Jeremy Corbyn's top aide criticised 'sycophantic' response to Prince George's birth

Posted on Mar 5 2018 - 5:21am by admin

Seumas Milne, the Labour leader’s strategy and communications chief, called for the monarchy to be abolished, describing it as a “reactionary and anti-democratic drag”.

Writing in a Left-wing newspaper the day after George’s birth in July 2013, Milne, 59, claimed “ending the constitutional role” of “an unelected dynasty” would be “the saving” of the royal baby.

“As in the case of every other royal event, the birth of a son to the heir but one to the throne has been reported in tones that wouldn’t be out of place in a one-party state,” wrote privately educated Milne, who went to Winchester public school and Oxford University.

Despite being the son of former BBC director general Alasdair Milne, he took aim at the corporation, adding: “Newsreaders adopt regulation rictus grins. The BBC’s flagship Today programme held a debate to mark the event between two royalists who fell over each other to laud the ‘stability’, ‘continuity’ and ‘mystery’ of the House of Windsor. The press is full of talk of ‘fairytales’ and a ‘joyful nation’.”

Declaring that “an elected head of state is embarrassingly overdue”, he accused the “media and political class” of forming “such a sycophantic ideological phalanx around the institution that dissent is treated as, at best, weird and miserabilist.”

Claiming that the monarchy’s role is “seen as illegitimate and offensive by millions of its citizens”, he attacked the “hereditary privilege at the heart of public life” and said the Royal Family was “dysfunctional”.

He stated: “If the Royal Family were simply the decorative constitutional adornment its supporters claim, punctuating the lives of grateful subjects with pageantry and street parties, its deferential culture and invented traditions might be less corrosive. But the monarchy retains significant unaccountable powers and influence.”

Taking aim at “meddling” Charles, he described the Prince as “hapless” and suggested the popularity of the monarchy would wane when the Queen dies.

He added: “People could vote for Prince William or Kate Middleton if they wanted and the royals could carry on holding garden parties and travelling around in crowns and gold coaches. The essential change is to end the constitutional role of an unelected dynasty.”

Milne, who lives in a £2million house in south-west London, sent his children to a selective grammar school despite not being in the immediate catchment area.

He supported former Chinese Communist leader Chairman Mao in a mock debate at Winchester and even came up with a Maoist manifesto.

He later became business editor of Stalinist Left-wing publication Straight Left, run by Fergus Nicholson, student organiser of the Communist Party of Great Britain.

Nicholson used the pen name Harry Steele, after Harry Pollitt (former general secretary of the party who later had a Soviet ship named after him) and Stalin, the man of steel.

Also at Straight Left were Andrew Murray, an executive of Communist Party of Britain, who last week became Corbyn’s part time consultant.

Milne went on to become comment editor at the Guardian, and defended Stalin in several columns, including arguing he should not be bracketed with Hitler, Mao and Pol Pot “to equate communism and fascism as the two greatest evils of an unprecedentedly sanguinary era”.

He questions the figure of 20 million Stalin victims and claims that Soviet archives show 800,000 killings and 2.5 million in labour camps.

“The figures are still horrific”, he admits.

Defending Stalin’s brutal regime, he once wrote: “For all its brutalities and failures, communism in the Soviet Union, eastern Europe and elsewhere delivered rapid industrialisation, mass education, job security and huge advances in social and gender equality. Its existence helped to drive up welfare standards in the west, boosted the anti-colonial movement and provided a powerful counterweight to western global domination.”

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