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Younger Miliband Defeats Elder to Lead Labour

Paging Jeb Bush!

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Ed Miliband yesterday.(Christopher Furlong/Getty Images))

Yesterday Ed Miliband beat four other candidates, including his older and heretofore more prominent brother David (the former foreign secretary), to win the leadership of Britain’s Labour Party and thereby assume the shadow prime ministership. Sons of the famous British Marxist Ralph, the Milibands are of Jewish descent, though both identify as non-religious. The Nation—at which Ed interned two decades ago—called on whoever won to reclaim the party’s left-wing legacy, which got smudged when Tony Blair reinvigorated it as “New Labour” in the 1990s. Britain has had only one Jewish prime minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who was the subject of Adam Kirsch’s Nextbook Press biography.

That’s not all! Oona King, the daughter of a black father and a Jewish mother, was defeated last week in her bid to be Labour’s nominee for mayor of London. The victor, Ken Livingstone, a former mayor, is not a big fan of Israel! He will face incumbent Boris Johnson, a Tory, who previously unseated him.

And! Susan Kramer, who is running to be president of the Liberal Democrats, is a Jew (the party’s Nick Clegg serves as the deputy prime minister in the coalition government led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron). A former MP, Kramer lost her London seat earlier this year to Conservative Zac Goldsmith, who, yes.

British politicians: Some of them are Jewish!

New Labour Leader Looks to ‘Middle England’ [NYT]
Ken Livingstone Beats Oona King to Labour Nomination for London Mayor [Guardian]
Related: Labour’s Fraternal Struggle [The Nation]
Benjamin Disraeli [Nextbook Press]
Yes, Minister [Tablet Magazine]

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moyshe kapoyer says:

A real Jew… Better not to look for MOTs with to many obsession

Goldsmith was married for ten years to Sheherazade Ventura-Bentley, with whom he has two daughters and a son.[25] The couple wed on 5 June 1999 in a ceremony at St Simon Zelotes church in Knightsbridge [...]

BTW- Disraeli was born Jewish but was a convert to Christianity in order to participate in England’s political life. While he did get the law changed so that a Rothschild could eventually sit in Parliament as a Jew, Disraeli never returned to the faith of his ancestors.He did not lead his adult life as a Jew but as a Christian. Therefore, I would not say that England has had any Jewish Prime Ministers.

Why are you surprised that Livingstone won? The left wing of the Labour Party is openly anti-Semitic and would not even consider voting for any Jew that is respectful of their heritage. A warning if you were about what to expect from any Miliband.

Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

Will Rogers~ Every man is ignorant – just on different subjects.


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