Jeremy Corbyn criticised over appointment of Labour's new press chief
"Jeremy Corbyn criticised......." is the headline which introduces practically every item in today's media and on television.
"Former business secretary Lord Mandelson believes......." is another popular cliche amongst those in the media who believe that the words of Mandelson are of any interest to anyone other than the rump "New Labour" devotees who still cling to the delusion that they are right and anyone who does not agree is mad. The Guardian is not alone amongst the "popular press", in grasping at any and every opportunity to criticise, discredit or otherwise deride Corbyn and his supporters and will adopt any means to achieve that end. Today, the Guardian uses an interview with Mandelson to instill an idea that Corbyn's judgement is unsound as he has selected Seumas Milne to fill the role of Director of Strategy. Seumas Milne, a Guardian journalist who Mandelson argues is "‘completely unsuited to the role", because "his political views were outside Britain’s political mainstream".
Mandelson is hardly qualified to question anyone's "judgement" in view of his own somewhat chequered history in the political arena, but the Guardian seem hypnotised by the twice resigned former business secretary and his almost weekly interventions on the subject of today's Labour party leadership. The fact that Seumas Milne had his children educated at selective grammar schools in the past, is neither here nor there but perhaps we may consider that those who listen to Mandelson should, in any case, not delve too deeply into the past of the "Prince of Darkness".
How strange it is that until taking the position of Labour party’s executive director of strategy and communications, Seumas Milne was considered as a respected and influential journalist being a columnist and associate editor at the Guardian as well as a successful author with a number of published books. Perhaps it is the judgement of the Guardian and Mandelson that should be examined, or it could be a simple case of hypocrisy and cynicism from a "newspaper" who has lost a valuable employee and a tired old politician who has lost any influence he may once have had.