Earlier this week, the SKWAWKBOX covered reports of the lifting of the suspension of Wallasey CLP (constituency Labour party) – which members had not yet been informed about – and the ridiculous ongoing disciplinary action against its elected vice-Chair Paul Davies.
Wallasey members had to read about the latest developments in the media, because someone at Labour’s national or regional HQ decided it would be a good idea to leak it to the press long before any official communication to those affected by the politically-driven fiasco.
Labour’s north-west region has finally got around to officially informing members – kind of – about the changes, but the email is a prize example of how to treat your members with condescension and contempt while still expecting them to turn up and do your ‘grunt work’.
Here’s the official email (right-click and open it in a new tab for a larger, scaleable version):
Labour’s official message to people suspended for months and smeared in the local and national media is basically this:
Turn up, help us win the elections and then – as long as you’re good – we’ll start thinking about reinstating your group. Oh, and we’ve annulled your democratic choice of CLP and branch officers just to show we really care.
This writer’s instinctive response to that ends in ‘off’. But the local Momentum group sent out a message to members that was no less pithy but considerably more helpful:
In stark contrast to the official message, this communication has sympathy, empathy and understanding – and doesn’t mince words about the absolute nonsense that has been perpetrated on the CLP and continues to be inflicted on Paul Davies.
Are Labour’s functionaries genuinely that out of touch and oblivious to the impact of their behaviour on the casualties of their politically-opportunist stitch-up?
Or do they just not give a flying ‘fig’?
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