Opinions divided over the anger and 'frantic squawking' of Ed Miliband

Written by Dods staff on 10 May 2018 in Diary

Watch: Ed Miliband got very animated when he called for part two of the Leveson inquiry.

Ed Miliband is "at his absolutely best when he’s angry", declared Labour MP Karl Turner.

He was tweeting as the former Labour leader made an animated Commons intervention on press behaviour.

But to no avail. On Wednesday MPs chucked out a bid to set up the second stage of the Leveson Inquiry, despite Miliband’s passionate posturing in the Chamber. The former Labour leader had told ministers that their decision to axe Leveson had been "contemptible" and it was a "matter of honour about the promises we made" to the victims of phone hacking.

As for other responses to Miliband's behaviour, Tory MP Nick Boles was unimpressed. "Striking and depressing that the political initiative to which Ed Miliband has devoted most energy since stepping down as leader of the Labour Party is the muzzling of Britain's free press," he lamented.

Times columnist David Aaronovitch ventured: "Nice to see that the Ed Miliband who has managed a valiant silence throughout the Assad chemical attacks (and much else) since 2105, is today so vocal on the need to tackle the printed media."

But perhaps the best take was offered by Telegraph sketch writer Michael Deacon who was delighted to see that the former Labour leader had lost none of his unique gifts.

"All the old moves were there," he wrote. "The furious wagging of the index finger. The startled, goggling stare. The frantic squawking and spluttering, that make him sound like Donald Duck choking on a peanut."








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