On a long and vexed journey home I read Daily Mail Editor-in-Chief Paul Dacre's piece defending the Levy 'blitzkrieg' on Miliband's father.
Both the Editor and owner of the Mail on Sunday have apologised for a reporter intruding on a private memorial for Ed Miliband's uncle.
Ed Miliband has written to the Daily Mail's chairman Lord Rothermere to complain about a reporter attending his uncle's memorial service.
Alastair Campbell, who is heavily criticised in Paul Dacre's article in the Guardian, has hit back at the Daily Mail's Editor on Twitter:
Make your mind up Dacre. Either I'm BBC's destroyer (your rag passim) or co-conspirator against your lovely paper. Can't be both #bunker
Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre has a written a comment piece in the Guardian in which he seeks to refute criticism of his newspaper.
The article comes following protests about a Daily Mail article on the Labour leader's father Ralph Miliband.
Mr Dacre wrote: "Yes, the Mail is happy to accept that in his personal life, Ralph Miliband was, as described by his son, a decent and kindly man – although we won't withdraw our view that he supported an ideology that caused untold misery in the world.
"Yes, we accept that he cherished this country's traditions of tolerance and freedom – while, in a troubling paradox typical of the left, detesting the very institutions and political system that made those traditions possible.
"And yes, the headline was controversial – but popular newspapers have a long tradition of using provocative headlines to grab readers' attention. In isolation that headline may indeed seem over the top, but read in conjunction with the article we believed it was justifiable."
The full article was published on The Guardian website.
The Daily Mail has taken a swipe at the Guardian after the Director General of MI5, Andrew Parker said that leaks such as those from former NSA worker Snowden gave terrorists the, "gift they need to evade us."
The headteacher of a leading private school has added his voice to the row over the Daily Mail's attack on Labour leader Ed Miliband's late father.
Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College, told the Observer: "If the Mail speaks for Britain, it is not a Britain I want to be part of."
"It sets a very bad example to young people to belittle someone who is dead. I think it is nasty, it lacks taste and decency ...
"Everything that I value and try to get across to young people here, this seems to cut across. It is antithetical to everything I try to teach our pupils.
"The constant trashing of people for the sake of selling newspapers is demeaning and destructive of trust."
A Facebook page calls for "all the people hated by the Daily Mail" to attend a protest outside the newspaper's headquarters on Sunday. It reads:
On Sunday, all the people hated by the Daily Mail - that's pretty all of us - are going to turn up at their headquarters, loud and proud about who we are. If you're a woman, a Muslim, LGBT, a nurse, a socialist, a trade union rep, disabled person or just someone who doesn't like hatred being pumped into public life every day, turn up.
More than 1,200 people have pledged to attend, and a further 460 said they might turn up.
More than 1,200 people have pledged to hold a protest outside the headquarters of the Daily Mail newspaper on Sunday.
A Facebook event set up by the protest group People's Assembly says the demonstration was sparked by a row over an article accusing Ed Miliband's father of "hating Britain".
It invites "all the people hated by the Daily Mail" to gather outside the newspaper's headquarters in West London at noon for an "upbeat, carnival-type protest".
A senior Daily Mail journalist has suggested tonight that his newspaper may have made a mistake over the row with Labour leader Ed Miliband.
Alex Brummer said the controversial article accusing Mr Miliband's late father of "hating Britain" should have been presented more clearly as comment.
Labour have seized on the remarks as a sign that the newspaper's defence is crumbling.
The Daily Mail's City editor Alex Brummer said he was glad Mr Miliband did not find the Daily Mail profile of his dead father anti-Semitic, whilst insisting the paper had "good ethical roots" at its core. He told BBC Radio Five Live:
I was very pleased to hear him say that he didn't think that there was any anti-Semitism involved in the article about his father, because if you read that article, it was really about trying to trace Ed Miliband's political roots - where they come from, where his ideas come from.
Defending his paper, he said the have tried to act "very, very quickly" and insisted that the incident was "the exception rather than the rule."
We're extraordinarily careful. That's a practice which goes to the core of the paper, and I do think there are some good ethical roots in the paper and this is the exception rather than the rule.
Ed Miliband revealed he was with his mother when he first read the Daily Mail article that accused his father of "hating Britain."
He said he took exception to the tone of the article, the fact that a personal boundary had been crossed, and said he was speaking out "as a son" more than a politician to defend his father's name, and to protect his family. Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he said:
There has to be boundaries - and that is why I am standing up for my father, as a son. We, as a family are used to a lot, I think. But we think this went over the line. I was with my mum when I read it, and it is about my family, and where boundaries lie.
It is an usual thing that has happened, me speaking out, but I felt I had to speak out to protect his good name now
When it comes to my dad, there has to be some boundaries. When it comes to the election, it has to be about the issues, not about smears.