"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Bye Bye, Miliband Major

Oh, hang on.  It seems he's only walking a few yards to the back benches rather than quit altogether or accept a ministerial position from his brother.  This could be very interesting though: Miliband D will remain as an MP for his South Shields constituency and hang around long enough to become a focus for dissent in the Labour Party.

Still, I think it's a petulant and childish gesture on his part and shows a streak of spite.  He's a former Foreign Secretary who could have been helpful to Labour on  the front benches and if he truly believed in public service for the good of the country rather than his own ego, he'd have accepted the post of Shadow FS under Ed.  I'm glad that at least one politician has learned the hard way that there's no such thing as entitlement to office.

Brother Ed has now issued a statement saying that it was a 'thoughtful and gracious decision', that he understands David's predicament and no-one wants a repeat of 'things that have happened in the past'. Fasten your seatbelts, folks, this could be very entertaining.

I notice that the msm has already started to airbrush the family history, as Ed himself did in his acceptance speech. We shouldn't lose sight of his grandfather Samuel, a Polish Jew who fought against Poland and for the Red Army in the 20s, or his father Adolphe, later known as Ralph, who sought to overturn the British political system and despised the English.

As Ed said: "My parents came here with nothing [except Ralph & Samuel who came with forged papers]. This country gave them everything."

Let's not forget that Ed was responsible for Labour's election manifesto. I doubt his real views have changed very much since March but you have to hand it to them, they've certainly come a long way and Samuel would be proud of them.

David Miliband's letter in full

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