Barry Sheerman, Labour MP, says…
“We all know Ed Balls is a Bit of a Bully”
Right now on Betfair the odds on the Morley and Outwood seat being fought over by Ed Balls (2/5) and Antony Calvert (2/7) slighly favouring the Tory challenger. Guido understands that Balls is cynically trying to shore up his vote in working class areas of the constituency by taking a knuckle draggingly tough line on immigration in leaflets going through letter boxes.
Antony Calvert has raised thousands online from grassroots Conservatives hoping to defeat the UNITE union backed and widely disliked protege of Gordon Brown. Many of those hoping for Balls to provide a “Portillo moment” on election night are Labour MPs…
UPDATE : According to YouFund.Me.uk, Calvert has raised over £6,000 online in the last 7 days with the average donation just over £30. The odds have moved even further in against Balls today, he is now 6/4 versus Calvert at 1/2. Guido did manage to get a few quid on early…
Ed Balls savaged Michael Gove on Monday for suggesting that only 45 pupils on free school meals went to Oxbridge – “You keep refusing to listen! I think he should do his homework a little bit better…” he spat across the Dispatch box. His humiliating climb down came only hours later. Thankfully Michael Fabricant, like many others, wishes to savour a rare moment where Balls concedes one of his many dubious lines was, in fact, wrong:
CORRECTION BY THE RIGHT HON MEMBER FOR NORMANTON
That this House notes that following remarks made by the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the right hon. Member for Normanton in Oral Questions in the House on 8 March 2010, Official Report, column 6, where he contested figures provided by the hon. Member for Surrey Heath, concerning the number of students entitled to free school meals being admitted to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the right hon. Member in a letter dated 9 March 2010 to the hon. Member now says that `following our exchange in the House yesterday I have had an opportunity to look in detail at the figures you quoted and I can confirm that they are, on this occasion, correct’.
The correction should have been to the House to the first place rather than in a face-saving private letter.
It is election time so 18 year-olds get birthday greetings from politicians. Here is Ed’s slightly scary welcome. He pretends to be interested in their views on the economy and such like. Though question 7 – “Will you deliver leaflets for Ed down your road?” – gives you a better idea as to Ed’s true motivation in contacting teenagers. Question 6 seems a particularly stupid question…
Someone in Ed Ball’s Department of Children, Schools and Families couldn’t keep a straight face when details of an upcoming training day were revealed yesterday. Guido hears that the Anti-Social Behaviour, Bullying and Truancy Seminar next month will include the following sessions:
Given that internal polling is showing the Cabinet Office is too scared to speak out about the bullying that goes on, perhaps Gordon should pop along to the session in Leeds next month. Ball’s just told Radio 4 that he has never seen Gordon bully anyone. Must be tough for him to spot what he is a pivotal part of…
Ed Balls may be an unpleasant bully, but he is no fool. He knows Labour is going to lose the election and he knows he will be blamed almost as much as Brown, for he is Gordon’s homunculus. The politics of reckless dividing lines, big government over-spending, the vicious briefing against internal party enemies, his personal use of “Mr” McBride to poison politics and his low, lying Machiavellian ways are not going to be faulted for Labour’s defeat if he can help it. If they are, his ambitions will be thwarted. In private he and his few allies are blaming the prospect of defeat on Hoon and Hewitt’s recent divisiveness.
Labour’s defeat will, he and other loyalists claim implausibly, be nothing to do with the years of kamikaze politics from Balls and Brown…
At 10.30 this morning we will have the first auction of government debt this year. Gilts are ticking down* a little as the market awaits the outcome of the sale. Mandelson is being wheeled out today to say that – shock, horror – the First Lord backs government policy; emphasising spending reductions, tax increases and reducing the deficit, all to reassure the bond markets.
At the same time Alastair Darling is introducing a Fiscal Responsibility Bill, to be debated today, in the latest effort to reassure investors after Darling in 2008 scrapped rules to contain the deficit, he now repents:
“Whatever the economic circumstances, whatever the government, we need rules and objectives to govern fiscal policy… It is important we have that discipline.”
You can say that again. Spending prolifically in the credit-boom years wasn’t prudent, it was reckless fiscal madness. It was Brown’s delusion. We really need to go further and introduce a balanced budget law, forcing the government to live within its means. Today’s auction of £4 billion of gilts will cover a week of government overspending under the Brown and Balls economic plan. The reality is we need to control spending as soon as possible.
Creating spend / cut dividing lines is crass partisanship, not working in the national interest…
*Guido is short the market.
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“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”
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Ed Miliband does photo oops, not photo ops