I had to laugh at this tweet from Cathy Newman of Channel 4 News. On the face of it you can see what she means. But it's interesting to note that her first reaction was not to think it would be Ed Miliband's first test. Having said that, I suppose it isn't his first test. Because he failed that when he appointed Phil Woolas to a front bench position rather than wait to see the outcome of the Election Court. Will he now disown him?
It will take some time to assess the full impact of this decision. Some will think it is totally over the top and will prevent proper robust debate about the merits of rival candidates, while others will believe that it will serve as a useful reminder that if you promote a campaign of hate, you might end up getting your just desserts.
UPDATE: Sayeeda Warsi has waded in with a pithy quote...
"This ruling exposes Ed Miliband’s terrible misjudgement. He was fully aware of Phil Woolas’s despicable and inflammatory campaign but still appointed him to a highly sensitive role on his front bench. After failing to act when Ken Livingstone directly contravened party rules, and dithering over whether to attend the TUC rally, Labour has another leader who’d rather duck a difficult decision than show real leadership."