Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Is Ed Balls ‘the most annoying person in modern politics’?

Perhaps it depends what the Prime Minister means by ‘modern’. If we take the term as it relates to the English language, we are talking about the post-1500s. There have been a fair few annoying people since that era, and, indeed, quite a few during it, not least those who conspired in that fateful day in 1556. If we were to apply the term to history generally, we are looking at all politicians since the end of the Middle Ages: again, an awful lot. If modernity is being considered in relation to the arts, well, this is difficult, but it’s essentially the first half of the 20th century. Modern in relation to politics is sometimes used to refer to the period since the late 19th century or simply to the post-war period. But if, as is most likely, the Prime Minister was talking of modern as it relates to the present, it is difficult to understand why he bestows the award for superlative annoyance upon Ed Balls.

Perhaps it depends what the Prime Minister means by ‘annoying’. If it is slight anger or mental distress, quite a few of his own backbenchers will be vying for position. If it is in the sense of repeated harassment, one would think that Nick Clegg would be more of a thorn in the Mr Cameron’s side. But ‘annoyance’ derives from the French ‘anuier’ which itself derives from the Latin ‘odio’, meaning hateful.

If the Prime Minister believes Ed Balls to be the most annoying, excruciating, irritating, aggravating, meddling, disconcerting, vexing, bothersome and hateful person in modern politics, he has clearly never met Ken Livingstone.


Blogger jdennis_99 said...

Harriet Harman is the worst, closely followed by Ed Balls. Ken Livingstone is definitely 3rd, though!

30 March 2011 at 18:11  
Blogger Anabaptist said...

At least Balls's annoyingness is not due to his pretending to be something that he is not. Other modern political figures are even more annoying because of their pretence to be something quite different from what they actually are (terms such as 'Eurosceptic', Conservative', etc. come to mind).

30 March 2011 at 18:28  
Blogger Braveheart said...

If Balls gets under Cameron's skin, that's good enough for me.

30 March 2011 at 19:06  
Anonymous IanCad said...

'He has clearly never met Ken Livingstone'
Nor, seemingly, does he look in the mirror.

30 March 2011 at 19:29  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Could we consider the meaning of 'politics' also - in the sense of 'relating to citizens.'

Mayhap the phrase 'modern politics' is an oxymoron-paradox, (to which we seek a solution).

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Chubby Chops remains a hall of smoky pots and mirrors...

30 March 2011 at 20:01  
Blogger Bred in the bone said...

Modern politics according to Tony Blair is when a PM does as he pleases without consulting the cabinet and I think he got the idea from Thatcher.

So I guess anyone getting in the way of a PM dictatorship would be a annoyance.

30 March 2011 at 20:17  
Blogger Span Ows said...

Worse than the most annoying: he is the most dangerous (and I don't mean to the Coalition or Conservatives, I mean to the country. This c@%& is as guilty as Brown for where the UK is today. His head should be next to Brown's on spikes at the city gate (I'm happy to accept any city as the venue)

VR: payings

Ball's and Brown's 'payings' are still due.

30 March 2011 at 21:14  
Anonymous LCF said...

Wot Span Ows said. I was so pleased that Cameron finally had a go at him for his continued disgraceful parliamentary behaviour today - did you see him during the budget?

The man is genuinely dangerous.

30 March 2011 at 21:35  
Anonymous YorkshireLad said...

I wouldnt vote for Ed Balls if his was the only name on the ballot paper. I hope the good people of Morley and Outwood vote him out next time.

30 March 2011 at 22:04  
Blogger Dr Evil'll fix it said...

Anabaptist 30 March 2011 18:28 Non Mouse 30 March 2011 20:01 BITB 30 March 2011 20:17 Span Ows 30 March 2011 21

Top Form, Chaps. Especially Anabaptist, as you ask the same question as I state below.

Chaps, Ernst has a question.

Clegg to Cameron: “If we keep doing this we won’t have anything to bloody disagree on in the bloody TV debates.”

Does this mean Clegg is becoming more conservative in his think or policy or is Cameron becoming more liberal in his thinking or policy.

Because as this coalition appears to be to the left of Labour (HA. Ernst never thought he would say that, except about the Green Party), what is the 'Bloody Point' of voting for any of them.
So what is a Conservative and what is a Liberal Democrat.

Ernst will not vote for a name, it must have MEANING!

Ernst wonders what His Grace thinks also or is he blinded by allegiance a Conservative Party that no longer sees itself as Conservative??

Ernst Shrugged ©.

E S Blofeld

30 March 2011 at 22:51  
Anonymous not a machine said...

Of course he may have just highlighted the problem of modern politicos, but oh there are so many from the last goverment , the disengenious and the downright liars.
but then perhaps he will have the record ammended to say "most anything" as tribute to the famous "so what" cough "so weak" remark we all cherish so well.

