The Labour Party, or rather Jeremy Corbyn, has faced some tough challenges recently, especially ahead of elections which were held May 3rd.
The number of smears, allegations and accusations from a variety of people has in many cases diminished real concerns.
The mainstream media has joined in but they are in the business of making money. One thing no person can deny is Jeremy Corbyn sells papers or rather these days gets eyeballs on online news websites.
As May 3rd drew near it started to look like there was a Smear-A-Day-HQ lurking in the political wings and its sole mission was or is to wreck Labour's election chances.
One line of attack that has been around for a while but surfaced late March relates to transgender self-identification and the inclusion of transgender women onto Labour's all women candidate selection lists.
What was galling was the fact that planned resignations from the Labour Party were re-timed to hit the party hard; and the fact that those involved opted to use the Daily Mail to further their cause rang many alarm bells.
The timing ran alongside elections, at a time so many Labour Party supporters were campaigning hard for election success.
How many people levelling accusations against the party are or were true Labour supporters and how many entryists into the party for their own reasons?
Whatever the truth they acted as enemies within and continue to do so using the mainstream and social media for a Labour negative.
Now they are making further demands and so we feel it is time we re-send our open letter to Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, and Jennie Formby, Labour's new General Secretary.
This is our open letter from late March and is as valid as ever:-
Dear Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party leader, and Jennie Formby, Labour's General Secretary this letter was created late March 2018
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There has been a lot of bad press recently alleging social media abuse by some Labour Party supporters.
But social media is often far from social.
Take a look at the tweet today by Tooting Labour Party with regard to one Peter Bingle. But note it is not Tooting Labour being offensive but allegedly Mr Bingle
“Tooting Labour Party
These disgusting tweets from a Senior Wandsworth Conservative and former Head of Housing at Wandsworth Council need to investigated by @MetPoliceUK under the Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006. We raised them 3 weeks ago but Wandsworth Conservatives have refused to denounce”
The sample of tweets are show below:-
So who is Mr Bingle?
His social media timeline is a mixed bag.
But a quick google search and here he is.
The London Lobbyist with Ties to Billions of Pounds of Gentrification. Peter Bingle spends his time schmoozing councils on behalf of property developers
Grenfell action group
If you read the likes of the Sun and the Times firstly why and secondly you may believe all Jeremy Corbyn supporting Facebook groups are cesspits of hate.
Trolls like to infiltrate pages and groups for many reasons including they have nothing better to do, they are pathetic, they want to stir things up, they are fifth columnists and more.
But we have to accept that in anger people lash out and sometimes that translates to their online activity.
So let me introduce you to one hell of a hate-filled group called Jeremy Corbyn Watch
Take a look if you want to and be sure to report the page to Facebook as you hastily retreat.
With around 8,000 members it claims to be “observing the Labour Party” and be a “just for fun” page but that is simply misleading.
It is much more than that. It is pure hate.
The creator of this page is unknown. Cowards and bullies online tend to prefer anonymity.
Footage via Alan Sugar, shares re Tommy Robinson, hateful comments and more rings many alarm bells.
Yet this group appears to have stayed off limits to The Times undercover reporter Gabriel Pogrund who used others to infiltrate Corbyn supporting groups over a long period of time and found a few instances of abuse.
I ventured over to Jeremy Corbyn Watch briefly and in a view seconds observed a mass of abuse.
Abuse like this shown below, and kudos to John Robe who was equally shocked by what he saw.
Will the mainstream media share this story?
We will share it with them and ask you do the same.
Let’s see just how serious they are about removing social media hate.
From within a Jeremy Corbyn supporting Facebook group
Lord Sugar you should be fired from Twitter
Jeremy Corbyn supporter looks back at this week
Op-ed: It’s always sad to see Labour MPs in the mix with Tories but more so when a few weeks, or is it days, later they are all proved to have been WRONG.
#WeStandWithJeremyCorbyn has been a popular hashtag on social media for supporters of the Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and it is a shame some of our own Labour MPs did not do just that!
Dare we say the usual suspects?
