David Miliband: I’ve started to forgive Ed – and Labour should try to win majority

David Miliband: I’ve started to forgive Ed – and Labour should try to win majority

Metro.co.uk, July 14, 2013
by Paul McMillan

David Miliband: I've started to forgive Ed

David Miliband said his relationship with his brother Ed is ‘healing’ after their bitter leadership battle and has urged the Labour party to try and win an overall majority at the next general election.

The former foreign secretary admitted he would ‘never erase’ the memory of his defeat in the 2010 contest but insisted there was no point ‘looking in the rear view mirror’.

Mr Miliband, who is moving to New York to lead the International Rescue Committee charity, said: ‘The truth is that these things, you can never erase them from memory or history.

‘But Ed and I are brothers for life. That is something that you value and that you nurture whatever the difficulty of the circumstances.’

Comparing his situation to the Wimbledon final, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday: ‘There are the Murrays of this world who win and there are the Djokovics who come second. You’ve got to be gracious when you don’t win.’

He also urged the Labour Party to reject the assumption that Britain was entering a period of coalitions and assume it could not win a majority in the next election.

‘I actually think that in the end the British people will take a view and I think that is a great prize for Labour, the danger is that could be a great prize for the Tories as well,’ he explained.

‘So I think, there is a bit too much mathematics going on in the way people are looking at the polls.

‘Remember the polls are meaningless at this stage because they start with the question: ‘How would you vote if there was an election tomorrow?

‘There isn’t an election tomorrow. People will come to a judgement about the future of the country in two years time, and I would say it is all to play for, it is open.

‘I don’t think anyone on either side should be banking on the fact that it is bound to be a coalition, I don’t see it that way.’

Meanwhile, Mr Miliband said the failure of military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan had left the international community paralysed in the face of the bloodshed in Syria.

The overall reckoning in Iraq is ‘strongly negative’ and there would have been ‘no justification for war’ in 2003 if the government had known there were no weapons of mass destruction, he admitted.

Afghanistan could suffer many more years of civil conflict after western troops leave, he added.

But, delivering the Ditchley Lecture, he insisted that those experiences must not be allowed to hamper engagement with other crises.

‘While we have learned in the last decade that western military intervention can trigger chaos, so we have seen in Syria that its absence can mean mayhem – and it is going to get worse before it gets better,’ Mr Miliband said.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Regent Hotel Porto Montenegro

Regent Hotel, Porto Montenegro profile

Video profiling the Regent, a luxury hotel and superyacht marina in Porto Montenegro, for Elite Living: Africa magazine.

Read More »

Beast from the East vs Mavic Air

I bought a DJI Mavic Air that arrived during a heavy snowstorm in the UK called The Beast From The East. Here’s some quick test footage around a London park thrown together using iMovie.

Read More »

Lisbon 2018 – shot on iPhone

Walkabout in Lisbon from a couple of days in January overlaid to an amazing Fado singer we saw in Bairro Alto (audio through the phone

Read More »

Lumiere London 2018

The return of the Lumiere exhibition to London. After filming this in 2016 on a GH4 I decided to take a more minimal approach and just use an iPhone.

Read More »


Short travel video shot on the island of Corfu with the GH4. Edited on FCPX and graded on Color Finale.

Read More »

Lumiere London

A video tour through the streets of London for the Lumiere festival, taking in Kings Cross, Regent Street and Westminster Abbey.

Read More »
%d bloggers like this: