It's fast becoming one of the moments of TV in 2013. When The Daily Mail's sub editor went on Newsnight this week to defend the indefensible article regarding Ed Miliband's dead father, he was quickly taken to task by former Blair spin doctor Alistair Campbell in a defining moment of trial by television
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This whole thing to me smacks of the instinctive fear the media and establishment have when the word 'socialism' gets bandied about by the Labour party. They're happy to see the party in competition or even in charge, as long as it follows the Blair model, but they're petrified of the party attempting to get back in touch with the left wing policies that actually should be at the foundation of their every action. And so The Fail did their very best to discredit Miliband, stirring up public opinion against him before next year's election by this notion of socialism-bad, using the tried and tested method of slagging off someone who is no longer around to defend themselves. They did this by wrongly proclaiming him, a man who fought and risked his life for Britain in the war, to be a man who actually hated Britain. As if having a left wing tendency and a belief that the country, and the world, could be improved upon therefore means you are 'the enemy within'.
It's exactly the kind of tone Thatcher took with the miners in the 1980s, labelling honest working patriotic men who exercised their democratic right to industrial action as enemies, some of whom - just like Miliband Snr - were of a generation to have served this country in WWII.