Right-wing commentators trawling for reaction to use against party
Labour is maintaining and even ramping up its positive campaigning in readiness for the general election believed by many to be imminent, with a gruelling tour by party leader Jeremy Corbyn taking the party’s policy and message of hope to the people. Many of these visits are taking place right on Tory MPs’ doorstep.
Lacking anything to offer in terms of hope and positive change, the Establishment is resorting more than ever to negative tactics, with escalating smears and distortion. But Labour supporters need to be aware of one particular tactic employed by right-wing and so-called ‘centrist’ commentators in an attempt to drag Labour supporters into spending their resources negatively.
‘Torrancing’, as the graphic above explains, is a baiting technique used to deliberately incite an angry reaction – wasting time and energy but also providing fodder for even further attacks and smears, while allowing those using the technique to cast themselves as victims.
It’s unlikely that readers of this article will have to think too hard to come up with recent examples of ‘torrancing’ behaviour by Labour’s opponents.
Labour supporting Twitter account @0Calamity posted a short thread this week that perfectly encapsulates the tactic – and the best response:
Labour’s opponents fear the power of its positive message, one that those trying to protect the status quo of entrenched privilege can’t hope to match. Don’t engage with attempts to divert your energy into negativity and to have you provide ammunition to use against you and others.
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