Matthew D'Ancona on Miliband vs Miliband:
I see the point of David Miliband. The cult of Ed Miliband, on the other hand,
leaves me cold, and always has done. Alastair Campbell is surely spot on
when he says that Ed is a "nice guy" who would make "the
party feel OK about losing". The younger Miliband tickles Labour's
tummy on Iraq, Trident, union legislation and high taxation. He looks like
Donnie Osmond, talks like a Sesame Street character, and holds views
that, in the words of one Blair ally, are "usefully wrong". The
sheer novelty of another Miliband entering the race has given Ed
considerable momentum. But, as the great director Robert Bresson wrote, "novelty
is not originality nor modernity". It is one huge category mistake. Ed
Miliband will never be prime minister. You know it, I know it. So why would
Labour choose not to know it?
Because, in this case, ignorance is so much easier than undertaking the sweaty, mostly thankless task of plotting a route back to power. David offers his party years and years of work, painful analysis and equally difficult change. Ed offers a big smile, a hug and the warm feeling that all those deep Labour instincts were right all along.