A prominent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn has criticised Ed Balls' comments about the Labour leader, suggesting the electoral disaster Balls suffered in 2015 put him on shaky ground when talking about electability.
In his new autobiography, Speaking Out, Balls calls Jeremy Corbyn's leadership style a "leftist utopian fantasy" and says the veteran politician's ideas are "devoid of connection to the reality of people's lives," suggesting he has little chance of winning a General Election.
Balls was second-in-command to Corbyn's predecessor as Labour leader, Ed Miliband, in the run-up to the 2015 General Election. Labour lost the election and Balls himself was unseated in one of the biggest political upsets in recent years.
Aaraon Bastani, founder of Novara Media and a prominent left-wing commentator, told talkRADIO that Balls "is talking about electability [when he] can't even keep his own seat. He doesn't know his own constituents well enough to keep his job."
Bastani, whose company has been described as the militant wing of pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum - an accusation it denies - continued: "People who disagree with [Jeremy Corbyn], of course they should make those criticisms known, they should articulate them confidently and intelligently, and this isn't it.
"Where [the criticism is] coming from, you'd expect a little more humility. When it comes to winning, Ed Balls isn't all that."
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