Ed Miliband said his opposition to the Iraq war, which had been a dividing line with his brother during the leadership race, was part of the need to acknowledge the errors which had lost Labour the trust of voters. The party needed to show humility on the subject, he said.
“I’m under no illusions about the scale of the challenge we face. The journey begins with humility about our record,” Miliband told Sky News in an earlier interview.
When Ed Miliband branded the invasion “wrong” during his speech yesterday, his brother did not clap but leaned over to ask Harriet Harman, the deputy Labour leader: “You voted for it. Why are you clapping?” [courtesy the Guardian]
My tuppence worth: It was very revealing on the ‘acceptance speech by Ed as the newly elected leader’ to, with the first few sentences he uttered, to have nominated Harriet Harman a Bliarite was sign that things were not as ought to be between siblings. After all David Miliband had second best votes to rightfully be a Deputy PM even if he was not the winner’s brother and opponent.
On the other hand David was being sanctimonious and patronising when he mentioned several ‘rights’ and ‘wrongs’ in the foreign issues. If he had that strong sense of ‘British’ right & wrong – my question is what was he doing supporting the Iraq War on Words-Of-Mass-Deception, as a Cabinet Member?
The second and last question I have is for Ed; given his contriteness for the mistakes made by Bliarite Govt including the illegal Iraq War, what is his ‘actual’ agenda choosing a Blair Babe as a Deputy who also voted for that Iraq War?
David Miliband: A life in politics
Jonathan Freedland looks back at the career of David Miliband so far, from his days as an adviser to Tony Blair, to losing to his brother, Ed, in the fight for the Labour leadership