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Should David Miliband have quit front-line politics?

16:05 UK time, Wednesday, 29 September 2010

David Miliband has announced he will quit front-line politics. Did he make the right decision?

He was pipped to Labour's leadership by just over 1% on Saturday by his brother Ed Miliband.

Ed Miliband earlier told the BBC that whatever he [David] decided Britain "hasn't heard the last" of him. "I think it's most important that he does the right thing for himself and his family."

What is your reaction? Would it have been difficult for David Miliband to stay? What does the future hold for David Miliband in front-line politics?

This debate has now been closed. Thank you for your comments.


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  • Comment number 1.

    A brave move, difficult for him to want to have anything to do with the people who rejected him.

  • Comment number 2.

    Yes. His presence was a distraction.

    After 4 days I am sick of everything Ed says being analysed against David's reaction.

    Ed won David lost

    Get over it Nick Robinson

  • Comment number 3.

    I wish the media will leave David Miliband alone! Damned if he doesn't quit and damned if he quits. Either way, the media will weave in negative reports. My opinion is he loves his family. Knowing his younger brother will need the space to be his "own" man rather than just "David's brother" and the constant comparison between the two, he did what was good for them all. I wish David Miliband all the best.

  • Comment number 4.

    Yes, he was right to stand back.

    The media attention on the brothers would have got in the way of the politics - the media scrum over the fairly unsurprising comment during yesterdays speech has made this clear.
    It is unfortunate, though, that the media may have made the decision for him.

  • Comment number 5.

    He lost the election battle but will probably win the war in time.

    DM needs to reinvent himself away from his bLiar/broon legacy which has left him deepy unpopular with elements of the British populace as much as the Labour party.

    He might be articulate, popular with Hilary Clinton etc etc but he will be remembered for being a loyal servant to 2 men who have helped destroy Britain and her credibility for years to come.

    I doubt EM will retain his leadership long enough to see power unless the coalition does something as extraordinarily outrageous as the previous Government.

    In a future Labour leadership battle i'm sure DM will put himself forward and will likely succeed.

    Shame neither of them (like lots of politicians from across the political spectrum) have little real life experience which is what Government really needs to relate to your average man on the No. 51 omnibus.

    Good luck EM you're going to need it...

  • Comment number 6.

    There is clearly no loyalty to his brother at all.

    If I had won the leadership over my brothers both of them would support me 100% and join me.

    He has a very bruised ego and no back bone or courage.

  • Comment number 7.

    So D Miliband was just being a little 'wry'; aka a bird like a woodpecker well known for its ability to look over its own shoulder; hmmm could be a useful skill for E Miliband to acquire asap

  • Comment number 8.

    Awww. Will he be taking his ball back too?

  • Comment number 9.

    I think David Miliband has done the sensible thing - distance himself from this doomed leadership and shadow government, so he can return and lead a new shadow government in 2015 after they lose the next election. Perhaps then the Labour Party might govern in 2020, because the Unions have once again influenced things and made the party unpalatable to the centre voters that they must woo in order to govern.

  • Comment number 10.

    David is right to distance himself from the inevitable ructions likely to be caused by Unions with Ed's likely backing and support.
    The Private Sector will once again bear the brunt of political and economic unrest within the Public Sector.
    First Banks lead us to ruin, then the pampered Public Sector will cause havoc as they have their sweeties taken away and replaced with Healthy Options.
    The Coalition are in for a choppy ride. Let's hope the vagueness of their joint political ideals will not cloud and hinder the essential cut's in public spending.

  • Comment number 11.

    On the face of it a refreshing change: he seems to be putting the success of the party and its capacity to form a good government before his personal ambitions.

    It must be very hard for him, and arguably he was denied the leadership by those trade union members with votes, who were not Labour supporters, and used them mischieviously.

  • Comment number 12.

    I think Labour have just lost the leader they should have had. A man of principle ...good luck to you sir!

  • Comment number 13.

    At the end of the day it is entirely a decision for him. What i fail to understand is the fact that one day he's up for being Leader of his party and the next quitting front-line politics. It is quite bizarre behaviour really and you would think he would want to support his party rather than behaving like a spoilt school child.

    Perhaps, New New Labour or Next Labour whatever they decide to call themselves will be better off without him.

