Miliband ( Ed and David) brothers mixed up with the Kemps ( of Spandau Ballet for those born after 1980)?
The similarities are too close to ignore. The Kemps supported a good looking front man (Tony Hadley), the Milibands played drum and bass to Tony Blair's falsetto. Tony Hadley is extremely plausible: just the sort of fellow with whom you'd have a pint and share a few "off message" jokes. Just like TB. The Kemp brothers played the Krays in the 1990 film of the same name. You wouldn't turn your backs on the Krays. Can you imagine being alone with a Miliband? Exactly.
The Milibands remind me of the Righteous Brothers. Spooky but fascinating - without the voices. In 1965 there were two versions of the song "You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'. One was by the aforementioned RBs, the other by Cilla Black. I bought Cilla's version - because I was backing Britain.
The beginning of the Blair years were very much like the early Harold Wilson years.
The defunct, decrepit, depleted Tories were swept away by a dynamic new vision of Britain in the form of a revitalised social democracy. That was the 1960's. Kennedy had been assassinated; the Russians were everywhere and we were on the edge of a social revolution. The working classes were losing their deference: people up North had inner lives and Coronation Street and "Z" Cars was bringing the North south.
In fact for a while the South didn't know what had hit it. The theatre was full of northern grit, the poets were speaking with un received accents ( Larkin, Hughes, Mitchell)and the music was American Blues via the Northern ports. In the south, we had Mandy Rice Davis, Harold MacMillian and the Krays.
The Blair apotheosis was a false dawn. It didn't take Blur long to cotton on to the fallacy behind the Blair chumminess. Oasis were suckered for a while longer. The Blairs were heralded in with a "rebirth" of British pop; except it was The Spice Girls not the Animals. "I'll tell you what I want, what I really,really want" replaced "We gotta get out of this place." And the north/south divide came down to whether Blur or Oasis would get to Number 1 in the charts. It made us all "Billy Liar"s.
In between the 1960's and 1990's was Thatcher. A rather hard filling between sliced soft white bread. When the rugged reality of closed industries and lost communities erupted into Culture Club, Wham and Ultra Vox. As the miners fatally miscalculated we were all enthralled by Freddy Mercury at Live Aid and turning to Ethiopia.
The Kemps were at Live Aid. The Milibands were not, as far as I know, at Wembley. And the Krays? They were banged up.