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11 June 2011

No, the knives are not out for Ed Miliband

Talk of a co-ordinated attempt to unsettle the Labour leader is risible.

By Jonathan Derbyshire

You can understand the Guardian wanting to milk their exclusive for all it’s worth, but this story by Nicholas Watt, which runs under the headline “Are the knives out for Ed Miliband?”, is pretty desperate stuff. I think that counts as one of John Rentoul‘s “questions to which the answer is no”.

Labour, Watt writes, is experiencing a “rare burst of publicity”, what with the leaked Ed Balls papers and David Miliband’s “speech that never was“. And tomorrow comes the serialisation in the Mail on Sunday of Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre’s biography of the Labour leader. According to Watt, the “sudden flurry of news about the Labour party will raise questions about whether there is a common theme and whether the three developments mark the start of a co-ordinated attempt to damage Ed Miliband”.

Only in your head, Nick. Mehdi’s column in the 30 May edition of the NS doesn’t suggest a man conspiring to make life difficult for the younger Miliband brother: “Give it a rest. Please. The speeches, columns, blog posts and tweets. Has any man, or woman, ever had to put up with as much unsolicited advice as the current leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband? Much of it is hazy, vacuous, clichéd and contradictory.”

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