Can we swap Balls for Parker?

He may be a pommy bastard but Ed Balls at least is realistic about spending increases.

Mr Balls said he could make no promises to reverse the freeze on public sector pay before the end of this parliament.

He blamed Chancellor George Osborne’s “mistakes” with the economy for making such pay restraint necessary.

But he said Labour would not make commitments on public spending unless they were “responsible and credible”.

The government announced in November that public sector pay would rise by only 1% in the two years to 2015.

Mr Balls appeared to endorse the decision in an interview with The Guardian and then again on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme ahead of a speach to the Fabian Society on Saturday.

He said: “I can’t just promise to people that I can just wave a magic wand and be able to spend more and tax less.

“I cannot make commitments now for three years’ time. I won’t do that, it wouldn’t be credible.”

Mr Balls said voters faced a choice between higher public sector pay or tackling rising unemployment.

Wonders will never cease, at least one Labour politician understands the trade off between overpaying public servants, increasing government debt, slowing down the economy and unemployment. 

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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