Ed Miliband admitted that this year has not been the easiest, referring to his relationship with his brother in an enlightening interview in the Weekend Guardian magazine.
This might not come as the biggest surprise to any of us –it was inevitable that it would put a strain on the relationship.
However, it’s already been six months since he was elected the leader of the party and the interview reveals his relationship with other senior figures, during a trip to Gateshead where he doesn’t put on any airs and graces, and the interviewer says that since the first time he interviewed a much younger, albeit ‘geeky’ Miliband a decade ago he hasn’t changed.
Even then the interviewer says ‘he was the warmest and most open of Brown’s inner circle.’ It really is one of the most revealing interviews I have read and really illustrates just how genuine he is and reveals his ability to empathise with his audiences and ‘draw people out.’ You can read the interview in full here.
Bill Cash debated the United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill on Friday. He specifically asked the minister for Europe if there might be a repatriation of powers as indicated by the Prime Minister in a speech in 2005 to the Centre for Policy Studies.
He was reminded by the minister (Mark Harper) that the Government did not win the election outright and formed a coalition therefore the Party did not get the mandate it sought thus making it more difficult to implement all the programmes it hoped to.
The debate got quite fiery at one point when Mr Cash said to the minister: ‘We should not be arguing about this. I find it astonishing that I should have to raise the matter in a debate. For a Minister to question whether my remarks are valid in one respect or another is again astonishing.
I cannot believe it: I know the Minister’s business background; I know he understands the issues; I know perfectly well that he is caught on the horns of a dilemma. I believe that he would personally love to see the repatriation of powers—and I am sure his constituents would, as well. I am afraid, however, that it will do no good if he offers resistance to my simple, straightforward and common-sense proposals.’
I rarely would suggest that a Hansard debate is an enthralling read but for those interested in European politics and the role the EU plays domestically, and – it must be said the divisions it causes especially among the Tories – then you can read the second half of the debate here.