As Theresa May went into full attack mode against Russian leader President Putin some Labour MPs opted to applaud her and stand with her in parliament.
John Woodcock seems to have been a leading light in this.
As news broke this week that PM May and her Foreign Secretary had jumped the gun on Russia, as usual Jeremy Corbyn stands on the correct side of this affair, by having initially offered a measured approach.
Some MPs will no doubt be quick to comment that Jeremy Corbyn was a serial political rebel when he had a seat on the backbenches but he did not simply rebel to undermine a party leader rather he rebelled as he believed what he was saying.
I wonder how many who backed the Early Day Motion reproduced below can say the same?
RUSSIA'S POISONING OF SERGEI AND YULIA SKRIPAL
Date tabled: 14.03.2018
Primary sponsor: Woodcock, John
Sponsors: Streeting, Wes Creasy, Stella Doughty, Stephen Umunna, Chuka Coffey, Ann
That this House unequivocally accepts the Russian state's culpability for the poisoning of Yulia and Sergei Skripal in Salisbury using the illegal novichok nerve agent which has also led to the serious illness of Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey who went to their rescue, and to the possible poisoning of other members of the emergency services and public as yet unknown; fully supports the statement made by the Prime Minister on 14 March 2018 in response to Russia's illegal attack on the UK; further supports the Government's sanctions against Russia resulting from this incident thus far, including the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats; supports the decision not to send Government ministers or members of the Royal family to Russia until further notice; supports the Government's call for a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Russia's use of chemical weapons on UK soil; and resolves to consider support for further proportionate actions to deter future acts of aggression by the Russian state.
Austin, Ian Labour Party Dudley North 14.03.2018
Bailey, Adrian Labour Party West Bromwich West 14.03.2018
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 14.03.2018
Berger, Luciana Labour Party Liverpool Wavertree 15.03.2018
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 16.03.2018
Carmichael, Alistair Liberal Democrats Orkney and Shetland 15.03.2018
Coffey, Ann Labour Party Stockport 14.03.2018
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 19.03.2018
Coyle, Neil Labour Party Bermondsey and Old Southwark 14.03.2018
Creagh, Mary Labour Party Wakefield 19.03.2018
Creasy, Stella Labour Party Walthamstow 14.03.2018
Davey, Edward Liberal Democrats Kingston and Surbiton 16.03.2018
Docherty, Martin Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire 15.03.2018
Doughty, Stephen Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 14.03.2018
Ellman, Louise Labour Party Liverpool Riverside 15.03.2018
Evans, Chris Labour Party Islwyn 14.03.2018
Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 19.03.2018
Fitzpatrick, Jim Labour Party Poplar and Limehouse 14.03.2018
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 14.03.2018
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 15.03.2018
Hobhouse, Wera Liberal Democrats Bath 15.03.2018
Hodge, Margaret Labour Party Barking 15.03.2018
Jardine, Christine Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 15.03.2018
Jones, Graham Labour Party Hyndburn 15.03.2018
Kinnock, Stephen Labour Party Aberavon 14.03.2018
Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 21.03.2018
Leslie, Chris Labour Party Nottingham East 15.03.2018
Lloyd, Stephen Liberal Democrats Eastbourne 16.03.2018
Malhotra, Seema Labour Party Feltham and Heston 15.03.2018
McDonald, Stewart Scottish National Party Glasgow South 15.03.2018
McGovern, Alison Labour Party Wirral South 14.03.2018
McKinnell, Catherine Labour Party Newcastle upon Tyne North 15.03.2018
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 16.03.2018
Murray, Ian Labour Party Edinburgh South 15.03.2018
Perkins, Toby Labour Party Chesterfield 14.03.2018
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 21.03.2018
Ryan, Joan Labour Party Enfield North 15.03.2018
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 19.03.2018
Smeeth, Ruth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 14.03.2018
Smith, Angela C Labour Party Penistone and Stocksbridge 15.03.2018
Snell, Gareth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent Central 15.03.2018
Spellar, John Labour Party Warley 15.03.2018
Stone, Jamie Liberal Democrats Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 15.03.2018
Streeting, Wes Labour Party Ilford North 14.03.2018
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 16.03.2018
Timms, Stephen Labour Party East Ham 15.03.2018
Turley, Anna Labour Party Redcar 14.03.2018
Umunna, Chuka Labour Party Streatham 14.03.2018
Wilson, Phil Labour Party Sedgefield 15.03.2018
Woodcock, John Labour Party Barrow and Furness 14.03.2018
You know it is funny what you find online and sometimes even more so what you find lurking on your computer.