    And what's all this about calling him a "great" politician and he's done "great" things for our country, not a bit of it as in reality he hasn't been round long enough to become great. Whatever would Churchill and the like think?!!

  • Comment number 14.

    From his point of view it was probably the right thing to do. It means that the BBC et al won't be able to undermine Ed Miliband by constantly looking for perceived differences between the two of them (or making them up when there is nothing to perceive).

    It also means that if the Labour Party does become the train wreck under Miliband E.'s leadership that everyone in the media seems to want, he can try for leader again in a couple of years and be relatively untainted.

  • Comment number 15.

    So much for a united family and party, the fact that he cannot support his BROTHER says it all really.
    Sour Grapes

  • Comment number 16.

    Talk about 'sour grapes'. I guess folk must have chosen the right Miliband all along then.

  • Comment number 17.

    Let's hope he will be back soon.

    There is no reason he cannot become Prime Minister in the future. There has to be a first time for everything. History may show that two brothers held the Office of Prime Minister. He has shown his talent, ambition, beliefs and now his honour.

    Look at the USA Bush father and son then the Clintons - husband and (very nearly) wife becoming President.

    No reason both brothers could not make it in time.

  • Comment number 18.

    Of course he made the right decision. The media, Nick Robinson included, helped him make that decision yesterday. They couldn't contain their excitement at the prospect that the brother's might disagree on an issue and it made headlines. Nick couldn't wait to write about it in his blog. They would pounce like hungry dogs at every hint of a disagreement and ultimately distract from the real issues. It's a shame to see him go but it's the right move. I hope to see him back in frontline plotics in the future.

  • Comment number 19.

    Given the circumstamces it's completely understandable - but this must truly be a "champagne moment" for the tories when their opponents have scored such an own goal. Not quite as spectacular a gift as Michael Foot beating Denis Healey, but still a reasonable pre-conference present!

  • Comment number 20.

    As expected, as he was becoming the story and to avoid the factions, splits and cliques of the Brown-Blair years that destroyed the party, it was best for him to step down if he felt he could not work with his younger brother. In the end, it was his personal choice to do so. He is young and may still come back as leader in the future if he chooses.

  • Comment number 21.

    Looks like he is sulking.

    But if David M. had won then Ed. M. would have to make the same decision that David M. has had to make.

  • Comment number 22.

    Who cares? He's made the decision, fine, move on. Why can't we have the opportunity to comment on the leaked letter which portrays Liam Fox as the Churchillian champion of a powerful military, in contrast to the weak-kneed, Neville Chamberlain-like figure of David Cameron? David Milliband is now history; Fox is a government minister with leadership ambitions - which depend on him getting the backing of those Tory supporters who believe we should have a powerful military. How very convenient that his confidential letter got into the public domain. I think that's a considerably more important topic than speculation about what Milliband Senior might have done IF he'd hung around.

  • Comment number 23.

    He made the right decision, the real talking point should be why the right wing BBC has dodged the issue and not let us have our say on the latest defence row and no H.Y.S on panorama pulling the plug on that story about the champion of tax dodging ashcroft.
    We are always being told how left the BBC are by their brainless supporters but seeing is believing.

  • Comment number 24.

    I have mixed views, part of me says that you make a principled stand from within and the other says that you step outside of the top team and make sure you dont get tarnished by the things that Ed M is likely to do. As things stand we are not electable and lets be honest there does not appear to be much in the way of talent at the moment. I believe that there needs to be a totally ruthless veiw of this, give Ed a couple of years to grow into the role and engage the country, after that if there is evidence to suggest he is not the man for the job then it would be right and proper for David to come in and take over to secure a victory at the next general election. And let no one forget that by the time of the next election the Tories will have destroyed this country for a generation

  • Comment number 25.

    Great news! Hopefully the New Labour era of Tony Blair is almost over and the country can breath a sigh of relief.

    The architects of the Iraq war, like David Miliband and Tony Blair, should be tried for war crimes.

  • Comment number 26.

    Oh come on BBC, 23no comments being moderated? What happened to free speech?

  • Comment number 27.

