Dire stuff as usual from Sandbrook:
Red Ed's claim to be saviour of the middle classes isn't just laughable, it's beneath contempt
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Mr Miliband may pretend that the middle-class squeeze is largely the fault of David Cameron's Government, but his disingenuous manifesto completely glosses over the fact that he was at Gordon Brown's right hand when pension values collapsed, real wages stagnated, manufacturing jobs disappeared and housing costs soared.
Despite his rather leaden rhetoric, nothing in Mr Miliband's political past suggests that he has the slightest idea of how middle-class families live and think — the aspiration to strive for betterment, earn your own money and stand on your own two feet without relying on the State.
Far from being a typical representative of the squeezed middle, the Labour leader grew up as the son of a North London university professor, moving smoothly from Oxford and Harvard to the House of Commons.
Born into a metropolitan Left-wing elite, what does he know of everyday life in Wolverhampton, Welshpool or Aberdeen? Indeed, I rather suspect that, like so many privileged, Oxbridge-educated Lefties, he regards ordinary middle-class people as rather distasteful.
I wonder what Sandbrook's background is?
Born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, he was educated at Malvern College and studied at Balliol College, Oxford, the University of St Andrews and Jesus College, Cambridge.
Oh, well. He continues:
The truth is that Mr Miliband is probably the most Left-wing Labour leader since the days of Michael Foot. When an activist at last year's Labour Party conference asked him 'When will you bring back socialism?', his response spoke volumes. 'That's what we are doing, sir,' he said.
Ever since becoming leader in 2010, Mr Miliband has pinned his hopes on the failure of the Coalition's economic austerity, which, he thought, would condemn Britain to a permanent recession and guarantee a Labour victory in 2015.
Yet now his strategy is in ruins. Contrary to all his expectations, the economy is in recovery, while the Tories have narrowed the poll gap to just 3 per cent.
In sheer desperation, therefore, the Labour leader has had to change the record, ditching the Greatest Hits of Michael Foot for one of Tony Blair's old tunes. Perhaps, like Mr Blair, he will pull on a football shirt and start courting Mondeo Man. I hope not, though; it was bad enough the first time.
In any case, I suspect it will avail him little. The British middle classes have too much good sense to fall for such a naked attempt to curry favour with them — especially given Mr Miliband's lamentable record.
What is certainly true is that, in an age of unprecedented economic insecurity and political alienation, someone needs to speak up for Middle Britain. But Ed Miliband is simply not that man.