Gawd bless Ed Miliband. Even when he's being serious, he can't help but make us smile.

Take these latest photos of him visiting troops in Afghanistan, for example.

Of course it's a terribly serious and important mission, but... look at him in a flak jacket! Look at him eating fried eggs in the canteen! And look at him, Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander doing their Three Kings thing!

Ed, we salute you. You're the hardest Labour leader since Margaret Beckett.

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