One of the quaintest - and most enduring - of all Westminster traditions is how ambitious politicians skirt around the question of whether they want to be party leader/PM. They don't say "yes" - that would be far too brash. But they don't say "no" either - feeling, for some reason, that that's the one lie they can't tell. Instead, we get ambiguous non-denials, which almost everyone interprets as a "yes" anyway. For the record, Ed Miliband's the latest to issue such a non-denial, in the 'You ask the questions'
section of today's Independent:
Do you have any desire to be Prime Minister? WILLIAM BIRD, LIVERPOOL
[ED MILIBAND:] I've got enough on my plate working towards Britain meeting its climate targets, getting an international deal and ensuring secure and affordable energy for people.Read into that what you will...