[Marxism] Ralph Miliband

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Mar 2 11:56:09 MST 2004


(Reading this carefully, one might conclude that it is not so odd that 
Ralph Miliband's sons are leading Blairites.)

In the house of the rising sons

Ralph Miliband was one of the most charismatic and influential 
socialists of his generation. His sons David and Ed are stars of New 
Labour. Is theirs the story of the British left? Andy Beckett reports

Read In the house of the rising sons part two

Saturday February 28, 2004
The Guardian

Near the centre of Hull, in a long, slightly gloomy house with not many 
decorations other than books in double rows on metal shelves, there 
lives a watchful old socialist called John Saville. He is 87. He has 
been a member of the Communist party, a target for MI5, and a critic of 
the Labour party for longer than Tony Blair has been alive.
Yet now and again, Saville receives an unlikely visitor. "David's 
dropped in on his way to his constituency a couple of times," says 
Saville casually, sitting in his study with a polemic, On The Mass 
Bombing Of Iraq, resting against his chair. "David" is David Miliband: 
Blair's head of policy from 1994 until 2001, now an MP, school standards 
minister and, according to plenty of political forecasters, a possible 
future prime minister.

Miliband is 38, almost half a century younger than Saville, and, on the 
surface at least, a more orthodox New Labour figure would be hard to 
imagine. For his increasingly frequent media appearances, Miliband 
favours pinstriped suits, American-sized smiles and fluent Blairite 
jargon. Saville wears cardigans. It is impossible not to wonder what 
they talk about. "I do not, in fact, quiz David about his politics," 
says Saville. He gives an intriguing explanation for this unexpected 
restraint towards a New Labour politician: he considers himself "a close 
member of the Miliband family".

Behind this remark lies a whole lost continent of political history. 
 From the early 1960s until the early 90s, working from the same 
overflowing study in which he sits now, Saville edited one of the 
foremost English language journals of the international left, the 
Socialist Register. His more famous fellow editor was David Miliband's 
father.

full: http://www.guardian.co.uk/weekend/story/0,3605,1156723,00.html
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