Ed Balls orders a latte…

Hilarious snippet in Alexander Chancellor’s Guardian column today….

Ed Balls orders a latte

I was sitting the other day in a cafe at Milton Keynes railway station, drinking a cup of coffee, when I looked up to see Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer, standing at the counter. “One decaf soya latte with no sugar,” he ordered in a commanding voice. What, I wondered, had happened to the people’s party if this bruiser of the old school was planning to consume such a pallid, health-protecting, politically correct libation? I was greatly relieved to discover that he wasn’t buying it for himself but for the highly respectable-looking woman assistant who was travelling with him.

Highly respectable?! Stop laughing at the back…. We’d been doing a Labour ‘Fresh Ideas’ event in the city centre. And for the record, Ed was so appalled at my choice of ‘coffee’ he almost refused to buy it!

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  • thebristolblogger  On March 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    What, I wonder, has happened to the Guardian for this old goat of the public school to be writing establishment drivel for them?

    Libation? Get over yourself mate.

  • Joe  On March 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm


    Does this mean you are actually not respectable at all but just look it?

    Hope so!

  • woodsy  On March 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

    It’s a shame Mr Chancellor doesn’t enlighten us as to whether Mr Balls ordered anything for himself. Even so, I don’t reckon it would have been anything as proletarian as an ordinary cup of builder’s tea made to docker’s armpit strength and containing 3 sugars. 🙂

  • kerrymccarthy  On April 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Ed had a panini, and I think an orange juice.

  • Rida Vaquas  On April 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    That made me smile. A lot.

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