David Miliband’s refusal to answer the simple question, does he want to be in Shadow Cabinet, is a distraction Ed Miliband could do without. Mr David’s carefully contrived soundbite that he does not wish to distract from Ed’s day and week achieves the opposite of what it says.
If Mr David wants to help his brother he should make a simple statement that he will support him in any way the new Leader chooses, and will – or will not – be running for Shadow Cabinet. It is difficult to see why people think he would make a good new Head of the IMF. I seem to remember Mr Davidf Miliband supported all of Mr Brown’s disastrous economic policies which got the UK economy and banks into such a mess. The world does not need more of such misjudgment. I do not recall Mr Miliband warning against the credit boom, nor warning that the authorities then overdid the bust.