    He's damned if he does and damned if he doesn't. He should however stick around. He'll be needed in 2015 when Labour lose. Ed Miliband is not and will not be taken seriously by electors. Cameron will simply dismiss him. Yes the unions love him but core vote strategies will not work. I still can't believe Labour have gone for circular firing squad on this - same as the Tories did in 2001 and 1997. Labour needs to be careful or they will be an irrelevance for a generation again.

  • Comment number 28.

    Oh, baby wants his bottle. Oh poor little boy. Pathetic actions from a pathetic person who's a MP for a pathetic party.

  • Comment number 29.

    I am very sorry for David Miliband. I am not a labour voter but think he would have made a better leader than Ed. He is a far more statesmanlike figure.

    The fact that Neil Kinnock is an Ed supporter is enough to put me off him!

  • Comment number 30.

    A very silly question BBC and one to which you shouldn't expect accurate answers unless you are prepared to pay my consultation fees. Brown paper envelope, first class post, that'll do nicely.

  • Comment number 31.

    Should David Miliband have quit front-line politics?

    Yes, he should.

    He betrayed the Tibetans (whose peaceful struggle for freedom of religion has met with persistent shocking brutality by the Chinese Government) by becoming the first ever British Foreign Secretary to recognise China's right to direct rule over Tibet.

    He betrayed Britain's reputation as a civilised nation by persistently resisting rulings by the courts in favour of disclosure of sensitive material relating to the alleged torture of a British resident.

    You can tell where his instincts lie: with the powerful and against the weak. Let's be thankful he is not leader of the Labour Party.

    Goodbye to him and hopefully to the whole New Labour gang!

  • Comment number 32.


    Would you want to work with a brother who stabbed you in the back and betrayed you?

    Of course not.

  • Comment number 33.

    From the header ... "David Miliband has announced he will quit front-line politics"

    You then go on to ask the question ... "What does the future hold for David Miliband in front-line politics?"

    Somce you have already stated that he has quit front-line politics surely the question has already been answered.

    0/10 HYS. Please try harder.

  • Comment number 34.

    I would, if I were him. Expect he's got a nice international role working for Hilary Clinton lined up! Good luck David - enjoy.

  • Comment number 35.

    Yes he's made the right decision. He would have completely outshone his brother when taking on Osbourne/whoever he shadowed compared to Ed vs Cameron, and that would have undermined Ed's leadership. Also, there are some policy differences, and the media would have scrutinised every little disagreement in policy between the two. Some time on the backbench will do him some good.

    And who knows, with the likes of Darling, Straw and Alan Johnson (I think) quitting, there is going to be very few "Blairites" in this shadow cabinet, and I don't think that's particularly good for the Labour party as far as electoral appeal.

    And if Ed does not power Labour to victory in 2015 (which I think is unlikely), then maybe, David will still have a chance, however slim, of leading the Labour party.

    I wish David Miliband all the best on the backbenches, he has shown over the last couple of days that he is a decent person, has handled his defeat with as much dignity as could be asked and shown that he does have some principles and loyalty unlike his ruthless little brother.

  • Comment number 36.

    "Should David Miliband have quit front-line politics?"

    What is 'front-line' about being in a 3rd place out of 3 party facing 4 years of deserved ignominy and disrespect for their appalling recent record in government?

    He is clearly the only lefty with a realistic view of their future.

  • Comment number 37.

    Yes yes yes yes yes yes, oh please let this end soon, its almost worse than Labour's 13 years in power

  • Comment number 38.

    Well, thanks to the media and their ridiculous scrutiny of relations between Ed and David Miliband over the past few weeks and, in particular, the past few days, we have lost a talented, focused and effective politician from the frontline of opposition. Why do we have to hear so much about what David said to Harriet and what that means in relation to Ed when the journalists should be concentrating on Labour's response to the Coalition government? I despair, not of politics or the politicians, but of the puerile way in which it is presented. That is why David cannot continue as a Cabinet Minister. It's got nothing to do with the fact that his brother is now the Leader of the Labour Party but with the way it will constantly distract the journalists from the real issues that they should be reporting.

  • Comment number 39.

    Of Course he has done the right thing.
    When his brother messes up and borderline Labour supporters leave him standing, David will be in the perfect position to pick up the pieces and take the party forward.
    Ed Miliband will never be PM, he does not have the charisma of his brother and David just needs to bide his time. He can wait.

  • Comment number 40.

