People got angry today when Ed Miliband apparently scrawled an insincere message on a wreath he put on the Cenotaph in Glasgow as part of today's World War One centenary commemorations.
It started when Channel 4 News's Ciaran Jenkins tweeted this picture:
When viewed next to the prime minister's more fulsome message, the note written by Miliband seemed positively heartless.
The response was typically furious:
Ok. I am stunned by @Ed_Miliband's WWI centenary wreath message, which is arrogant, disrespectful and just plain rude— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 4, 2014
You're an embarrassment @Ed_Miliband. Centenary of the most destructive war Britain has seen and you didn't even bother to sign your wreath.— Dave Poole (@davepoole_26) August 4, 2014
Unbelievable Ed Miliband's message on his wreath. Shows the utter most disrespect. He should never become PM of this country. #WW1— Richard (@richie_1994wale) August 4, 2014
While some glorified in the Labour leader suffering a similar fate to his predecessor Michael Foot, Labour pointed out that Miliband had not had the chance to write his own message as David Cameron had, and had instead just been handed the wreath shortly before he placed it at the Cenotaph.
“Ed Miliband was not given the opportunity to write a personal message on the wreath and was only handed it seconds before he had to lay it," a spokesperson told The Independent.
Pictures of other wreaths show that it wasn't just Miliband who did not have the opportunity to write a personal message.
Anyone who visits cenotaph can see these wreaths for themselves. Numerous messages, not all personally handwritten. pic.twitter.com/i4nCOEFrKG— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) August 4, 2014
Even the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg's wreath had a simple message that purely indicated it was his wreath to lay.
A number of impersonal messages on Glasgow WW1 wreaths pic.twitter.com/K838iKDfdb— James Matthews (@jamesmatthewsky) August 4, 2014
So really, there is no story. And a day on which those who died in World War One were meant to be being remembered, a misunderstanding was seized upon to play party politics.
Some people will just never get it, however.
Question @Ed_Miliband - at what point did you say to organizers "Give me the wreath so I can write a message?" Oh, you didn't bother?— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) August 4, 2014
To all those who say this is not a day for politics, it is a day when a potential PM gives us a glimpse of how they would act in office.— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) August 4, 2014
Plus ça change.
Today we remember the soldiers who gave their lives fighting for freedom in the First World War.— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) August 4, 2014