Daily Archives: August 27, 2012

Jim Pickard

Would Ed Balls as chancellor have a more functional relationship with prime minister Ed Miliband than Gordon Brown, his mentor, did with Tony Blair?

It is something that people are starting to ask, however prematurely: there are still three years to go before the general election. But the question is not without good reason.

I revealed back in June that Miliband rejected Balls not once but twice to be shadow chancellor. On both occasions he tried to get his brother David to fill the role, unsuccessfully. When Alan Johnson quit after just a few months in the post Miliband was left with no option other than hiring his onetime Treasury rival.