    I'm So Ronery
    I'm so ronery
    So ronery
    So ronery and sadry arone

  • Comment number 41.

    1. At 5:11pm on 29 Sep 2010, ian cheese wrote:

    A brave move, difficult for him to want to have anything to do with the people who rejected him.

    Oh get real, it's an act of a complete and utter coward, embarrassed by those around him. Funny though.

  • Comment number 42.

    To be honest its the right decision.Regardless of what the media(Tory)think David is not PM material and never will be.Ed is the right choice and will grow into the job because he has that ruthless streak you need to lead.He has brushed aside the old and looks forward to the new with (hopefully)a radical change in the way we govern ourselves in this country. We simply cannot continue to govern as though we still lived in the 19th and 20th century.You can no longer expect the people of this country to give carte blanche to MPs when a new problem arrives week after week. There has to be more involvement from the citizens of this country or we will just gradually become insignificant in the world. The Labour party is the only party that can change politics forever,not silly partnerships to grab power but a partnership with the people to ensure that it is the majority who actually support the policies.

  • Comment number 43.

    4. At 5:14pm on 29 Sep 2010, math wrote:

    It is unfortunate, though, that the media may have made the decision for him.

    In that case it shows what a weak, spineless individual he is. The lefties should be glad he's not the leader of their sect.

  • Comment number 44.

    Politics doesn't favour the faint-hearted. I guess DM is now kicking himself for not mounting that challenge against Brown, probably convinced he'd win in the long term. Ah, the benefits of hindsight. Right move now though and good for him to do it promptly. Best of luck to him.

  • Comment number 45.

    He's done the honourable deed and QUIT.
    Just like the majority Labour Party should have done for mismanaging the economy and gone into hiding for 40 years.
    Always thought he had the look of a Spanish Ambassador from the old Elizebeth 1 movies, you know the one with Errol Flynn !
    Come to think of it there's been a lot of Labour ( & other partys) politicians who could have played the part of the Spanish Ambassador

  • Comment number 46.

    Who cares?

    He was a useless twerp anyway - just look at his inept management of DeFRA.

  • Comment number 47.

    David has quit because younger brother Ed has won the leadership, against initial expectations. But would Ed have quit if David had won? Probably not, and I doubt that the question would have arisen.

  • Comment number 48.

    All his career has been a journey towards being Prime Minister. Now he will never have the chance and must start again but he does not agree with his Brother's views and could not have lived with it. Perhaps a bitter blow, but no more so than those who lost their homes,jobs and had their lives ruined by the Bankers and who have not been able to start again and are now protesting all over Europe against cuts which,in my opinion, were caused by the biggest scam ever worked against the taxpayers of Europe. This is where the real politics is happening and Govt's and the EU executive are so out of touch with reality that they might as well not exist.

  • Comment number 49.

    didn't have too much choice really did he,

    I mean these are not stupid people, Ed must have thought through the consequence, and what David might do this and thought ok I'm still going for it...... and he must have known the end result, this can't truly be a suprise to anyone

    sibling rivalry, can't beat it

    hey ho

  • Comment number 50.'s a halfway house.

    He should have done one thing or the other; stay on as a member of the Shadow Cabinet or leave politics altogether.

    You get splinters in the bum if you sit on the fence.

  • Comment number 51.

    He is a "nearly man" - He nearly became leader in January after Pat Hewitt and Geoff Hoon made their move. He nearly became leader of his party in September. He nearly left the party for pastures new!

    His problem is he is too loud, and in your face for most voters and the fact is his brother is not! So sadly Labour made the right move for those of us in the non-labour camp!

  • Comment number 52.

    Just as Blair/Brown overshadowed politics during their time in charge of Labour, so would Ed/David. His choice to step back from front line politics is undoubtedly a smart move, both for Labour, and for British politics in general.

  • Comment number 53.

    David won. But was stabbed in the back by the Union Dinosaurs and the corrupt voting system that permitted certain members to have more than one vote. One Labour MP apparently had 13 votes. That was stated on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday.

  • Comment number 54.

    Honestly I think he would have made a better Labour leader than his brother, not that I am any longer a Labour party supporter. But I think he made the right decision, his divisions with his brother would have over-shadowed everything else in the press he was correct about that.

