Ed Balls urges return of tax breaks

Friday, 20th August 2010 15:29 GMT By Joe Anderson


Labour leadership candidate Ed Balls has visited Dundee following Realtime World’s administration and he’s claimed the cancelled tax breaks for the UK games industry are the cause of the company’s failure.

In a post on his personal blog, the shadow education secretary was quick to remind the public of the recommenced tax breaks by the previous Labour government which were axed by the Tory and Liberal coalition.

Balls also highlighted the competition UK faces from countries such as Canada, where considerable government support is given to the games development industry.

“The Tory-Lib Dem government is putting the future of the computer games industry in Scotland at risk,” wrote Balls.  “The terrible news this week about Realtime Worlds could be just the start unless the coalition government rethinks its decisions which are costing jobs and risking the recovery.

“While Labour set out plans to support the industry in March, the new government axed it in June and the result is job losses in Dundee in August. These are the stark consequences of a government which cuts at any cost and seems to think that unemployment is a price worth paying. ”

It’s probably wrong to suggest the loss of tax breaks are the reason for Realtime Worlds  going into administration, as there were definitely more factors involved, such as the poor reception of All Points Bulletin.

It is worth noting, however, the UK industry will welcome any support it can get, in this time of financial peril.




  1. Michael O’Connor

    All I’m seeing here is some politician using someone else’s misfortune (whilst bending the truth) to drum up support for his party.

    Typical political wankers.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Freek

    Yup, shamefull.

    Do politicians ever realize how much of an asshole they really are? That it really sinks in “wow, i’m a total idiot”.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    “I want tax breaks this big!”

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Michael O’Connor

    @2 Not all politicians are this stupid and blindly driven by personal progression. This guy is, unfortunately.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Hunam

    It’s just British politics. You vote for the least worse rather than the best.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Grimrita

    His lazy labour twats had 12 TWELVE years to introduce them and didnt.

    Great pic btw. he looks as if he just saw Gordon Brown on youtube with ‘THAT’ smile

    #6 4 years ago
  7. elronathon

    He absolutely had a chance to make more of this before but he turned a blind eye in the run up to the election, despite being quizzed by our countries games journalists and devs. He figured it wouldn’t earn Labour much additional sway. Presumably he now thinks it could benefit his personal profile so he swans in.

    Pretty despicable.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. OrphanageExplosion

    The guy was Gordon Brown’s number two at the Treasury when he was Chancellor all those years for Zod’s sake. Utterly shameless.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. hitnrun

    I’m as anti-tax as they come, but when you start handing them out to specific industries on a whim, then they aren’t “tax breaks,” they’re “subsidies” or “handouts.”

    The UK is a central hub of the English-speaking world with a white collar workforce. You guys don’t need to bribe videogame companies to have a game industry. (Though cutting taxes overall wouldn’t hurt, but that’s a different topic)

    #9 4 years ago
  10. The Hindle

    Ed Balls what a name that is.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. LOLshock94

    ed balls is awesome he will be the boris johnson version of the prime minister

    #11 4 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    Meh, they’ve done sweet fuck all for the pharma industry and the UK has lost THOUSANDS of highly skilled industrial scientist positions in the last YEAR alone.

    It’s high profile spin to cast a bad light on the conservacunts.

    Nothing will be done.

    #12 4 years ago

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