Ed Miliband achieved the impossible today. He finished his J’Accuse an even more diminished leader than when he began.
Weak, weak, weak! The Tories chanted. “I’ll tell you what’s weak,” Ed said weakly, “it’s failing to stand up for the right thing.”
Cameron’s definition of weak was more detailed: “Attacking Rupert Murdoch, posing with a copy of the Sun and then apologising for it! That’s weak!”
And then, of course, Alastair Campbell, Jo Moore and Damian McBride.
Ed’s lead-line, his headline, his top line was: “You brought a criminal into Downing Street.”
It’s not a bad line, in fact. It’s nasty. It resonates at a childhood level of right and wrong. And it’s sinister.
But then, but then . . . Criminals in Downing Street.
Ed himself has an adviser publicly accused of Class A drug use. His predecessors, as Cameron pointed out, have a variety of real victims to their account. From David Kelly to the Paddington rail crash survivors to Conservative MPs to half a million Iraqis…