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Corbyn’s Pet Stalinist

Seumas Milne loves the Soviet Union, hates the EU, and has the ear of a possible future prime minister.

The start of Jeremy Corbyn’s bizarre rise to the summit of the Labour Party was set in motion when then-Prime Minister Tony Blair signed on to the Iraq War. It took 14 years for the repercussions of Blair’s blunder to play out in full; one of the minor, by global standards, consequences was the rise of the so-called anti-imperialist movement’s key figures within Labour.

One of those figures is Seumas Milne, Corbyn’s chief strategist—and the shaper of much of Labour’s new policy. Until recently, Milne was a minor opinion page nuisance, an unreconstructed throwback to the bad old days whose columns soft-peddled the Soviet Union and railed relentlessly against Western foreign policy. Milne has for years been a fierce critic of the European Union, condemning the “brutal authoritarianism” of its handling of the Greek debt crisis and blaming it and NATO for the “defensive” Russian annexation of Crimea.

But the to work full time as Corbyn’s executive director of strategy and communications.

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