    I think after his brother looses the next election David should then consider a return to front line politics. Ed strikes me as lacking substance and having a conveniently short memory about his own involvement in the last government. Personally I wish David had because because while I don’t support Labour any more I think David would have made a more convincing leader of the opposition and kept the government on their toes.

    I think the election of Ed was a sign the Labour party is once more looking inwards and choosing a leader who will only appeal to the old school party faithful.

  • Comment number 55.

    26. At 5:25pm on 29 Sep 2010, jumpinredflash wrote:

    Oh come on BBC, 23no comments being moderated? What happened to free speech?

    BBC? Free Speech? In the same sentence? Come on now!

  • Comment number 56.

    I think that David Miliband's decision to quit front line politics shows his immaturity. He should have been willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with his younger brother Ed and give him and the Labour party 100% support. Instead he is not showing strength but purely a stubborn attitude with the feeble excuse of wanting to devote more time to his young family when we all know that IF he had won the leadership that excuse would be exposed as fake drivel. I am not impressed and just disappointed at David's weakness.

  • Comment number 57.


    In the couple of days since the result the media have been more interested in David's feelings than Ed's policies.

    By stepping aside David's given Ed a chance to try to rehabilitate the Labour party in the eyes of the public without them being distracted by the media's obsession with the familial soap opera.

    So yes he's done the right and the noble thing.

    (alternatively he's just sick as a parrot, but I'll give him the benefit for now).

  • Comment number 58.

    Do you know what,,, ?
    I hate to admit this,, But,, I actually admire him for sticking to his principles ! (even if they are almost as whacky as his Brothers !)
    At least he didn't tow the party line in applauding with a false grin like those around him !
    So,, one down,,,, how many to go ??????????

  • Comment number 59.

    Who are we to say whether he was right or wrong? It was a personal decision for him. He may be the best leader that Labour never had, or he could conceivably become the best leader they ever had. If the Conservatives were to give Labour a hammering in in the next election, Miliband D. could come back, and if elected leader, conceivably win an election before 2020, when he'd still be at the peak of his powers to take over as PM. The alternative scenario is of course that if the Libdems play their cards right, and Labour lurch hopelessly to the left before the next election the Libdems might just be able to replace Labour as the main adversary of the Tories. British Politics is due for a seismic shift

  • Comment number 60.

    He was a Bliar clone -- totally untrustworthy, relied on spin and half truths. Good riddance.

  • Comment number 61.

    Sadly I fear it is the right decision at the moment. It is clear after the furore about his challenging Harman about her applauding his brother's comments onIiraq that everything he said was liable to be misinterpreted. He was validly making the point that she was a hypocrit. It was not a comment about his brother.

  • Comment number 62.

    This is bad news.

    Now D can wait for E to make a mess, and then take over.

    Or, he can wait for E to lose the next election and then take over.

    Either way, the result is a credible leader for Labour, and a disaster for the country.

  • Comment number 63.

    David Miliband blew his chance of leadership when he would not challenge Brown.

    He has always got the fact the Labour party choose him and it was the Unions who denied him.

    I have no doubt the EU will come calling,like all the rest of traitors who denied us a vote on the Lisbon treaty.

  • Comment number 64.

    Are you surprised David has gone?

    The media are destroying our democracy and our country. They are not interested in actually helping the country in difficult times just themselves!!Constantly concentrating on characters and gossip and creating more stories to justify their salaries. They exist for themselves and assume that most of the public are as machiavellian as them well most people I know are not. I trust journalists less than politicians. Our media is OUT OF CONTROL!

    David will be back - it's in his blood and he has massive talent seems to run in the family.

  • Comment number 65.

    It is quite clear that David Miliband does not agree with his brother's ideas and so it's correct that he stands well clear, particularly if Ed fails to reconnect labour - the miliband name will still hold some merit.

    I see Ed Miliband as a socially inept muppet and nothing more then a stop gap for Labour, so they can compose themselves without loosing face of a leader, and for that reason I think he won't get more then 3 years before Labour backbenchers force him out, in time to head who they really want for the next general election.

    Labour need to regain the Centre-Left appeal that Tony Blair built with Nu-Labour now that Brown demolished it, which is going to be tricky now that LibDems have taken the spot light in that area, and can be clearly seen as the common sense of our coalition government.

  • Comment number 66.

