Andy Bigham is a well-known poster to members of political discussion groups on Facebook. He posts anti-Labour comments and articles so frequently that members of non-Labour groups often assume he is a Tory.
Bigham – or an account in his name – has caused outrage and horror in equal measure among users of one group by a posting that appears to suggest putting Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott – the target of fully half the political hate-postings on social media – in a coffin and sealing the lid:
The shock is compounded by the fact that – if the account is genuine – Mr Bigham appears to be a Labour member, as demonstrated by a photograph of his Labour conference pass posted to prove it:
Bigham has an intense dislike of Jeremy Corbyn dating back to the time of the first leadership election, as a comment he posted to the Dudley South Facebook page shows:
The account’s more current posts suggest little has changed in the attitude of the person behind it.
A stream of posts against Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell follow as you scroll down the profile.
The West Midlands has been a bastion of right-wing Labour and has seen some of the most anti-democratic behaviour of an ‘old guard’ attempting to hold onto its power and influence.
Labour’s Dudley North MP, Ian Austin, condemned the comments as ‘obviously unacceptable’.
The media and right-wing politicians inside and outside the Labour Party are running a propaganda campaign to paint abuse as a phenomenon of the left, but curiously little evidence of actual comments is produced.
The horrific comment aimed at Diane Abbott illustrates that this issue is far more a feature of the right – sadly including some Labour members.
The SKWAWKBOX has been unable to reach Mr Bigham for comment. The Abbott post will be reported to the party and to police for investigation.
This article originally stated that Bigham had been selected as a candidate for Quarry Bank ward in Dudley, based on information from locals. However, this is not the case.
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