Seumas Milne’s Closeness to Guardian Editor

There has been consternation in Labour circles and at the Guardian over Seumas Milne being allowed to work for Jeremy Corbyn while “on leave” from King’s Place. The bizarre arrangement suggests he still has his column waiting for him if and when things go south with Jezza. How was the curious deal allowed to go ahead?

Guido hears that the key factor was his very close personal relationship with Guardian editor Kath Viner. The couple have been close friends for years and Kath is known to have always loved his column. Though staff on the paper have been perplexed at why £340,000-a-year Viner, a relative moderate politically, is so enamoured with the handsome revolutionary firebrand. Kath – 44 years-old and unmarried – is such a close ally of Seumas that he even “canvassed on her behalf for several months” when she was campaigning for the editorship. Sources say he was drumming up support for her “night and day 24/7”, causing many raised eyebrows at the time. The Guardian and the Labour leadership are closer than they’ve ever been…

Seumas Milne: “It Wasn’t Only Negative What Happened in the Riots”

As ‘anarchist’ rioters (who want a bigger state) rampaged through London last week, setting a police car ablaze and blinding a horse with a firework, it’s worth asking what Team Corbyn think. Here is Seumas Milne speaking after the London riots. Guess what? He’s a fan. 

“Riots do express fundamental social anger and that’s something that’s happened throughout history… Actually, I thought they were quite, you know, despite the way they were portrayed at the time, there was a lot of very political expressions, certainly in particular, in some areas in particular, certainly in East London but in other places as well, where people were expressing, in quite a strong class-orientated way, a hatred not only of the police but of the system… So, I mean, it wasn’t only negative, what happened in the riots. And I think that those people clearly are part of what, of the people that need to be organised and need to find a political expression and social organisation… But it’s also an opportunity. It’s a huge opportunity to channel that anger.”

There you have it: Labour’s new core vote strategy…

H/T Harry’s Place

Corbyn’s New Spin Doctor is a Pro

Which spin doctor broke the cardinal rule of SpAds and walked into shot not once but twice as Corbyn was being interviewed by Sky? And who let Jezza be filmed in front of a load of posters showing Labour in the 70s? Seamus is a pro…

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Another Labour Opponent Linked to Top Corbyn Job

Speculation is swirling in Labour circles that Corbyn is about to appoint New Economics Foundation chief and hardcore ex-Socialist Workers Party member James Meadway as his new economics adviser. This won’t be the last time you hear his name if it becomes official…

Just like Andrew Fisher, Meadway has openly backed non-Labour candidates in a number of elections, writing for the SWP splinter group Counterfire after George Galloway defeated Labour in Bradford West:

“All those who oppose austerity and war should be walking a little taller this morning… The gap between Britain’s corrupt and squalid political class, and those they claim to represent – already large – yawns wider as a result.”

He endorsed Tower Hamlets First (then independent) candidate Rubina Khan, who fought against Labour:

Meadway is an apologist for the disgraced wrong ‘un Lutfur Rahman. The full list of tweets on this is quite something:

And rejoiced when Dougie Alexander lost his seat:

He backed Caroline Lucas over the Labour candidate:

He also says Jim Murphy is “so, so far right”:

And of course supports boycotting Israel:

The fact Meadway was deleting his tweets late last night suggests there may be something in the rumours. Perhaps he too will say it was all a big joke? Lucky Guido has screengrabs.

Given Corbyn has just been embroiled in an almighty mess over Andrew Fisher backing rival candidates – something that is against Labour’s membership rules and he has had to apologise for – surely he will not appoint another adviser who has opposed Labour as recently as this year? Can’t he find any actual Labour supporters who are willing to work for him?

CCHQ Offer No “Verdict” on Tax Credits Defeat

Each morning CCHQ emails MPs a news summary outlining which stories appeared on the previous night’s news bulletins, with a “verdict” on how the coverage fared for the government. On Sunday Guido revealed the internal view on tax credits was “verdict: government loss”. The private admission that the Tories were being killed on tax credits was included in the memo no fewer than five times.