All the recent nastiness and mud-slinging aimed at Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters has been many things.
To those of us labelled hard left trots, a rabble and worse it has been challenging to say the very least.
To people cut off from U.K. politics by choice or not it must give the impression we are a band of monsters but we are not.
Take a look at the image above. A young Tory on a Facebook group called “Jeremy Corbyn is a dirty old man!”
Take a look at the list below and you will quickly realise Cllr Munro cannot use the excuse someone added me and I did not know.
Said councillor was happily adding people to the group.
That group may or may not still be active on Facebook. With so many people reporting the group it could have been taken down by Facebook.
It did not make an issue of The Times but we thought it fair to give it a share in light of recent events.
It is or was a closed group I think that you join to take part.
Some closed groups that are Jeremy Corbyn supporting apparently were infiltrated by trolls working for a Times journalist Gabriel Pogrund. Who knows if some actually posted click-bait posts and comments to get a response?
It could be though they found some real abuse as all Facebook groups face a tough time keeping abuse free.
I did not infiltate such a nasty group as Jeremy Corbyn is a Dirty Old man. That group by the was renamed from much worse following complaints.
But this old retired NHS worker is computer savvy.
Unless a group settings are totally locked down it is easy to see the list of members.
I acutally found the information having seen this nasty group on Facebook with some shocking posts visible and trying to see who was behind it.
Social media is not abuse free and it is not simply a Labour Party issue.
(Below more abuse aimed at Mr Corbyn on Facebook though we have no idea who the abusers are this time)
Hello all, shall I start this with something like a confession at alcoholics’ anonymous?
I cannot stand up to say it as I am sat typing at a P.C. and these days my old legs are not so good but here it is:-
My name is Eileen and I created a Jeremy Corbyn supporting group on Facebook a couple of years ago.
Phew that's better, confession being good for the soul and all that.
I have started in light-hearted mode not because I view all allegations of abuse as trivial or non-existent but rather because this is a heavy subject.
So firstly why create a group?
Why not there are tons on Facebook? Everything from dogs to politics to sex to D.I.Y and more.
Political groups can be a good place for sharing information, keeping each-others spirits up through any election defeats and so much more.
Political supporting groups have been on Facebook for as long as I have been a member but probably longer and from its humble early beginnings.
Some are lovely and friendly others feel like a jump into a lion's den but that is why some members love them.
Some people you know like to chat about politics anywhere and everywhere
But one reason is a positive group like ours helps counteract nasty ones such as Jeremy Corbyn is a Twat, Jeremy Corbyn is a Total Twat and Jeremy Corbyn is a dirty old man, which originally had a more abusive title linking Mr Corbyn to paedophilia re his young supporters. There is of course no evidence of that but those are just three right-wing groups on Facebook all pedalling hate, all reported to Facebook over and over again and which continued to cause offence, house trolls and be abusive, who knows perhaps all just for a laugh?
Funnily enough those groups seem to have been taken down today or recently. Interesting?
However you know Facebook.
Always able to find bits and bobs that lork after a deletion.
Perils of running a group
For a group to work you need a good admin team that all sing from the same song sheet and are there for one purpose only, in our case supporting Jeremy Corbyn on his path to being our next Prime Minister of the U.K.
Some Facebook users prefer to just have a laugh but being an admin is at times no laughing matter.
In our case we are now a small group of Corbyn supporters all working together as a great admin team, but along the way there have been bumps and hurdles.
