Ed Miliband must be in a horrible position right now. A close Brown ally, but the brother of the lone assassin that is shouting from the rooftops in political code about how he is ready to lead. So it comes to pass that he's got a puff piece in the Times written by Alice Miles who says in the first paragraph "(I ought probably to admit at this point that [Ed] is a friend of mine)".
The article is billed as being about the "brothers Miliband" but when you read it it becomes clear it is about Ed and is a "Gordon, this is nothing to do with me Guv honest" piece. This is clear as at the end we have a line that says "Ed did not know about the article David wrote for The Guardian this week".
Anyone believe that? Seriously? The article makes much of the Miliband bothers' closeness, and then proceeds to claim that on such a thing they were not talking together?
Call me cynical if you must, but the piece smacks of arse-covering by Ed Miliband in advance of a possible reshuffle that Brown, being Brown, might take to extremes with retribution and punishment which will of course backfire like everything he touches.