The image of Cameron with a Hitler moustache that Mr Macdonald reposted [Image: Facebook].

The image of Cameron with a Hitler moustache that Mr Macdonald reposted [Image: Facebook].

So now we know why Clement Attlee’s great-nephew was suspended from the Labour Party; he re-posted a satirical infographic on Facebook, comparing David Cameron with Adolf Hitler.

Take a look at the image (above) – it makes a good point, doesn’t it?

Hitler said the way to control a population is remove the people’s rights in many small ways rather than one huge blow.

Isn’t that what David Cameron and the Conservatives have been doing – along with governments before them leading right back to Margaret Thatcher?

I’d say it is, and the image makes a very good point.

But why would Labour’s ‘compliance unit’ be angry about it?

It isn’t an abusive comment, as was claimed in the letter of suspension sent to Mr Macdonald. It is satirical. It makes a political point, strongly, but in a humorous way.

And it isn’t abusive to Labour Party members, which is a central part of Labour’s current ‘purging’ policy. Tories are fair game – otherwise more or less all Labour MPs would have been suspended a long time ago. Does Dennis Skinner still have his vote?

Not only that, but we are all well aware by now that the practice of digging up social media postings from a year or more ago in order to prove breach of a rule that is only around one month old simply isn’t supportable.

The best outcome Labour’s NEC – in charge of the ‘compliance unit’ – can hope for is to restore Mr Macdonald’s vote to the count and issue an apology so grovelingly abject that we’ll all become so distracted by it that we won’t remember what it’s for. Good luck with that, folks!

Meanwhile, the rest of us can look forward to the day – not far away – when an inquiry is launched into the activities of this ‘compliance unit’, and action taken over the behaviour of its absurdly-overpaid members.

John Macdonald, a longtime Labour member who supports Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership, said he initially could not work out why he was suspended for activity on 8 August 2015.

However, he eventually found he had reposted a meme on that date of David Cameron mocked up as Hitler alongside a quote from the Nazi dictator about the best way of taking control of people being to take a little of their freedom at a time.

He … questioned why the post from over a year ago had been dug up in the middle of the leadership election.

Labour declined to comment on the case.

Source: Attlee descendant ‘suspended from Labour’ over Cameron-Hitler image | Politics | The Guardian


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