I’m no expert, but I see cold contempt and ingratiation

Alan Johnson and Ed Miliband
Alan Johnson and Ed Miliband
The red squirrel is in decline across the UK   
Picture by Harry Hogg

ALICE ASHCROFT: The plight of the red squirrel

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Anyone doubting the lack of respect Alan Johnson has for Ed Miliband had only to glance at their exchange of letters after the former shadow chancellor resigned.

All the usual platitudes were in evidence, but it was the style rather than the content which gave the game away.

The only personal touch in Johnson’s letter was his signature – in which he still used his full name.

Miliband, on the other hand, personally scrawled ‘Dear Alan,’ on his reply, hand-wrote the date and signed himself ‘Ed.’

I’m no graphologist – but I recognise cold contempt and pitiable ingratiation when I see it.