Harry Phibbs in this morning's Guardian repeats much of Tory Bear's exposé of the sinister friends of Labour in Europe.
Few mainland European parties can escape being tainted by scrutiny. In France the Gaullists were behind atrocities in Algeria, and the pre-war French parties in bed with Darnand and his hated Milice in Jewish deportations, if not outright collaborators with the Nazis. In Spain the parties of the left have the blood of 7,000 vilely murdered and violated Catholic priests and nuns on their hands, and those of the right several hundred thousand victims of Franco's terror. Ten thousand died in Greece's post-war civil war, victims of parties of both left and right that now sit in Brussels. Perhaps only the parties of the UK and paradoxically Germany are free from direct association with the atrocities of the 20th century.
One could sum up all of the European parties that sit in Brussels as 'mostly dodgy'. The question is not whether they're on the left or right, but do we really want to be associated with any of them at all?