The fire lit under Ballsian political economy by Chartist honchos Peter Kenyon and Andy Morton was fanned by the powerful gust of public opinion. The makeBallsrollpoll is closed and the results are in. From nearly 350 votes, 97% of you said that Ed Balls should, one way or another, vacate his post as Shadow Chancellor. 90% said he should simply go, 6.5% said he should be replaced by Yvette Cooper. There is no chance we’re going to let things rest here – not after THESE numbers!!
So, what next?
This poll, and the abnormally high interest in three CHARTIST articles dedicated to the perils of Ballsian economy, is not going to be the end of our engagement here. Ed Balls represents a serious problem to Labour’s political economy and its soul. There is no better demonstration than the influence this had over New Labour’s failed economic record over banking, working life & macroeconomic policy. There is plenty of evidence that this influence is having a detrimental impact on Labour’s current economic offer to voters too. Despite some excessive froth concerning the position of the other Ed last week, CHARTIST enjoyed its biggest 7 days of web traffic ever in raising question about Labour’s second Ed. Over a thousand people in a week hit our site to either vote in a our poll or read articles on our identified Balls problem.
A possible criticism of our poll is that it was personal, that it did nothing more that engage in the sort of personality politics that is currently tearing down Ed Miliband. This is wrong. The complaints made on the Chartist site recently are formed of substance: the economic ideas and views espoused by Ed Balls are deeply troubling, have not served Labour at all well in the past, its present and will not do so in the future. To demonstrate this, CHARTIST will be launching a survey; one that will seek the views of those on the democratic left as to what a truly democratic socialist economic agenda for government can look like. You will not need to be an economist, you just need to remember why New Labour and Ballsian economics hasn’t worked and have some ideas on fixing an economy that has been broken for over 30 years. Details of the survey will be forthcoming, but will include the following, and other, subjects:
– Work and Labour market
– Macroeconomy and the public purse
– Economic regeneration
We’ll be returning to you in a few days with the survey. So sharpen your pencils.