All change at the top

Ivor Gaber

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On the day of Ed Miliband’s address to the Labour conference, the newspaper’s ‘star’ political columnist, Richard Littlejohn, wrote ‘clearly some of his [Ralph Miliband’s] discredited ideas have rubbed off on his youngest son.' In the article, Littlejohn reprises his own days as an industrial correspondent in the 1970s; painting a highly contentious picture of a Britain hobbled by high taxes, failing industries and dominated by ‘union barons’. And he warned that Miliband was planning ‘a re-run of the tax and spend disaster movie which got us into this mess in the first place. The Mail’s fury around Miliband’s father continued for a number of weeks, involving the paper in some odd contortions. A related way that the Mail framed Miliband’s ‘otherness’ was to emphasise his background as the son of a Hampstead intellectual who lived a life very different from that enjoyed by the average Labour voter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCulture Wars
Subtitle of host publicationThe Media and the British Left
EditorsJames Curran, Ivor Gaber, Julian Petley
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781315406176
ISBN (Print)9781138223028
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


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