MILIBAND AND THE MEN­SCH

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - SI­MON ROCKER

PUT David Miliband in a room­ful of a Jewish leaders and you would ex­pect the odd sharp word to fly.

Less than a month ago he un­canned the worms by sug­gest­ing that the Con­ser­va­tives had got into bed in Europe with lit­tle bet­ter than the Pol­ish and Lat­vian equiv­a­lents of the BNP. Cue out­raged Tories, whis­pers of protest from the Board of Deputies, more out­raged Tories, and mem­bers of the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil up­set with the Board for up­set­ting the Con­ser­va­tives.

Then came last Fri­day’s res­o­lu­tion on the Gold­stone re­port into Gaza at the UN when the Bri­tish del­e­gate’s fin­ger cu­ri­ously missed the vot­ing but­ton.

But the For­eign Sec­re­tary en­joyed a friendly re­cep­tion when he came to dine on Mon­day. He was among 100 top Jews at a party to fete for­mer Board and JLC leader Henry Grun­wald — whom Mr Miliband saluted as a model of men­schlichkeit.

Pol­i­tics was def­i­nitely off the menu, I am told, and all was peace­ful over the poussin and pavlova.

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