The problem is, Labour has disqualified thousands of people, not dozens.
It seems likely that Mr McNicol has included only the most vile examples he could find, in order to fuel mass media indignation against those responsible.
What about the others? What about the woman who was disqualified for saying she loved the Foo Fighters? What about the man who was disqualified because of a Twitter post allegedly made on a day when he didn’t actually post anything on Twitter?
What about the man who was disqualified for tackling Owen Smith over his opportunistic use of Orgreave as a site for a speech?
What about the trade union leaders who have been disqualified, apparently without reason?
It’s like something out of the ‘Constable Savage’ sketch on Not The Nine O’clock News, for those who can remember that far back:
“Some of these cases are just plain stupid. ‘Confessing support for another political party – in 2013.’ Is this some kind of joke, McNicol? Don’t you think people might have changed their minds since then?”
“And we have some more here. ‘Standing up to Owen Smith at Orgreave’. ‘Standing up for disabled people’. And ‘Standing up for members of a trade union’. You do know that one of Labour’s current slogans is ‘Standing up, not standing by’?”
“In short, McNicol, in the space of just one month, hidden among other accusations, you have brought thousands of ridiculous, trumped-up and ludicrous charges…”
“…Against the same group, McNicol. I believe you call them ‘Corbynistas’. Sit down, McNicol. McNicol, why do you keep accusing these people?”
“They’re villains, sir!”
“McNicol, would I be correct in assuming these… ‘Corbynistas’ are… socialists?”
“Well, I can’t say I’ve ever noticed, sir!”
“Stand up McNicol. McNicol, it’s officers like you that give the Labour Party a bad name! The social media love to jump on incidents like this, and the reputation of the party can be permanently tarnished! Your time in office is dominated by petty personal vendettas – do you get some kind of perverted gratification from going around, stirring up trouble?”
“There’s no room for men like you in my politics, McNicol. I’m transferring you to the SDP!”
Something like that.
Labour’s general secretary has released examples of sexist, anti-Semitic and racist social media posts from supporters of the party who have been suspended from voting in the leadership contest.
The extraordinary move from Iain McNicol comes after Labour HQ was accused of a “purge” of members by the shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
He had claimed that thousands of members and registered supporters had been denied a vote without a proper explanation – and warned they would not accept “what appears to be a rigged purge of Jeremy Corbyn supporters”.
But in a letter to representatives of Labour’s ruling body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), Mr McNicol has released dozens of social media posts from supporters of the Labour party who have been deemed ineligible to vote in the ongoing leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.
PS If you’d like to see the original version of Constable Savage, here it is:
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