However the exchange probebly didnt pick up on camera or mic the back chat comming from him as he began answering the question.

But I cannot forget the number of interviews he gave when in goverment,that the pms remark would have covered perfectly.

Ernst: coalitions do funny things to parties , I had assumed the libs would revert to previous form and be unable to make a strong case in a near bankruptcy . The merged party rumours were enough to send grass roots to the armoury . There is a great deal of time yet to pass before we can tell if it was lashup or a stitch up or a sucess. So long as we dont ever forget what labour did , the quiter unworthy accomplices in the national ecnomic deflowering may just pass unoticed , which I am quite sure some are praying for.

31 March 2011 at 00:27  
Blogger Dr Evil'll fix it said...

My Mate Not a Machine said 31 March 2011 00:27

"Ernst: coalitions do funny things to parties " It appears the desire to grab power at any cost does strange things to all parties once they get the bit between their teeth

Ernst has just had a good chuckle at an email sent by a friend regarding BNP members new or old from being denied membership of UKIP...see below extract.

"The Party Secretary has the right to suspend or expel members who clearly bring the Party into disrepute by association with or membership of an organisation, membership of which the NEC has declared to be incompatible with membership of the Party.
Membership is not available to anyone who is or has previously been a member of the British National Party or the UK First party. Any applications made from people who are or have been members of these organisations will be refused, and any subscriptions collected will be refunded. By applying for membership you certify that you are not and have never been a member of either of these parties.
Any action under paragraph 5 shall be confirmed by the NEC at the earliest opportunity.
Regards, Steve.
Stephen Crowther, Executive Chairman, UK Independence Party
Eastacombe House, Heanton Punchardon, Barnstaple, N Devon EX31 4DG.. "

Whilst Ernst has stated he would not vote BNP, he believes everyone has the right to choose who they will if they are a legitimate candidate. All communists believe conservatives are as loathsome as they see the BNP. Does this mean that old or new commies will be denied membership to UKIP (probably behind the anarchic, violent scenes in London last week), as the Respect party advocates the removal of Israel by isolation, would they be denied or (More than 100 Birmingham City Council members honoured Afghanistan veteran Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher with the ovation at their monthly meeting.

But Respect Party councillors Salma Yaqoob and Mohammed Ishtiaq remained seated, sparking anger from other councillors. Weoley Conservative Councillor Peter Douglas Osborn said: “They should be members of the disrespect party, not the Respect Party), just one party.

Ernst understands the frustrations felt by voters as to which party will listen to their concerns but to target the BNP, in particular, is pathetic. Is it even legal if the BNP has not been banned and participates under electoral rules?

The world of democracy has turned upside down!

Imagine saying, no muslims accepted even if they turn to Christ and repented. (Not that UKIP or Farage is any kind of messiah, lol)



31 March 2011 at 01:01  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

Personally, I find 'Little Eddie' somewhat annoying.

31 March 2011 at 01:46  
Blogger The Last Dodo said...

That's 'Little Eddie' Milliband. Remember his brother and him as children in Leeds and he was something of a twerp then.

Labour really shot themselves in the foot choosing him over David.

31 March 2011 at 01:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find nearly all our politicians are most 'annoying'.

31 March 2011 at 01:50  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I see your point Ernst , perhaps its aimed at infiltrators which then assumes they will be going head to head . UKIP certainly are having a makeover and funding. The BNP I thought struggled with there first seats , they just werent prepared for actually doing the job once elected , but seemed to have learnt a lot since then , if they get the hang of debate, dont reach for the knuckledusters and consider a mixed economy (and our economy tanks) might make more of showing . Although some of UKIPs other policies have some twinkle and farrages undoubted ecnomic understanding means he could reach those not devoute eurosceptic .

I still hope the conservatives/coalition can do the business , they have some very able cabinet members. I just dont know if the sweating bed of gelignite left by the previous government will become safe , these locals may just be the beginning of the end of the publics patience with both the cost and fiddles of what has gone on before .

I keep waiting for the question , since 1997 how much increase has the UK seen in cost of elected politicians ie how much does our polilitcal system now cost compared to when we had just one parliament. The increased contributions to the EU are just staggering let alone the bailouts for the euro. I look at how brussels carries on and wonder if they are not the source of a second bust in progress.
what fun that will be ,in what labour engineered over here is just the big brother clone in brussels.Some days I just cannot believe what labour have done , or how they envisaged it turning out, its beyond incompetence how you could ruin millions of lives for somthing so wonk and decitfull.

