How Corbyn’s terrifying communist zealots will destroy our liberties, says LEO McKINSTRY

For these zealots, the Soviet Bloc is not a historic, totalitarian nightmare, but a continuing source of socialist inspiration. Indeed, Corbyn’s own chief adviser Seamus Milne once wrote that communist East Germany “was a country of full employment, social equality, cheap housing, transport and culture”, as well as “freedom in the workplace” and “one of the…

For these zealots, the Soviet Bloc is not a historic, totalitarian nightmare, but a continuing source of socialist inspiration. Indeed, Corbyn’s own chief adviser Seamus Milne once wrote that communist East Germany “was a country of full employment, social equality, cheap housing, transport and culture”, as well as “freedom in the workplace” and “one of the best childcare systems in the world.” Now the Corbyn-led ideologues want to impose their revolutionary vision on Britain. 

If they win the General Election then our nation will be used as a vast testing ground for a new experiment in the failed dogma of the far left. 

It is a terrifying prospect, one that will destroy our liberties, wreck our economy, fuel sectarian divisions, and rapidly bankrupt our public finances. 

Only yesterday, it was revealed Corbyn’s Labour is planning a colossal increase in expenditure of £1.2 trillion, the equivalent of £43,400 for every household in the country. This extraordinarily spendthrift policy is dressed up in the language of “investment” but, in reality, it is a route to national penury.

Dishing out new commitments like confetti, Labour promise a £150 billion “Social Transformation Fund” and a £250 billion “Green Transformation Fund. 

According to some authoritative estimates, another £300 billion will be swallowed up by the comprehensive programme of nationalisation, while other expensive pledges include the abolition of student tuition fees, upgraded welfare benefits, and free childcare. 

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Former minister Ian Austin had the courage to denounce the Labour leader (Image: PA)

To pay for all this extravagance, both taxation and borrowing will have to soar, ruining Britain’s credit rating and enterprise culture. 

Like the Soviet empire, Corbyn’s Government will be increasingly authoritarian as it seeks to enforce its ideology. 

State propaganda will be relentless. The freedom of the media will be curtailed. Private schools will be abolished. 

Bullying trade unions will be able to flex their muscles once more. An insight into the vicious social divisions that Labour’s doctrinaire intolerance will create can already be found in the toxicity that now prevails inside Corbyn’s party, where antisemitism and misogyny are rampant. 

Only last week, a host of Labour Parliamentary candidates were forced to step down because of the nasty views they had expressed on social media. 

The truth is that a Corbyn regime will be a disaster for Britain on every front, from the strength of our defences to the integrity of our union, from the non-implementation of Brexit to the fight against crime. 

Fortunately, the election campaign is beginning to expose the extremism to which Labour has sunk. 

The fight to the lunatic fringe was bravely denounced last Thursday by Ian Austin, the outgoing Midlands MP and former Labour Minister, who declared that “Corbyn is completely unfit to lead our country” and called on “decent, patriotic Labour voters” to back Boris Johnson. 

Ian Austin’s heroic intervention punctured the wishful thinking among Corbyn supporters that this election could be a re-run of the 2017 campaign, when Labour defied expectations by making significant advances. 

That does not appear to be happening now. On the contrary, all the signs are that Corbyn’s party is in meltdown, broken by its own dogmatism and unpopularity. 

In an unprecedented move, Labour’s own Deputy Leader Tom Watson dramatically resigned last week, explaining unconvincingly that he wants to train to be a gym instructor. That is hardly the action of a politician who thinks his party is on the verge of victory. 

Just as tellingly, the veteran Barking MP Dame Margaret Hodge, another former Labour Minister, publicly refused to endorse Corbyn as a potential premier, while other colleagues lined up to attack his leadership.

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Labour’s Deputy Leader Tom Watson resigned last week (Image: Getty)

Lord Blunkett, the ex-Home Secretary, spoke of his “despair” at the “behaviour of the hard left”, including “the antisemitism, the thuggery, the irrational views on security and international issues.”

Judging by the latest opinion polls, Labour’s support is in freefall, especially in its traditional heartlands of the north and the midlands where backing for Brexit is strong. 

A major survey just published by YouGov of 11,500 voters showed Labour slumping in every region compared to 2017. In the North-West, the party is down by no less than 25 points, in the North East by 23 points, and in the West Midlands by 20 points. 

What we could be witnessing is a Labour breakdown of historic proportions. “The scale of their collapse is phenomenal,” says one Tory Minister. 

Harold Wilson once famously said that Labour “is a moral crusade or it is nothing.” Due to the moral bankruptcy under Corbyn, the party could soon end up as nothing. 

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