    No other choice for DM, unfortunately (for the Labour Party).

    When you consider the very public kick in the teeth from his own brother, not to mention the humiliation of having to cow-tow to his younger sibling, what else could he do? To stay in front-line politics in such a situation would have been terrible for Labour and potentially disastrous for the country - I am by no means a Labour fan but the UK needs a strong opposition in these very difficult times and family spats in the red-tops and the BBC (unfortunately, the choice of political organ for the great unwashed these days) could have been appalling.

    Good for David and, as someone with an interest in politics, I for one look forward to his return once his Machiavelli-lite l'il bro is found out.

  • Comment number 67.

    Of course he made the right decision to quit front-line politics. For himself and for the Labour Party.

    David Miliband got to his position in the Labour hierachy by constant boot-licking and slimeiness. He performed appallingly as Foreign Secretary, constantly adding fuel to the fires of the Palestine-Israel conflict and the Russia-Georgia conflict. His arrogance knew no bounds.

    Good riddance to him and I hope Ed is wrong predicting a return to front-line politics for his slimy brother.

  • Comment number 68.

    I would have preferred him to stay. His leaving has given other parties and the media another reason to say the Labour party is still split.

  • Comment number 69.

    No he shouldnt have stood down, he needed to man up and serve the party to the best of his ability as he said he would up and down the country in the hustings.

    Labour needs him, sure we didnt choose him as our leader but he would have been a fantastic champion for the blairite wing of the party and a strong presence in the shadow cabinet.

    The party will be weaker with him relegated to the back benches at precisely the time we need to take a strong argument to the country and against the rabid ideologically motivated cuts to public services.

  • Comment number 70.

    Better than Eastenders ! What a load of unmitigated, egotistical, self pitying, ridiculous posturing - Do we really care that much? Is it important? No - I do not care - do you? does anyone? its just out of season pantomime...

  • Comment number 71.

    Last week he wanted to be the leader this week he is quitting front line politics - why? because he was beaten by his brother, yes he had the support of MP's and cronies but not of the unions who are made up of who? everyday working people - the public the people who the Labour party is supposed to represent which says it all really. So whats he done, spat the dummy had a tantrum and stormed off in a sulk - well considering he's linked so closely with the now disgraced EX Labour govt I would say good riddance!

  • Comment number 72.

    Within seconds of David announcing his return to the backbenches half a dozen of his leading supporters were in the media singing from the same song sheet about his wonderful qualities. This looked like a typical Mandelson/Campbell move to cover their man in glory and distract attention from the real implications of his announcement. By going on to the backbenches instead of leaving politics he is surely announcing the start of the real long term battle for the leadership. He will sit six or eight rows behind his brother as the alternative leader in waiting.It will for him, I hope, deliver the same outcome as it did for Heseltine.

  • Comment number 73.

    This says everything about the world of power and politics; true humanity wilts and dies in it's shadow.

    I watched a little of Jeremy Paxman last night and wondered; does he ever tire of interviewing fundamentally dishonest people?

  • Comment number 74.

    42. At 5:34pm on 29 Sep 2010, stevegrant wrote:
    To be honest its the right decision.Regardless of what the media(Tory)think David is not PM material and never will be.Ed is the right choice and will grow into the job because he has that ruthless streak you need to lead.He has brushed aside the old and looks forward to the new with (hopefully)a radical change in the way we govern ourselves in this country. We simply cannot continue to govern as though we still lived in the 19th and 20th century.You can no longer expect the people of this country to give carte blanche to MPs when a new problem arrives week after week. There has to be more involvement from the citizens of this country or we will just gradually become insignificant in the world. The Labour party is the only party that can change politics forever,not silly partnerships to grab power but a partnership with the people to ensure that it is the majority who actually support the policies.
    Was this a quote from the party conference ?
    Fine words, but a partnership with a 'majority' who only care where the next 'benefit payment' comes from, is hardly going to be a 'benifit' to the country.

  • Comment number 75.

    Here we go. A good move from the Tory perspective as his brother will move to the left and - guess what? - Labour will remain in the wildnerness for another 20 years and will be ruled by the unions. That should be OK for another thousand posts. Now for some fresh thinking on David's future.

