By Mark Wallace
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The other day I picked out an example of Labour's miserablism:
"Ed Balls' apparent enthusiasm when the economic data is poor, and his deflation when the figures improve"
It's a sad fact that Balls can barely contain his desire for things to go wrong in the economy so that he can promote himself on the back of a crisis.
Given the howls that suggestion generates from some quarters, I now owe a debt of gratitude to the Shadow Chancellor himself for proving the point.
Here he is yesterday on the BBC News Channel discussing the latest economic figures:
Given that the ONS had just revised the GDP figures upwards, he might at least have ditched the frown for one day. More remarkable was his assertion that:
"The export performance has been woeful…"
Compare and contrast that claim with the headlines from last night's Evening Standard:
Balls should probably have noticed he'd taken his professional grump too far when even the BBC were being more positive about the economy than him.
Perhaps we should have a competition, with a prize for the first person to spot Ed Balls celebrating economic good news?