At the end of this year’s Labour Party conference, Ed Miliband called for a return to socialism.
The Daily Mail explained this by writing that Ralph Miliband was a Marxist.
A great flap ensued.
Didn’t we already know this?
There have been a number of online references to Miliband ancestors for years.
Here are a few I found when David Miliband was Foreign Secretary, so pre-2010:
2007: One of Vladimir Putin’s aides, Gleb Pavlovsky, took David to task over the way he dealt with Alexander Litvinenko’s murder. N.B.: The Mail refutes Pavlovsky’s accusation that Samuel, Ralph’s father, fought with Leon Trotsky in the 1920s. That bit is in italics to show that the Mail is not reflexively anti-Miliband:
… an investigation by The Mail on Sunday has established that Samuel was never involved in the killing of Russians.
We have also discovered that far from being “Russian-haters”, one of the Miliband family actually fought with the Red Army.
And we have been told that Mr Pavlovsky’s comments – in a Russian newspaper – were simply an attempt to undermine Britain’s Foreign Secretary by highlighting his Jewish roots in a country where anti-Semitism is rife.
There is also a photo of Samuel and Ralph with more about their family history — interesting reading. The article adds:
Samuel died from cancer in 1966, by which time Ralph had established an international reputation as a Marxist academic and Left-wing political theorist.
2007: Did a Miliband family member — Elie — go to New York in 1905 with Leon Trotsky, alias Irska Bronstein? See the photo of the handwritten manifest of the passengers sailing from Southampton on the SS Philadelphia.
2007: Here is a brief genealogy of Ed and David Miliband’s family which states that Ralph was ‘a Marxist writer’.
2009: Ed met his last surviving relative in Russia, Sofia Davidovna Miliband, an elderly second-cousin twice removed. The Guardian explains that, once it was time for the family to leave Poland, Samuel (Ralph’s father) went to Belgium. Sofia’s family went to Russia.
2009: The Mail sheds light on the Milibands’ complex property ownership. Did David make a substantial profit over 12 years through a ‘series of legal manoeuvres’ involving Ed and mother Marion?
The British media are correct to vet our leaders for us, good and bad. Afterward, the public decide at the ballot box.