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By contrast, as MPs neither Ed nor David Miliband developed much connection with the Jewish community, and neither engaged with LFI. Ed Miliband (left) with his brother David, putting a brave face on strained relations in David Miliband has revealed how he and his brother. Despite their flaws, David and Ed Miliband are two of the most to pretend that his relationship with his big brother is “on the mend” but it's now.
The feud jars with too many principles of our national character. Deep down, family is all we really care about. We bicker and recover, argue and forgive. When the chips are down, we know whose side we're on. We might be furious with a sibling, parent or child — but if that person is criticised or attacked by an outsider, the attacker has us to deal with.
Imagine how often those attacks and criticisms come, if your brother is leading a political party! And where is David?
Neither does it work, if you aspire to lead the British in world affairs, to cope so badly with loss. Tut tut, that's not the idea at all. Not what Kipling said. David Miliband says the move is "right not just for me but for the Labour party as well", asking rhetorically: Yes, that's hard for me but I think that is right. In being unable to forgive his brother, after nearly three years, Miliband asks for both our pity and our applause.
Some brother David Miliband is
He wants us to see this exile as the hard, noble, gallant decision of a brave and selfless hero. But we can see how easy it would be to throw his weight behind his brother and the past behind them both.
All it would take is one fully supportive speech, a swallow of pride and a pat on the back, and they could be a powerful symbol of unity to inspire us all.
Yet he wants not just to skip town but to be admired for doing it.
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This reminds me of nothing so much as Tony Blair, who not only refuses to admit that the Iraq war was a ghastly and terrible error but still wants to be revered for the "morality" behind it. We must break free from these men who see their own failings as glories.
They are the keenest to seek power over the rest of us, but that way lies the end of the world. Go, then, David Miliband. I do believe it has been hard, and I hope the charity gig goes well. Both believed — and still believe — their vision of social democracy was the correct one.
Perhaps they underestimated, Ed in particular, how difficult it would be to go up against their own flesh and blood. Ultimately, political ambition trumped fraternal allegiance. Was Ed too leftwing, though, for the British public? If ideology is the issue, claim the Blairites, the centrist David could have won the election for Labour. How would deficit hawk David have saved Labour from meltdown in anti-austerity Scotland where, incidentally, the two co-chairs of his own leadership campaign, Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander, both lost their seats?
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How would the pro-EU, pro-immigration David have fended off the threat from Ukip? Can the banana-wielding former foreign secretary be said to be any less gauche or gaffe-prone than the bacon sandwich-eating former leader of the opposition?
Then there is the aloofness: Despite their myriad flaws, David and Ed Miliband undoubtedly remain two of the most talented Labour politicians of their generation. Thus theirs is both a political and a personal tragedy: This is nothing short of a delusion. We are not looking to a period where [David] emerges as another Miliband interpretation.