Labour leader says he would not reverse measure previously denounced by his party as a "dog's breakfast" and a "political gesture".
Miliband's new theme of “one nation” has one job – to give him an excuse not to make decisions.
The tension is between the need to defend Labour’s legacy of public service investment and the impulse to imagine different methods of change.
The PM refused to say whether he would allow Conservative cabinet ministers to campaign for EU withdrawal during the referendum campaign.
Miliband must move swiftly to advance his promise to break with his party's centralising habits.
Ed Miliband must help shape a cross-party agreement on the civil service that turns it into a tool to support social democratic governance in the future.
The Labour leader has enough tricky policy questions coming his way. He doesn't want to be quizzed about personnel too.
Read the Labour leader's first speech of the new year on how "One Nation" Labour will reshape the economy.
Is Miliband's "One Nation" Labour pro-integration? Is EU membership an advantage in Cameron's "Global Race"? They don't really know.
As big a question for Ed Miliband as the matter of who delivers Labour’s economic message is the question of who will run the party’s general election campaign.