Friday, April 2, 2010

Labour MP : “Ball is a Bit of a Bully”

Quote of the Day

Barry Sheerman, Labour MP, says…

“We all know Ed Balls is a Bit of a Bully”

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Punters Slash Odds, Ed Balls Now Expected to Lose

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…

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Making the Most of a Rare Treat

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:

EDM 1054
CORRECTION BY THE RIGHT HON MEMBER FOR NORMANTON
Fabricant, Michael

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.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Balls Up

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…

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Anger Management

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:

  • What are Government’s agenda and expectations?
  • Do we pay too much attention to the perpetrators and not enough to the victims?
  • How should we develop more effective approaches to identifying, helping and supporting victims?
  • Where can we hope to be in ten years time?

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…

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Balls : It Wasn’t Me

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…

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mandy Back to Reassure Gilt Market

MandyAt 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.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

Ed Balls said

“Yvette and I are married. I personally think it is better but I certainly would not say that to other people.”

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Quote of the Day

Yvette Cooper told Sky News…

“Unemployment is 400,000 times lower than people expected at the time of the budget.”


Seen Elsewhere

Ruffley Could Be Suspended From Commons | Telegraph
Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian
Political Correctness Breeds Extremism in Schools | Chris McGovern
Ruffley Faces Crisis Meeting | ITV
I Sang “Maggie Out” (When I Was 7) | Liz Truss


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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