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Ed Miliband and the use and abuse of history

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour Party conference on Tuesday attracted some pretty hysterical reaction, especially in the right-wing press and among the denizens of the more unrepentantly free-market think tanks. For example, Miliband’s warning to developers who own land but don’t build on it that they should “use it or lose it” was described by Graeme Leach, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, as “a Stalinist attack on property rights”. And according to the Daily Telegraph, “there was more than one reference [on Twitter] to Robert Mugabe too”.

Strangely, I don’t recall such comparisons being made earlier this…

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