Friday, December 4, 2009

Ed Balls’ Privileged Education, in Eton not at Eton

Little bit of confusion yesterday when Guido misheard that Ed Balls went to Eton for an education, it wasn’t a scoop, The Times had it a year ago and it was Draperishly innacurate – as Balls tweets this morning.  Eric Pickles consequently made the same muddle on Today this morning (Eric is an avid Guido reader and this blog is one of his favourites).  So Guido will take this opportunity to clarify the facts on behalf of Ed Balls for chums and co-conspirators:

Ed’s father taught at Eton.  Nowadays Ed modestly boasts he went to a state comprehensive in Eton, which in truth he did briefly for one term.  His alma mater however is the exclusive private fee-paying (£10,000+ a year) Nottingham High School, founded in 1513.  The school’s motto ‘Lauda Finem’ means ‘praise to the end’, which perhaps explains Ed’s view of himself.  From there he went to Oxford’s Keble College, just like his father before him.  At Oxford he, like many other public schoolboys, joined the Oxford University Conservative Association.  He also joined a notorious exclusively all-male drinking club known as the “Steamers”.

Here is a picture of Ed enjoying himself at an initiation ceremony wearing full Nazi uniform staring at the crotch of a mooning fellow member of the “Steamers”:

The japes these public school boys get up to, eh?  After Oxford (where he first met Balliol girl Yvette) he went to George W Bush’s alma mater, Harvard.  It is not known if he joined the Skull and Bones club…

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Quote of the Day

Ed Balls says

“Peter does the razzmatazz..”

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Caption Competition

Wanking Balls

A copy of The Big Red Book of New Labour Sleaze is the prize for the wittiest caption entry.  Note, that is “witty”, not “obvious”…

Friday, July 10, 2009

Ed Balls Spamming Followers

In a Draperish move Ed Balls has signed up to some dodgy site that supposedly generates you lots of Twitter followers so you seem more popular than you are. What a twat:

Egotistical Twat

It actually just annoys everyone.  Which is par for the course for Blinky…

UPDATE : Note the grammar from the Schools minister.

Hat-tip : Dizzy

Monday, July 6, 2009

LabourList : Balls Should Stop Lying About Cuts

When Ed Ball’s said he hardly knew “Mr McBride” how we all laughed, the Daily Telegraph’s then newly appointed chief political commentator, Ben Brogan, put the widely held view succintly: liar liar, pants on fire.

Mr10%

Balls is now disowning his “Tory Cuts, Labour Invests” strategy, briefing that the whole idea is down to that no good Shaun Woodward.   Yet it was under his own name that a circular went out to Labour activists attacking Cameron as “Mr 10% Cuts”.  When Fraser Nelson called Blinky a liar about Labour’s own cuts, Balls went bonkers, telling Nelson to withdraw the article and calling his Spectator editor, Matthew d’Ancona, to rant about the article.

BlinkyGod knows how he will respond to the LabourList article calling on him to drop the dishonest “Tories cut, Labour invests” mantra. Written by Brian Barder, who has been a Labour Party member for half-a-century, it is hyper-critical of the Balls line of attack, calling it dishonest and ham-fisted:

Labour promises actually to increase government spending, appear both dishonest and, perhaps worse, obviously and simple-mindedly dishonest.  This ham-fisted campaign is a tragedy for Labour… In … the disastrous circular, I suggested … the current line [is] depriving the government and the party of a different and much more positive line which would have the incidental advantages of being both truthful and credible…

Ouch. Ed Balls wrote for LabourList only last week about discrimination in the playground. He’ll be throwing his toys out of the pram this morning…

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tempers Flare in the Heat

BlinkyEd Balls, denuded of Damian McBride, has to call journalists himself now to make threats. Blogging Speccie hack Fraser Nelson got the full hairdryer treatment from blinky: “take that post down now… You should not call me a liar…” Balls told him if he kept the blog post up, it will “expose” the sort of publication that the Spectator is and its “political” bias. “So you will take the post down?” Balls told a laughing Fraser.  The heat must be getting to Blinky.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Balls Still In Touch With McBride

balls_mcbrideWhen you know that it was Ed Balls who originally talent-spotted McBride at the Treasury and that it was Balls who directed the smear operation which McBride ran, it makes sense. Damian McBride was to have been Ed’s right hand man when he ran for the leadership if things had gone differently.  Having told the Today show to much guffawing that he barely knew “Mr McBride” he has now switched tack.  Perhaps fearing he was going to be caught lying when directly questioned by Gaby Hinsliff, he said his recent contact was merely social – “I certainly wished him a happy birthday. As I said [when he resigned], Damian did a very stupid thing, he’s paid a very heavy price, but we all get on with our jobs.” So Mr McBride hasn’t quite been airbrushed out completely…

Monday, June 1, 2009

Brown Avoids Referring to Darling in the Future Tense

banzai_smallBrown has just twice refused a Sky News interviewers invitation to refer to Alastair Darling’s status in the future tense. Benedict Brogan senses the ground beneath Darling’s feet turning to quicksand.  Is this it, Balls and Brown hunkering down in the bunker for the last stand of the remaining members of Team GB?

Will Darling be this bunker’s Claus Von Stauffenberg?  He appears to be being set-up to be the fall guy for Brown over the economy.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Chancellor Balls

ballsThe Sunday Times has a claim that Gordon is going to attempt a last reshuffle immediately the day after the Thursday election.  He wants to put Ed Balls in number 11.  Hell why not, the insane Caligula tried make his horse a consul.  The Prime Mentalist making his most loathed acolyte the second most important person in government should be worth another 5% off Labour’s polling.  Go ahead Gordon, make Guido’s day…

Who could the “high-level” source of the story be?  Mandelson blocking Balls by front-running Ed’s ambitions to provoke a backlash?  One bit of the story made Guido laugh -

Balls, who is widely respected in the City, could appear a younger, fresher face than Alistair Darling to take on George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, in the run-up to the elections.

Widely respected by who?  He is despised in the City by everyone who has had dealings with him.  Is Balls pushing this story himself?  If so he must be as mad as his fuhrer.  Is everyone in the bunker bonkers?


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Last Person the Leave the EU Please Turn Out the Lights | Speccie
Porn Without Borders | The Local
Why Tax Cuts Pay for Themselves | Nick Wood
North Korean Heavies Target Ealing Hairdresser | Standard
Tax Cuts Make Us All Richer | Alex Brummer
Sex, Booze and Power Play | Sophy Ridge
Deferential Democracy is Dead | Douglas Carswell
Clegg’s Taxpayer Funded Strategist | Sun
Farage is Still a Politician | Times


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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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