Corbyn Hires Seumas Milne as Comms Chief

Jeremy Corbyn has sensationally appointed Seumas Milne as his new Director of Strategic Communications. Winchester College and Oxford-educated PPEist Milne, a former Stalinist, is renowned for his roll call of remarkable controversial quotes. Here is a reminder.

Milne wrote glowingly about the “armed resistance” in Iraq against US and British soldiers, and called Iraqis who worked with the US “quislings“. He wrote:

“it has become ever clearer that they are in fact a classic resistance movement with widespread support waging an increasingly successful guerrilla war against the occupying armies. Their tactics are overwhelmingly in line with those of resistance campaigns throughout modern history… The resistance war can of course be cruel, but the innocent deaths it has been responsible for pale next to the toll inflicted by the occupiers. Its political strength lies precisely in the fact that it has no programme except the expulsion of the occupying forces. Jack Straw said this week that the resistance was “opposed to a free Iraq” – but its campaign is in fact Iraq’s real war of liberation.”

Two days after 9/11, wrote: “They can’t see why they are hated… most Americans simply don’t get it…” and accused the US of “unabashed national egotism and arrogance“. He says “they themselves sowed” the seeds of 9/11 and blamed the attacks on “injustices and inequalities“.

A week after the 7/7 bombings, he wrote: “The only surprise was that the attacks were so long coming” and blamed “the bloodbath unleashed by Bush and Blair in Iraq”.

Wrote following the death of Lee Rigby: “Rigby was a British soldier who had taken part in multiple combat operations in Afghanistan. So the attack wasn’t terrorism in the normal sense”.

Kremlin-apologist Milne has said the West shouldn’t “demonise” Putin.

He fawned over Putin as he chaired a panel discussion with the Russian leader.

He despaired at the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Claimed that allegations Assad was about to use chemical weapons were “a breathtaking reprise of the falsehood that paved the way for the invasion of Iraq”.

Wrote glowingly about how Russia had “challenged” the West on Syria, and suggested Assad would not “intensify repression” thanks to Putin.

Downplayed the numbers of people imprisoned by Stalin.

Praised socialist tyrant Hugo Chavez.

When the spokesman needs a spokesman…

Hacked Off Sensationalism Over Libel Costs Rethink

John Whittingdale has said he will think again about the ill-thought-out plan to ban publishers from claiming back costs in libel cases – even when they win. The draconian policy means news organisations that aren’t signed up to a Royal Charter regulator will still have to pay costs when they win, crazily meaning they will be forced to stump up huge fees even when they are found to have done nothing wrong. Whitto says:

“I am not convinced the time is right for the introduction of these costs provisions. Given the changes under way within the industry, the introduction of the new exemplary damages provisions, and the pressures on the industry, I question whether this additional step, now, will be positive and will lead to the changes I want to see. My mind is not made up, and I will want to examine the matter further in the coming weeks before taking any decision.”

Hardly unreasonable, right? This is Hacked Off Evan Harris’ screaming response:

“Victims will be distressed and the public dismayed to hear that the government is considering not keeping the promise it made to those innocent people whose lives have been destroyed by press misconduct, and reneging on the post-Leveson cross-party agreement signed by all the party leaders 30 months ago and passed overwhelmingly by parliament”

Is this one minor, entirely reasonable rethink really “reneging” on their promise? Will “examining the matter further” really cause “distress“? Will the public really be “dismayed“? If only there was some sort of regulator to keep Hacked Off’s ridiculous – and patently untrue – sensationalism in check…

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

In today’s Sun on Sunday column Guido reveals the Labour councillor who thinks ISIS “originated from Zionists“. The Tories have already called for her to quit. Don’t miss out on:

DATE

  • What was behind Dave’s “very public” choice of date night location this week?

  • Top Labour Adviser Arrested 20 Times

  • Counselling Offered to Young Tories

CORBYN

  • Revealed: the time Corbyn called for “innocent” mass-murderer Leon Trotsky to be pardoned
  • Corbyn’s staff forced to explain why he has been ignoring his constituents
  • What does Ruth Davidson think “sounds filthy in a Scottish accent”?
  • Why have giggling Tory MPs been loudly asking for “a pint of the pig, please”?

