Party machine clamps down on free speech again
The Labour Party has set up a special ‘rapid’ link encouraging staff to scour social media for members daring to criticise today’s EHRC report or Labour’s response to it. A message sent to staff today informs them of the facility and encouraging them to ‘escalate quickly’ so the party can use its ‘open communication channel’ with Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks to censor comments it doesn’t like:
At the same time, general secretary David Evans has emailed members warning them of dire consequences if they depart from the party line of uncritical acceptance of the report:
Evans even demands of Facebook group moderators – who are voluntary, unpaid and not answerable to the Labour Party – that they must ‘closely moderate’ or even suspend access to their group.
This is not the first assault on free speech that Labour, under Starmer and Evans, has mounted. In August, Evans sent an email banning local party groups (CLPs) from even discussing the party’s pay-out of an estimated £600,000 to a group of ‘whistleblowers’ in a case Labour’s lawyers expected to win.
It is indeed a day of shame for the party.
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