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Is Corbyn a traitor? No, but only because he hasn’t had the chance


Jeremy Corbyn says very little that is meaningful outside bland platitudes and sloganeering. He is more defined by his associations with communists, terrorists, countries hostile to the UK and USA, dictators, failed states, Stalinists, anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. Unlike ministers, who may associate with some less-than-likeable regimes, Corbyn does not make his associations in the national interest as a member of a government, but in his own interest according to his ideology, which has not altered for decades, even when Marxist economics was finally discredited. Since words mean more than platform-sharing, Corbyn has been able to remain in the Labour party when MPs George Galloway, Dave Nellist and Terry Fields have been expelled. Corbyn should be more defined by his platform-sharing than his words.

Yes, he is a danger to the country, even before the recent allegations that this openly anti-NATO politician associated with Warsaw Pact spies 30 years ago. The danger is that Labour voters believe that any Labour government is better than any Conservative government. That is no longer the case. A Labour government under Corbyn and McDonnell would be a national disaster.

Is Corbyn actually a traitor? No. But that is only because he has never had the chance or been given the opportunity to betray this country. However, if the Warsaw Pact had made war on NATO in the 1980s, that might have changed. And the government of the day would have acted.

The specific scenario here is similar to Defence Regulation 18B of 1939, where people could be arrested and interned without trial during World War II.

The initial text states:

‘If the Secretary of State has reasonable cause to believe any person to be of hostile origin or associations or to have been recently concerned in acts prejudicial to the public safety or the defence of the realm or in the preparation or instigation of such acts and that by reason thereof it is necessary to exercise control over him, he may make an order against that person directing that he be detained.’

Regulation 18B started to be used in earnest against British subjects only after the fall of France, when this island and its distant empire was all that stood between the complete conquest of Europe by the Nazis.

Oswald Mosley was picked up, as was his wife. Max Mosley was born just before this and had to be brought up away from his mother until 1943 or so.

The precedent for arresting Corbyn during World War III is the internment of Archibald Maule Ramsay MP in 1940. A far-Right anti-Semite, he was seen as threat to national security in much the same way Corbyn would have been regarded as too dangerous to be at liberty had the Soviet Army invaded West Germany.

It is not unreasonable that the government’s official War Book in the mid-to-late 1980s would have included a list of people to be interned due to their danger to the national interest if the Warsaw Pact attacked NATO. It is likely that this list would have included Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell, as their activities in the 1980s fell well within the 18B (1), if not 18B (1A), which was used to intern Ramsay:

‘If the Secretary of State has reasonable cause to believe any person to have been or to be a member of, or to have been or to be active in the furtherance of the objects of, any such organisation as is hereinafter mentioned, and that it is necessary to exercise control over him, he may make an order against that person directing that he be detained. The organisations hereinbefore referred to are any organisation as respects which the Secretary of State is satisfied that either (a) the organisation is subject to foreign influence or control, or (b) the persons in control of the organisation have or have had associations with persons concerned in the government of, or sympathies with the system of government of, any Power with which His Majesty is at war, and in either case that there is danger of the utilisation of the organisation for purposes prejudicial to the public safety, the defence of the realm, the maintenance of public order, the efficient prosecution of any war in which His Majesty may be engaged or the maintenance of supplies or services essential to the life of the community.’

It is in this context that Corbyn’s alleged meetings with agents from Warsaw Pact countries can be viewed, as well as his more or less overt communist sympathies. Corbyn falls well within the parts I have made bold, owing to his associations with hard-Left organisations, in addition to his overt and covert links to Eastern European countries. If any list of potential internees in the 1980s exists, it is likely it would be published after every person on it had died, about the year 2050 at the earliest.

Corbyn has strong associations with Iran and Russia, certainly with their state-owned TV channels. He openly opposes NATO standing up to Russia’s threats in the Baltic. Today, if the Ayatollahs or Putin were to make war on the UK, Corbyn would be behind bars so fast his feet would not touch the ground.

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Paul T Horgan
Paul T Horgan
Paul T Horgan worked in the IT Sector. He lives in Berkshire.

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