On September 25, 2010, the Electoral College of the British Labour Party announced the outcome of its leadership election, following the resignation of Gordon Brown in the wake of humiliating defeat in the May 2010 General Election. “Red Ed” Miliband was elected to the Party’s Leadership position by the barest majority of 50.65 percent to 49.35 percent over his brother David Miliband.
Ed Miliband was not the first preference of Labour Members of Parliament. He was not the first preference of Labour Party members. But, he was the first preference of labour unions infuriated by what they perceived as their betrayal by Tony Blair’s New Labour. He won the elimination contest by picking up a majority of second preference votes as other left-wing candidates were successively eliminated from consideration.
David and Ed Miliband were the progeny of Ralph Miliband, a Polish Jew, whose parents had fled Westwards to escape anti-Semitism in continental Europe. Ralph Miliband was a committed Marxist who, in 1940, had sworn an oath of allegeiance to Karl Marx and his philosophy at the foot of his London grave, and who, under the mentorship of Harold Laski, dedicated his entire life and scholarship to Marxist-Leninist political science.
David Miliband broke away and saw the beckoning capitalist lights, as he joined Tony Blair in the New Labour venture that kept the Party in power throughout the period 1997-2010. His younger brother, Ed. lurked in the lower levels of the Party, much more in his father’s intellectual shadow, staking his career on the fortunes of the Scottish Cyclops, Gordon Brown, and enjoying watermelon (green outside, red inside) cabinet status as Energy and Climate Change Secretary. Ed’s leadership campaign focused on returning Labour to its socialist roots, focusing policy on the ‘unshakable principles’ of economic equality and of reinstating the traditional powers of the labour unions.
So we now know where the Labour Party is headed: leftwards into political oblivion, if postwar history remains in any way relevant, and as long as the Conservative-Liberal coalition government does not lose its nerve. This is a remarkably generous gift by the Labour Electoral College to the economic advancement of the United Kingdom. Rarely do we witness such an unselfish act of seppuku outside the confines of Samurai warriors in the Land of the Rising Sun. Rare as this process of self- disembowelling may be, the British people should ring the bells across the nation to give thanks to Divine Providence for effecting this remarkable political sacrifice.