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Rich
25-09-2010, 05:46 PM
Ed Miliband has defeated his brother in the third round 50.65% to 49.35%. David Miliband (Former UK Foreign Secretary and older brother of the newly elected leader) was ahead until the final round when Ed Balls was eliminated and Ed Miliband was elected.

Ed Miliband is seen as being close to the Trade Union Movement and it was only through the support of the Unions that he was elected, his brother had the majority of MPs and members.


More (http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/25/ed-miliband-wins-labour-leadership)

5intheface
25-09-2010, 06:10 PM
He's a bit awkward compared to his super-smooth bro. His Union support will leave him open to criticism from the ardent New Labs.

Hardly a radical but look at the options.

antiestablishmentarian
25-09-2010, 06:11 PM
Supporting a candidate like him is not the way forward for those seeking to build a fightback to the Con-Dem government.

5intheface
25-09-2010, 06:13 PM
Supporting a candidate like him is not the way forward for those seeking to build a fightback to the Con-Dem government.

Is it possible for any movement of merit to come out of the current Labour party's high rollers?

antiestablishmentarian
25-09-2010, 06:15 PM
Is it possible for any movement of merit to come out of the current Labour party's high rollers?

Not a chance I'm afraid: ever since Kinnock got in as leader of the LP, its been a corrupted shell of what it was and no longer represents ordianry working people despite the continuing links to the unions.

5intheface
25-09-2010, 06:21 PM
Not a chance I'm afraid: ever since Kinnock got in as leader of the LP, its been a corrupted shell of what it was and no longer represents ordianry working people despite the continuing links to the unions.

Oh for Manny Shinwell. :)

Maybe a winter of discontent or long hot summer of riots and unemployment would bring a new movement to the fore. Wouldn't be holding my breath.

Rich
25-09-2010, 06:23 PM
Was Head of the of the Department of Climate Change for less than 2 years - not exactly a seasoned political heavy weight. That said, they have tried the right of the party and ended up kicking off the Iraq war, so I suppose the drift to the left was coming,

Iolo
25-09-2010, 06:23 PM
Not a chance I'm afraid: ever since Kinnock got in as leader of the LP, its been a corrupted shell of what it was and no longer represents ordianry working people despite the continuing links to the unions.

But, alas, it's all there is, and it's bound to pay attention to ordinary people if it wants to survive. As to the fuhrer-voting, who cares?

antiestablishmentarian
25-09-2010, 06:28 PM
But, alas, it's all there is, and it's bound to pay attention to ordinary people if it wants to survive. As to the fuhrer-voting, who cares?

As to your second point, I fully agree with you, but I'm afraid I disagree with your first point. Its time for lefties, trade unionists and socialists to try and form a new party which can act in the interests of ordinary workers. There have been attempts at it, which ended in disaster (TUSC, Socialist Alliance, RESPECT, SLP) but with the emergence of a left leadership in a number of unions (RMT for example) and savage cuts coming down the line, the next period may see the emergence of a new left party similar to Die Linke or Syriza to act as a vehicle for a fightback.

C. Flower
25-09-2010, 11:12 PM
Was Head of the of the Department of Climate Change for less than 2 years - not exactly a seasoned political heavy weight. That said, they have tried the right of the party and ended up kicking off the Iraq war, so I suppose the drift to the left was coming,

A tentative return to working class/trade union roots - the voters intention, I mean, not Ed himself.

There's a big battle coming up over the quite considerable remains of the welfare state.

http://networkedblogs.com/8kCOx

Tony1975
25-09-2010, 11:54 PM
You would have to wonder if David's atheism cost him the victory.

People Korps
26-09-2010, 01:55 AM
At least the new leader said that "New Labour was dead"

Lá an Lúbáin
26-09-2010, 02:18 AM
I don't know if you all have seen this pi55take of the bros but it's pretty prescient given today's result.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/miliband-of-brothers