Ed's Blog

November 16th, 2016

My Harvard Working Paper, ‘Central Bank Independence Revisited: After the financial crisis, what should a model central bank look like?’

Ed Balls, James Howat, and Anna Stansbury 2016 Abstract In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, countries around the world have dramatically expanded the objectives and powers of central banks beyond their traditional inflation targets and policy rates. But as these unelected, technocratic, institutions become increasingly powerful, the pre-crisis [...]

November 7th, 2016

I did an interview with Grazia this week…

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September 10th, 2016

Recent podcasts for the Guardian and the Economist – have a listen!

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September 10th, 2016

My Norwich City programme note, 10th September 2016

Four weeks into the new season, and it already feels like we are on another Norwich City rollercoaster ride. For me, the high so far has been the imperious way the team over-ran Blackburn on the opening day of the season. And the low, that hugely frustrating afternoon in Birmingham. [...]

September 1st, 2016

My interview with Nick Robinson, Today programme, 1st September 2016

NR:                Morning to you                        EB:                Good Morning             NR:                I looked at your Twitter profile this morning not a mention of the fact that you are or were or ever had [...]

August 27th, 2016

Extract from my book, ‘Speaking Out: Lessons in Life and Politics’ – WHERE’S THE BEEF?

WHERE’S THE BEEF? Wednesday, 23 December 1998. The political world was absorbed in the intrigue of Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson’s undisclosed home loan to Peter Mandelson. The scandal was threatening to bring down Geoffrey, Peter and, in the process, Gordon Brown’s media adviser and my good friend, Charlie Whelan, who [...]

August 8th, 2016

It’s official… I’m going to be a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing 2016!

The announcement was made this morning, Monday 8th August, on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2, where I confirmed the news I would be participating in the new series live in the studio. You can listen to the interview again here. I’d like to say I’m just [...]

July 10th, 2016

My comments on Labour leadership, Peston on Sunday, 10 July 2016

Does @edballs think @angelaeagle should run for leadership? #peston pic.twitter.com/6KL6J8HTMY — Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) July 10, 2016 [...]

July 10th, 2016

My interview with U.S. magazine, Foreign Affairs, ‘A Remainer’s Lament’, 10 July 2016

What were the motivations voters had for leaving the European Union? There’s been some big changes in our economies over 20 years as a result of globalization, and I don’t think that either politicians or columnists properly understood what those meant. One was that, 20 years ago when I was [...]

June 22nd, 2016

My interview with NPR on the EU referendum, 22 June 2016

ROBERT SIEGEL (NPR): Ed Balls is a leading voice for the remain camp in the Brexit referendum. He’s a former senior member of Parliament for the opposition Labour Party, and he was influential in shaping Labour’s economic policies for 20 years. Thanks for joining us. ED BALLS: Good to be [...]