

“The right thing to do if you are having somebody cut your hedge for a tenner is to make sure they give you their name and address and a receipt and a record for the fact that you have paid them.Over my life – have I ever given people a tenner and not got a receipt for it? Probably yes. Since I’ve been involved in politics and Treasury matters, absolutely I think it’s really important to have a record.”

Today Reeves says the exact opposite:

“It’s not always that easy to get a receipt… it’s not the wrong thing to do.”

Who speaks for Labour?

Balls’ Backer ‘Bill’ Bungled Businesses Before

So who is Bill anyway? Flashback to 2011 and Guido ran through the CV of a Bill Thomas, then the boss of EDS and a member of Labour’s defence procurement review:

In 2006 RAF servicemen didn’t get paid for six weeks after EDS botched the implementation of new software. The £456 million Child Support Agency system, built by EDS, had “five hundred faults in the three years after it went live”. The Agency ended up manually inputting 36,900 cases as a result of an EDS IT failure. In 2003, Bill himself took full responsibility for a Revenues and Customs IT disaster that shafted the Inland Revenue. It is widely considered to be the worst government IT cock-up ever. EDS had to pay-out £70 million in compensation for the mess, but negotiated further government work before paying up.

Since these stunning successes, Bill went on to be a director at the Co-operative Bank; serving on the board with everyone’s favourite comedy crack-head, the Crystal Methodist Reverend Flowers. In 2007 Bill told the Telegraph “if things go well it’s not interesting”, a mantra clearly adopted by the Shadow Chancellor…

WATCH: Ed Balls Hits Back at “Pound Shop Ben Elton” Brand

In a rare moment of clarity, Russell Brand called Ed Balls ‘clicky-wristed snidey c***’ on the Big Fat Quiz of the Year. The Shadow Chancellor clearly did not enjoy having to respond on the BBC this afternoon:

Brand is “a pound shop Ben Elton”, apparently. Errr, catchy…



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Liz Kendall is asked by Tom Newton Dunn if she would ever ban the Sun from one of her press conferences:

“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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