The Mail has a rather tedious article today trying to link Ed Miliband with Stalin:
His cousin was close to Stalin's daughter? Why that's almost an imperial line of succession from the evil one straight to the Labour leader!
There's even a picture of Miliband and Stalin next to one another, to emphasise the horror heritage of the leftist supremo:
Eek! Be afraid - be very afraid. He's not just someone who has slightly left-wing views on some subjects; he's also pretty much Stalin's heir!
Imagine that, though. A picture of someone next to an evil dictator. If only there was one that existed of, say, Daily Mail owner Jonathan Harmsworth's great-grandad and Hitler...?
Ah, wait a minute, there is.
Just as with Lembit Opik's relatives and Nick Clegg's foreign blood, this is the latest in a line of stories in the Mail emphasising politicians' foreign backgrounds. Just as before, there's a whiff of something a little unpleasant about it all. We've all got embarrassing relatives - not all of them called Hitler 'my dear Fuehrer,' I grant you - but there's just something that makes you wonder why on earth this is important. Is it an attempt at a smear? Is it just to associate Miliband and Stalin? Is that all there is to it? It's pretty feeble, if so.
*update* Thanks to Chris Brosnahan for providing the following venn diagram which perfectly illustrates the complex relationship between Red Ed Miliband and Joseph Stalin: