Ed Balls

Is Ed Balls scared of Question Time?

13 March 2014 17:00

Like it or not, Question Time is Britain’s most popular forum for political debate. Two million viewers regularly tune in,…

The Lib Dems could go from being the ‘nice party’ to the ‘nasty party’

11 March 2014 13:22

Danny Alexander managed to please Ed Balls at Treasury Questions today by revealing that he wasn’t opposed to the Shadow…

Coffee Shots: Labour gets tough

10 March 2014 14:35

Labour says it is tough on welfare policy. And today, the party launched its tough compulsory jobs guarantee funding pledge…

Will HS2 become an election issue?

6 March 2014 17:15

In an interview with The Spectator this week, the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin admits that HS2 will not have been…

The Coalition mating game

18 February 2014 14:58

There are ornately-feathered birds in New Guinea that have less bizarre mating rituals than Labour and the Lib Dems. The…

What is Alex Salmond’s plan for the currency now?

14 February 2014 13:05

Alex Salmond is now a man without a plan. He is offering Scots a future of uncertainty and instability. Threats…

The Tories haven’t been installing their people in quangos – but they should have

6 February 2014 11:30

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They…

David Higgins warns politicians of the costs of dithering on HS2

3 February 2014 15:19

Sir David Higgins is making the most of the first few weeks in his job as chief of HS2 Ltd…

Why Ed Balls doesn’t care about criticisms of his tax plan

3 February 2014 12:00

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

Coffee Shots: Leslie comforts Balls

28 January 2014 16:04

Ed Balls had a tricky time at Treasury Questions today. But fortunately, it seems he had his colleague Chris Leslie…

George Osborne: Labour is ‘anti-the British people’

28 January 2014 13:40

Quite naturally, there were rather more Conservative than Labour MPs in the House of Commons for Treasury Questions this morning.…

Today’s GDP figures are useful ammunition for the Conservatives

28 January 2014 11:16

That the UK economy grew by 0.7 per cent in the final three months of 2013, leading to the fastest…

BuzzFeed does politics. Watch out, Westminster

27 January 2014 17:30

It’s startling how few young people feel aligned to a particular newspaper. Gone is the idea of ‘taking a paper’.…

Labour and the Conservatives are both wrong about income tax

27 January 2014 10:30

Never interrupt your opponent when he is making a mistake. On the other hand, when your opponent has made a…

How the Conservatives should respond to Ed Balls’ 50p tax pledge

27 January 2014 9:00

This weekend Ed Balls made it clear he wants to tax Britain more.It won’t stop at 50%, and it wont…

Ed Balls

Ed Balls: Labour’s public spending was not a problem before the crisis

26 January 2014 12:47

Ed Balls and Ed Miliband have a funny old approach to convincing voters that they should be handed back the…

Why Ed Balls is deceiving us about his plans, and the 50p tax

25 January 2014 11:41

Now and again, you have to ask: why did Gordon Brown get away with that massive government overspending that bequeathed…

Ed Balls commits to return of 50p rate

25 January 2014 11:28

The overnight briefing of Ed Balls’ speech to the Fabian Society’s annual conference was that the Shadow Chancellor would make…

The top level of government isn’t riddled with personal hatred – thanks to Osborne

23 January 2014 9:48

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is…

Ed Miliband’s problems are mounting

15 January 2014 13:40

Today’s PMQs has left Ed Miliband with a strategic headache. Miliband’s new less-Punch and Judy approach to PMQs isn’t working.…