Levy's article took aim at Miliband's deceased father - a terrible choice, given that few, regardless of political conviction, would begrudge a man for defending his dad (something that his since been echoed by David Cameron). However, as if that wasn't making a Labour rebuttal easy enough, it appears that Levy decided he'd help them out even more.
What's hugely unpopular among voters, mostly funded by City banks, and hasn't won an election in twenty-one years? It's the Tories of course, and no amount of polishing the proverbial excrement that is the Conservative party will prevent millions of Britons from seeing them that way...
Chris Grayling's speech on Monday at Conservative Party conference reads as if the last 40 months didn't even happen. All his talk of tougher sentencing for knife crime and clamping down on use of cautions shamelessly ignores his out of touch Government's record since the last election and their disgraceful lack of support for innocent victims of crime.
Ed Miliband wants to talk about the cost of living. Good. Hardworking people would be worse off under Labour. It is one of those eternal truths in politics: Labour would spend and borrow more of your money. All the glittering giveaways, the puffed pledges, the demands of union bosses - there is only one person who ends up paying for it all. You.
People on the benefits with spare bedrooms are having money taken away from them in order to 'encourage' them to move. It is aimed - by definition - solely at the poorest people in the Country and it is being implemented in such a crude, clumsy, manner that it is causing a lot of poor people a lot of serious problems and it hard to see what these people have done to deserve it.
This week's blog comes direct from my parents' kitchen table, where I'm holed up away from the real world, catching up on sleep, home-cooked food and fresh countryside air. When we first moved to this house, some twenty years ago, my constant companion was a Friends of the Earth book, which if I remember rightly was entitled How to Save the World... This week, 'green' is back on the menu. That much was clear from my taxi ride back to the train station after a day at the Labour party conference in Brighton (yes, I should have walked, I'm feeling guilty just typing it).
The truth is that Tory sceptics have been emboldened by a disturbing change in tone from their frontbench since David Cameron entered Downing Street. The administration he promised would be the "greenest government ever" now boasts an Environment Secretary who doesn't believe in climate change, an Energy Minister who has described climate change as a matter of "theology" and a Chancellor peddling a perverse false choice that we cannot combat global warming without "putting our country out of business."
I fail to see how Miliband wouldn't have seen this coming, which makes it easy to view any promise to freeze prices as the worst kind of populist politics, attempting to curry favour from voters with total disregard for the consequences. If Miliband is out for total control of the energy companies, why does he not re-nationalise them?
I hope my book will help encourage defectors from the failed belief systems in and around energy markets that so imperil our future. As for fellow revolutionaries in the renewables industries, I hope you will draw encouragement from my narrative. I invite your help inspreading my story of our opponents, and my thoughts about our road to eventual victory.
Last week Ed Miliband pledged to bin the Government's Bedroom Tax if Labour win in 2015. This policy came into force in April, and since then working-age tenants who rent from a council or housing association and have a spare bedroom have had their weekly Housing Benefit cut by an average of £14.
Many in the party might think that there's no need for their leader to emphasise international development, as it's already an inherent part of what the party do. But if the issue is consistently ignored by Miliband and others who present the party to the British public, there's a danger that it starts to seem like an add-on, rather than a crucial part of Labour's offering as a campaigning party and potential future government.
UKIP are taking votes away from both right and left, but it is the Conservative Party taking the biggest hit. The party Chairman just the other day entreated Ukippers to "come home". Tory MP Nadine Dorries has suggested a Conservative Party/Ukip ticket. Things are that desperate.
No-one falls to earth as an alcoholic. Everyone who uses alcohol has learnt to do so. I hear stories of people's journeys into addiction and dependence every day. Stories of ordinary people, who we might quite like to spend time with. Each is unique, but there are common threads.
Among the vaguely left wing political classes, there seems to be plenty, or at least, vocal, support for votes for 16-year-olds. It's just a pity that among the age group affected, demand for change doesn't go beyond that tiny unrepresentative minority of teenagers who are already politically engaged. So let's review the case for the change - a case already supported by none other than Ed Miliband, who told Labour conference this week that any government led by him would lower the voting age to 16.
Reducing the voting age to 16 may have seemed like one of the more throw-away policies in Ed Miliband's 'We're better than this' conference speech. But it encapsulated the simplistic appeal to base prejudices that characterised his sermon. And being 'better' was perhaps a mantra he should have first recited to himself.
Miliband's speech roamed across relatively broad policy terrain, with the announcement of an energy price freeze generating the most coverage. But I want to look a little more closely at what he had to say about housing policy.