We manage a group of over 4,100 members and some members are active online 24/7.
We obviously are not.
Our admin team includes the retired and the young working. With the best will in the world we cannot police our group day and night 24 hours a day.
We opted early on to add some restrictions to our group which means shares into the group have to be approved and so do new member requests. We added a couple of questions as to why a person might want to join us but people often tell lies on social media, don’t you know.
So we check profiles and do our best to make sure the person is a good fit for our group before we open the door and say come on in.
We do not always get it right but once a mistake is clear we remove that person a.s.a.p.
Then it is mind the door does not hit you on your way out!
In the two-years we have been an active group the admin team has changed more than once. This may mean we have stuff lurking in our basement which we really should bin.
Again we work to try to keep on top of that as and when we can.
But we do have open commenting and that can be a problem.
It means as long as you are a member of the group you can comment on a thread any time of day or night.
Whilst we check and delete offending comments some occasionally get through.
It has been a learning curve for us all including our members.
People are hurting under this cruel Tory government and when a person is affected themselves they lash out.
Is there any wonder ordinary non-funded, non-affiliated Corbyn supporting groups on Facebook get it wrong at times?
Our group has a great mix of people though all with the common aim of supporting Jeremy Corbyn. We are old, young and in the middle, varying ethnicity, well, not so well, vulnerable and people with disabilities, highly educated, not so educated and under educated; we are in fact a great cross section of the general public if you exclude the fat-cats.
And 99.9% of the time we all gel as one.
It is not only hurtful but sad to see such poor journalism in The Times today. It used to be such a great read quite a few decades ago now.
But these days it is under the leadership of Richard Murdoch former boss of the now defunct scandal rag the ‘News of the World’, still boss of the most hated publication in all of Liverpool ‘The Sun’ and long-time friends of high-ranking Tories and Mr Tony Blair.
Now that is not a conspiracy theory. A cursory search through Google images online will confirm it for you doubters.
In February the Daily Telegraph reported that the Tory Party was going to hire paid trolls to work for them on social media.
They were getting desperate to beat Mr Corbyn's unpaid band of faithful supporters.
We have all got used to being called a crazy cult, rabid trots and more sometimes by people within the Labour Party.
It is not called abuse though when it is directed at Jeremy Corbyn supporters for some reason. Odd that.
But I think we must all be getting like Jeremy. He has shown strength and resilience; When the going gets tough the tough get going.
In our hearts we know Mr Corbyn offers so many people in the U.K. a much better tomorrow, much better than more of the same old tired politics of other political parties including now old new Labour. We also know our man is not for sale and so do the likes of Rupert Murdoch.
Easter Sunday as many decent people who support Jeremy Corbyn are trashed by the mainstream media and have their names splashed in some cases across Rupert Murdoch rags it is hurtful to see supposed comrades joining in the abuse.
It's a fact some people are silly, some hateful, some fifth columnists and some genuine. Sorting out who is who online can be tricky.
If you see or experience abuse in any Facebook group or elsewhere online report to the admin, the site and if necessary the police so it can be investigated.
And do so no matter where the abuse appears to hail from.
A few images from our group have been used in this report. Some may be funny others more serious but hopefully non will cause offense.
Humour and satire can be a useful tool but also misjudged and misused at times.
Think back to Charlie Hebdo and have a long hard think.
If you are a Jeremy Corbyn supporter and use Facebook why not drop by and give us a knock?
We may just open the door and give you a huge welcome or we may slam the door in your face.
In our group there is never any offence intended; we just want to keep our safe and secure place where we gather just that; safe and secure.
For Background to this story:
In the Murdoch press:
Exposed: Jeremy Corbyn’s hate factory
Vitriol and threats of violence: the ugly face of Jeremy Corbyn’s cabal
Racist comments ‘should be investigated by police’
Luciana Berger: Four types of vicious abuse; just one way to deal with itJeremy Corbyn’s online army: the Facebook groups peddling hate
Targets of the trolls
On this website:
Lord Sugar you should be fired from Twitter
Jeremy Corbyn supporter looks back at this week
Where did you get that hat?
