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The real scandal of Ralph Miliband’s politics

While the Daily Mail's attack on Ralph Miliband's patriotism is clearly unjustified, it should not be forgotten that his politics were still at odds with British democracy

By Oliver Kamm  

You need strong evidence to claim that a man who fled Nazi persecution and made his home in this country “hated Britain”. In levelling that accusation against Ralph Miliband, father of the Labour leader, the Daily Mail had no evidence at all. It does not follow from Miliband’s having been a leading Marxist theorist that he lacked patriotism. Ed Miliband has good reason to be incensed by the Mail’s attack, which can justifiably be termed a smear. Even so, Miliband the…

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