Jeremy Corbyn launched plans for massive state intervention in the internet yesterday flanked by a far-left IRA-sympathising communist.
Dr Richard Barbrook â a lecturer at Jihadi Johnâs old college â spearheaded Mr Corbynâs new âDigital Democracy Manifestoâ, but was later revealed to be a supporter of Irish republicanism and a cheerleader for murdering Communist dictators.
Dr Barbrook, who describes himself as a âcybernetic communistâ, teaches politics at the University of Westminster and has been snapped wearing a âÃglaigh na hÃireannâ or âsoldiers of Irelandâ badge.
The pin also has says âundefeated armyâ â a slogan adopted by armed republican groups including the Provisional IRA, the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA.
It is currently being used as the name of a Real IRA splinter group which has been carrying out attacks since 2009.
One former student of Dr Barbook said last night: âHe would always nod toward his badge and hint at his far left views.â
Dr Barbrookâs Facebook profile is plastered with pro-Communist pictures including the lefty posing with a hammer and sickle and saluting Lenin and Marx.
Alongside his far-left support for Russia, he has also shared selfies posing with senior Labour figures including Mr Corbyn, John McDonnell and the disgraced former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.
It also emerged last night that Mr Corbynâs new guru told MP critics of the socialist Labour leader to âshut the f— up.â
Mr Corbyn â who has been attacked by female MPs for not doing enough to combat cyber bullying â insisted at the event in East London that he would not tolerate online abuse.
âMany people use instant access to Twitter, more or less, like continuing a pub conversation and deeply regret the abuse they have sent people at that time, but unfortunately, itâs there for eternity,â he said.
But the Labour leader was standing with Barbrook who recently attacked âBlairite traitorsâ online for launching a âcoupâ against Mr Corbyn.
He also shared an online petition calling for Labour MPs who have opposed Jeremy Corbyn to face the âstrongest disciplinary action possibleâ.
In April he branded allegations of anti-Semitism in Labour the âdemonisation of the Palestinian causeâ.
Dr Barbrook, who describes himself as part of an âavant-garde movement of artists, activists and theoreticians engaged in the production of works of ludic subversion in the bureaucratic society of controlled consumptionâ, did not respond to requests for comment.
The launch itselfÂ was widely regarded as a shambles by attendees.
People trying to watch the event live on Facebook found the quality of the live stream to be woefullyÂ bad before it failed completely.
Journalists complained about the failure toÂ email a copy of the manifestoÂ and lack of presence online.
Outside the venue in Shoreditch, East London, attendees were directed to the launch via a blackboard rather than aÂ cutting-edge digital sign.
Not included in the manifesto document is Jeremy’s Volunteer Toolkit – a website set up for his supporters “to help make Jeremy Corbyn the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom”.
Among the ridiculous links available are Jeremoji, where people can make Corbyn and Labour Party emojis, and Jerememe Corbyn, where people can submit their own Corbyn memes.
Jeremy Corbyn outlined his vision for the UK to set up tougher laws to protect people’s online privacy.
He launched his ‘digital democracy manifesto’ yesterday as he continues to fight off rival Owen Smith for the top job.
In it he pledged a ‘bill of rights’ for internet users who will all be entitled to a ‘digital citizen passport’.
The Labour leader said this would ‘protect the human right of individual privacy from both public bodies and private individuals’.