A very calculated insult… October 1, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in British Politics, The Left.
…the dispute over the Daily Mail’s characterisation of Ed Miliband’s father Ralph continues. It’s good to see someone in political life fight back, and one suspects that the Mail wasn’t certain that Miliband would fight back so hard and fast. Whether that works or not is a different matter, but it’s hard to see the Mail coming out of this in quite the way it may have imagined. Others have noted that as a story it is dominating headlines the Tories might prefer to have made, so well done there Mail in terms of an own-goal.
But this has a very deliberate political goal which has little or nothing to do with Ralph Miliband’s politics, which were kind of sort of orthodox, but not exactly, and that is to yet further undermine even the most anodyne social democratic policies and put them beyond the pale. The give away on that is the following from the Mail’s ‘response’ to Ed Miliband’s own response to the original piece when it says:
How can Ralph Miliband’s vision be declared out of bounds for public discussion — particularly since he spent his entire life attempting to convert the impressionable young to his poisonous creed?
Indeed, his son’s own Marxist values can be seen all too clearly in his plans for state seizures of private land held by builders and for fixing energy prices by government diktat.
More chillingly, the father’s disdain for freedom of expression can be seen in his son’s determination to place the British Press under statutory control.
If it believes that Ed Miliband’s supposed ‘Marxism’ is evidenced by ‘plans for state seizures of private land held by builders’ and ‘fixing energy prices by government diktat’ then it’s understanding of Marxism is minimal to non-existent. But note the elision of ‘impressionable young’ and ‘his son’.
Of course the sheer brass neck of the Mail of all papers discussing that particular time period is, one hopes, yet another yawning own goal. Let’s hope this is a very calculated (albeit unintentional) mistake on the Mail’s part.