31 March 2011 at 02:15  
Anonymous David Wright M at South Shields said...

31 March 2011 01:49

"Labour really shot themselves in the foot choosing him over David." Completely agree, how on earth did you get yourself extinct, with such flawless discernment.

Don't know what to do with myself on May 27. Might go to LSO Discovery Friday Luchtime Concert at Jerwood Hall, LSO St Luke's, London.

See what our Louise is playing?

If you can't go to "Little Eddie's" bash, how about above concert, Tickets: Free entry, just turn up on the day!


"Mr Brains"

31 March 2011 at 02:18  
Blogger Dr Evil'll fix it said...

My Mate Not a Machine said 31 March 2011 02:15

"Some days I just cannot believe what labour have done , or how they envisaged it turning out, its beyond incompetence how you could ruin millions of lives for somthing so wonk and decitfull."

NAM, there are days when I wish they would just SHUT UP spouting 'what we would do', as they are the ones who have put us in the smelly! Like being chastised by a gambling addict, who has just blown his months wages on a horse, for you buying a £1 lottery ticket.

A Carthusian vow of silence for a couple of years would not go amiss.

Mind you, that Conservatives wanted to match their spending plans only fills me with dread about their fiscal ability but at least they can say 'it didn't happen on their watch'.

My God, how I despise Ed Balls and his smarmy Mrs.
Ignoramus's comes into mind everytime I see the 'Odd Couple'.

'What a shower', as Terry Thomas used to say.


31 March 2011 at 02:36  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I see some of my fellow communicants have already raised the question going through my mind.

Forget most annoying. How about most dangerous?

31 March 2011 at 06:26  
Blogger jarwill101 said...

If we're talking 'annoying' then there are multiple candidates. As for 'nauseating', I'd plump for Simon 'The Iron' Hughes. A man who played the homophobic card in an election against Peter Tatchell, only to admit a few weeks later that he had a few problems with his own sexual orientation. Over the years he has maintained his high standards, with speech after crawling, obsequious speech to the Caliphate Crew of east London. He probably has what he wants now: The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets.
If we're talking 'dangerous' then I'll go for Harriet 'Heil!' Harman: The Maid of Frankfurt (School). That deranged champion of equality - through coercion. By the look in her eyes I feel she hasn't finished with us yet.

31 March 2011 at 07:22  
Anonymous berserker-nkl said...

Harriet Harman used to have Our Eddie (Millipede) working for her as a shadow's shadow. Imagine being stuck in an office with those two. And of course they are still together with HH as Deputy

Eddie also did a brief stint with Tony Benn after an even briefer stint as a TV journo. Most of our politicians have never done a normal job or were kicked out when they tried.

Simon Hughes? Ken Clarke? (Yes I know most people find him endearing but I think he is a real danger to the Coalition) Diane Abbot? (Has she got permanent narcolepsy?) but above all the Green Goddess herself - complacent, ingratiating and stupid.

Woe is me. About the only MP's I don't find irritating is wily old Pickles and that old prehistoric monster: The Beast of the Bolster!

31 March 2011 at 09:31  
Blogger jarwill101 said...


How right you are to have a pop at old Clarkey; The Jester for Justice, an old lag with a lot of previous, including a lot of nasty GBHs against the mentally ill in the 1980s.
His drive to legitimize crime carries on where Nu Labour left off. On the Inspector Gadget website, rank & file coppers, the ones who go toe to toe with violent criminals, always have some choice comments on Mr Jazz & Cigars.

31 March 2011 at 10:13  
Blogger Dr Evil'll fix it said...

Berserker-nkl said 31 March 2011 09:31

"About the only MP's I don't find irritating is wily old Pickles and that old prehistoric monster: The Beast of the Bolster!"

Dr Evil has a recommendation he hopes you will follow;

KEEP TAKING THE MEDICATION PRESCRIBED OR REMAIN PSYCOTIC (distorted or a nonexistent sense of objective reality).Capisce?

You poor old chap.


31 March 2011 at 11:10  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Internal spat. Osborne models himself on Brown and Cameron on Blair, but Danny Alexander cannot match Ballso so there is a Shadow Problem because Osborne needs the organ grinder not his monkey and he is off making money in Abu Dhabi or wherever BA can find seats for him

31 March 2011 at 11:27  
Anonymous Sage said...

I definitely find Ed Balls annoying.

31 March 2011 at 11:55  
Blogger Father David said...

Cameron says that one day the Leader of the Opposition will agree with him; presumably he means when the Brilliant Comrade is Prime Minister and Ed Balls is Chancellor?

31 March 2011 at 13:00  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

"Annoying" may be derived from "hateful" but that is not what it means, so it adds nothing to the argument.

31 March 2011 at 15:36  

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