The ‘othering’ of ‘Red Ed’, or how the Daily Mail ‘framed’ the British Labour leader

Gaber, Ivor (2014) The ‘othering’ of ‘Red Ed’, or how the Daily Mail ‘framed’ the British Labour leader. Political Quarterly, 85 (4). pp. 471-479. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

This article takes as its starting point the attack on the late Ralph Miliband, the left-wing intellectual and father of the current Labour leader Ed Miliband, by the Daily Mail in late 2013. It argues that this attack was a response by the Mail to its failed campaign to dub the Labour leader ‘Red Ed’. The article demonstrates that ever since Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2009, the Mail has sought to ‘other’ him by presenting him as ‘alien’—this by constant references to his Jewish background, his upbringing in a wealthy North London intellectual milieu, his supposed extreme left-wing views and his ineffable ‘oddness’—at least, an oddness as characterised by the newspaper. The paper will conclude by asking why the Daily Mail's ‘Red Ed’ moniker failed to catch on, while noting that their ‘Odd Ed’ moniker seems to have had more resonance.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: J Political Science
Depositing User: Sarah Maddox
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 12:51
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2015 09:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/52735
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