The Murdoch-owned Times and the Guido Fawkes site have scored a massive own-goal in an attempt to prolong the already-discredited smear that has had Tories scrabbling to justify now-deleted tweets about Jeremy Corbyn’s meeting with a Czechoslovakian diplomat.
When the Czech smear was debunked, with even Czech intelligence archivists calling it nonsense and pointing out that all the evidence shows Corbyn was never any kind of source for them – and even Tory commentators pointing out how ridiculous and outrageous the smear is – the Establishment switched to smears about the East German ‘Stasi’.
At least until those fell flat, with German archive issuing a statement that not only said they had no record of any contact with Corbyn ever – but calling it ‘outrageous’.
But the Times and Fawkes have published an article by a former Times Prague correspondent that attempts to damn Corbyn by association with the state violence that marred Czechoslovakia’s ‘Velvet Revolution’ transition to democracy.
The Times writer recounts his experience of the state’s attempted repression of protest and his personal experience of violence at the hands of Czechoslovakian state security in 1989 – and awful it was.
However, inconveniently for the Times and Fawkes, Jeremy Corbyn was one of only four British MPs at the time who felt strongly enough about that violence to sign an Early Day Motion (EDM) supporting the protesters against the ‘Stalinist bureaucracy’:
Then-PM Margaret Thatcher was happy to lay on a lavish dinner for President Václav Havel the following year to congratulate him and the new Czech government – but a search of the Parliamentary ‘Hansard’ archive returns no record of a statement from her while the events were unfolding. The one relevant ‘hit‘ from 1989 shows that Parliament discussed the matter in December of that year, but Thatcher apparently did not participate.
By attempting to tar Corbyn by association with the state violence of the Velvet Revolution, the Times and Fawkes just pointed to a perfect example of why the whole Czech smear has been nonsense from start to finish – and of why Corbyn, with his integrity and his willingness to stand up for the people when it’s not fashionable or easy, terrifies the Establishment.
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