There are a lot of lows in journalism – it can be a profession with fewer friends than any other. Sometimes it seems like a shameful and tragic trough filled with scrambling swine slobbering over the scraps of stories and filling columns full of hate and filth.
So it should come as no surprise that you, the Daily Mail, have managed to put yourself into the middle of a media shit storm which has somewhat backfired on you, by bullying a dead man to get at his son who you disproportionally seem to fear.
This all comes about after you attacked “Red Ed”‘s late father Ralph in print, claiming that the left-wing academic “hated Britain,” and had left a “legacy of evil”, largely on the basis of a diary entry written when he was 17 years old.
This would be like us attacking Mumford and Sons because we had discovered one of their parents childhood diaries and found a couple of sentences in it to use instead of just slagging the band off.
It doesn’t just end there. Not content with this you also ran a photo of the dead man’s gravestone on your website, captioned with the pun ‘Grave Socialist’. Is this where we are up to now with ‘journalism’? All this stuff about ‘hating Britain’ is smartly put into context with the fact that whilst Ralph Miliband was fighting for Britain against the Nazis in World War 2 and was manning a destroyer in the Normandy landings, the Daily Mail owner Lord Rothmere had been spending the decade previous chumming up to Hitler.
Daily Mail, this Ralph Miliband story – you know the one about how Ed Miliband’s father ‘hated Britain’ because he was a ‘socialist’ and didn’t like the establishment – is the new low in a series of lows from your paper, a paper that seems to reflect a lot of the bad side of the British psyche- you know that curtain twitching, tut-tutting, vinegar-eyed hatred of nastiness and tittle tattle spreading and poisonous opinion as news.
Daily Mail, your whole attack on Ralph Miliband has really backfired. It makes you seem stupid, cynical and downright nasty and it’s so spineless that attacking a dead man is all you can dredge up on what was a struggling in the polls Labour leader, whose career you have mistakenly given a boost. It’s ugly and depressing and you won’t let it drop even if the more decent of the conservatives (they do exist) are looking a tad uncomfortable at your self-appointed dirty tricks campaign.
Daily Mail, all this muck raking over the diaries of a now dead man written when he was 17 years old has a whiff of desperation and this sudden interest in history could really backfire upon you because it was only a handful of years before Ralph was fighting for the British navy in the second world war that you were supporting Adolf Hitler in the early thirties (with your owner Rothmere hanging out with the strangely mustachioed one) and printing ‘Hurray for the blackshirts’ for British Fascist Mosely and all that kind of stuff. It all must have been pretty tasteless then, but also looks pretty hypocritical now. We may be simple people here, but surely supporting Adolf Hitler was hardly a very pro-British or pro-democratic stance, even in the thirties, was it?
In one foul (sic) swoop and one foul story that would have had no moral ground whatever political party was getting attacked, Labour or Tory, you, the Daily Mail, have totally embarrassed yourselves and given Ed Miliband a very human face – something that all the PR scrubbing had so far failed to do. Surely you could have spent the time having a go at his policies if you don’t agree with them or his ability to be a potential Prime Minister and all that old fashioned political debate stuff instead of this desperate stuff.