Sunday, 30 January 2011

Thanks For That, Ed, But...

...it's not like we needed any more evidence that Labour is utterly unfit for office, is it?
Ed Balls revealed yesterday how he speed-read crime novels after Ed Miliband made him Shadow Home Secretary last year.
W...T...F....F...? Is this a joke? Is it April 1st already?

Good god, I've read everything Val McDermid, Kathy Reichs, Thomas Harris and Jonathan Kellerman have ever written; what's more, I often guess the killer before the penultimate chapter. So when's someone going to make me Shadow Home Sec? I'm vastly more qualified, if that's all that's needed....
The admission by Mr Balls, finally promoted to Shadow Chancellor this month after Alan Johnson’s resignation, has echoes of Mr Johnson’s confession that he consulted an economics primer after he was surprisingly given the Treasury brief in September.
Well, no, actually, nothing like it. If Balls had requested a few Scotland Yard case files or, hell, even a few non-fiction crime case studies, it'd be a lot closer.

Alan Johnson at least didn't bone up on the novels of Linda Davies, did he?

10 comments:

Brian, follower of Deornoth said...

But...but...don't you realise Ed Balls has a degree in PPE from Oxford, and is therefore qualified to do anything?

Foxy Brown said...

Perhaps he thinks this admission will make him more likeable. It's a waste of time - he'll always be slightly Uriah Heapish.

allcoppedout said...

Crime novels are basically for knitters with arthritis. They are far too sensible to downgrade into politics. Having to do PPE only states one can't count well enough for science subjects.

Aaargh-atha Christie said...

Liebour has never been suited to office, so it really doesn't matter how he gets his kicks.

James Higham said...

There's absolutely no choice at Westminster, is there? Whatever are we going to do?

Quiet_Man said...

"Alan Johnson at least didn't bone up on the novels of Linda Davies, did he?"

Are you sure? :-D

PT said...

How removed from our reality are our rulers, that they consider reading works of fiction to be adequate preparation for the job?
Ah yes, got it.... the clue is in the question. Fiction, right?

staybryte said...

The only reliable news source left in this country is the Daily Mash.....

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/news/society/miliband-orders-calculator-watch-201101283481/

Captain Haddock said...

What a complete knobber !!!

JuliaM said...

"...and is therefore qualified to do anything?"

Heh!

"Perhaps he thinks this admission will make him more likeable."

No doubt. But he could single-handedly save an orphanage AND their kittens from a fire, and not achieve that...

"Crime novels are basically for knitters with arthritis."

And me! :)

"The only reliable news source left in this country is the Daily Mash..."

How true! :)