Dr Alf has posed a very important question which transcends politicians and applies to us all.
Ed Miliband’s father is dead and cannot answer for himself.
We have no way of knowing what his father really thought because we did not know him, speak to him or engage with him.
The Daily Mail and its reporters today can report on his speeches but that is not the same as knowing him.
Ed Miliband has to be judged on his own merits or otherwise and the things he says and does.
Whilst I, and many people in the country, find him to be vacuous, useless, economically illiterate, out of touch, contemptuous of ordinary people trying to make money, a quasi Socialist and certainly not Prime Ministerial material, his father’s memory should be left out of the equation.
Whilst within his personality, as there are in all of us, are bits of the personalities of our parents and even grandparents, he is not a clone of his father as the photograph of the two of them in the mail shows.
The Guardian and Alistair Campbell are, of course, being over sanctimonious, because Alistair Campbell was the “eminence grise” along with Tony Blair about the “Dodgy Dossier” which preceded the Iraq War which was illegal and cost 775,000 Iraqi dead, £3 billion gbp in economic damage, 1 million refugees, many of our young fighting men killed and maimed.
He is, in my opinion, a demonstrable peddler of nonsense whose word is at best suspect.
The Guardian, should have mounted its own defense of Ed Miliband since they support him but they should not have used Alistair Campbell as he would be, in a courtroom situation, deemed to be an unreliable witness.
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