Miliband’s year of em­pa­thy

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL autism ex­pert has shed light on his ef­forts to help Ed Miliband un­der­stand em­pa­thy.

Pro­fes­sor Si­mon Baron-Cohen said he had been work­ing with the Labour leader for more than a year.

In a key­note speech last week, Mr Miliband said em­pa­thy was one of the most un­der-rated virtues in pol­i­tics.

Prof Baron-Cohen, a fel­low at Trin­ity Col­lege, Cam­bridge and direc­tor of the city’s Autism Re­search Cen­tre was asked to help Mr Miliband a year ago, be­fore Labour’s party con­fer­ence.

“I met him at his home with his wife and kids,” he said. “We talked about how you can use the idea of em­pa­thy in so many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of so­ci­ety, and pol­i­tics.

“Things like the NHS, im­prov­ing ed­u­ca­tion, and also in­ter­na­tion­ally, how Bri­tain in­ter­venes in con­flicts. Ed thinks out of the box. I’m not sure where it’s go­ing to lead. I’m com­ing at it from a non-po­lit­i­cal an­gle.”

The Labour leader’s team had con­tacted Prof Baron-Cohen af­ter he read one of his books on neu­ro­science. The cousin of comedian and ac­tor Sacha Baron-Cohen said a grow­ing un­der­stand­ing of em­pa­thy could be partly be­hind Mr Miliband’s in­ter­est in his fam­ily his­tory.

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