Fraser explains the absence of Douglas Alexander and Ed Balls from the airwaves in the past week in this week’s cover story and today brings further news on what this dynamic duo are up to. Alexander has pulled out of Question Time tonight, begging the question of what should replace him. (Iain Dale has a list of the questions that Douglas might not have been
too keen to answer). While Ed Balls will not be facing the media today but playing Santa Claus at a No. 11 Christmas party, Ben Brogan reports. Ben also reveals that Balls owns his own full Santa outfit. Considering the way this government is going it is good to know that Balls has an alternative form of employment lined up.