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to think Ed Miliband should apologise to his brother

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Sallyingforth Fri 08-May-15 23:13:41

and invite him back to stand for leader.

hedgehogsdontbite Fri 08-May-15 23:15:28

What for?

GeorgeYeatsAutomaticWriter Fri 08-May-15 23:15:40

confused Bizarre.


bette06 Fri 08-May-15 23:19:30

YABU. I'm not particularly a fan of Ed Milliband but I really don't get this criticism of a younger brother standing in the same contest as or applying for the same job as their sibling and beating them to it. And why does he need to invite him to stand for leader? I don't know the rules for electing a new leader of the Labour Party but I wouldn't have thought it's by personal invitation of the resigning leader.

MovingOnUpMovingOnOut Fri 08-May-15 23:20:40

Eh? He was fairly elected. What does he have to apologise for?

Samcro Fri 08-May-15 23:21:13

yabu and a dickhead

AlternativeTentacles Fri 08-May-15 23:22:58

Labour were never going to win a box of toffees with Ed at the helm. He was their fall guy.

Now they will regroup, take some better spin advice and it might be a better result next time, but imfear we are headed for another 10 years, 5 with DC and 5 with BoJo.

God help us all. Labour desperately need someone with a personality. Half a personality would be a start.

CaptainHolt Fri 08-May-15 23:23:49

Why? You have to get 15% support from the parliamentary party to stand for leader, not do it because your brother says you can. He isn't even an MP. And those aren't even the main reasons why it would be bonkers and weird.

JoanHickson Fri 08-May-15 23:26:34

They are ok with each other.

It is the public who have not forgotten he stood against his DB.

Icimoi Sat 09-May-15 00:13:05

If David Miliband were interested in the Labour party, he would have come back for the campaign and supported them. If he had been seen to be fully supporting his brother, that would have killed stone dead all the nonsense about backstabbing.

Smellyoulateralligator Sat 09-May-15 00:16:27

David is not even an MP anymore.

BishopBrennansArse Sat 09-May-15 00:17:31


Freestripe Sat 09-May-15 00:17:36

I'm sure they have private conversations as well as public ones... Think about it.

thehumanjam Sat 09-May-15 00:19:19

When you are a politician you have to put the greater good above family loyalty. Ed Miliband had valid reasons for competing against his brother even though it turns out that he was wrong with regards to the direction the party should take.

Idontseeanydragons Sat 09-May-15 00:23:55

Ed doesn't have the authority now to invite anyone to stand as leader, let alone someone who isn't an MP. David lives in the US at the moment I think now?
By all accounts they're fine with each other and have privately sorted things out between them.

NerrSnerr Sat 09-May-15 00:37:30

What should he apologise for? Sorry I was democratically voted?

Trills Sat 09-May-15 00:47:12


They both competed fairly.

badtime Sat 09-May-15 00:49:09


He didn't steal his sweeties or something; they applied for the same job and Ed got it. He has nothing to apologise for.

senrensareta Sat 09-May-15 00:51:30

FFS it was a fair contest and they have no problem with each other

Why do the press and idiots keep trying to make something out of this? confused

Loopylala7 Sat 09-May-15 00:56:30

I think Ed & Davids relationship is totally up to them. I don't think anyone else should butt in. Well unless its their Mum I suppose. Are you Mrs Miliband senior OP?

Charis1 Sat 09-May-15 00:59:59

I do have an issue with brothers standing against each other for party leadership.

There is an electorate of 46 million.

What are the chances that the two best people, the most skilled, the most committed, for the job are two brothers?

What does it say about the equal opportunities and diversity in the party that none of the other skilled, committed people got into that contest?

There odds are millions to one that the best two candidates happened to be related to each other just by chance.

(George Bush and W spring to mind)

Loopylala7 Sat 09-May-15 01:02:05

Same genetics. Similar drives, ambitions...

Charis1 Sat 09-May-15 02:35:26

Loopylala, there is absolutely zero possibility that the two people best suited for the job happened to be brothers!

Sallyingforth Sat 09-May-15 09:26:33

OK OK it seems IABU.
It was just that things might have been different if David had been the leader.
As to him not being an MP, there are always by-elections, and when the next round of cuts starts biting there will be a strong swing against the Tories.

ElizabethG81 Sat 09-May-15 09:43:59

YABVU, as are all the people who trot out the tired Tory soundbites of "stabbing his brother in the back", "oh look at him, he's so weird", "oh look at the way he's eating that sandwich". They both went for the same job and Ed got it. No Milibands were stabbed in the back.

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