It seems “Blairite” has joined “traitor” and all those other words I can’t remember at the moment in being forbidden to members of the Labour Party.
Yes, I know I’ve just used them. Let’s just see what happens to me, shall we?
Conversely, the terms “Corbynite”, “Corbynista”, “Trot” and “rabble” are still permitted, which seems more than a little one-sided.
And pointless. If there’s anything likely to push British people towards voting for one side, it’s seeing the rules skewed in favour of the other.
It’s official: the word “Blairite” is now considered to be a term of abuse in the Labour Party and its use banned at meetings.
“Blairite” was on the list of proscribed words, apparently provided by Labour HQ and which was read out to a meeting of party members in Croydon last week. And anyone found to have used it publicly could even find themselves banned from taking part in the forthcoming leadership election.
Labour officials have begun sending out lists of “registered supporters”, the people who have forked out 25 quid to take part in the party’s leadership election, in an effort to weed out anyone who is deemed not be a “genuine Labour supporter”.
With so many Blairites “embedded” into Labour’s party structures over the last 25 years, Corbyn’s backers fear that the process will be used to purge their support among grassroots members and those who have been drawn to the party in the past year.
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