As Labour leader, the most credible criticism of Ed Miliband is that he tried to please all the people, all the time – that he sat on the fence, as the saying goes.
It seems he has taken that philosophy to the backbenches with him. Take a look at the following stories, both from the Independent:
Ed Miliband has been overheard joking to party MPs that Jeremy Corbyn is an even worse Labour leader than he was.
In public, Mr Miliband has been assiduously silent about what he thinks about his successor’s performance so far.
But in private he is understood to have told one of the party’s MPs: “I bet you didn’t think things would actually get worse.”
Here’s the second:
Ed Miliband has launched a public defence of Jeremy Corbyn, arguing that the new Labour leader has in some respects strengthened the Labour party and that he has what it takes to become prime minister.
The former Labour leader promised not to be a “backseat driver” to his successor and praised shadow chancellor John McDonnell for taking forward his efforts to reform capitalism.
“I think [Labour] has a strength in depth in terms of our membership that we didn’t have before. Jeremy Corbyn has doubled our membership and I’ve seen that myself in my own constituency as a constituency MP and I think this is quite important,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
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