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Why Ed Miliband still finds reasons to be cheerful

The former Labour leader outlines the big ideas that could really change the world

By Sameer Rahim   July 2021
Ed Miliband in 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Alamy

Ed Miliband in 2020. Credit: REUTERS/Simon Dawson/Alamy

After his election defeat in 2015, Ed Miliband grew a beard and started a podcast. The beard didn’t last but the podcast has. Co-presented with Geoff Lloyd, Reasons to be Cheerful turns policymaking into entertaining listening. Whether discussing the Green New Deal or electoral reform, they make the argument as wide-ranging as possible. Miliband’s new book, Go Big, which draws on his podcast, follows the same pattern. Here are ideas that really could transform the world.

Miliband reminds us that outlandish ideas can take time to go mainstream: the rationale for the NHS was seeded in 1909. In…

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