Ed Miliband has told his local party that he will contest the Labour leadership. That means David and Ed Miliband are presently the only two politicians competing for the leadership. That could make for some interesting campaign literature. What does one say about one’s opponent?
Harold Macmillan was criticised for the number of his relatives he appointed to Government. In the US, John Kennedy appointed his brother as Attorney-General. Political blood can run in families. Indeed, it is interesting the number of MPs, on both sides of the House, who are the sons or daughters of former MPs or are related (in some cases married) to other politicians. We now wait to see whether competition between brothers for the Labour leadership is complemented by competition between a husband and wife. Perhaps parties should introduce provision for joint-candidatures!