(Lack of) brotherly love

Written by Total Politics has a free weekly Friday email bulletin. Follow this link to register. on 30 March 2011 in Diary
Ed Miliband’s decision not to have David as his best man is disappointing – he should ignore the idle speculation and just get on with his personal life

As EyeSpyMP cunningly revealed quite a while ago, Ed Miliband is getting married. On May 27, in an ‘intimate’ ceremony that won’t be ‘following all the conventions’.

Putting aside all the issues of all the Daily Mail  ‘unmarried mother’ ranting (and there are many, believe me), there is one thing that stands out.

According to the Doncaster Free Press, who had the exclusive story on the date,  Ed is not going to have a best man, although he hasn’t ruled out having a ‘low key’ stag night.

Ed was his big brother David’s best man, but now isn’t returning the favour. It’s yet another example of how the Miliband’s fraternal relationship bleeds over into their political careers – perhaps Ed has done this to avoid speculation that including David in his wedding party suggests an imminent return to the shadow cabinet, or some other such nonsense.

I’d sincerely hope that the British public (by which I mean the thousand or so politicos who care about this kind of trivial stuff) aren’t so dense as to believe that a man choosing to include his brother in his wedding had any kind of political significance. But the fact that Ed Miliband and his team  take that kind of idle speculation seriously enough not to go ahead and do it anyway for me suggests a level of over-thinking that is going to hinder them in the coming weeks and months.

Tags: David Miliband, Ed Miliband, Labour

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