The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Ed Balls

Wednesday, 29th April 2015

The cover of next week’s Radio Times claims it’s an ‘ELECTION SPECIAL’, yet the image below is of prime-time BBC 1 drama The C-Word, about a journalist with breast cancer. I’m not sure it’s possible to publish a special edition on a subject in earnest, whilst implying that you think it’s too boring a subject for the cover design.

Unless The C-Word is a coded reference to what Russell Brand called Ed Balls.


Monday, 19th January 2015

Mr Osballs is already a well-known figure in dinner table conversations in both Westminster and Whitehall, and the time has come to introduce him to a wider audience.

Osballs, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈɒzbɔːlz/
Etymology: Blend of the names of George Gideon Oliver Osborne, Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer (2010–) and Edward Michael Balls, Labour Shadow Chancellor (2011–). Perh. influenced by balls v. and balls int.

Polit. The economic policy of Balls, regarded as largely undifferentiable from that of Osborne; advocacy of this policy. Also in extended use, esp. the austerity measures prescribed by both Labour and Conservative parties during the post-crisis period.

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