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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
There is something intimidating about Ed Balls. At first I thought it might be the girth of his neck. It’s almost the same width as his head, like a pitbull’s.
But I realised during his speech yesterday that the neck isn’t the thing. It’s the way he makes his arguments.
Everything is said with the scornful grin and patronising tone of voice that an older brother uses when telling a silly younger sibling that they’re doing something wrong.
Of course that’s not how you run the economy, obviously the deficit is going to get bigger when there is no growth, only a fool would think...etc.
As he laid into the Tories on the conference stage yesterday, somewhere way behind him at a desk was a black dot who I’m told was little Ed Miliband.
Perhaps little Ed was afraid of getting too close to the other Ed lest he was caught with a flailing adverb as the other Ed became incensed about fiscal rules.
Other Ed used to be the more important of the two Eds when both were at the Treasury under Gordon Brown. He used to be the big Ed. But now little Ed is the big Ed and I’m not sure other Ed has ever really come to terms with it.
Still, Balls was compelling. He even said a Labour government’s first year would hold a “zero-based spending review”. No doubt this news has caused you to leap up from your chair and cheer.
It could mean anything of course. But he wants us to think it means Labour knows we don’t have any money. Voters will have to take his word for it.
Terrorism returned to the streets of London today as two suspected Muslim fanatics butchered a man in broad daylight in the name of “Allah”.
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