A full house of criticism for Ed Balls dire response to the Autumn Statement. He fluffed his first line and it was all downhill from there…
Must be nightmarishly difficult to respond on these occasions and Balls is usually a v strong performer. But he's having a shocker today
— Iain Martin (@iainmartin1) December 5, 2012
Ed Balls hopeless. National debt is going to be higher at end of Parl. Of course it is. Deficit inherited from Lab £156bn a year.
— John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul) December 5, 2012
Balls repeatedly stumbling over still-falling deficit sounds like he cant actually believe it. Whole line of attack was re-rise of deficit
— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) December 5, 2012
Labour MPs remarkably quiet. Shadow Chancellor needs more support
— Tom McTague (@TomMcTague) December 5, 2012
Not Ed Balls finest performance so far.
— David Ottewell (@davidottewell) December 5, 2012
Balls is normally bravura on these occasions but this is very flat
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) December 5, 2012
Andrew Neil: "Ed Balls taking 20mins to reply to George Osborne's 15 minute statement" … miaow
— Brendan Miller (@brenkjm) December 5, 2012
He had an open goal, all he had to do was keep it simple…