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.

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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.

4 comments

  • Why don't the Coalition do as Ed Balls suggests and create 100,000 new homes with the proceeds of 4G?The homes are badly needed,as are the jobs and apprenticeships in their making.All at no cost to the debt.This is the centre-ground of One Nation Labour under Ed Miliband,leader of "the plebs".

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • Peter Watson - I really can't see the point in spending billions on new council houses when we've virtually given away so many under the disastrous "Right to Buy" scheme. This policy totally distorted the property market by selling houses worth an average of £100,000 for around £8,000 apiece.

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    Citizen of EUSSR

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • If anyone thinks Ed Miliband is going to lead Labour into the next election they must be deluding themselves. Watching the two Eds yesterday their body language clearly showed that Ed Balls was the man in charge. Ed Miliband seems like a little boy lost. He doesn`t know what to do next. He has no policies of his own. His so called "new," policies are just rehashed policies of the Coalition including DCs Big Society which Labour has spent so much time ridiculing.

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    BG

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • politica ludos, la luta continua. Our red Tories are trying their best to find a thinner fag paper to fit between these two failing political parties. How come their lack of popularity still makes them celebrities in the eyes of the media? Compare this to a failing pop star, would he forever shine, get promoted and put on TV if less than 30% of the public is interested in it? Its the red Tories marketing game show we are watching.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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