Alastair Campbell on Balls’s “drivel”

New diary extracts reveal just how much the Labour spin doctor loathed Brown’s right-hand man.

We've always known that Alastair Campbell doesn't have a great deal of time for Ed Balls. But it's still gratifying to have this finally confirmed.

Here are a few choice extracts from his unexpurgated diaries:

26 April 1995: Ed Balls "drivelled on endlessly". Blair said afterwards that he "only wanted grown-ups to attend his meetings".

16 July 1996: Balls was "full of bile" about Blair.

6 November 1996: "Ed Balls spoke drivel, a never-ending collection of words that just ran into each other and became devoid of meaning."

Clearly Campbell, like the rest of us, never really took to "post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory".

Hat-tip: John Rentoul.

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George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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