James Forsyth

Another punishment beating for Ed Miliband

Another punishment beating for Ed Miliband
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Brown central is said to have felt betrayed by Ed Miliband’s declaration of independence over the third runway at Heathrow. The sense of betrayal was heightened by the fact that Brown’s protégé was positioning for the post-Brown era.

But one of the few things those in the Brown bunker can still do well is deliver a swift kicking to those in the Labour party who cross the Prime Minister. So, Ed Miliband is now being set up as the man to take the blame for the strikes.

Kevin Maguire, a very good guide to what a certain section of Brownite opinion thinks, writes today that:

“The PM is livid that Energy Secretary Ed Miliband carelessly failed to heed renewed trade union warnings over the past fortnight that this dispute was about to boil over.”

This is a particularly painful blow to Miliband as it is designed to hurt his standing with the Unions, whose members have a third of the votes in Labour leadership elections.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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