19th August 2015
There was a big political story this week. The Labour Party went into internal, self-inflicted meltdown as it clumsily banned an as yet unknown number of pre-registered voters with left wing values.
These people had been energised by Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaigning, but now found themselves prevented from having their say and backing their favourite for the job.
But this wasn’t a case of external applicants e.g. tory voters being snubbed at the first hurdle. Many were pre-registered members or affiliates who had previously satisfied all the qualifying requirements. But completely out of the blue, unseen hands were now meddling with internal processes and changing things to their own advantage.
At about 11 am today, I’d been pleased to see an email arrive from Labour, telling me that as a Unite affiliate member, I’d soon be able to vote for a new leader and deputy and all I had to do was follow the link and enter a password in order to vote online.
An hour later that chance was snatched away when I received a cold, officious missive, that seemed to have been spat out by a blue-blooded, people hating apparatchik.
Crestfallen, I opened Twitter and sent the following tweet in order to spread the news. It’s not often I get ‘ahead of the curve’ as a story breaks, but almost immediately there was a head of steam building, as banned individuals made their feelings known up and down the country, and the news was being tweeted and retweeted here, there and everywhere.
CLICK to follow and read the responses:
Only one of these approaches actually worked out; the Shelagh Fogarty show on LBC on 20/8/15, and here’s a clip:
Predictably, a few staunch Labour defenders came in on Twitter to accuse me of campaigning against their party. I patiently dealt with their points one by one, explaining that to campaign against Wirral Council’s …
- 9 years of disabled abuse
- theft of £736k from learning disabled people’s bank accounts
- accreditation of care companies connected to serious organised crime
- targetting, bullying, mobbing and forcing out of whistleblower Martin Morton
- failure to sanction the abusers
- pay offs to abusers that have now topped £1 million
- the issuing of gags and clean bills of health to enable them to pick up jobs elsewhere
- …and a multitude of other abuses and failures
…is quite different from getting on an orange box with a megaphone in the middle of Birkenhead and spewing anti-Labour rhetoric.
I’d already been blocked on Twitter some time ago by deputy leadership candidate Tom Watson when I told him in detail about Wirral Council’s learning disabled abuse – but recently, although I remained blocked, he and Ricky Tomlinson had started sending me emails asking me to back him.
I use ‘tags’ to help people navigate this WordPress blog easier and to locate the subjects they’re interested in. So as time has gone on, there is now a growing list of hundreds of tags relating to different subject areas.
After two and a half years of writing this blog, I’m now in a position to give a detailed breakdown of my use of the word “Labour”.
Number of times tagged on blog: 0 (zero)
Conclusions, do’s and don’ts and lessons learned
Don’t waste time reporting 9 years of proven council disabled abuse to a Labour party deputy leadership candidate or to the editor of LabourList (Mark Ferguson). It will only get you blocked on Twitter.
Don’t create a public blog that lists and highlights such cases of abuse and / or corruption. There will be Chinese whispers locally / nationally; these will get you into lumber with the political party behind the abuse, and you may have your democratic voting rights removed
Do ignore it when there is a decade of failure and abuse, corruption, hidden payments and no accountability seen at your local council, because attempts to highlight it may have an adverse impact on you personally
Do be a good boy, stay quiet, place your trust in your politicians, both locally and nationally, and take the sage advice of media and celebrity figures who back them because they’re completely selfless and always have the public’s best interests at heart