How not to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI

Today world leaders commemorated the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI. A time for reflection you might think, to contemplate the human tragedy that led to the deaths of over 10 million people, and a time for learning lessons about how it happened and how to ensure we stop repeating the same mistakes.

Some though had other ideas and have decided to enter into an unseemly row about a message left on a wreath at a remembrance ceremony by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Here is the message along with the one left by David Cameron:

This is apparently the message @Ed_Miliband put on the wreath for the #WW1 memorial. What do you think of it? pic.twitter.com/I4pkkU8CoZ

Apparently, the organisers of the memorial services handed the leaders a wreath with a message already pre-written on it just before they had to lay the wreath at the cenotaph. Cameron’s advisors obviously prepared in advance for him to write his own message while Miliband’s did not. Who cares though?

They call August the silly season, as the House of Commons is not sitting and political types desperately look for something to get angry about. A couple of the usual suspects decided to to make something out this non-story:

This is ridiculous from former Toy MP Louise Mensch:

And here Telegraph blogger Dan Hodges took it as another sign he is right about Ed Miliband:

These two and many others like them have spent most of the afternoon trying to make this into another “Ed Miliband not up to the job of PM” story. Well Miliband may well not be up to the job, but having a go at him for not writing a personal message on a wreath is actually rather shameful. That is not what today should be about. Grow up people!