Deafening silence over ‘Agent Cob’
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.