Jeremy Corbyn stands accused of collaborating with Czechoslovak Stalinism. But in fact, his public backing of a Trotskyist call for workers’ democracy shows the opposite.
The Sun’s ‘Corbyn and the commie spy’ front page on 15 February made fantastical claims of 1980s espionage. The Times, more statesmanlike in its aspersions, said only that Czechoslovak agents “targeted” Corbyn.
Czechoslovak security files do allege that Ray Mawby, a Tory MP, sold British capitalism’s secrets to Stalinism for years. A Czechoslovak defector revealed the same about rightwing Labour MP John Stonehouse. Both are now dead.
And - sensationally - Czech security archivists say Jeremy Corbyn… never gave the regime anything.
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Issue 984, 1-7 March 2018