Trouble is, I suppose, there’s so much space to fill these days, in the papers and on cyberspace, on your TV screens and on the wireless. And not filled with the same old stuff, but filled with something different. And so if you’re a columnist the pressure’s really on: what the hell is there that’s new to say? What attitude can I strike that would be different from what Aaronovitch had to say yesterday, but also different to what Heffer’s saying today?
That’s the only explanation I can come to for three articles within a week saying what a bloody genius Ed Miliband is. There was Anthony Barnett in a low circulation left wing weekly (ie The New Statesman), a slightly qualified piece by our own James Forsyth here and a staggering panegyric by Peter Oborne in The Daily Telegraph. Peter compared Ed favourably to Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron, and praised his bravery and wisdom etc.
All this on the day that the Tories and Labour were neck and neck in the polls. Yeah, Ed’s a political mastermind alright.