Mandelson suggests Balls is living in the past – Media and Blog round up: March 22nd 2013

22nd March, 2013 10:23 am

Mandelson suggests Balls is living in the past

“Lord Mandelson has launched a damaging critique of Ed Balls as shadow chancellor, accusing him of living in the past and focusing on “tiring” arguments about the pace of spending cuts. Speaking at the CBI’s annual dinner in London on Thursday, Labours former business secretary said his party’s economic strategy was failing to win over voters. Lord Mandelson said: “The whole argument about whether we’re cutting too far and too fast, it’s in the past. It is rather predictable party political stuff from over the dispatch box, and it is a bit tiring to the public.” He added: “We need to focus on how to redevelop our economy rather than fight about the past and fight about what’s too far and what’s far enough. The Labour party has got to offer more than that.” Lord Mandelson called for Labour to deliver a more optimistic vision of how it saw the economy working after the period of fiscal consolidation.He added: “We need to focus on how to redevelop our economy rather than fight about the past and fight about what’s too far and what’s far enough. The Labour party has got to offer more than that.”” – Financial Times

Peers to attempt “ping pong with grenades” to halt secret courts

“Campaigners against a new generation of secret courts are confident they will be able to introduce fundamental changes to the controversial measure next week by launching parliamentary guerrilla tactics dubbed “ping pong with grenades”. Amid warnings that the government is planning to introduce Russian-style secret courts, the government is being warned that peers are prepared to exhaust a series of parliamentary devices when the bill sanctioning the changes reaches its final stage on Tuesday.” – Guardian

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  • Daniel Speight

    Mandelson. What a surprise – not. I do hope that anyone who took part in that conference standing ovation a few years back is now feeling suitably bilious.

  • NT86

    Mandelson telling someone else to stop living in the past? Pot meet kettle.

    He simply says that Labour needs to show how it can redevelop the economy, but doesn’t really specify how it can be done. He doesn’t say whether it should sign up to the austerity programme or go another route. A Keynesian strategy is what Labour needs to sell to the country even if it means short-term borrowing goes up, because in the long-term borrowing would be less than what this current government has on its plate. Sadly that message is constantly being trashed by the media without listening.

    • aracataca

      This is of course correct NT86. One way around the media trashing might be to constantly iterate that the borrowing is short term in line with classical Keynesian theory. We are in a 1930’s style debt deleveraging crisis and the only proven way of getting out of that situation is via a Keynesian approach. Perhaps the most laughable aspect of the current situation is that the Tories are saying Labour’s solution is to borrow more when of course we are already borrowing more anyway- late payments to The World Bank, adoption of the Royal Mail pension fund and inflated 4G sales receipts excepted.

  • rekrab

    Return to sender? Jeez! Mandy, like borrow a shite load of cash at zero percent interest, then pay it back from your expenses. Mandy you come then you go like a shadow.Close the box!!!!!!

  • John Ruddy

    To be fair to mandy, Labour does have to start setting out out vision for where the economy should be going. We need to be positive, as people arnt necesserily going to be won over by simply “cutting less more slowly”, although thats part of our critique of coalition policy.

  • JoeDM

    Is Labour still “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich”?

    Just wondering.

    • trotters1957

      Mis quote : He said Labour is intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich if they pay their taxes.
      Big, big caveat.

  • trotters1957

    Mandelson is of course correct. Negative campaigning can only go so far, Labour do need a more optimistic vision. What neither he nor Balls can articulate is what the vision should be.

  • I must admit Mandelson has a point in that the time is probably near when we have to start articulating a narrative of Labour policies going forward but I can’t accept criticism from the man who holidays with Gideon Osborne on a billionaire’s yacht. Odious.

  • I must admit Mandelson has a point in that the time is probably near when we have to start articulating a narrative of Labour policies going forward but I can’t accept criticism from the man who holidays with Gideon Osborne on a billionaire’s yacht. Odious.

  • I must admit Mandelson has a point in that the time is probably near when we have to start articulating a narrative of Labour policies going forward but I can’t accept criticism from the man who holidays with Gideon Osborne on a billionaire’s yacht. Odious.

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