Matthew Norman: Milibands and Murrays, the lessons

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What with hearing so very little about male British tennis players these days, a warming example of fraternal concord may have escaped the Milibandroids.

Despite the sporadic tensions that inevitably afflict brothers when an elder is supplanted by a far more talented younger, Jamie Murray will partner Andy in the Olympic doubles. "It hasn't been easy for me," is what Jamie would almost certainly say if asked.

"But you have to set a bruised ego aside in the national interest, and I hope my example encourages David Miliband to end the Ted Heath sulk and join the Labour front bench." Inspiring, if invented, advice from Jamie there. But will David listen?

Well, the rapprochement omens look better than at any time since the leadership election. Interviewed in the Mail on Sunday, Ed reveals that the rift between their wives is repaired, and that David has hired him for the New Statesmen issue he is guest-editing.

Alongside a stellar array of mirth providers (David Walliams, Russell Brand, Mr Tony Blair), Ed will challenge his image as an outsize Adrian Mole by writing a diary.

There is no word whether David's pledge to "tell readers what really matters" includes a guide to halving one's income tax liability by incorporating, as he has done; or whether Ed will admit in his diary that this explains his mystifying response to the Jimmy Carr row, when he posited that it isn't a politician's business to moralise about tax avoidance.

In the cause of brotherly love one hopes not, and that soon the lads are fist-pumping during PMQs like Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen on Saturday night, and, God willing, the Murrays in August.

It's with regret that we must report the abandonment of a seasonal highlight. No mention of the 2012 Sun Police Bravery Awards, traditionally held in early July, can be located. Whether this is a cost-cutting exercise, or whether the police have somehow become less brave, is unclear.