    I am not so sure about the Clinton connection for David. Not important as the Democrats are on the way out to be replaced by Sarah Palin as President in 2012, backed by Tea Party activists. Front line politics is definately old hat. So Labour heed my advice, proclaim the Tea Party as the epitome of the Labour Party's grass roots rejecting Big Government for a bottom up re-appraisal of politics. Here is a chance to develope Labour's answer to the Tory Big Society scam. Just tell David to dump Clinton and get on Sarah's bandwagon and all will be well. If David plays his cards right Sarah will reward him and he will return in a wave of popular support..

  • Comment number 76.

    The right decision, for now. Milliband D was in an impossible situation. I've little doubt he will be back. Despite his absence for the next few years his supporters will be there in the shadow cabinet. He'll occupy his time productively, and profitably, on the lecture circuit and writing books on the future of progressive politics. Should, or rather when, Milliband E fails to deliver he will return from his exile on the backbenchers. Only a party hell bent on being out of power for another 17 years would turn him down for a second time but then we are talking about the Labour party after all.

  • Comment number 77.

    Ed (the tortoise) Miliband must be one of the most ambitious, cunning and devious career politicians (having no other employment experience) to appear in recent Labour history. It's quite clear he had set out to usurp his brother long ago, with his courting of the union votes, and persuading his brother not to stand against Gordon Brown.

    Now it's David's turn to wait in the wings and consolidate his connections, for the time when Labour lose the next election and Ed is dumped or resigns. Ed says we haven't heard the last of David - I'm sure he's right - and will need to keep looking over his shoulder while the unions leaders are bending his ear.

    Patience beats petulance every time... so I'm sure David has made the right decision, as he knows he can never trust his brother again.

  • Comment number 78.

    I voted for David M - and think as a principled man he was right to stand down - then we should have the Labour party singing from the same hymn sheet. It does not mean David M is lost from politics forever.

    Just wait until the cuts bite - then see how the Condems cope - I'm hoping for a break-up.

    But it requires Ed M to point out the errors of the CONDEMS clearly

  • Comment number 79.

    No! Absolutely NOT. He has been forced into this decision by the media, notably the political editor of the BBC. Shame on you BBC. He was damned if he stayed, damned if he went. A classic case of BBC interference to create the news they wanted to hear. The sooner 24 hour news is banned the fairer society will be. Then we will have elected politicians running the country and not the media.

    Absolutely disgusted.

  • Comment number 80.

    Well done, David, for walking away (for now). Own goal, Labour Party, for electing Ed. What Ed cares about is Ed, nothing and no one else. He will say what he needs to say and do what he needs to do - to serve himself. He has flirted with the unions out of expediency, but he will not stand by them when the guillotine falls. He has raised the banner of equality, but he won't fight the fat cats when time comes. He has denounced with such conviction virtually every paragraph he himself wrote in the last Labour manifesto. He has relished discrediting the legacy of Brown and Blair who brought the party to the middle ground and promoted him so quickly through the party ranks. He denounced the Iraq war to score points against his brother, but gladly spent the last five years rising rapidly under the sponsorship of the war's architects. No principled, dignified break from the past by the young pretender until the time was right to drive the blade right into his brother - making quite sure he remained in no position stay alongside him.

    Great job, Labour party! I hope the voters go nowhere near you while this snake is your leader. I hope the union bosses tear him to pieces when his cynical flirting with them is exposed in the coming months. David Milliband showed level-headedness, honesty, consistency, middle-groundedness, and more than anything else, loyalty, in his campaign, defeat and exit. You don't deserve him as leader.

  • Comment number 81.

    Yes I think his decision was the correct one his veiws are those of the Blairites which are different to Eds It is hoped now that he realises that those veiws are the ones that lost G Brown the election The one thing wrong with Labour is they fail to move with the times exactly the same as the Tories did when Thatcher left hopefully they will now move on

  • Comment number 82.

    No, but your political editor should be forced out of his job for gross interference in order to influence events. He came to bury Miliband not to praise him. Did he enjoy being a part of a lynch mob ?

  • Comment number 83.

    right decision as he knows his brother will make a mess of things,like he did when he was part of the last government.Lets all hope David Cameron and co can sort out the mess left by labour yet again.

  • Comment number 84.

