Despite record fines for everything from mis-selling to Libor rate fixing and even money laundering, it has been another season of bumper bonuses. Yet against this backdrop our chancellor finds himself in Brussels arguing against a plan to rein in excessive bonuses.
A poll conduced at the end of February by Ipsos-MORI for The Economist shows that the economy continues to be the public’s most pressing concern. This is potentially a double-edged sword for Labour. The public still blame Labour, rather than the banks for the deficit. Moving beyond that will be easier said than done.
Historian Anthony Seldon has called for Ed Balls to ‘fall on his sword’ for the good of the Labour Party. On the contrary, Balls is a political powerhouse who has been proven correct about austerity.
The Bank of England is expected to downgrade its growth forecasts today while warning of more financial pain to come. As the graph shows, the growth trend in the UK economy has been downward since around the third quarter of 2010 – coincidentally, about the time George Osborne set out the coalition’s spending plans (20th [...]
Ed Balls today set out plans for a compulsory jobs guarantee for the long-term unemployed – ensuring there is a job for every adult who is long-term unemployed.
After a sustained period of silence from the shadow front bench on green issues, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls have emerged on the right side of the debate.
The latest Sun/YouGov poll shows more support for Labour’s argument on the cuts than the coalition’s.
Ed Balls and Vernon Coaker have committed the next Labour Government to putting an economic revival in Northern Ireland at the top of their agenda.
Last night’s IMF reassessment on the UK economy is a massive boost for Ed Balls’s 5-point plan for growth, writes Cormac Hollingsworth.
Ed Balls must do more to challenge the anti-green George Osborne, writes Liz Hutchins, Friends of the Earth’s political co-ordinator.