Gaddafi Drives a Fraternal Wedge

Labour’s deep relationship with Libya and Gaddafi is edging ever closer to Ed Miliband. Guido has already highlighted the praise that Ed has heaped on the LSE’s Ralph Miliband lecture series, set up in the memory of his father. Saif Gaddafi was honoured with a speaking slot in 2010. Here’s what Ed had to say about it all:

In a rare media interview yesterday, David wasn’t quite singing from the same hymn sheet:

“It’s horrific… The idea of Saif Gaddafi giving a lecture under his name is just horrific to him and horrific to the whole family, obviously. I think there’s a wider issue – the LSE has announced an inquiry into whether at any stage their academic independence has been compromised. It’s very important that that’s carried through.”

David ended up trending on Twitter yesterday by admitting his brother hurt him. A human reaction, just like his disgust with his family name being used to promote dictators. Is Ed still “incredibly grateful” for the lectures?

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