"When I was 16 or 17, I would have a small glass of wine at lunch on a Sunday, or a shandy or babycham at Christmas." Sunday Telegraph 23/9/07 page 12
Whatever yoof credibility Ed Balls may have ever had, it has now disappeared. Forever. Who in their right mind would ever admit to drinking babycham?! Sorry, I forgot, this is the kind of joined up government where they now reckon there's a huge drinking problem among young people, which they have tried to solve by introducing 24 hour drinking.
It's a bit like Gordon Brown vowing to open up at weekends and evenings the very surgeries he shut when he failed to fund the new GP contracts properly. It's all very well saying you will address these issues but it's a bit rich not to admit that your own government caused the problems in the first place.