Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Horseplay a la Cameroon

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Horseplay a la Cameroon

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Ed Miliband will be discomfited by a celebration of his dad in the House of Commons. The band of Daily Mail-hating lefties embraces Miliband, Sr as a man who loved Britain but loathed its oppressive establishment and shackling capitalism. A debate on "Ralph Miliband and the Politics of Class Today" will be chaired on 27 November by the party's Socialist Campaign Group MP John McDonnell. Listed speakers include Unite's Andrew Murray and Hilary Wainwright of Red Pepper. It will mark the publication of the 50th volume of the Socialist Register, a highbrow theoretical journal founded by Papa Miliband and his fellow Marxist historian John Saville. Most present will believe Ed and his brother, David, have spent their careers proving Ralph right in arguing that there is no parliamentary road to socialism. The Labour leader isn't expected to attend. I'm confident that Tory HQ will take careful notes, though, to quote back at him later.

Word reaches me of a coalition contretemps over croissants. Chairing a breakfast by the Commercial Broadcasters Association, Austin Mitchell, the garrulous Yorkshire TV news presenter-turned-Labour MP for Great Grimsby, asserted that the mass media are an electronic Burke and Hare, stealing body parts--Google taking our eyes, the BBC our hearts and minds--and then he asked Bob Russell which bit the Lib Dems desired. The Tory Nigel Evans, a former speaker now helping police with their inquiries, piped up "Survival", which wasn't well received. …

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