That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

It’s the Wrong Miliband, Gromit, Eagle Eye

It’s the Wrong Miliband, Gromit

I cannot believe that it is still happening. People – in this case sub-editors at the Financial Times – are still getting their Milibands confused. The online version of Janan Ganesh’s perceptive column about how Ed Miliband had misread the voters’ views of the financial crash of 2008 was illustrated for half an hour with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 9 September 2013 at 7:11 pm

Ed versus David Miliband on Syria, Eagle Eye

Ed versus David Miliband on Syria

A paragraph of exquisite dryness from Janan Ganesh in his column in the Financial Times today, in which he notes the resilience of the doctrine of intervention promulgated in his Chicago 1999 speech by Tony Blair:
Perhaps his greatest victory has been in influencing the British politicians who have succeeded him. True, Ed Miliband, the Labour [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 3 September 2013 at 1:58 pm

The Blairite Candidate, Eagle Eye

The Blairite Candidate

I was brought up short by Simon Landau yesterday. He asked, of my column for The Independent the day before.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 4:09 pm

A Measure of Labour’s Problem, Eagle Eye

A Measure of Labour’s Problem

David Miliband’s resignation as an MP to run a charity in New York is a loss to the Labour Party. More than that, though, it tells us what a state Labour is in.
There has recently been speculation about the possibility of Alistair Darling replacing Ed Balls as shadow chancellor – a change on which Darling [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 26 March 2013 at 9:40 pm

The Case for David Miliband, Eagle Eye

The Case for David Miliband

Further to my blog post about the next leader of the Labour Party last weekend, some of the attendees of the Peter Mandelson Memorial Dim Sum Lunch have given the matter more thought.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 February 2013 at 2:56 pm

“Complicity”: the haters’ favourite word, Eagle Eye

“Complicity”: the haters’ favourite word

I know little about the Belhaj case, in which one of the leaders of post-Gaddafi Libya claims that British spies helped the Americans kidnap him in Thailand and ship him to Gaddafi’s Libya, where he says he was tortured.
But knowing little about it fails to discourage the Blair-haters from assembling their favourite big words: complicity, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 April 2012 at 10:43 pm

A serious speech for serious times, Eagle Eye

A serious speech for serious times

David Miliband made a short speech in the House of Commons yesterday, during an Opposition debate on living standards. I thought it worth reproducing in full:
This is a time of some gravity for our economy and our society. I shall address two aspects of today’s debate: first, the past 18 months and whether, if the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 1 December 2011 at 2:02 pm

Labour tries to be interesting, Eagle Eye

Labour tries to be interesting

Alastair Campbell last week described Labour as the “third most interesting party”. Well, there is one way that Labour people know to fix that problem, and that is to launch a coruscating civil war.
We have had the leak of the Ed Balls files (my column in The Independent on Sunday is a defence of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 3:10 pm

How the leadership election can be saved, Eagle Eye

How the leadership election can be saved

The other item in The Times today (pay wall) is an article by Peter Hyman. Anyone who saw Tony Blair’s former speech writer on Newsnight this week will know that he is even more, er, emphatic than I am about the wrong choice foisted on the Labour Party by the Forces of Whelan. Here is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 9 October 2010 at 1:09 pm

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