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To see how extremism has taken root in Britain just look at Islington North

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At the general election in Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North, a candidate will stand from a party with a history of supporting IRA atrocities. But it won’t be the Labour party. It will have roots in a conspiracist Leninist sect that denied the existence of the concentration camps in to which “socialist” Serbs herded Bosnian Muslims. But much of the media will be too compromised by past endorsements to expose it as they exposed the Communist party of Britain and the other conspiratorial factions that guide Labour.

Its candidate told a critic: “This is such a retarded argument that you are now forever fixed in my mind as a drooling, fuckwitted sack of shit.” But he is not one of the charming Twitter “outriders” for the Labour leadership.

On the contrary, James Heartfield, from the Revolutionary Communist party and its successor organisations, will fight rather than support Corbyn in Islington, and stand for Nigel Farage’s Brexit party. He’s not alone in that. In the European elections, Farage put forward four candidates from what was in the 1980s the RCP, and then morphed into Living Marxism, the Institute of Ideas and Spiked. The names may have been different but the personnel and mentality endured. One, Claire Fox of the BBC’s Moral Maze, is now a Brexit party member of the European parliament.

Grim mockery is the easiest response. Farage cannot question Corbyn’s patriotism often enough. Last week, Leave.EU, his propaganda site, praised Ian Austin, one of the few MPs with the moral courage to walk away from Labour, for an “epic tirade” in which he accused Corbyn and John McDonnell of supporting terrorists and antisemites and honouring........

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