Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn and cyber-communist Richard Barbrook comes up with nonsense online strategy – The Sun

Jeremy Corbyn launched plans for massive state intervention in the internet yesterday flanked by a far-left IRA-sympathising communist.

Dr Richard Barbrook — a lecturer at Jihadi John’s old college — spearheaded Mr Corbyn’s new “Digital Democracy Manifesto”, but was later revealed to be a supporter of Irish republicanism and a cheerleader for murdering Communist dictators.

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Richard Barbrook wears an IRA badge and has pro-Communist pictures all over his social media profile

Dr Barbrook, who describes himself as a “cybernetic communist”, teaches politics at the University of Westminster and has been snapped wearing a “Óglaigh na hÉireann” or “soldiers of Ireland” badge.

The pin also has says “undefeated army” — 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.

Jeremy Corbyn has launched his digital manifesto

Corbyn’s digital manifesto includes the not-revolutionary idea of high-speed broadband for all


One former student of Dr Barbook said last night: “He would always nod toward his badge and hint at his far left views.”

Dr Barbrook’s 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 Corbyn’s new guru told MP critics of the socialist Labour leader to “shut the f— up.”

Richard Barbrook and Jeremy Corbyn

Barbrook has attacked ‘Blairites’ over the internet in the past

Mr Corbyn — who has been attacked by female MPs for not doing enough to combat cyber bullying — insisted at the event in East London that he would not tolerate online abuse.

“Many 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, it’s there for eternity,” he said.

But the Labour leader was standing with Barbrook who recently attacked “Blairite traitors” online for launching a “coup” against Mr Corbyn.

He also shared an online petition calling for Labour MPs who have opposed Jeremy Corbyn to face the “strongest disciplinary action possible”.

In April he branded allegations of anti-Semitism in Labour the “demonisation of the Palestinian cause”.

Dr Barbrook, who describes himself as part of an “avant-garde movement of artists, activists and theoreticians engaged in the production of works of ludic subversion in the bureaucratic society of controlled consumption”, did not respond to requests for comment.

The launch itself 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 woefully bad before it failed completely.

Journalists complained about the failure to email a copy of the manifesto and lack of presence online.

Outside the venue in Shoreditch, East London, attendees were directed to the launch via a blackboard rather than a cutting-edge digital sign.

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The launch was met with complaints over the live feed’s poor quality before it failing completely

Jeremy Corbyn was criticised for technology failures at his digital launch

Jeremy Corbyn was criticised for technology failures at his digital manifesto launch – including this chalkboard

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’.

 

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