Ed Miliband’s response to the Daily Mail’s attack on his father is to be welcomed. Not so much for what either party said, but for the fact that it is another sign that politicians are showing some backbone.
We are now, after a couple of decades of appeasement of vested interests and bigotry, seeing politicians of many different parties being prepared to attack tax-dodging companies, inaccurate press reporting, police corruption, failings in the health service and unremitting negative attitudes to immigration.
Perhaps Leveson, Plebgate and unequivocal climate science will embolden a few more political counter-attacks. My guess is that voters may just rather like it.