Thanks to Fraser Nelson for pointing out a world-class piece of carpet-bagging by Ed Balls MP, the Shadow Chancellor.
In his âSpeech for the Alternativeâ the
Sorcererâs Apprentice Economic Wizard showed how he was resolute when he was running the economy in the late 1990s:
I would say that:
– setting out tough fiscal rules just before the 1997 election and sticking to Tory spending plans for the first two years;
– delivering Bank of England independence;
– ensuring that in 1999 all the proceeds from the 3G mobile license sale were used to repay the national debt;
– and resisting UK membership of the Euro;
â¦they all show that Iâm not someone who shirks tough decisions.
Thatâs us told.
The cv is a little inconvenient, though. The Sorcererâs Apprentice was a wonk, according to his official biography:
He was economic adviser to the then shadow chancellor, Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, 1994â97; secretary of the Labour Party Economic Policy Commission, 1994â97; economic adviser to the chancellor of the exchequer, 1997â99; chief economic adviser to HM Treasury, 1999â2004; and a research fellow at the Smith Institute, 2004â05.
and he wasnât elected an MP until 2005.
Do you remember that Backbencher chap â Grout? Brout? Born? Brown, was it? I mean the one who used to be Emu to Ed Ballsâ performance Rod, when Ed used to run the Government.
Good job heâs not around to disagree with any of this.
Matt Wardman blogs at <a href=âhttp://www.mattwardman.com/blog/â>The Wardman Wire, on media, politics and technology, in addition to writing at the Raccoonâs burrow.