The New Statesman reports:
Jermy Corbyn stunned attendees at the party’s Christmas party by quoting Enver Hoxha, the Albanian dictator who served as chairman of the Democratic Front of Albania and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces from 1944 until his death in 1985.
Dubbing Hoxha a “tough ruler”, Corbyn quoted Hoxha’s phrase that “this year will be tougher than last year”. Hoxha is believed to have imprisoned, tortured and imprisoned at least 100,000 Albanians during his reign.
Hoxha’s rule saw one in three Albanians incarcerated in labour camps or interrogated by the secret police. Travel abroad was banned, beards were banned and up to 25,000 people were executed for political crimes. Torture was commonly used.
Economically he turned Albania into the poorest country in Europe.
Meanwhile Corbyn’s leadership of the Stop the War coalition (he has resigned as patron, but remains active) remains a big issue, after they blamed the Paris attacks on Western foreign policy. They’re so toxic now, that even the Green MP Caroline Lucas has pulled out of them.