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?