Lies, Damn Lies and Corbyn’s Anti-Semitism
Jeremy Corbyn Wins Apology And Payout From Tory MP Ben Bradley Over 'Communist Spy' Tweet
Minister's relative gives Tories £816,000: Labour
Tories hire army of tweeters to take social media fight to Labour
This is a personal view of events concerning the Labour Party this week, with a little personal background to kick this off
(Apologies this will be rather long)
Coming from a working class background, our family occupying what was deemed a slum property during my childhood in the 1950s and 1960s, I guess I was always going to be a socialist.
My parents were Labour voters though never party members and I followed that trend.
There were always some working class Tory voters, even where we lived as kids, most for a variety of reasons including working class snobbery and an “I'm Alright Jack Attitude”.
But we kids all played on the same bomb-sites, went to the same old Victorian built schools, tore around the streets playing games, washed in tin baths, if we were lucky, slept in icy cold bedrooms during the winter months and enjoyed the privilege of an outside lavatory.
But we were lucky as not far from our streets the tenants in blocks of houses all shared one outside lavatory in a communal yard with one outside tap thrown in to spoil them.
So for me once a socialist always a socialist
I have voted Labour all my adult life though at times having to pinch my nose and encourage others to vote for "the lesser of the evils", the Labour Party.
Retiring a few years ago it seemed sensible to join the Labour Party which I have always supported and put my money where my mouth has always been. It was ahead of the General Election 2015 and Ed Miliband was party leader.
I had already been joining in pro-Labour tweet-storms and other social media activity as well as posting supportive blogs so what could possibly go wrong?
What went wrong for me was the Labour Party in all its self-proclaimed broad-church splendour
People say ignorance is bliss and that is certainly true.
GE2015 was lost and Ed was the sacrificial lamb.
Ed’s own MPs, many who shy away from leadership or even cabinet positions, like to virtually throw the party leader under any passing bus in defeat and so they chucked Ed as far as they could throw him.
Which means it was strange to me that Jeremy was blamed when a majority of people in the U.K. voted to leave the E.U, as my M.P. Alan Johnson ran the Labour campaign.
Warning bells went ting-a-ling
But I digress
I initially supported Andy Burnham for party leader when Ed stepped down. My thoughts were his age compared to Jeremy Corbyn rather than anything else, and I say that as a person aged mid-sixties now.
But a new lesson was learned, never judge others by yourself.
Jeremy Corbyn has amazing stamina and resilience.
I never supported Yvette Cooper or Liz Kendall as both were just too wishy-washy and middle-of-the-road for me. I looked at those standing for Deputy Party Leader and opted for Tom Watson as best of the bunch. Like so many I truly regret that vote.
Having followed the leadership race tirelessly I actually missed the new leader announcement as the health of our old rescue dog took a terrible turn for the worse. As the new leader of the Labour Party was announced we sat on our kitchen floor, with our beloved Jessie, while the vet put her to sleep.
So it was a tearful day for us but nothing to do with politics.
I had vowed to support whichever candidate won and I have been true to my word unlike some.
However it has been an easy task to support Jeremy as Jeremy Corbyn is the best thing that has happened to British politics for many decades.
He and his political supporters offer real hope for the many not the few and a chance to create a better Britain.
Having watched Britain's decline over the decades he remains an inspiration to me and one of the few politicians that could reverse the decay and stop the rot.
But it has not been an easy ride for Mr Corbyn or his supporters.
From day one there have been accusations, smears, challenges to his leadership and enemies within the party trying their damnedest to remove him and return to the politics of Tony Blair; a man who came to the Labour Party late.
For some it is as if there was no Labour Party in existence before Blair took office.
So this week another crisis is reached in the Labour Party.
This time a huge crisis which kicked off with claims of Antisemitism levelled against Mr Corbyn relating to a comment he made on Facebook in 2012.
It is worth noting when he did not rapidly respond to the allegation made by a Labour MP she took to Twitter to ensure maximum coverage and damage.
