Thursday, 7 May 2009


I just found this, thought other people might like to have a look at it. What a joke, they must think we are all bleeding stupid!


Have a Question for Ed Balls?
Iain Dale 4:37 PM

I thought you might like to know about a live online Q&A session at 5.30pm today with our revered Schools Secretary, Ed Balls. It's hosted by the Lancashire Evening Post HERE.

Let's test whether he will take questions on Damian McBride and Ken Boston, shall we gang?
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At April 23, 2009 5:04 PM , Blogger Tory Teacake said...

*Rubs hands with glee*

At April 23, 2009 5:11 PM , Blogger Jonathan Cook said...

Bollox - I'm back home early and was going to do some work in the garden...... think I'd better stick around for this instead!

Thanks for the heads up Iain....

At April 23, 2009 5:12 PM , Blogger Man in a Shed said...

When you have to find a real job after 2010 what will you be qualified to do ?

At April 23, 2009 5:26 PM , Anonymous Bugsmalone said...

My question would be:

For an individual who aspires to unseat Gordon Brown and become Prime Minister, when will you learn to speak the English language properly?

At April 23, 2009 5:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lots of critical questions being posed but I can't hear anything; is it just me or is the video just like Labour, not working?

At April 23, 2009 5:51 PM , Blogger John McClane said...

5.50: "Technical problems"

At April 23, 2009 5:52 PM , Blogger Irfan Ahmed said...

Why is they no sound?

At April 23, 2009 5:57 PM , Blogger Jonathan Cook said...

Well - we are mid session with no audio and a lot of technical problems.

I have asked these questions:

"Will you now widen the enquiry into SATs failure to consider the role of Ministers given the recent criticism by Ken Boston?"

and under the guise 'JC' this one:

"Ken Boston indicated that David Bell effectively "warned him to resign since the SATs inquiry would be bad for him". Given recent smear controversy will you instigate an enquiry?"

I have no idea if Balls has either been asked or answered any of the questions that have been put to him on-line!

At April 23, 2009 5:58 PM , Anonymous Ed said...

Ha. Iain, are there any members of the Balls web chat who haven't come from your blog?!

At April 23, 2009 6:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted the following but I assume they will be screened by Ball's SpAd, a condition of his appearance:

Will the Labour Party continue to discuss online strategy or any other matter with disgraced editor of LabourList, Derek Draper?

Were you aware, in principle, of the plan to set up the attack blog, Red Rag? If not, who else was responsible for supervising the work of former Downing St advisor, Damian McBride?

When was it decided to scrap plans for the attack blog, Red Rag and who precisely was party to this decision?

Was the decision to introduce a 50% marginal tax rate discussed at Cabinet? Did any Cabinet members raise concerns that by increasing income taxes, the Government would be in breach of a key manifesto pledge?

Do you ever wish that three time election winning Tony Blair was still in charge, given Gordon Brown’s ever dwindling appeal to the electorate?

At April 23, 2009 6:01 PM , Blogger John McClane said...

Ha! He's answering (2 answers so far) questions that haven't appeared and not answering those that have.

Waste of time.

At April 23, 2009 6:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a joke. Advertised as "Live", no sound, and now they say they will broadcast "highlights" later. Think they mean edited clips after Mr. Balls has had time review them.

At April 23, 2009 6:07 PM , Blogger Tory Teacake said...

I get the impression that they may be 'filtering' the questions.


It seems that despite being Schools Secretary, dear old Balls can neither set an example as to good conduct in public life, nor answer questions about his behaviour.

At April 23, 2009 6:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is speaking through a typist who cannot type properly nor can he speak proper English. And he seems to be proving answers to fictional questions rather the ones that are being submitted.

At April 23, 2009 6:18 PM , Blogger Jonathan Cook said...

According to the blog administrators for this event all is fair and above board:

"No restictions were put on the questions asked during today's webchat audience. No questions were supplied to Ed Balls office and all questions are those of the invited members of the audience"

The questions asked by those via the web will seemingly be put to Balls later. I suspect these will be heavily screened or restricted.....

At April 23, 2009 6:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said... - Have you seen this old boy?

At April 23, 2009 6:22 PM , Blogger Phillip Lawrence said...

This is a classic; what an open forum for debate:

[Comment From Dorian Smith]
Do you think it fair to compare your party to the disastrous Labour administration of the late 70's? Do you think you're party is better or worse than Jim Callahan's Labour? Do you think due to your actions there will now be another 18 years of Tory rule?
[Comment From LEP]
"Schools which are succeeding in school nutrition are the ones that consult the children on what should be on the menu."


At April 23, 2009 6:29 PM , Blogger ILLIBERAL DEMOCRATS said...

Balls has a great political career behind him!

At April 23, 2009 6:30 PM , Blogger Lexander said...

Absolutely bloody typical - no sound and I bet they are editing out the best questions. From my brief look at the set up he will ride this one out easily.

At April 23, 2009 7:06 PM , Blogger Dave H said...

Iain, you would have saved yourself some bother if you had written "Have a Question for Ed Balls Concordant with Comment Moderation Policy?"

At April 23, 2009 8:01 PM , Blogger Old Holborn said...


I have a memo he'd have been interested in.

At April 23, 2009 8:26 PM , Anonymous anonymouse said...

You can leave your comment on the article

Do be polite!!

At April 24, 2009 8:50 AM , Blogger davidc said...

'----and all questions are those of the invited members of the audience"'

i suggest this answers all our questions even if mr balls didn't !


Zoompad said...

I must point out that the reason I am angry with Ed Balls is because he has employed people who were trained at the Kinsey Institute at Children Schools and Families.

Call me old fashioned, but I do think that people who have been trained at that paedophile training camp ought not to have anything to do with British children.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, as I was saying, the Kinsey Institute.

The name of that establishment of learning rolls off the tongue very nicely - very respectable and proper.

It is only when one gets up close to something that one can really see what a thing is made of. The Kinsey Institute might well have a very respectable exterior, but it's foundation and teachings are a cesspit of moral corruption.

Alfred Kinsey employed some very peculiar methods and people to obtain the data which his whole philosophy was built upon.

If I were in charge of the whole nation's children, I would run a million miles rather than touching anything that had been in contact with the Kinsey Institute and Belsen Concentration Camp.

Either Edward Balls is very very corrupt and evil, or else he is a really careless man who has committed a massive error of judgement. One or the other, and God knows which - I don't.

But no doubt we will all find out soon enough.