Unlike Osborne's budget surplus pledge, Balls's only applies to current spending, leaving open the option of borrowing to fund infrastructure.
Turkeys won't vote for Christmas and Google won’t vote to pay its taxes either.
In Gordon Brown's backyard, Labour won an 11.25% swing from the SNP, while the Lib Dems finished in fifth place behind UKIP.
Everyone in Westminster knows that the nation’s creaking infrastructure needs an upgrade but Cameron’s “global race” and Miliband’s “new economy” must be depicted as ideological antitheses.
Former transport secretary says that the "chronic incompetence" of the government means "there’s a very good chance that the contract won’t be let by the election".
At Geneva this week, the government should push for the establishment of a Syria Contact Group involving both Saudi Arabia and Iran.
Labour is right to look to boost wages and housing, but international evidence shows that pre-distribution can never be the whole answer.
If the party does borrow for investment after 2015, it will be childcare, jobs and housing that benefit.
Faced with austerity and a crisis of public confidence, we need to get money out of Whitehall and down to communities where it can be used to best effect.
Miliband must address deeper public grievances if banking, benefits and other reforms Labour announces this month are to even get a hearing.