    Think of it like the Titanic, David Milliband has decided that it's safer to be on the iceberg. He's not completely gone though, he's going to keep taking his 80 thou., and when Red Ed falls down , who will be waiting in the wings to fill the breach ? Guess !

  • Comment number 85.

    I agree with Roger the Cat - I'm fed up with Nick Robinson trying to find division between the Miliband brothers instead of talking about the real issues that affect us all. YES SHOCK HORROR BROTHERS CAN DISAGREE WITH EACH OTHER, IT DOES HAPPEN IN THE REAL WORLD.
    And, while we're at it, please stop describing every disagreement in public life as a 'row'
    The Oxford dictionary describes a row as 'a fierce quarrel or dispute'. I think many people in public life can disagree without coming to this.

  • Comment number 86.

    It will have no effect one way or another on the country as a whole. As far as the Labour party is concerned, it would be difficult to sink much lower than they currently are. So can the H Y S site come up with a subject relevant to the current population as a whole, rather than the woes of a minor political party.

  • Comment number 87.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 88.

    Seen one Milliband, see em all

  • Comment number 89.

    Perhaps all the others should follow his lead.

  • Comment number 90.

    28. At 5:25pm on 29 Sep 2010, Kuradi Vitukari wrote:

    Oh, baby wants his bottle. Oh poor little boy. Pathetic actions from a pathetic person.
    Well they do say it takes one to know one, looks like it's true. You can put the dummy back in your mouth again now!

  • Comment number 91.

    The Boy David should stay out of front line politics for the next decade... A bit like the Labour Party really. Labour are a busted flush in terms of popular support. They will not be in number 10 or any other number for that matter for at least ten years. It is only now that many people are beginning the realise what a complete hollicks they made of being in government.

  • Comment number 92.

    Well, congratulations to the unelectable Labour Party! It has now elected its Michael Foot for the 21st century. The party, licking its wounds over thirteen years of disastrous government of Britain has wisely elected someone who ensures it can't win a General Election. Sincerely, I thank you for this.

    Ed Milliband is not an electable leader. His brother is, but the Party instinctively realised it would be unethical to impose its diastrous rule on Britain for the foreseable future. So, the Party has done the patriotic thing--elected the unelectable Ed Milliband. This is as good as the abdication of Edward VIII, who by going helped teh nation to face up to war with Germany.

  • Comment number 93.

    David Camerons man in the bbc Nick Robinson could not wait to stick the knife in. I hope David Miliband comes back soon.

  • Comment number 94.

    Labour, what a joke.

  • Comment number 95.


    He did NOT quit.

    Factually and relatively speaking, David Miliband was media ASSASSINATED.

    Due to the media, including BBC regressive and fictional fantasy suppositions and questioning, Davids position was made untenable.

    The gunfight at the media corral has claimed its victim!!!

  • Comment number 96.

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  • Comment number 97.

    90. At 6:34pm on 29 Sep 2010, Dancin Pagan The Mad Kiltie wrote:

    28. At 5:25pm on 29 Sep 2010, Kuradi Vitukari wrote:

    Oh, baby wants his bottle. Oh poor little boy. Pathetic actions from a pathetic person.
    Well they do say it takes one to know one, looks like it's true. You can put the dummy back in your mouth again now!

    I know you are, but what am I? nah, nah with nobs on and no returns for ever. You sound worst than my 2yo grand daughter.

  • Comment number 98.

    86. At 6:29pm on 29 Sep 2010, Davesaid wrote:

    It will have no effect one way or another on the country as a whole. As far as the Labour party is concerned, it would be difficult to sink much lower than they currently are.

    Nah, there's still a little way to go before they reach the dizzy heights achieved under comrade Foot & Co. Still Mr Ed will give a go I'm sure.

  • Comment number 99.

    89. At 6:31pm on 29 Sep 2010, Lynn from Sussex wrote:

    Perhaps all the others should follow his lead.

    Like Lemmings you mean?

  • Comment number 100.

    I don't much like him to be honest, but he has made the right decision for the right reasons. He has an ego the size of a small country and would never have been happy playing second fiddle to Ed no matter what he says for the record. Looking at some of the stony faces and abstainees from the usually contrived applause in the audience I'd say his brother has enough to deal with as it is. And another thing; there just happened to be a stray microphone handy to pick up David M's reactions to his brother's speech did there? Not nice at all.


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