What is abuse and what is abusive language?
Most people know when they are being abused physically, mentally and or verbally but sometimes it is a grey area.
Occasionally a victim of abuse may be the last person to see it but we have to be careful when and if we step in to help.
But what about interaction via social media and the lines between abuse, banter, sticks and stones and simply sounding off?
The recent Labour Party purge resulted in too many Labour Party members and supporters being suspended.
It was touted as Labour simply getting to grips with abuse, in particular following the murder of MP Jo Cox.
But the timing of the purge, after a despicable plot by some in the PLP who acted abominably, as Jeremy Corbyn fought to remain as Labour Party leader was just too convenient to make it credible.
Most people thought the purge was more about diminishing support for Jeremy Corbyn than addressing abuse real or perceived in the Labour Party.
And it was a case of "there but for the grace of whoever go you or I" when it came to the purge in 2016.
Members young and old, new and long standing were caught in a trap; in some cases people who have paid for the privilege of supporting the Labour Party over many years.
Social media accounts were trawled back over a period of time as those administrating the purge looked for words designated abusive and off limits in late Summer 2016.
Those caught out never stood a chance.
A retrograde decision, on what is acceptable and what is not, removed people unnecessarily and heartlessly in many cases.
And in many cases it was Comrades reporting Comrades to the Compliance Unit.
How many real abusers were caught? My guess is not many as real abusers often play a devious game.
Having written about the purge a few times this latest post relates to a long standing older party member, female, who was suspended in late August. This week she finally received information pertaining to her "offences."
Her social media offending interactions were during a period of time when tempers were frayed.
Some in the PLP, parliamentary Labour party, were antagonising members on social media, in some cases running click bait accounts, but crying foul when they got a response.
Others were not so lucky debating, getting cross, bickering at times and allowing Labour Party snooper's a way in.
In many cases people who were suspended were reported by some person or another.
Following Jeremy Corbyn's election in September 2016 she has lifted the block on some.
But as she said she is under no illusions
Her contact is one of a few online friends who have decided to quit the party rather than fight this nonsense. Of course the Labour Party will want her vote come election time.
Others have accepted a slap on the wrist as their suspensions have in a way been overturned. The reality however for too many is the slap on the wrist is accompanied by a warning with a note staying on file.
That allows the person to be easily removed if they are reported again or if a leadership challenge kicks off again, depending what you believe.
Perhaps a mass exodus from the Labour Party should have been a first option. A walkout.
The Party was in the financial poop until recently and is now in a much healthier financial position.
That is of course as long as members pay into the pot.
Most of us have stuck around to support Jeremy Corbyn but how long we continue to do so is not just up to the party it is up to US.
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