There’s a strong argument that it’s the Anyone But Corbyn brigade within Labour who don’t understand – but it’s worse with them because it is their choice.
This Writer agrees with Rachel Heeds, author of the article quoted below, that leading Labour figures are fuelling abuse, setting a poor example and encouraging others to follow it.
I really don’t have any choice, having experienced this kind of abuse first-hand over the last few days.
There seems little point attempting to reason with the people who follow leaders – if you can call them that – like Tom Watson or Michael Foster, Jess Phillips (the ‘panic room’ affair), Angela Eagle (brickgate), John Mann (anti-Semitism) or Owen Smith (abusive language).
They don’t want to take part in a rational discussion.
They just want to hurt anyone who criticised their leaders (for want of a better word).
A good example is Rachel Nesbitt, founder of the Facebook page ‘Jeremy Corbyn’s Terrible Thugs – the #thuginistas’, who was interviewed by Ms Heeds for her blog piece.
A member of a Jewish family, many of whom “suffered unspeakable horrors and died” at the hands of Nazis, she has now been defined as a Nazi by Michael Foster, because she supports Mr Corbyn.
“Calling me a Nazi is possibly the most loathsome thing you could do and claiming that I have a second rate mind is grossly offensive,” she said.
That’s the point, though.
The idea is to be so offensive that anyone who’s even trying to be rational will throw up their hands in despair and walk away, leaving them free to mess up the Labour Party however they see fit.
But that isn’t going to happen.
As Ms Nesbitt said: “Politicians complain that not enough people, especially young people, are involved in politics. We finally see someone we believe in- we rise up, come together- go to meetings, voice our opinions, get involved- and suddenly we are ‘Entryists’ and idiots who ‘don’t understand’.
“Excuse me?! The tone of the press is predominantly ‘Oh they don’t really get it’. We DO understand actually. We just don’t AGREE with you. There is a difference. Just because you don’t like us doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be here or have our voices heard.”
Exactly right. This is about silencing reasoned discussion.
We cannot allow that to happen.
People like Tom Watson and Michael Foster are fuelling abuse, setting a terrible example and encouraging others to follow their lead. When will the NEC take action against THEM?
Many have been left in distress by comments from prominent Labour figures which filter down and fuel divisiveness in online groups and elsewhere.
Many tell me they dare not try to discuss or debate Corbyn’s leadership due to the name calling this provokes, or that they have been reduced to tears by the nasty personal comments and accusations they have received. But nothing is done.
What do we see instead? Tom Watson’s ludicrous claim that the Labour Party is being infiltrated by hard-left “Trotsky entryists”, who are “twisting the arms” of young members, closely followed by Michael Foster in The Mail Online with “Why I despise Jeremy Corbyn and his Nazi Stormtroopers.”
Malone’s Gulag remark in The Mirror and Michael Foster’s Nazi comparison in particular are trivialising something utterly horrific.
We are still seeing a long list of criminal and anti-social acts allegedly perpetrated by Corbynistas used to justify insults used against them, but where is the evidence?… A number of claims about abusive or threatening behaviour have been categorically refuted, yet they are still endlessly repeated as fact.
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