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So. Farewell then, David Miliband

by Stephen Tall on March 27, 2013

So. Farewell then David Miliband. You did not Win the Labour leadership. Though you got more votes Than Brother Ed The trade unions Did not like you. They liked him instead. That was your tragedy. And it will be His. EJ Thribb And so David Miliband exits the political stage, pursued by a barely concealed […]

What would you do if you were David Miliband?

by Stephen Tall on September 29, 2010

Let’s leave to one side, at least for the purposes of this post, David Miliband’s record as foreign secretary in the last Labour government. It would take a heart of stone not to feel sympathy for him over the events of the last week. To lose the Labour leadership for which he fought long and […]

First thoughts on Ed Miliband’s election as Labour leader

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

Here are some first thoughts on what Ed Miliband’s wafer-thin election victory in the contest to lead Labour might mean… 1. He’s going to have to work hard to prove he’s his own man. There’s no doubt the right-wing press and the Conservatives will do all they can to show Ed Miliband is little more […]

Three key issues facing the new Labour leader, Mr Miliband

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2010

In an hour’s time we shall know who is the new leader of the Labour party. Though the bookies now make Ed Miliband favourite, my hunch is that older brother David will get the nod, just. We shall soon see. The best guide I’ve read on what to look out for as the votes are […]

LDV survey: Lib Dem members think Mili-D would make best Labour leader (but Balls would be best for us)

by Stephen Tall on September 23, 2010

Lib Dem Voice has polled our members-only forum to discover what Lib Dem members think of the early race for the party presidency, the London mayoral selection, Trident, and the Labour leadership. Over 400 party members have responded, and we’ve been publishing the full results. This Saturday we find out who will be the next […]

Of future coalitions and political alignments

by Stephen Tall on September 17, 2010

Three quick links to must-read articles this past week, all with compelling arguments to make: The Cameroons already thinking the unthinkable (Bagehot, The Economist) Tory MP Nick Boles’ naively sincere suggestion the Tories and Lib Dems will band together at (…)

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Who would get your vote in the Labour leadership contest?

by Stephen Tall on September 13, 2010

The weekend papers were full of speculation about the Labour leadership contest, which as it draws to a close appears to be a nail-bitingly close finish between the Brothers Miliband. According to pollster YouGov, Ed Miliband is set to sneak victory by the closest of margins after second preferences are taken into account; though the […]

Dave reckons Mili-D’s the biggest threat: for the record, so do I

by Stephen Tall on August 28, 2010

David Cameron has ‘let it be known’ (ie, his press team briefed the Guardian) that shadow foreign secretary David Miliband “poses the greatest threat to the Conservative party of all the candidates in the Labour leadership contest”. How to interpret this? Is Dave’s backing of David a cunning bluff: the Tory leader backing the most […]

David Miliband adopts Lib Dem mansion tax policy

by Stephen Tall on August 3, 2010

The Guardian reports today: Owners of homes worth more than £2m should pay an annual “mansion tax” to help the poor, Labour leadership contender David Miliband said today. The shadow foreign secretary said the levy would raise £1.7bn to restore housing benefit for the least well-off. The proposal – outlined in an interview with the […]

David Miliband backs Alternative Vote reform, lays down gauntlet to Cameron

by Stephen Tall on July 2, 2010

With Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg set to announce 5th May, 2011, as the date of the referendum on electoral reform, David Miliband – currently the leading contender to become the next Labour leader – was this morning asked the direct question whether he would back the move to the Alternative Vote. His answer was […]



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