Saturday, 28 September 2013
On a hot summer day, a young man made his way alone to Highgate Cemetery in North London to make a lifelong vow.

Solemnly, he stood at the grave of Karl Marx at a moment when, in his own words, 'the cemetery was utterly deserted . . . I remember standing in front of the grave, fist clenched, and swearing my own private oath that I would be faithful to the workers' cause'.

The year was 1940. The young man was Ralph Miliband, a Jewish immigrant who, with his father, had fled to London from Belgium just weeks earlier to escape the Nazi Holocaust.

Miliband, father of Ed and David Miliband, died in 1994, aged 70, soon after the publication of his last book, Socialism For A Sceptical Age. In it, the venerated Marxist philosopher and academic continued to espouse his lifelong 'socialist' cause.
One voice, however, vehemently informed him that he was still pursuing a lost cause. It was that of his elder son David. He did not mince his words.

Having read the manuscript before publication, David wrote to his father asking, 'whether you are restating a case that has been traduced in theory or practice, or whether you are advancing a new case. I think that the book reads like the former . . .'

The word 'traduced' - which means 'disgraced' or 'denigrated' - was surely rather harsh, considering his aged father had always included his two sons (even when they were small), in the trenchant political discussions with ever-present academics and Left-wing thinkers that took place round the basement dining table of the family home in Primrose Hill, North London.

Indeed, some family friends feel this episode, not long before their father died, could have been a contributory factor towards the younger - and considerably more Left-wing - son Ed unexpectedly deciding to fight his elder brother for the leadership of the Labour Party in 2010, and, of course, beating him.

In his explosive memoirs, serialised last week in the Mail, Gordon Brown's spin doctor Damian McBride argued that Ed Miliband was obsessed with maintaining his father's legacy. Winning the leadership was Ed's 'ultimate tribute' to his father - an attempt to 'achieve his father's vision and ensure David Miliband did not traduce it'. Again, that word 'traduce'.

Ed is now determined to bring about that vision. How proud Ralph would have been to hear him responding the other day to a man in the street who asked when he was 'going to bring back socialism' with the words: 'That's what we are doing, sir.'

Ed's victory over David, made possible only with the unions' block votes, was perfectly in step with his father's fervent and undimmed conviction that 'alliance with the trade unions is not only one of the party's great strengths; it is by far its greatest strength'.

Ralph's Marxism was uncompromising. 'We want this party to state that it stands unequivocally behind the social ownership and control of the means of production, distribution and exchange,' he told the 1955 Labour conference, as the delegate from Hampstead. 'We are a socialist party engaged on a great adventure.'

This was the immigrant boy whose first act in Britain was to discard his name Adolphe because of its associations with Hitler, and become Ralph, and who helped his father earn a living rescuing furniture from bombed houses in the Blitz.

As for the country that gave him and his family protection, the 17-year-old wrote in his diary: 'The Englishman is a rabid nationalist. They are perhaps the most nationalist people in the world . . . you sometimes want them almost to lose (the war) to show them how things are. They have the greatest contempt for the Continent . . . To lose their empire would be the worst possible humiliation.'
Source: Daily Mail


Anonymous said...

Florida, USA - We call that biting the hand that feeds you. Ungrateful wretch. If only his father had stayed on the continent.

Reality Check said...

So what is David Miliband doing today? He is now head of IRC, (Intl Rescue Committee), which is busily importing thousands and thousands of Muslim and 3rd world refugees into the West. In the US, the US govt. pays IRC hundreds of millions to colonize America small and mid tier cities with unassimilable Muslims and incompatible 3rd world 'refugees' and asylum seekers. These refugees are given enormous welfare beneftit the moment the plane lands. Last year alone, the US govt spent over 5 billion dollars on refugee resettlement. And what is the salary for David Miliband in his new position at IRC? Almost $500,000! Yes, it is true. Miliband makes more than the US President. For more on the refugee racket and the NGOs (i.e. communist and leftists) who run this racket on the taxpayer's dime, see these search returns at Refugee Resettlement Watch. These NGOs have become almost totally dependent on govt. funding and are milking the system to the detriment of the countries funding them.

Maria José said...

Cheradenine Zakalwe, mira a quien han concedido los LIBROS DE TEXTO GRATIS en la Comunidad de Madrid, TODOS LOS BENEFICIARIOS (excepto dos o tres) SON MUSULMANES

Anonymous said...

Cameron is an honorary member of the tribe.
Sarko is a fully fledged member.
Hollande is definitely honorary and probably fully fledged.
Kerry is a member of the tribe.
So is Samantha Power.
Nearly half the Obama admin is tribe
The tribe own and control the Western media - control the media and you control pretty much everything



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