But yes 2012, so why the huge personal urgency now?
Why not work with colleagues and address this once and for all?
For me timing is always important when we look at allegations and try to decide if they are an opportunistic smear or made with real concerns.
At the end of this blog I will share some links to this week’s events but I refuse to dredge it all up again.
This is my closure on the affair, cathartic, as we look forward to upcoming elections and begin campaigning. Those safely nestled in Westminster apparently do not give a flying fig about local people standing for election this year.
Timing as always matters
More sacrificial lambs?
There has been a plethora of nasty screenshots from closed member only Labour supporting groups flooding some twitter troll accounts for some time.
If there are real and new problems real action would have been taken by now. The ruling bodies of the NEC would have acted and new procedures would already be in place.
And the party machinery under outgoing General Secretary Iain McNicol have obviously left a backlog of work for newly appointed Jennie Formby.
Are all the issues new and only occurring now under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership?
No except possibly for the extent of in-house smears.
It is notable that today, Good Friday in the U.K. the boss of Progress Richard Angell has made sure Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters are headline news for all the wrong reasons.
As Angell and his side-kick Luke Akehurst have tried to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters from day one their involvement actually disrespects genuine victims of Antisemitism in my honest opinion.
Until I joined the Labour Party I had no idea what Progress or Momentum was but you soon wise up.
So here I stand, or rather sit at my P.C typing this blog on Good Friday, the day that Jesus Christ was crucified wondering what next?
What next for the smears?
What nest for the accusers?
What next for Jeremy Corbyn supporters like myself branded a rabble or trots and neo fascists from people within the party and from one Tory M.P. this week Sajid Javid who took the cowards way out and did his accusing in the House of Commons under parliamentary privilege rules.
And, what next for me?
I commented on social media a short while ago sensing what was coming having observed trolls in action "should I renew my Labour Party membership and why?"
I had lots of positive reactions and reasons to stick with it.
However as I watch our own MPs, some who were helped back into office by Momentum and Jeremy Corbyn supporting activists in 2017, virtually spit on each and every one of us I wonder why bother?
There are many reasons to stay but many more to quit.
One main one will be to continue to support Jeremy Corbyn from within as well as outside of the party.
But who knows which member will be deemed not fit to grace the party traditionally of the working class at any future date?
It could well be me next if someone wants to trawl social media with the software the trolls and the party use to find a reason to remove people; or even if they do not like this blog.
Of course the likes of Tony Blair and John Woodcock are allowed to stay party members while actively telling people they cannot vote for Jeremy or even telling them to vote for another party. They can also feed the media negative story after negative story and not be held to account.
Seems the software used and the people reporting are very selective.
So in case you are wondering:-
I am not a racist
I am not homophobic
I am not Antisemitic
I am not sexist
I am not abusive
I am not a careerist
I am not a journo posting click bait to make money
I do not yearn for any public office
But I am a Jeremy Corbyn supporter?
And I am angry
All I do is yearn for a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government with a great team working with him.
I ask do other Labour people such as John Mann, Stella Creasy, Tony Blair, John Woodcock, Luke Akehurst, Richard Angell et al want that?
I think we all know the answer to that one
Will I renew my party membership?
The jury is still out on that one and here is why.
I have as little in common with Progress, its members, its supporting MPs, its bosses Luke Akehurst and Richard Angell and those on the right of the party as I do with the Tories or even god forbid Ukip.
Until I see that change why would I want to throw my hat in the Labour Party ring.
But there is a subtle difference this time.
If I leave the party my vote goes with me.
I will become non-political and enjoy a full-retirement at last.
Please feel free to comment but note due to spammers and those darn trolls comments need to be approved before they show.
MPs urge Corbyn to suspend Shawcroft amid anti-Semitism row
Watch: Labour supporters clash at rally against anti-Semitism
Thousands of Jeremy Corbyn supporters endorse letter saying Jewish-organised antisemitism protest was the work of 'very powerful special interest group'
Activists Demand Jeremy Corbyn 'Clean Up' Pro-Labour Facebook Pages Amid Anti-Semitism Row
Lies, Damn Lies and Corbyn’s Anti-Semitism
Where did you get that hat?