This morning’s email bounced into inboxes with a round-up of the coverage of last night’s defeat. Curiously, since Guido’s story, the “verdict” section has been scrapped. Not that MPs will be in any doubt that it was a resounding “government loss”…

Corbyn Aide: Moderate Labour MPs Should “Join the Tories”

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Corbyn’s new policy chief Andrew Fisher has made headlines over his punchy Twitter feed – at the weekend Guido revealed he dropped the F-bomb at Vinnie Jones and Ray Winstone. He was also telling moderate Labour MPs to “join the Tories” well before the Corbynista trolls made it a lefty internet meme:

He also called Rachel Reeves a “w*nker” and suggested she had “defected to UKIP“:

Absuing female members of your own party online is apparently the “new politics”…

Milne Threatens Shadow Cabinet Purge

Speaking on Putin propaganda channel Russia Today just two weeks ago, Labour’s new strategy chief warned:

“… There will be some shake-up in the existing Shadow Cabinet – this is a kind of stabilisation Shadow Cabinet… There are a whole lot of progressive people who came in in the May election, young MPs who are fully supportive of Corbyn. The Tories are planning to bring in new boundaries for constituencies around the country and that will mean there will have to be reselections.”

Well he is a former Stalinist…

H/T Times

Corbyn Aide Called Sarah Vine “Piece of S**t”

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New Corbyn policy chief Andrew Fisher has taken a battering in the left-wing papers this morning over his, er, punchy Twitter feed. Here’s one they missed: the former RMT heavy called Sarah Vine a “piece of s**t” and “scum”: 

Swearing at female journalists is sure to help Jezza’s women problem…

Here are some of his musings about his own side:

Ironically Fisher once favourited a Jeremy Corbyn tweet calling on his supporters to end personal attacks…

Corbyn’s New Spinner Making Friends

Corbyn has hired former Ken aide Neale Coleman to head up his rapid rebuttal team. He must be a masochist…

Like Corbyn’s chief of staff Simon Fletcher, Comrade Coleman was part of the Trotskyite splinter group Socialist Action. He is also currently paid £148,000 a year, more than the Prime Minister.[…]

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Corbyn’s Labour HQ Purge Underway

In yesterday’s Sun column Guido revealed Corbyn’s plan to ruthlessly replace the current team running Labour HQ with his Corbynista supporters. Sources in the know report that when Corbyn walked into Brewer’s Green yesterday the staff refused to applaud him. Their jobs are now being advertised on W4MP:

Respected comms chief Paddy Hennessy is also out, he’s off to spin for Sadiq Khan.[…]

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Guardian Grumbles Over #Jones4Jez

More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. […]

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Tory Corbyn Spy Crick’d

To be fair to “Mr Watkinson from the Conservative Party”, he doesn’t half make a quick exit…

Faster than Crick could manage…

He doesn’t like it up him…[…]

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Baldwin Squirms Over “Milly Dowler Moment”

Miliband’s former psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin squirmed in his seat as the Daily Politics grilled him on his toxic press briefings during the election. On the infamous “weaponise the NHS” comment, Baldwin complained it was “intended to be off the record“.[…]

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Parliament’s Lawyer Shreds Tory Purdah Spin

Europe minister David Lidington has set out the government’s compromise on ‘purdah’ ahead of tonight’s vote – only to have his spin shredded by parliament’s top lawyer. In a damning email leaked to Guido, Speaker’s Counsel Michael Carpenter says Lidington’s arguments against letting the purdah rules apply in full are “unsound“.[…]

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“Security” No. 10’s Corbyn Attack Line of Choice

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There is one word we will be hearing a lot from Downing Street if and when Corbyn becomes leader. David Cameron mentions “security” six times in an article attacking Jezza for the Times today:

[Economic stability] is what makes it possible to deliver the security we all yearn for.

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Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.[…]

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