Banning Labourites calling Smith ‘Blairite’, OK’ing Blairite anti-Corbyn death threats

This video from Britain says about itself:

In conversation with Jeremy Corbyn | documented by Ken Loach

21 September 2016

Ken Loach is one of the greatest directors of our time. I was thrilled that he asked to follow our campaign for two days this summer.

He documented people sharing their personal stories and discussing their reasons for supporting our agenda. These stories show why Labour must transform and rebuild Britain so that no one and no community is left behind.

By Luke James:


Friday 23rd September 2016

EXPOSED: Inside the rotten world of Labour’s purge

ABUSE and threats aimed at Jeremy Corbyn have been deliberately “ignored” by Labour officials, a party whistleblower has told the Morning Star on the eve of the leadership election result.

Officials overseeing the party’s “purge” have been presented with evidence of members who barracked the Labour leader online with terms banned by the party.

But they have been accused of prioritising a witch-hunt against Mr Corbyn’s supporters amid a red scare over far-left infiltration.

“People who would refer to Owen Smith as a Blairite were purged,” the source said.

Rather ambiguous. On the one hand, one might see that as an admission by party bureaucrats appointed by Tony Blair that the right-wing policies they used to support are now toxic and unpopular, and, in that sense, a term of abuse.

On the other hand, what next? Corbyn supporters being expelled for calling David Cameron David Cameron, or Theresa May Theresa May?

“Anyone who said they had previously supported or voted for the Green Party was purged.

Under Tony Blair, the Blairite Parliamentary Labour Party used to welcome as brand new Labour MPs people who had not just supported the Conservative party or voted for them, but who were Conservative MPs; like Robert Jackson and Quentin Davies.

“But anyone who calls Jeremy Corbyn a c**t or any other foul word — they are fine.”

Labour says that all evidence of abuse passed to it has been reviewed by the national executive committee and action has been taken where culprits can be identified.

And the claims come ahead of a debate at Labour conference next week over a tough new code of conduct for members.

The source works at one of two offices where a small team of staff trawl through social media posts of Labour members and supporters.

They revealed that a 250-page file containing screenshots of online abuse aimed at Mr Corbyn, compiled by members of the public, was received by the office this week but promptly shelved.

The document seen by the Star includes repeated calls for the Labour leader to be shot and hanged.

Mr Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell are compared with cancer and aids, while countless racist remarks are aimed at shadow health secretary Diane Abbott.

Over half of the comments were made by people identified as Labour members, according to the source.

One Twitter user even posts a photo of his Labour membership card with a message saying: “id rather slit my throat than vote for Scum like Corbyn (sic).”

One user called John Ferrett, who identifies himself as a Labour councillor, labels Mr Corbyn a “traitor.”

Other abusive posts were made by users with an Owen Smith leadership campaign banner on their photo.

High-profile opponents of Mr Corbyn’s leadership are also named in the document.

It shows John McTernan, former political director to Tony Blair, calling Mr Corbyn a “traitor” on Twitter last month.

Former Blair spin doctor Alastair Campbell asks one Labour supporter: “Have you always been a twat or just since Corbyn?”

Serving Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop brands journalist Owen Jones an “idiot” and Momentum organiser James Schneider an “entryist.”

The Star revealed in July how anyone found using terms such as “traitor,” “scum” or “scab” would be banned from voting in the leadership election.

The source said the document was flagged up to managers, but added: “It was put to one side and ignored … 250 of pages of abuse has just been ignored.

“They say they will try to do the Jeremy Corbyn abuse after the Owen Smith abuse.”

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23 thoughts on “Banning Labourites calling Smith ‘Blairite’, OK’ing Blairite anti-Corbyn death threats

  1. Friday 23rd September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    DOCUMENTS passed to the Morning Star demonstrate that the purge of thousands of Labour Party members this summer has been far from impartial.

    This will not come as a shock to readers.

    But now we have concrete proof that cases of serious online abuse, subjecting Jeremy Corbyn and his backers to vile and misogynistic slurs, were simply ignored.

    So was the use of the word “traitor” when directed at Corbyn supporters, when it was specifically singled out as unacceptable if used against his enemies; and while calling a rightwinger a “Blairite” was apparently bullying, railing at “commies” and “Trots” on the left was not.

    Our source’s testimony makes it quite clear that the search for alleged abuse has effectively been used to remove the supporters of one candidate in the leadership election in order to boost the chances of the other.

    How petty and flimsy the reasons for suspending some members are has already been documented by the Morning Star, with one of our contributors denied a vote because an exhibition review she wrote for the paper was later shared on a Communist Party website, while another was suspended for the one-off use of the word “traitor” in referring to Labour MPs resigning en masse from the shadow cabinet at the height of the chicken coup that let the Tories off the hook after the vote to leave the EU.

    If the aim is to help Owen Smith win, it has clearly been a disaster. Corbyn’s lead over Smith is too large to be eroded even by the disenfranchising of 130,000 members for not having been around long enough, let alone by the picking off of a few thousand others.

    Similarly, the contempt for the membership it displays has probably led many undecided members to rally round Corbyn rather than give in to a campaign of Establishment intimidation.

    Of course, the intention may not have been to help Smith win, but to create such an atmosphere of fear and distrust in the party that leftwingers leave it in droves. (That hasn’t worked either.)

    This is not to say that there have been no cases of Corbyn’s opponents receiving online abuse, and certainly not to justify it.

    The internet can make it easy to target individuals and hurl insults and threats at them, allowing cowards who would never dare to behave in this way in the open to indulge their worst instincts.

    That this was a problem was clear long before Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party, and if the party’s internal problems focus minds on how to address it we as a society will benefit.

    But we should be acutely aware that the narrative being pushed in the monopoly media — rather feebly, it is true, in the case of Channel 4’s Dispatches yawnathon — that Corbyn supporters are infiltrators, bullies and thugs is a total fiction.

    Nobody benefits when terms of political description are used as unthinking insults, and the word “Blairite” is probably overused on the left, although it isn’t clear the use of “Trot” by the likes of Tom Watson has been either more accurate or more edifying.

    But a party which reacts by banning such terms comes across as paranoid and delusional.

    And the most dangerous bullies are not hot-tempered Corbynistas who let slip the word “traitor” in the middle of an argument, but callous enforcers who can strip loyal members — some of decades’ standing — of their votes on a technicality.

    There has been a lot of talk about Corbyn needing to heal the rift with his MPs after this election. But Labour will also need to consider how it wins back the trust of members who have been so scandalously mistreated.


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