Ed Miliband Being Mistaken For A Stock Image On American TV Was Weirdly Sad

A reminder of more innocent times

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Remember the innocent days of British life when the biggest political controversy we had to face was the fact Ed Miliband couldn't eat a sandwich properly?

Seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? In fact, everything about Ed feels wistful now – the giant stone! The 'hell yeah I'm tough enough'! The thinking he was too left-wing! – a sense only accentuated by his latest appearance on American TV.

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No, the former Labour leader was not called upon to offer his expert opinion on the latest news story or even to promote his latest book (is he writing a book?). Instead he appeared as 'generic man with a cold' during a NBC News report on flu vaccinations.

To be clear: NBC News thought Ed Miliband was a model in a stock image.

What is about Ed that attracts such lame ignominy? The show's producers, who can hardly be blamed for not recognising the former leader of the British opposition, plucked the photo - in which he is admittedly holding a large white handkerchief like a cartoon character - from some random archive. But still: what were the chances?

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"Flu season has arrived, and there are fresh concerns tonight that many school districts are seeing an uptick," said the newsreader, as Miliband appeared mid-sneeze over her shoulder as visual shorthand for 'a bit ill' – as geeky as geeky gets.

"There's concern that not enough people are getting a flu shot, and health officials have new guidance about the nasal vaccine."

For any British viewers, it was an experience akin to accidentally spotting a childhood sweetheart across the street, a heart-breaking evocation of a simpler time when we thought trivial things like having a weird nasal voice and looking a bit like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit were worth getting worked up over.

Oh, for such concerns today. Miliband's enemies (as if he still has any) may laugh at this latest humiliation, but really, he's far better off being Mr. Cold than a frontline politician in 2016. He'd get eaten alive.

Unlike that bacon sa- actually, forget it. We'll let Ed have the last laugh: