Bit slow off the mark and I have been trying not to rant too much about politics recently. In fact I wrote a post last week and decided to remove it. But when I read The Daily Mail's nasty article about the Miliband Brothers' father on Saturday I was pretty shocked. I wonder if my own father's reputation was used against me in any aspect of my life, professional or personal, how I would feel. Then I imagine if a few things he may have said or written were used as a basis for a hatchet job on my own beliefs how I would feel then.
Pretty angry. Hurt. I would want to put anything which I felt was unfair to rights, of course. Whatever my relationship with my father, using a dead relative to smear a living one is not right. And as it happens Miliband senior was a respected Marxist writer. You can like or dislike Marxism, and agree or not with much of what he wrote but that is not the point. The point is writing such a nasty article about a current politician's dead father is wrong. I'd say the same if it was Cameron, Clegg, or even IDS. Really.
But yesterday I stopped thinking about it, as I read that the paper had decided to allow Miliband to write an article countering what they had said. That's nice, I thought. Surprisingly nice. What are they going to do? The cynic in me wondered if they would bury it on page 65 among the ads for stairlifts and timeshares?
They gave it quite a prominent place in their paper and on their website. And surrounded it by an angry, snide editorial which may well have been written by Dacre himself its bile is so obvious. You can almost hear him spitting out the words. And below it was a shortened version of the original article. Thereby saying, there you go Ed, there is your right to reply to our venom. But we won't apologise, we'll just repeat the article and twist the knife a little harder by giving you reasons you won't apologise.
You see, the Fail don't like Miliband. He's a bit left wing. And he might win an election in a couple of years, and they can't have that. Oh, and he's showing himself to be nont scared of the Mail stable of papers or of the Murdochs. And he would prefer an independent press regulator to one led by Mr Dacre.
This is pretty much what is behind the smear campaign.
I could also mention that the Mail has form for being a Nazi loving Jew hating rag. But, let's not attack ancestors. Let's stick to the here and now. They of course aren't Nazi loving Jew haters now. They've moved on to Muslims, poor people, and pretty much all of womankind.
So trying to persuade us the Labour leader's deceased father hated Britain? Sorry Mail, you've failed yet again. I hope this backfires on Paul Dacre's sorry arse, because this week's behaviour is dragging the name of journalism further into the mud.