FEW will be surprised that Labour has a new Shadow Chancellor so soon after the ineptitude shown by previous incumbent Alan Johnson MP, almost from day one.
But is Ed Balls the right man for the job many must wonder, compared to, say, Pontefract MP Yvette Cooper?
Although no-one could question Ed Ball's grasp of economics, what of his past performance as Education Secretary when he supported the idea of the new dual faith, ie combined RC and C of E high school on Merseyside, which is now closed because some parents wanted only single-faith education for their kids and sent them to other establishments miles away, leaving council tax payers in Knowlsey a multi-million pound PFI millstone around their necks for the next 25 years.
Also, Mr Balls was in direct conflict with former Labour Chancellor Alastair Darling's plans for reducing the budget deficit, even though these were in the last election manifesto.
What difficulties Ed Miliband might have dealing with such a potential loose cannon, especially when such an ambitious one, no-one knows yet, but I can see stormy waters ahead.
D S Boyes, Rodley Lane, Leeds