The word “Miliband” is mentioned just nine times in Labour’s 35 page report on why they lost the general election. Apparently it was all the media’s fault:
“Ed Miliband faced an exceptionally vitriolic and personal attack. Even before he courageously took on the public concerns that led to the Leveson enquiry, elements in the news media seemed determined to try to destroy him.”
Guido did warn Ed that would happen, to his face, in 2013.
Was his position on immigration the problem?
“Ed Miliband made a thoughtful, and well regarded, speech on the issue”
What about his role in the campaign?
“Ed Miliband performed well during the campaign – his “people’s question times,” early in 2015 laid the groundwork. In the election campaign itself, when for the first time, the public had more of an opportunity to see Ed Miliband for himself, his standing markedly improved.”
Maybe it was the TV debates?
“It is perhaps the most eloquent tribute to Ed’s qualities, that – having boasted for many years that he ‘could not wait’ to be judged in a head to head encounter with Ed Miliband, – with only a few weeks to go, the Prime Minister did his utmost to run away from the challenge altogether”
Finally, we get a home truth:
“Despite his surge in 2015, Ed Miliband still wasn’t judged to be as strong a leader as David Cameron”
And the rest is history…