Ed's Blog

June 27th, 2017

‘Even the police have glittered cheekbones’: My take on Glastonbury for the Guardian…

It’s not the crowds or the noise or the buzz but the smells that hit your senses with an unexpected intensity. The tangy, mulchy pong of wood chips scattered liberally across motorway-wide pedestrian thoroughfares. The acid stench of urine rising up from the “long-drop” mass open toilet blocks. The strong [...]

June 12th, 2017

My Harvard paper and Times article with Peter Sands, ‘Making Brexit Work for British Business’

Brexit implies profound changes for British businesses: from how they trade, to how they are regulated and how they employ people. To explore the challenges and opportunities we interviewed over 50 mid-sized British businesses and trade associations, with the objective of identifying the key execution priorities for Brexit from their [...]

May 5th, 2017

Bank of England Independence: Twenty Years On

On 2nd May, the Strand Group and hosted a half-day conference at King’s College London, featuring discussions led by Visiting Professor Ed Balls, to mark the twentieth anniversary of the New Labour government’s decision to give the Bank of England operational independence in 1997, to reflect on the Bank’s role over [...]

May 3rd, 2017

My appearance on Loose Women – always a pleasure!

I had a great time on Loose Women today chatting about life since Strictly and the release of the paperback of my memoir ‘Speaking Out’, which includes a NEW chapter containing all the juicy details of my Strictly experience!  Get your copy here! [...]

April 23rd, 2017

Leaving on a Jet Plane…

This afternoon I’m flying out to Harvard for the final research meeting of my two- year fellowship there. It’s feels very odd to be leaving Britain at the beginning of the General Election – the first one I won’t be actively involved in since 1992. Lots of people have asked [...]

April 4th, 2017

Ed’s Harvard Kennedy School Presentation, ‘Is the case for central bank independence dead?’

On 27th March, the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government welcomed Ed Balls, visiting fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and UK Shadow Chancellor from 2011 to 2015; Prof. Lawrence Summers President Emeritus and University Professor, Harvard University, and Former US Treasury Secretary; Alberto Alesina, Nathaniel [...]

March 31st, 2017

My dream dinner party on Radio 4 – have a listen!

I’ve hosted a gathering with a twist. All my guests are from beyond the grave, longtime heroes brought back to life by the wonders of the radio archive. I am joined by former chancellor Denis Healey, comedy legend Les Dawson, feminist pioneer Nancy Astor, Hollywood great Danny Kaye and others, for half [...]

February 20th, 2017

Ed’s Sunday Times Bestseller, ‘Speaking Out’, is about to be released in paperback. Here are the tour dates…

Click the links below to book your tickets for: The Apex on 11 May   /   Greenwich Theatre on 15 May    /   Cheltenham Everyman on 23 May ‘An engaging, highly readable and on occasion moving portrayal of life in the Westminster madhouse.’ i POLITICS BOOK OF THE YEAR ‘Unusually [...]

January 22nd, 2017

My BBC Radio 3 Essential Classics interview, 16 – 22 January 2017

  You can download the Essential Classics podcast here.                [...]

January 14th, 2017

My interview for the Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine, 14 January 2016

The combination of losing weight and gaining popularity doesn’t half put a spring in the step. Ed Balls says the surprising thing about his post-Strictly world is how filled with smiles it is. In the old days he used to walk down the street and gain recognition – but often [...]