The useful idiot: Jeremy Corbyn's assignations with a secret agent were part of the gullible British Left's love affair with a totalitarian Russian regime that murdered millions
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As a historian, I am sorry to say that my own profession was particularly culpable. The most infamous example was probably the Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, even now a hero to many on the Left, who, disgracefully, said that the 'sacrifice of millions of lives' would be worth it for a Communist utopia.
An even more shocking example was Christopher Hill, who ended his career as the Master of my old Oxford college, Balliol. A brilliant historian of the English Civil War, he denied there had been a famine in Ukraine in the Thirties and defended Stalin's Terror as 'non-violent'.
Later, it transpired Hill had been recruited by the NKVD, the forerunners of the KGB, while visiting the Soviet Union in the Thirties. Working in the Foreign Office during the Forties, he regularly passed secrets to his handlers; one expert even calls him 'one of the best placed Communist moles in Britain'. He never paid for his betrayal — ending his academic career as one of the most respected intellectuals in the land.
As a historian, Sandbrook doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Hobsbawm or Hill.
[Corbyn's] defenders say that those were different times, that he was naïve, not wicked. I don't buy it. This was 1986, not 1926. People knew what life behind the Iron Curtain was like.
Yet the record shows beyond doubt that, at a time when Eastern European dissidents were still being persecuted, imprisoned and tortured, Mr Corbyn was happy to strike up a relationship with one of the regime's secret policemen.
The record also shows he has changed his views very little. As his enthusiasm for regimes such as Russia, Venezuela and Iran suggests, Mr Corbyn has never wavered in his admiration for dictators, his hatred of many Western values and his contempt for our national security.
I believe that Mr Corbyn is not merely unfit to serve as Labour's leader, he is not even fit to serve as a Labour MP.
One more thing. We now know of his links with the Czech secret police. But what about the East Germans? What about the Bulgarians, the Hungarians and the Poles? And what about the Russians? What have they got on him? Wouldn't you just love to know?