So, I randomly posted on my Tumblr the other day about some stories a family friend told us who knew the Miliband brothers as kids, and thought I might as well share it here, since there's currently a load of DRAMA in UK politics, and it's bringing back memories of the infamous Miliband brothers' feud in the leadership contest of 2010. So, here's the text from my Tumblr post, copied and pasted:
OK, by popular demand, lolitics fans, some true stories about the childhood of Ed and David Miliband from our family friend that knew them as kids:
Both of them were really geeky but David was less so and was definitely the more confident one, and the more sociable. Ed was shyer, quieter and SUPER geeky.
Family friend thought Ed was nice enough but at the time “a bit weird” because of his interests, etc. He didn’t talk about politics all the time-they knew each other from when they were little kids to sort-of teenage years, I think-but he was into it and numbers, too. Ed was really into numbers and was always carrying around a book.
Family friend didn’t mind Ed but thought he was a bit of a telltale. :D He said Ed would run to the adults a lot and he thought, being a kid, that Ed was a bit of a wimp.
However, he WAS really impressed with the fact Ed Mili was super smart and always had a book, etc.
David Miliband and family friend’s elder brother used to hang out and Ed & family friend would try to tag along but David M & friend’s elder brother would try to ditch them. :D
David Miliband was less geeky and into playing football. He and friend’s elder brother would play football. Ed always wanted to join in but wasn’t allowed because he was no good. :( Poor lil thing.
Family friend would also want to join in but would be made to “keep Ed company” or as he called it “getting stuck with Ed.” :D :D
Ed really looked up to David and wanted to be like his big brother. :( He’d get a bit upset/sulky when David wouldn’t let him join in with the games. :(:(
Remember, I’m getting all this through a family friend's husband so I’m taking his word for it. :)
So, there's a story. Now, I feel like I can start playing six degrees of separation. Think I'll draw a line at calling Ed Miliband "Buddy" though. The Milifandom would murder me.