James Forsyth

Labour deny that Jeremy Corbyn was a paid informant during the cold war

Labour deny that Jeremy Corbyn was a paid informant during the cold war
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The case of Jeremy Corbyn and the Czechoslovakian diplomat has taken another turn today. The officer who met Corbyn has alleged that Corbyn took money from them and was a paid informant. The Labour leader’s office has vigorously denied the charge, citing the director of the Czech security force archive who has said that their records don’t back up this version of events.

There’s clearly a contradiction between the accounts of Corbyn and the Czechoslovakian diplomat—and the Labour leader is entitled to the presumption of innocence on this point.

Corbyn, though, would undoubtedly be the most anti-Western figure ever to become Britain’s Prime Minister. His record show that he has consistently had sympathy for the West’s enemies and is more than prepared to turn a blind eye to their own moral failings.

You don’t have to be an old Cold Warrior to find the idea of Corbyn in charge of the nation’s security an alarming thought. As Katy Balls said yesterday, Corbyn’s approach to foreign policy hasn’t changed. He’s still prepared to associate with Stop the War and various other anti-Western groups. Politically, though, the Tories would be better off concentrating on what he would mean for national security today rather than harking back to a past that too many voters are ignorant of.