Op-ed; Google The Labour Party Wednesday morning and expect a wave of negative news reports including many opinion pieces like this one.
But of course THEY get full prominence as so many are courtesy of the usual anti Corbyn suspects within the Labour Party and via the well-funded mainstream media.
With a by-election and local elections a few weeks away now is not really the time for a torrent of negative Labour Party news. We have political opposites who are perfectly able to damage the party's reputation without high-fliers linked to and part of the Labour Party leading the charge.
The latest furore centres around former London Mayor and Labour Party veteran Ken Livingstone and comments made last year during what looked to be a carefully crafted set up.
Labour MP John Mann was on hand last year with convenient camera crew to challenge Ken Livingstone over comments made and viewed as anti Semitic.
Tuesday following an NCC ruling on the affair Wes Streeting, Tom Watson, Michael Dugher, John Mann, David Miliband and a few others have opted once again to publicly attack a political party they claim to love.
Watching a Newsnight clip of Wes Streeting saying his piece on their offering Tuesday night I was struck by his well polished appearance and words. There was no passion just well rehearsed words.
Presumably these usual suspects had been rehearsing their next moves ahead of Tuesday's NCC ruling.
Big boy of the Labour Party Deputy Leader Tom Watson according to BBC News Wednesday is 'ashamed' Livingstone still in party. Of course many Labour Party members suspended from the party last year may have similar feelings toward people like Mr Watson.
Watson has also been busy on social media however as this blogger is one of many party members blocked by him online I can only quote, if I wanted to, via resources such as the BBC.
Failed former Labour leadership contender David Miliband has also been quoted as he apparently "grieves for state of Labour Party."
He does this from a distance as he turned tail and quit the U.K. moving over to the U.S.A. following his leadership defeat.
If he cares so much about the party one has to wonder why he did not stick around and actively work to help the party win elections.
Still he could not even help his brother Ed win the general election so why would he help Jeremy Corbyn who is a socialist?
The Labour Party elects ruling bodies and cannot cherry pick decisions it likes. A ruling has been made. That is it end of story.
As supporters of Ken Livingstone and those who would prefer him hung out to dry fill the Internet with news and views they guarantee election losses in May.
The anti Corbyn brigade will somehow make any losses all about him and his supporters but negative news from fat cats within the party will cause untold damage
The NCC has made a ruling and we either respect that decision or give up. The other alternative and one that looks increasingly the only way forward is the party splits.
But hey I am no one just a retired woman who has voted Labour all her life, only joined the party during Ed's time, talked up the party at each and every opportunity, consistently criticised the Tory Party and who wonders why new young things in the PLP feel it is fine to disrespect and bully veteran politicians within their own party.
Is it more to do with who donates the most to the party? Who has bought their way in? He who pays the piper calls the tune and all that.
Good luck to Afzal Khan the excellent Labour Party candidate standing in the Gorton by-election. Good luck to all the excellent Labour Party candidates standing in local elections around the country. We have our work cut out particularly with Article 50 in mind and political opportunism from the Tory party and the Liberal Democrats and now our candidates have public party division thrown in for good measure.
If we fail in the May elections there may be many reasons including KenGate. And if we fail we fail some of the most vulnerable and poorest people of our country.
Related reading and more;
Monday the Daily Mirror is reporting "Jeremy Corbyn's advice to Labour MPs receiving online abuse: 'Ignore it'."
The Mirror claims that Corbyn has said he receives more abuse than anyone but has denied the level of abuse is being ramped up during the leadership election race 2016 and is now worse than ever.
Whether the Mirror report is insinuating Corbyn and or his supporters are responsible is not clear.
If you use social media, or as it ought to be renamed sometimes anti-social media, sooner or later you will experience nastiness.
It could be vile, spiteful, dangerous, silly and more.
