Tweet Checking: Was Jeremy Corbyn a Czech Spy, or Just Incompetent and Naive?

Not writing leaves a writer listless. Supressing the need to write leaves a writer unfulfilled. That does not mean that writing comes easily. Great writing - and I make no claims here - is often achieved by complete accident, but basic competence is always a hard acquired skill. Self-editing can take up to four or five times as long as the writing itself, and even then is no guarantee of avoiding textual errors. Every writer knows it’s going to take time to get better, and even then there’s no further guarantee of any tangible success.

My point in talking about the writing process is that a lot of these people simply don’t seem to take the time to think about what they’re tweeting. Editing and proofing a five thousand word short story which contains its own fictional world and mythology is understandably difficult for anybody; something in 280 characters or less really shouldn’t be.

5. Robert KimbellC:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG_0954.jpg

Very good Mr Kimball, but you do have to remember that 43% of the UK’s exports went to other EU countries in 2016, with 54% of all imports coming from there as well.

This also doesn’t take into account trade with countries that the EU has negotiated trade agreements with for us, or is in the process of doing so:

4. Matt Zarb-CousinC:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG_0955.jpg

The problem with this whole fiasco it is still a developing story, but also that I treat The Sun just like the celestial body it’s named after: I never look directly at it, and I know that if you stand too close to it you will burn.

However, it seems to be generally accepted that Corbyn did meet with Lieutenant Jan Dymic (an “intelligence officer”—the polite term for a spy) in a private meeting in the House of Commons no less. Regardless of how you look at it, what did Corbyn exactly think he was doing? That Dymic was info mining should have been obvious, as Andy McSmith writes: “Among the countries of the old Warsaw Pact, Czechoslovakia’s intelligence service was known to be second only to the Soviet Union’s. Anyone who aspired to be prime minister one day should have known better than to hold a private meeting with anyone below the rank of ambassador from that embassy.” Apparently the Czechoslovaks considered him valuable enough to give him the nickname “Cob”.

It speaks to a total lack of awareness and utter naivety that is unbecoming of a Labour leader never mind a prime minister.

Regardless of the terrible state of the country that Zarb-Cousin attempts to use as a shield, these points need to be raised. It’s also fair to question Corbyn’s motives in this meeting given he had motorcycled through Czechoslovakia and East Germany in the 1970s of his own accord. Taken in conjunction with the history of palling around with terrorists, speaking in favour of the Islamic Republic (and taking money from its propaganda arm), poo-pooing the annexation of Crimea (and blaming NATO), and declaring Bin Laden’s death to be a “tragedy”—we’re barely scratching the surface here—the picture being painted does not look good at all. Even if we take every single thing as an unfortunate misunderstanding—or embrace Zarb-Cousin’s “no big dealism”—how can one man prove so repeatedly incompetent in judgement?

3. Liam YoungC:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG_0946.jpg

Oh Liam…you can’t seriously be suggesting that because you and your mates are not able to afford a passport, freedom of movement should cease?

It currently costs £72.50 to get a new passport: if your friends really want to travel, they’d be willing to save for it. If they don’t want to travel, then that’s their business.

However, what is really wrong with this is, if the price really is too high, then why don’t you make that your focus? Young is effectively saying instead of solving the reason why some young people cannot afford to travel freely across Europe, he is happy for it to be scrapped for everyubody (as Ian Dunt has suggested).

I for one have not “had enough” of freedom of movement, and neither have most of the young Remain voters who Labour needs to win the next election.

2. Donald Trump C:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG_0944.jpg

The problem with Trump’s typically bombastic promise is that it is built on sand: “If you look at Trump’s actions, well, it’s a very different story. There has been no move by Trump’s administration to actually spend more money on the opioid crisis. Key positions in the administration remain unfilled, even without nominees in the case of the White House’s drug czar office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). […] Beyond declaring a public health emergency, the administration has done little to nothing to combat the crisis.”

I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily all bad though; Trump did appoint someone previously involved in the processing of illegal drugs to be his new assistant Drug Czar, even if he lacked institutional experience in government itself.

1. Philip SchuylerC:\Users\Owner\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG_0945-1.jpg

The good thing about this sort of tweet is that you can just run through them like the clown heads of the Down The Clown game at Blackpool’s Coral Island.

As to Obama “enfeebling” America, all of the economic successes Trump has claimed for himself began and peaked under Obama—as I’ve pointed out in this column before. Repeatedly.

Now what about that stock market downtick?

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