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article imageOp-Ed: The truth about Ralph Miliband

By Alexander Baron     Oct 6, 2013 in Politics
A furore erupted in UK politics last month over a "Daily Mail" article about the father of Labour leader Ed Miliband. Was it justified?
The article "The man who hated Britain..." by Geoffrey Levy was published in the September 27 edition of the Daily Mail. It makes a number of observations about the work and life of a man who died at the age of 70 leaving behind a considerable body of published work, so the points to which the author alludes are necessarily selective.
Even so, the title is clearly misleading, because there is little if anything in the article to support the claim that Miliband Senior did hate Britain. It is also possible to hate many things about a country without hating the country itself. As a committed Marxist, it is clear that Ralph Miliband regarded its ruling class — the old boy network — with disdain. Then with typical left-wing hypocrisy, he sent both his sons to one of the country's and indeed the world's leading universities. Also, as an academic he was very much a member of a privileged class himself, whether he liked it or not.
For those who would like to judge for themselves to what extent if any Ralph Miliband hated Britain, a fair selection of his work can be found at the Marxists Internet Archive. For the most part it is the usual, boring left-wing twaddle which says little of importance, and of course he was wilfully blind about the true history of the Soviet Union.
Whatever the motives of the Daily Mail in publishing this article, it is in fact something of a non-story out of which Ed Miliband and many others have been making considerable political capital.
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