James Forsyth

Balls turns on the man he called Labour’s ‘greatest ever leader’

Balls turns on the man he called Labour’s ‘greatest ever leader’
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The ever-pugnacious Ed Balls was on the Today Programme this morning denouncing Tony Blair for saying that the coalition was, broadly, right in its deficit reduction plans. As Balls warmed to his task, he started reeling off Blair’s failings—his advocacy of entry into the euro, his one-sided account of things in his autobiography and the like— and I wondered: if this is his opinion of the man he called Labour’s greatest ever-leader, what on earth does he think of the other men who have led the party?

 

But in all seriousness, the coalition needs to start hitting back at the ‘growth denier’ charge that Balls keeps hurling at them. They need to emphasise their corporation tax cut and how reducing the deficit will keep interest rates lower for longer.