The contrast between Blair's bid to save Brooks and Miliband's call for her resignation is a reminder of how Labour has changed for the better since 2010.
The former PM allegedly advised Brooks to "publish a Hutton style report" and offered to act as an "unofficial adviser".
Both men recognise that politicians need to live, to experience the world, its hardships as well as its highs, before taking office.
The former PM's silence is evidence of his scepticism.
The Labour leader's new motif, "Britain can do better than this", is an echo of the title of the party's 1997 manifesto: "Britain deserves better".
The former PM's open disagreement over Syria shores up support for Miliband among anti-war Lib Dems.
While the rewriting of Clause IV by Blair was of largely symbolic significance, the changes proposed by Miliband would have dramatic consequences for Labour's funding.
Former PM tells Sky News "this is big stuff and it takes a real act of leadership to do it".
If Labour is to build truly excellent public services, it must re-embrace managerialism and performance data.