Ed Miliband is looking for the answer to all his problems in the unlikeliest of places: melodrama.
The leader of the Labour party has had a troubled seven days since his last appearance at the despatch box. He was so lacklustre this time last week that, after the Sunday journalists had had their way, the Miliband leadership was in something approaching a crisis. A decent speech on Monday helped put off the critics. But nothing matters more, in the political world, than a decent performance at prime minister's questions. High stakes, indeed.
This explains why the government benches laid into Miliband even before he had opened his mouth to begin. He would have been excused before staggering back into his seat, such was the wall of contempt hurtling at him. To his credit, he did not wilt. Instead, he gave an improved — if somewhat odd — performance.
In previous sessions Labour aides have got their leader to adopt the scattergun approach, in which he tests Cameron with a series ofRead More »from Ed Miliband’s unlikely peak of passion