Welfare reform must ensure people working earn more than those on benefits, says Balls

4th January, 2013 5:57 pm

  • Monkey_Bach

    Mr. Balls appears somewhat confused. People in work have ALWAYS been better off than those on benefits. The Shadow Chancellor might find the following blogger’s article illuminating.


    I was hoping for better than this from Balls, but there you go.


    • AlanGiles

      I never expect too much from that flabby-faced overgrown schoolboy. Again, on the World At One today he sounded entirely unconvincing. It’s all just a great big game to politicians of all parties – a pampered little elite who know little about life beyond Westminster. Perhaps if some of them had lived in the real world, on minimum wage with no monthly £400 “food allowance” or public money to patch up their duck houses, moats or elderly MPs buying £8000 TV sets at our expense, they would understand a bit more what life is like for real people. 1 job for every 50 or 60 applicants, many people who are working are doing so part-time, even though they want full-time work. Where is Balls going to magic up these jobs?.

      He is trying to say two contradictory things at once – that he disagrees with the Coalition’s view, but at the same time he also agrees with it – a bit like Byrne agreeing with “three quarters” of the Coalition Welfare Reforms, then he doesn’t, then he does (again), then he doesn’t. I honestly don’t think Labour 2012 has the faintest idea of what to do, except slightly rearrange the Coalitions arrangements and make a great deal of noise doing it. It’s a hollow vessel that makes most noise.

      • jaime taurosangastre candelas

        An £8,000 TV at our expense? Please Alan, tell me that is a typo. That is more money than I would ever spend on a car, let alone a piece of domestic entertainment. My old Volvo cost me less than half of that, my wife’s Discovery was less than £6,000 (she put in an extra £1,000 of her money because she wanted the more expensive of the two we were offered).

        • AlanGiles

          Good morning Jaime. No I only wish it were a typo. It SHOULD be, but dear old Gerald Kaufmann, who remins a pontificating MP did just that:


          This is why I get so angry about politicians of all parties pretending to be so outraged – there are some of the biggest fiddlers going. Then you have people like Maggie Beckett being made Dames, somebody else who was over generous with our money, not forgetting “Dame” Tessa Jowell, for services to the remortgaging industry, Duncan-Smith and Betsygate – they have no shame and no integrity, which is why they sicken me.

    • http://twitter.com/waterwards dave stone

      Balls believes Tory bullsh*t – but that’s probably a prerequisite to selection as a Labour Party parliamentary candidate nowadays.

  • Brumanuensis

    Hold on, if welfare cuts are primarily affecting ‘strivers’, why this argument about ‘people earning more in work than on welfare’?

  • PaulHalsall

    Why should people who are disabled always live in poverty?


  • News Which Labour MPs voted in today’s Trident debate?

    Which Labour MPs voted in today’s Trident debate?

    John McDonnell last night said it was nothing more than a “stunt”, while Ian Murray said it was a “political game”. The SNP’s Opposition Day debate on Trident today appeared to be designed to highlight Labour’s divisions, and the leadership was recommending abstention from voting for MPs. However, 6 Labour MPs voted with the SNP (and against current Labour policy) to oppose Trident renewal, while a further 14 ignored the advice to abstained and voted in favour of Trident. In […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News This is what Sadiq Khan’s London Mayor campaign will look like

    This is what Sadiq Khan’s London Mayor campaign will look like

        LabourList can exclusively reveal the branding for Sadiq Khan’s Mayor of London campaign next year. The branding will make its official ‘debut’ at Khan’s policy forum event on 5th December in 11 days time.   A campaign source tells LabourList that the big blocks of colour, which intertwine in the imagery of the River Thames, are intended to reflect London’s diversity, and they hope the style will be distinctive and eye-catching. Although this branding, which will be used […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Jarvis sets five tests for backing military action in Syria

    Jarvis sets five tests for backing military action in Syria

    Dan Jarvis has set out five tests for the government to meet to secure Labour Party backing for military action in Syria against Isis. In an article in the Guardian the Labour MP and former army officer, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, says he believes that the French resolution unanimously backed by the UN Security Council on Friday gives Britain a “compelling mandate to act – legally and morally.” Jarvis also says that there is no logic in taking […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Polling Support for Jeremy Corbyn soars in new poll

    Support for Jeremy Corbyn soars in new poll

    A new poll of Labour supporters and members shows that Jeremy Corbyn has the overwhelming support of party members and registered supporters. The YouGov poll for The Times shows that 66% of those who were eligible to vote in this summer’s leadership election believe Corbyn is doing “well” as leader – a higher proportion than voted for him in the contest. YouGov conducted polls over the summer of the leadership race, and their final poll in mid-August called the result almost […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured Online balloting of policy issues isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

    Online balloting of policy issues isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

    Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion of “indicative online ballots on policy in between annual conferences” in his speech in Bristol on Saturday sounds innocuous. It isn’t. The motivation is frustration that other stakeholders and decision making bodies in the Labour Party don’t share Jeremy’s enthusiasms for vote-losing policies like scrapping Trident. The suggested ballots are intended as a way of bullying Labour MPs by highlighting areas where they hold different views to members – a none-too-subtle way of threatening MPs that they […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends