Unless you have been living under a rock for the past week you will have undoubtedly been subject to the barrage of smears coming from the right wing media that Corbyn or should I say “Agent COB” was an asset of the Stb. That he was affiliated with a Labour group called Labour Action for Peace, which had Stasi assets in its ranks, and then by this association Corbyn is somehow also mixed up in all this.
At face value these smears are dangerous because they are a new level of lies within our political sphere, the kind of journalism you would expect from newspapers like The S*N are now dominating the news cycle for days. With these non-stories being supported by politicians, bringing a new level of legitimacy to the clearly desperate clutching at straw attacks. Though these attacks are far more dangerous than the obvious threat of the media seeking to use their vast power and reach to subvert and undermine our democracy.
For the implications of the message are clear: Corbyn was a traitor to the UK, and was working or at least aiding foreign powers during the Soviet era. This alone is ridiculous but this isn’t the first time the Corbyn is a traitor line has been banded about, the same attack was laced behind the IRA allegations, and the whole Hamas smears. The repetition of the message couldn’t be more clear, repeat after me: Corbyn cannot be trusted, he is a traitor.
Why is this such a dangerous message? Cast your mind back to the carefree days of 2016, when we were in the throes of the referendum, a Labour MP was murdered by far right extremist Thomas Mair as he shouted “Britain First!” That man when he was in the dock decided shout his name as “Death to traitors! Freedom for Britain!”
Now bring your mind to 2017 when far right extremist Darren Osborne carried out Finsbury Park Mosque attack. His original targets were Corbyn and Khan, on attacking Corbyn said it would have been “one less terrorist on our streets” and if they got Khan at the same time it would have been like “winning the lottery.”
The media know this, the politicians in the Tory Party which are spreading this smear know this. Williamson who I quote called Corbyn a ‘traitor’ knows this, Wallace who compared Corbyn to Soviet era spy Philby knows this and Bradley who declared on twitter (later deleted) that Corbyn was selling state secrets to communist knows this. They all know that an MP was murdered because far right extremists in this country believed she was a traitor, they know that a far right terrorist wanted to kill Corbyn for being a traitor.
So with this information in mind what they are doing takes on an extremely sinister political tone.
Why then do these right wing media sources and right wing politicians think is sensible to spread this smear, to use this angle of attack on Corbyn – who as they want the general public to believe, is a traitor to this country.
If this line of attack continues and I believe it will – where is the endgame to all this? We have already seen twice where this dangerous rhetoric can take us. So god forbid something does happen to Corbyn, how culpable are these forces? Bar from being the assassin, they all but paved the way for the event to take place.
If one thing recent history has shown us it is that words have consequences – how many people are going to have to die before our media and politicians take responsibility for theirs.