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Ed Miliband's response to Syriza victory is shameful

Issue No. 2438

There were no congratulations for Syriza from Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Instead he merely said, “Who the Greek people elect is a decision for them”.

His attitude reflects the fact that Pasok, a Labour-type party that implemented austerity in Greece, was almost annihilated in the vote.

Miliband may well see in that a foretaste of his own potential fate.

A group of 15 Labour MPs issued a public statement on the morning of Syriza’s win. 

This expressed concern about elements of Labour’s policy agenda. It urged Labour to fight for public ownership of the railways, and a return to collective bargaining and employment rights in the workplace.

Many people support those policies. It’s significant that only 15 out of 257 Labour MPs would put their name to them.

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