Posted on September 29, 2010
The Miliband Psychodrama
Ed Miliband, who began the leadership as a rank outsider at 33-1, was able to secure the backing of 3 of the 4 trade unions, whose votes proved crucial in deciding the outcome in his favour.
The unlucky elder Miliband, who had previously been the frontrunner to take over from Gordon Brown, was unable to secure a winning majority in the final round of voting despite winning greater support from Labour party members and MPs.
Public Love, Private Loathing
After Ed’s victory media speculation soon began that David was so badly affected by the result that he might decide to leave politics altogether.
Publicly, the former foreign secretary has offered his support for the new leader whilst insisting that he needs time before making a decision on his future role.
However, most political commentators warn that David is privately devastated by his narrow defeat at the hands of his younger sibling. Especially considering that it was only trade union support that narrowly secured the final victory.
Just a few weeks ago, David Miliband issued a thinly veiled attack on his brother’s campaign – which he believed to be pandering to the left of the party in a cynical ploy to secure the leadership.
David Miliband Rebukes Harriet Harman
David Miliband has also been caught on camera venting his frustration at Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the labour party, for applauding Ed Miliband on the subject of the Iraq War, despite voting in favour of military action whilst in government.
Whilst no sound is heard, lip readers believe Miliband comments: “Why are you applauding, you voted for the war” to which Harman responds “Because he is our Leader and I am loyal” – hardly a compelling reason to change your mind on such an important issue you might think.
The Coming Miliband Psychodrama?
Just how far can the love of a brother stretch in politics?
Should David Miliband now choose to serve underneath his younger brother within the new shadow cabinet that he may think he would have, perhaps even should have formed?
Or should he quit politics altogether, clearing the ground for his brother to lead the Labour party into the 2015 general election, but relinquishing all remaining possibility of becoming Prime Minister – the position he has so craved for so long?
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