Essays | The Rise of the Milibands

In which I write about, naturally, Labour Party Politics. A big shout-out to my fiancee Jeannie Rose, who reviewed tons of YouTube videos to help me nail just the right body language descriptions of the brothers Miliband.

When brothers vie for the same prize, the metaphors just about write themselves: Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, Romulus and Remus, Prospero and Antonio, Peyton and Eli. Such was, is and ever shall be the case for Ed and David Miliband, who were — until 2010 — the twin leading lights of the Labour Party, heirs apparent to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. They served together on Brown’s last cabinet, but David, the older brother, outshone the younger until 2010, when Ed challenged and beat his brother in Labour’s leadership election.

End of story? Don’t bet on it.

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