THE Mail on Sunday went knocking on doors in Ed Miliband’s street in Dartmouth Park the week before last, grabbing at the easy story tree’s low-hanging fruit by asking his neighbours for angry opinions about Labour’s mansion tax policy.
The resulting double page spread titled “MILIBAND STREET, NW5” revealed as many as four neighbours – one unnamed – were willing to grizzle at the policy of charging an extra levy on homes worth more than £2 million. You can almost hear the call back to newsdesk asking: “We’ve got four, is that enough?”.
Mind you, they may well have been wise to seek a quick return to base. Apparently, at least one neighbour, admittedly with connections to the local Labour ranks, tested the speed of the intruding door-knocker by virtually chasing them down the street with a raging warning that nobody from that paper should call again.