Posts Tagged “ed balls”

To OBR or not to OBR? That’s the manifesto audit question

by Stephen Tall on June 26, 2014

Ed Balls wants it. Danny Alexander seems pretty keen on it, too. What is ‘it’? Asking the independent Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) to audit the manifestos of political parties. On the face of it, that’s a good idea. Transparency’s a good thing and surely the public deserve to know as much as possible before […]

Who’s afraid of Scottish independence?

by Stephen Tall on February 23, 2014

The last month has seen the ‘Yes Scotland’ independence campaign take a battering. First, Mark Carney raised doubts about Alex Salmond’s plans for a post-independence currency union between Scotland and the remainder of the UK. This warning was echoed when, with more naked partisanship, George Osborne, Danny Alexander and Ed Balls teamed up to state […]

The Autumn Statement and the unreal economic debate in which everyone pretends the Coalition stuck to ‘Plan A’

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

It’s autumn statement day. George Osborne will stand at the despatch box of the House of Commons this afternoon and present his pre-budget report. The Guardian’s Martin Kettle sums up what it’s all about: For the Conservatives, today is about redefining themselves – in the face of a run of seriously disappointing polls – as […]

The Autumn Statement and the unreal economic debate in which everyone pretends the Coalition stuck to ‘Plan A’

by Stephen Tall on December 5, 2013

It’s autumn statement day. George Osborne will stand at the despatch box of the House of Commons this afternoon and present his pre-budget report. The Guardian’s Martin Kettle sums up what it’s all about: For the Conservatives, today is about redefining themselves – in the face of a run of seriously disappointing polls – as […]

Well done, Ed Balls. He’s opened up space for a proper welfare debate. Lib Dems now need to claim that space.

by Stephen Tall on June 10, 2013

Ed Balls has done us all a favour. His announcement last week that if he were Chancellor he would put a stop to winter fuel allowances for well-off pensioners means Labour has joined the Lib Dems in saying we need to focus the welfare budget where it’s needed most, not keep on re-distributing from the […]

CentreForum Liberal Hero of the Week #38: Ed Balls. Our Liberal Villain is Lord Dear.

by Stephen Tall on June 7, 2013

Liberal Hero of the Week (and occasional Villains) is chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. The series showcases those who promote any of the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — regardless of party affiliation and from beyond Westminster. If […]

Ed Balls shifts Labour’s position closer to the Lib Dems: is this the start of a Lib-Lab realignment?

by Stephen Tall on June 4, 2013

Ed Balls’ speech to Thomson Reuters yesterday grabbed headlines for its concession that paying a winter fuel allowance to the wealthiest 5% of pensioners could no longer be justified. The likely saving — at c.£100m a year, no more than a rounding error in the national accounts – may be modest, but the symbolism is […]

The 2013 spending review: the Lib Dem problem is at least as big as Labour’s

by Stephen Tall on April 23, 2013

Last Friday’s Independent splashed on the story, Exclusive: Labour bets the house with pledge to outspend Tories. The story itself is disputed: Ed Balls rushed on the radio to rebut it: “Is it the policy of Ed Miliband and me Ed Balls that we will decide now to bet the house with a pledge to […]

Why it’s time to start buying shares again in George Osborne’s political stock

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2012

“Buy low, sell high” — the most important investing principle and the hardest to judge. So here’s my risky punt: time to buy shares in George Osborne. And here are my three reasons for doing so: 1) His stock can’t (…)

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LDV Caption Competition: Eds Balls and Miliband “The Early Years” Edition

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2012

There’s no prize at stake – just the opportunity to prove you’re wittier than any other LDV reader… (Image from The Guardian.) Here’s Labour top two Eds — the party leader and shadow chancellor — pictured in their salad days, Spadding for the Blair/Brown government. What do you think might be being said or thought […]



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