In some cases it should be reported to Twitter or even the police but the extent and level of abuse is relevant.
Jess Philips has previously bragged online and in the mainstream media that as a new MP she told Diane Abbot MP to f**k off. She has since apologised but once said words cannot be unsaid. If you can dish it out expect a reaction, and probably an unpleasant one.
The murder of MP Jo Cox in June was a lesson to us all. Hate can sometimes spill over into the real world with terrible consequences.
But those who cry foul when it is non-existent or exaggerated belittle those with genuine concerns.
And people like Jess Philips, happy to tweet a vile Dan Hodges Daily Mail piece about "Kill Vampire Corbyn", undermine any real issues.
Philips has had some terrible abuse thrown at her online which is wrong but so have many others.
Sometimes abuse comes out of nowhere and the mute or block button will need rapid use. Contacting the site support may also be necessary including filing a report.
But those using unspecified online abuse to undermine the Labour leadership election are playing a silly and potentially dangerous game.
And the Daily Mirror spinning yet another story with Corbyn as the villain of the piece does not add up:
Several MPs and party figures have been forced to increase security at their homes in recent months after being sent threatening messages.
Jess Philips a Labour Birmingham MP said via Twitter social media, July 28, "Locksmith spending 6hrs to make my home safe. Think about how my kids feel next time you mock."
But why publicise that with an image of her home?
Perhaps this is what Corbyn meant by "ignore"?
Supporters of Mr Corbyn have been called a fan club, rabble, dogs, Trotskyites and Nazi Stormtroopers by some with links to the right wing of the Labour Party but that seems to be accepted as OK.
As you sow you tend to reap.
Except in the case of Corbyn.
Jeremy Corbyn does not do personal attacks but is verbally attacked time and time again.
The Mirror Monday spins a tale of nothing into something and manages to attack Corbyn yet again.
Isn't that abuse?
The word was changed from Kill To Dump but http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-3660328/Labour-dump-vampire-Jeremy-Corbyn-DAN-HODGES-says.html
Monday Jewish Labour have tweeted their decision to support Owen Smith in the 2016 Labour Party leadership race.
It is a two politician race between the incumbent Labour Party leader and the challenger Owen Smith MP.
Sunday a leading Jewish Labour Party donor Michael Foster hit the mainstream media with a report damning Corbyn supporters as Nazi Stormtroopers.
Some believe his report was simply a way to make some money as he faces court costs following the legal action he lost; an attempt to keep Corbyn off the ballot.
Why is that important to this story?
Jewish Labour's earlier tweet included a link to this story from April 13, 2016:
"The Jewish Labour Movement, with help from supporters in the Labour Party will be proposing a change to the Labour Party rulebook calling for stricter rules and sanctions to be placed upon members who have made racist, antisemitic or islamophobic statements.
BBC News covered the proposed change today.
Jewish Labour Movement National Chairman Jeremy Newmark also appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme today to advocate the rule changes which will be proposed by members across the country at local constituency meetings before the June deadline.
If you you think that your CLP would like to consider supporting the rule change you can download the rule change motion by clicking here.
If you have tabled the motion at your branch or CLP please let us know by emailing: email@example.com
For further queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us at @JewishLabour."
So what about when the boot is on the other foot?
Corbyn supporters responded angrilly to Foster's damning terminolgy Sunday.
But at time of writing Owen Smith, party deputy leader Tom Watson and party General Secretary Iain McNicol have been noticeable by their silence.
Formal complaints have been lodged.
But when vague allegations of anti-Semetisim were made earlier in the year against some party members the mainstream media were all over it like an infectious rash.
So where is the outcry levied at Foster and the Mail for calling young, old or is that ALL Corbyn supporters Nazi Stormtroopers?
Instead Monday the Huffington Post opts to cover the Smith nomination with "Jeremy Corbyn’s Response To Claims Of Anti-Semitism ‘Fuelled Jewish Members’ Support For Owen Smith."
That may or may not be the truth.
Having tweeted Jewish Labour for a responce to Foster's abusive words we await a response.
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