Ed's Blog

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. [...]

July 21st, 2015

The risk of fumbling the EU exit poll – my column in the FT

A national referendum is always a momentous event, and it carries monumental risks. To hold one such referendum in a generation is bold enough. Yet Britain is holding two in three years. Last year’s referendum on Scotland’s future was destabilising; I remember well how much concern that vote caused the [...]

June 17th, 2015

Ed appointed Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School

Ed has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School for the 2015/16 academic year. More information can be found at http://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/news-events/balls [...]

May 22nd, 2015

Transcript of Ed’s interview with Nick Robinson

Ed Balls: Clearly I’ve got more time on my hands than I’ve had for the past 20 years, it’s only been a couple of weeks, it’s flown by. I’ve had hundred of letters and emails from Labour voters and Tory voters – I’ve been replying to them. I’ve been trying [...]

May 8th, 2015

My words at the Morley and Outwood count

Can I start by thanking the Returning Officer and all the counting staff, it’s been a very, very long night, so thank you to you for all staying on to finish this job here today, thank you. Let me start by saying to my political opponents in Westminster, congratulations. And [...]