He took his shot in 2010, lost to his own brother, and ran off to sulk in the USA. He is a relic of a rather sordid episode in Labour’s history.
He should be the last man criticising anyone for unelectability after he went unelected by his own party.
So his outburst yesterday has attracted more than a little criticism itself – if not outright derision.
“DavidMiliband displays his sour grapes strategy of hubris rancour & untethered ambition to win back Labour party,” tweeted current (and preferable) Labour celebrity Harry Leslie Smith.
Owen Jones, darling of left-wing (MSM) journalism, suggested: “If David Miliband was better at politics, he’d a) have become Labour leader and b) realise he’s now only boosting Corbyn.” Good point.
And sitting MP Paul Flynn reflected the views of the many when he tweeted: “Will the extinct volcanoes, who led Labour into defeats and mythical past victories, put a sock in it & shut up? Unity is only way forward.”
In any case, why is Mr Miliband focusing on Labour when his current baby, International Rescue (don’t laugh; it really isn’t the organisation behind Thunderbirds and he really isn’t a Gerry Anderson supermarionette) is in a corruption scandal?
According to the Torygraph: “The United States is investigating an international aid group headed by David Miliband over allegations of corruption in projects intended to help Syrian civilians and refugees.
“The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of three international groups to have had millions of pounds in funding withdrawn over alleged bid-rigging and bribery.”
David Miliband is president and chief executive of International Rescue.
Perhaps he should mind his own business before telling other people how to run theirs.
David Miliband has claimed the Labour party has not been further from power since the 1930s as part of a stinging attack on Jeremy Corbyn.
The one-time favourite for the Labour leadership labelled the party “unelectable” and said Corbyn’s “half-hearted” campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union was “a betrayal of millions of working people”.
Meanwhile, Corbyn has insisted his leadership style is unlikely to change should he beat challenger Owen Smith and be named the winner of the contest for the top job on Saturday.
“Sadly for everyone, it’s the same Jeremy Corbyn,” the party leader said.
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