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Ed Miliband puts hopes in a lost clause

Issue No. 2268

Labour leader Ed Miliband has hit on what he thinks is the answer to the party’s problems—rewriting its constitution.

In a conscious emulation of Tony Blair’s 1994 ripping up of Clause IV, which had called for nationalisations, Miliband plans to insert a new Clause I.

It is part of his Refounding Labour project, which so far has done little but try to further erode the influence of the unions in the party.

The new clause will say the party is there to “bring together members and supporters who share its values”.

It will set up a “registered supporters” scheme for people who can’t bring themselves to actually join Labour.

The rewrite is an idea nicked from Ed’s brother, David Miliband.

Former minister Alistair Darling, who has a book to sell, says working with Gordon Brown was “like having dental treatment with no anaesthetic”.

Working with David, though, can be real torture.

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Tue 6 Sep 2011, 18:56 BST
Issue No. 2268
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