The U.K. political system doesn't feature a U.S. Presidential-style vote—instead, citizens vote for their local candidate and the Prime Minister is elected from the party that forms a government (usually the party with most votes). However, you wouldn't know this from some of the media's attacks on Miliband, for everything from his father's Marxist writings to the fact that his north London home has two kitchens.
These attacks have widened to include criticism of the Scottish National Party (SNP), which failed to secure Scottish independence last year, but is rapidly emerging as a potential coalition partner for Labour in the next government.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and one of the best-known Conservative Party politicians in the country, attacked the Labour Party leader and his prospective coalition partner in a Facebook post on Monday.
"Miliband is already the most Left-wing Labour leader since Michael Foot, promoting an agenda that seems to be avowedly hostile to wealth creation and "predatory" capitalism," he said.
"The SNP are Lefties on steroids. They want to abandon any attempt to get the deficit under control, and indeed the Treasury has calculated that they would borrow another £148 billion."