Is Labour spin doctor Seumas Milne is in his last days as Jeremy Corbyn’s communications director?
If so, this would explain why he “liked” a tweet attacking his boss for embracing new definition of anti-Semitism.
As seen on Milne’s Twitter page, he liked a tweet that says: “Bitterly disappointed in you @jeremycorbyn. You’re a coward. We were fools for trusting you. #BoycottIsrael” – accompanied with a picture of an article claiming Corbyn backs new definition of anti-Semitism, unveiled by Theresa May’s government last week.
The author of the tweet is a Twitter nobody who rants about Corbyn, supports boycotting Israel, and opposes the Conservatives.
Yet it caught the eye of Milne, who is rarely active on his Twitter page, awarding the tweet its (so far) one and only “like”.
His other last “liked” tweet dates from 2015, when he was still a columnist on The Guardian.
This isn’t the only recent occasion when Labour’s spin doctor got into hot water over liking a tweet.
Back in September, the Guido Fawkes blog caught Milne liking a tweet claiming “new world order created ISIS”, adding “Bush/Clinton/Obama”.
The government last week adopted the Berlin-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism that reads: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”
The new definition is causing fury among Corbynistas because it suggests that some attacks against Israel can constitute a form of anti-Semitism.
According to more detailed guidance released by IHRA in May, anti-Semitism could indeed include criticisms which target Israel if this was “conceived as a Jewish collectivity”.
It added: “However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.”
Heat Street has approached the Labour Party for a comment.