After the Sun on Sunday ran a story showing Seumas Milne, spinner to the Labour leader, in an apparently intimate moment with a woman who was not his wife, the Murdoch goons have been desperately trying to capitalise on their find. The tsunami of knocking copy has reached its nadir today with an article by Kate Jackson, which has backfired badly on the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker.
The headline, “Inside the world of Seumas Milne - the loaded leftie lothario who is Jeremy Corbyn’s most trusted crony … The privately educated ex-Guardian journalist is the Labour leader's chief spin doctor and was recently spotted cuddling up to a woman who is not his wife”, tells you all you need to know. What some Sun readers might not know is that there is a good reason for Ms Jackson’s name to appear on the by-line.
Exclusive fee-paying school and Oxford
The Murdoch press calling “privately educated toff” on others is always problematic - mainly because Rupe himself went to an exclusive fee-paying school and then went up to Oxford to read PPE. But Ms Jackson has her instructions.
Milne, she tells, “loves fine-dining”. Like the Sun’s editor Tony Gallagher, who makes a point of telling everyone about all the exclusive eateries he visits.
Fine dining lover - and out of touch
And while we’re talking exclusive fee-paying schools, the Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn went to Marlborough College. Their alleged “Westminster Correspondent”, the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, attended Tonbridge School, where the fees for boarders are higher than those charged by Eton College.
Still, onwards and, er, onwards, eh? “Milne’s career began on Communist paper Straight Left”. Rupert Murdoch was a Labour supporter at Oxford. And, so what?
Exclusive school. Posh snob. Out of touch #1
“Milne is said to have enjoyed a close relationship with current Guardian editor Kath Viner”. Nudge nudge, wink wink, nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat.
Exclusive school. Posh snob. Out of touch #2
“Milne caused outrage by saying Fusilier Lee Rigby’s 2013 murder by Islamist extremists was not ‘terrorism in the normal sense’”. No, the only outrage was among unprincipled Sun creeps who edited what Milne actually said, “the attack wasn't terrorism in the normal sense of an indiscriminate attack on civilians” [my emphasis]. Try again.
“He has long supported President Putin”. So has Donald Trump - you know, Murdoch doggies, that bloke you all cheer for because he’s Rupe’s pal.
And another overpaid, out of touch hack
“His appointment as Labour’s director of communications in 2015 caused a furore”. Only among the right-wing press, who had no problem with Andy Coulson, who had overseen a borderline criminal enterprise at the Screws, becoming Young Dave’s spinner.
Oh, and he eats a Pret À Manger salad for lunch. Like loads of overpaid Sun hacks.
Once again, the Murdoch press tells the rest of us to “do as we say, not as we do”. They have no room to call “rich” and “out of touch” on anyone. Because that’s what they are.