Happy Ed Balls Day, Everyone

By Holly Brockwell on at

Today marks six magical years since Ed Balls originally tried to search his own name on Twitter, and accidentally tweeted it instead.

Unusually for a politician, he didn't delete the much-mocked tweet, and it's still there to this day:

This turned out to be a good decision, as Balls' star has risen considerably since the tweet made him a figure of fun. He turned that hair-ruffling affection into a stint on Strictly, then cemented it with a routine it's scientifically impossible to watch without smiling:

Now, he's got a book coming out, and the internet is once again joyfully celebrating his name day with daft jokes and memes on the site where it all happened: Twitter.

There's poetry:

Comparisons between Balls and Santa:

And Balls and Jesus:

As well as cutting commentary on the origins of the day:

There's even important health advice (check those Balls!):

Whether you're a fan of the man or not, Ed Balls Day combines two of the best things: Twitter pile-ons, and British humour. Long may it live.


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