You can read it all today, for free, only on SunNation

Palestinian Terrorist ‘Posed as Journalist’ Then Stabbed Israeli

An Israeli soldier was wounded in Hebron after being stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist, who appears to have been posing as a journalist wearing a “press” jacket. A worrying development.

Labour MP Raises Money to Get Journalists Fired

Meet Aaron Bastani, a notorious Twitter troll who runs ‘Novara Media’, an eccentric pro-Corbyn website which claims to be “new media for a different politics“. Bastani attacked the journalists who were spat at during Tory conference, and has moved on to trolling a number of female journalists on Twitter, calling the Sindy’s Jane Merrick a “fatuous muppet”:

When he isn’t trolling female journalists, Bastani is raising money for a vacuous campaign to try and get Nick Robinson and Michael Crick sacked:

A campaign which Corbynite MP Clive Lewis is backing:

Does Lewis know he has given money to an internet crackpot? Or do Team Corbyn really think they should be pressuring news organisations to fire their staff?

UPDATE:

Yentob Regrets ‘Intimidating’ BBC Producer

Readers will remember the furore caused when the BBC’s beleaguered creative director Alan Yentob stood in the Today Programme cubicle while they interviewed Camila Batmanghelidjh. At the time Yentob was blasted by his own BBC colleagues for pressurising Today staff.

Today Yentob admitted for the first time that he did stand in the cubicle. He says “if it was intimidating I regret it”. The best television Yentob has done in years…

Danny Cohen to Leave BBC

The BBC’s Director of Television is off:

“After eight wonderful years at the BBC, it is time for my next big challenge. BBC Television is on brilliant creative form. I feel very privileged to have led Television for the world’s finest public service broadcaster and to have worked with so many smart and talented people. In particular, I’d like to thank my fantastic team across BBC Television, all the people who have been involved with making our programmes in the last few years, my colleagues on the Executive Board and Tony Hall, who I admire greatly.”

Cohen will leave at the end of November…

Guardian Seeks Digital-Friendly Pol Ed

Last month Guido brought you the news that Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour is stepping down. It seems new editor Kath Viner is looking for someone a bit more digital-friendly.

“Understanding of social media” is “a strong advantage” says the job advert, going on to stress the successful candidate will have to “embrace social media as part of the Guardian’s commitment to open journalism and engagement of our audience”. Not only that, they will be “willing to embrace different media and non-text ways of telling stories“. You don’t even need to have inky fingers to apply, experience on a “national website” will do.

That said, “experience in front of camera” is described as “desirable“, which is good news for telegenic chief political correspondent Nick Watt. The deadline for applications is two weeks today. Anyone with a Twitter account or blog can apply here. No, they can’t afford Guido…

UPDATE: Kath Viner emails Guardian staff:

“After an extraordinary 27 years working in the lobby for the Guardian and the Observer, the last nine of them as political editor for the Guardian, Patrick Wintour has decided it’s time to move on. Patrick will become diplomatic editor, reporting to the international desk in London. I’d like to thank him for all his incredible hard work over such a long period. Julian Borger becomes world affairs editor, and will move to Washington DC next year.”

Guido in The Sun on Sunday

PISS

Guido’s favourite conference story is the lead in today’s Sun on Sunday column: read all about the Cabinet minister who slipped at the urinal, ending up with a man weeing on his head. Don’t miss out on:

CHRIS

  • You’re in Trouble,

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“15 Months to Save the BBC”: Dugher Lifts Burnham’s Failed NHS Spin

You would have thought Labour might have learned from Andy Burnham’s tiresome “save the NHS” nonsense before the election. In 2011 Labour said there were just 72 hours to save the NHS. In 2012, they said there were […]

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Guardian Writer on Jewish Journalist: “F**k Him, They Should Cut His Throat”

Readers will remember Richard Seymour, the very angry blogger who has written for the Guardian over 100 times but probably won’t again after his slur against Falklands hero Simon Weston. Seymour has covered himself in more glory by hoping […]

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Cameron’s Speech: Left Wing Commentariat Reacts

Not only did the PM’s speech go down a storm with his Tory colleagues, but it appears also to be winning plaudits from the left-wing twitterati:

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