Deaf­en­ing si­lence over ‘Agent Cob’

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JUST what will it take to shake Labour MPs out of their ab­ject si­lence over the anti-Bri­tish extremist who leads them – and make them speak up for pa­tri­otic vot­ers who sent them to West­min­ster?

It is com­mon knowl­edge that Jeremy Cor­byn has spent his po­lit­i­cal life back­ing ter­ror­ist groups and gov­ern­ments hos­tile to the UK and our al­lies.

In 1986, he was ar­rested dur­ing a demon­stra­tion to ‘show sol­i­dar­ity’ with IRA ter­ror­ists, in­clud­ing the Brighton bomber who sought to wipe out Mar­garet Thatcher’s Cab­i­net.

He op­posed the lib­er­a­tion of the Falk­land Is­lands, has shared plat­forms with mid­dleeast­ern ter­ror­ists such as his ‘friends’ in Ha­mas and given com­fort to op­pres­sive anti-Western regimes in Soviet Rus­sia, Iran and that So­cial­ist bas­ket-case, Venezuela.

As re­cently as last month, he even had soft words for Chair­man Mao’s forced col­lec­tivi­sa­tion of Chi­nese agri­cul­ture in 1949 – over­look­ing the fact that this ‘Great Leap For­ward’ led to some 45mil­lion deaths, the big­gest geno­cide in his­tory.

Now it emerges that dur­ing the Cold War, Mr Cor­byn had meet­ings with a Czech agent, who iden­ti­fied him as a fund of knowl­edge on the UK’s se­cu­rity ser­vices and ‘the right per­son for giv­ing in­for­ma­tion’. He called him by the co­de­name, Cob.

True, the Labour leader de­nies tak­ing cash from Jan Sarkocy or know­ing he was a spy, say­ing he thought he was a reg­u­lar diplo­mat. But even if we ac­cept his word, don’t our would- be prime minister’s con­tacts with the en­voy of a hos­tile po­lice state raise count­less ques­tions?

What did they dis­cuss, and with what pur­pose in mind? And as his close ally Ken Liv­ing­stone ad­mits main­tain­ing con­tact with a KGB spy, what meet­ings did Mr Cor­byn have with the agents of other Iron Cur­tain coun­tries?

If he has noth­ing to hide, the least he should do is au­tho­rise Ber­lin to re­lease any files held on him by East Ger­many’s se­cret ser­vice, the Stasi.

Yet in­cred­i­bly, many have greeted these lat­est rev­e­la­tions with a shrug – as if the Op­po­si­tion leader’s con­tacts with our en­e­mies are of no great pub­lic in­ter­est.

Un­til yes­ter­day – four days af­ter the story broke – the BBC didn’t even think Mr Cor­byn’s Czech con­tacts worth cov­er­ing on a main­stream news pro­gramme.

Mean­while, barely a peep have we heard from Labour MPs. In­deed, they’ve been struck al­most mute since the party’s sur­pris­ing gains in last year’s elec­tion.

Are they afraid of de­s­e­lec­tion by Mr Cor­byn’s Mo­men­tum ac­tivists if they dare drag him be­fore a Com­mons com­mit­tee to an­swer for him­self? Or do they cal­cu­late their si­lence may be re­warded with a job in gov­ern­ment if, God for­bid, this hard-Left zealot should ever come to power?

Ei­ther way, their fail­ure to hold their leader to ac­count be­trays not just their con­stituents but their coun­try.

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