Of course violence won’t solve any of Labour’s problems; This Blog does not condone violence and strongly advises anybody considering it at the conference to put their energy into more productive behaviour.
I can’t accept the comment from “one party insider” – partly because anonymous sources are usually invented and partly because it is an attempt to blame Jeremy Corbyn for an increased fear of violence.
If there is a threat of violence in the Labour Party, it has been seeded by opponents of Mr Corbyn – not his supporters.
They are entirely responsible for the situation in which the party now finds itself – languishing in the opinion polls (no matter whether you think they’re accurate or not) having wasted three months on a leadership contest that nobody apart from a few spoilt MPs wanted, that the same spoilt MPs used to attack the members of their own political party.
Oh yes, there are many reasons for Labour members and supporters to be infuriated with their higher-profile representatives.
But if we’re laying blame, let’s lay it where it belongs.
Labour party staff have been warned they may face “aggressive and potentially violent” situations at the annual conference in Liverpool.
The unprecedented advice – including an emergency hotline – has been included in a circular sent to officials ahead of the gathering at the Echo Arena in the city this weekend.
Staff and stewards are told they may face physical or verbal assault and could be harrassed by angry activists.
One party insider told HuffPost: “It’s extraordinary. I’ve never seen the party send out anything like it before. It’s an absolutely shocking indictment of the party under Jeremy Corbyn.”
Corbyn has repeatedly condemned abuse and threats during the bitter leadership contest against challenger Owen Smith, but his critics say he should be doing more to stamp it out.
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