Ed's Blog

March 2nd, 2016

Echoes of the 1930s must focus finance ministers’ minds – my column in the FT

It is expected these days that a G20 summit will be a disappointing damp squib. This weekend’s meeting in Shanghai was no exception. But when even the International Monetary Fund and the OECD put diplomacy aside to warn of flatlining global growth and urge fiscal spending to boost demand, it [...]

February 12th, 2016

My Wall Street Journal Article, ‘British Influence and Prosperity Depend on Staying in the EU’

In the coming months, Britain will make a momentous decision: whether to stay in the European Union or leave and go it alone. The outcome will have a long and lasting impact, on the jobs and living standards of British citizens, on the fortunes of many global companies, and on [...]

January 27th, 2016

Holocaust memorial will stand beside Parliament

The Prime Minister has announced that a striking and prominent national memorial to the Holocaust will be built in the iconic Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. [...]

January 18th, 2016

My interview in Times Higher Education

“When we started out in the Treasury back in 1997, our thinking was…” So runs the opening to one of the points that the former chief aide to chancellor Gordon Brown and now part-time academic Ed Balls is making. The fact that this “we” trope recurs throughout his interview with [...]

January 9th, 2016

My first programme note as Norwich City Chairman

The FA Cup third round holds a place in the heart of every football fan, but for me it always feels particularly special. It was on third round Saturday in 1973, aged five, that I attended my first game at Carrow Road – a 1-1 draw with the holders Leeds [...]

December 27th, 2015

Ed appointed Chair of Norwich City Football Club

Ed has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of Norwich City Football Club. He takes up his non-executive role with immediate effect and will join his fellow Directors at Carrow Road for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa. [...]

November 26th, 2015

Beyond the third way: A new inclusive prosperity for the 21st century – an edited version of my LBS speech

It is now almost 20 years ago that US president Bill Clinton and UK prime minister Tony Blair launched the progressive governance movement and called for a 'third way' in response to the challenge of globalisation. [...]

October 30th, 2015

Ed has been appointed Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London

Ed has been appointed Visiting Professor to the Policy Institute at King’s College London for the 2015-16 academic year. He will be a member of the team teaching the Institute of Contemporary British History’s innovative new ‘The Treasury and Economic History since 1945’ postgraduate module in partnership with HM Treasury. [...]

August 24th, 2015

Learning the piano, and the terror of performing Schumann in concert – my Gramophone interview

I started to play the violin from the age of seven, and played for about 15 years. I do have very good memories, though some bad ones too – in the school orchestra I scrubbed my way through a lot of operatic overtures and symphonies. [...]

August 4th, 2015

Lessons I learnt tackling financial crisis that never was – my column for the FT

One of the stranger experiences you can have as a Treasury minister is engaging in a tense discussion with the governor of the Bank of England about a problem that does not exist. [...]