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Chastising the children: This isn’t quite the image I wanted, which was of Jeremy Corbyn lifting the lid off a chicken coop to see the Labour Party rebels inside. I can’t find that one at the moment! This one gets the point across well enough. I wonder if any of the honourable members (not standing) in the image provided comments to the Sunday Times?

Apparently the stellar intellects behind what became known as the Labour Party’s ‘Chicken Coup’ (because nobody involved would admit they were behind it – chickens) have been prattling at the Sunday Times.

It’s hard to believe a word of it for one of two possible reasons: Either these people are cowards who are still too scared to reveal their identities, or they don’t exist and the Sunday Times – a Murdoch rag, let’s not forget – simply made up the story.

Certainly anybody who says the following should be drummed out of the Labour Party, so one can understand why they would want to remain anonymous:

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Does anybody in the Parliamentary Labour Party seriously believe this gibberish?

Mr Corbyn is not the centre of a cult.

Nobody joined Labour because they worship him. They joined because he put forward policies they support.

Perhaps these right-wingers have personal issues with the number of people joining Labour to support those policies – but that is a situation entirely of their own making, and those who went before them.

Let me explain: Labour lost nearly five million votes between 1997 and 2010. Those were all people who thought they were getting a socialist government and discovered they’d been sold a dud. Now that Mr Corbyn is promising genuine socialism – albeit of the centrist, mixed-economy style that suited the UK so well between World War II and 1979, half a million people have been enthused enough to join the Labour Party. That’s still only one-tenth of the voters who deserted the party before, but it seems likely they joined up in order to ensure Mr Corbyn gets the chance to put his policies into practice – despite the machinations of the right-wingers.

This isn’t an army of “off-the-page nuts”. It is a large proportion of the population who know that the Labour Party needs to be rid of the influence of people like, well, those who provided the quotes above to the Sunday Times.

And what exactly is meant by “Jeremy dying may be the only way out”?

Are they suggesting that Mr Corbyn’s death is to be arranged in the near future?

This Writer finds such comments immensely disturbing – and so, in fact, does the Labour Party as an organisation.

Labour’s new “member’s pledge” states: “I pledge to act within the spirit and rules of the Labour Party in my conduct both on and offline, with members and non-members and I stand against all forms of abuse.

“I understand that if found to be in breach of the Labour Party policy on online and offline abuse, I will be subject to the rules and procedures of the Labour Party.”

Threatening – or suggesting – the death of the party’s leader would certainly seem to be a form of abuse, in This Writer’s opinion. I would suggest that it would, in the opinion of right-thinking people generally. Do you agree?

Whoever said those words should submit themselves for disciplinary proceedings, if they have any character at all.

Ah, but I forget myself.

They’re all chickens, aren’t they?

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