Lots of talk this weekend about the Miliband brothers putting themselves forward for the position of the Labour party. David is said to be a Blairite while Ed is referred to as a Brownite (for some strange reason the page in Wiki has been deleted).
As many of you will know I have never been impressed in any way with the public performances of David Miliband. Although his party supporters insist he is highly experienced and a man suitable to be prime minister, I cannot visualise it. His demeanor is that of an overgrown schoolboy having been given the important task of being in charge of the school lunch queue.
This weekend I watched his younger brother Ed deliver his candidacy speech to the faithful and I have to admit I was taken by his communication skills and his capacity for connecting with his audience. Although he stuck to the party line he deviated to make it sound personal rather than parrot-like.
One of my non-political friends asked me if having brothers at the top of a party would cause problems. I have no idea what effect it would have. The workings of the labour party are not what I want from political representatives.
Are they the UK's Brothers Grimm? The original Brothers Grimm are famous for their folk tales from Europe and fairy tales such as 'The Frog Prince' and 'Cinderella' among many others, while the Milibands' stories to date are 'Fairness' and 'A Movement for Change'. Undoubtedly there will be more tales in the next months.
Of course the Milibands are only the first to declare their candidacies. We will have Ed Balls declaring his intention to run in the next few days along with Jon Cruddas and others. I think I will be washing my hair quite often this week.