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Ed BallsJohnson resignation brings promotion for Ed “blinky” Balls.

The news of Alan Johnson’s resignation probably came as a shock for most of us, including the media and front line Labour politicians,  this morning both The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail, reveal that Johnson’s wife has had an alleged affair with the former Home Secretary’s close protection officer Paul Rice. Detective Constable Rice has currently been employed to protect the new Home Secretary Theresa May who was out of the country yesterday, and it is reported that he has been made the subject of enquiry by the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards, which investigates complaints about conduct.

A Metropolitan Police statement said only that “certain matters regarding a constable were referred to the Directorate of Professional Standards”, adding “we are not in a position to discuss this matter any further”.

The messy outcome of the problems in Johnson’s personal life have been nothing short of a disaster for Labour’s new Leader Ed Miliband for a number of reasons, he has lost the “balance” in his Shadow Cabinet where Johnson was seen as the moderating communicator, even though his grasp of economic affairs appeared to be tenuous, the resulting promotion of Ed Balls to Shadow Chancellor brings back a man who was deliberately overlooked as Miliband tried to put some distance between himself and the outgoing Labour administration, the quick reshuffle of portfolios gave additional strength to the cohorts of Brown supporters, Miliband will also be seen as handing a communications “gift” to David Cameron and George Osborne who will gleefully spend months reiterating that Balls was one of the principle architects of Labour’s spend and burn economy.

All of a sudden the news agenda has shifted away from David Cameron and his difficulties with the NHS and the care of severely disabled children and on to the two “Edded”  hybrid which is charged with running the Opposition, Tories will make great play of the failed ambitions of Ed Balls to win the Labour Leadership election and of the weakness of Ed Miliband in having his hand forced in appointing a new Shadow Chancellor. With new appointments for “wee” Dougie Alexander, Ball’s wife Yvette Cooper, Tessa Jowell and Liam Byrne (the man who admitted they’d spent all of the money) his team becomes almost a replica of Labour’s last Cabinet, there appear to be only two missing, Gordon Brown and South Shields MP David Miliband.  This will not be lost on the coalition government who will point out the lack of new ideas and direction within the Labour Party, they are also likely to allude to the comparisons with Brown and Blair’s fractious relationship and try to develop the wedge that separates Ed Miliband and Ed Balls’ driving obsessions on economic policy.

Additionally this morning former Prime Minister Tony Blair is back in front of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war where he will attempt to tell bits of the truth, the edited truth and nothing harmful to himself about the truth.

Oh yes the boys are definitely back in town today, spelling a total communications disaster for Miliband Minor as events and circumstance move totally outside of his control.

Of course they may be some truth in the old adage that it’s better to keep your friends close and your enemies even closer!

Guess who just got back today?
Them wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven’t changed, haven’t much to say
But man, I still think them cats are crazy

ps – Did anyone else notice last night, just after the news of Ed Balls’ appointment that Sarah Brown sent a Tweet out from Gordon about economic policy? I guess he couldn’t manage to do it himself then and didn’t want to muddy the waters by making a press statement.

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  1. OOPS and then there was the little matter of Andy Coulson, who earns amost as much as the Prime Minister, and whom even the much maligned allegedly overpaid CEO’s of large LA’s might have spotted as a man who carries some unhelpfully heavy baggage.A”Big Society” b***s up perhaps?

    LL.B

    January 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  2. If only Alan Johnson kept in touch with Coulson he would at least know what sweet nothings were being exchanged over the phone.

    garryq

    January 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    • A week is a long time in politics said Harold Wilson, the last 24 hours must have felt like a month for the two party leaders!
      The Coulson resignation ought to have been announced 48 hours earlier seeing as it has bounced Balls off the front pages now, this story has some legs, it will run for a while yet!

      curly

      January 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  3. Coulson the “Essex Boy” in the Cameron unreality prone entourage;anyone ever watched that reality programme about Essex wildlife? Watch it and weep…

    LL.B

    January 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  4. This might knock Coulson and Johnson off the headlines.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12272717

    Bryan

    January 25, 2011 at 10:24 am

    • Well, yes, agreed Bryan, it will be the BIG news today. However it may be too easy to blame George Osborne’s first Budget last June as the cause of the “flatness” in the economy, we need to remember that it normally takes between 18 months and two years for any government’s fiscal policies to have a real affect upon aggregate demand.

      curly

      January 25, 2011 at 11:01 am

  5. Perhaps Cameron will replace Coulson with the editor of the “Gazette” who seems to be under attack from one of our intellectually heavyweight local politicians, yet again. If he can survive that, then he must be a strong candidate to be on DC’s shortlist.140,000 Public sector jobs under threat, and not enough in the kitty to repair potholes or the leaking roofs of our schools; not good economic news…

    LL.B

    January 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    • Heavyweight certainly, intellectual……. – well questionable at best. So he’s starting to have a go at someone else’s “addictions” now, the judge was right to describe him as “bullying”. Despite the bulk, he could still pass under the belly of a snake.

      curly

      January 25, 2011 at 7:26 pm

  6. Irony; he should take Pickles on,two behemoths in a cage!

    LL.B

    January 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm


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