Hurrah For The Book Deal!

In progressive circles the Mail is a dirty word. The likes of Mehdi Hasan describe the work of what he calls “the right-wing, Tory press” as “bilious and poisonous”. His NewStatesman advises progressive readers Don’t click on the Daily Mail! warning there is None deadlier than the Mail, going so far as supporting a protest against the Daily Mail to ‘stop the lies’. His former Staggers colleague James Macintyre decried “Mail smears”.

Macintyre was sacked from the Staggers but has been re-united with Mehdi to work together on producing their biography of Ed Miliband, cunningly titledEd. (Spoiler alert: born to intellectual socialists, sits at Wedgie Benn’s feet as a boy in North London, goes to Oxford, SpAds for Brown, goes to Harvard, becomes MP, has two kids, stabs brother in back to become Labour leader, gets married, fails and is ousted.) Guido had heard rumours that the manuscript was sent back by the publishers for being too much of a puff-piece, now he is hearing rumours of anxiety in the Miliband camp that the usually reliable pair have revealed a few warts. Anxieties heightened when Miliband learnt that the progressive pair sold the serialisation rights to the biography to be seen this Sunday. Sold to the Mail, for a sum not unadjacent to 30,000 pieces of silver…

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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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