Last minute haste to suspend delegates, protect Evans and complete de-democratisation of party leads to farce
The Labour party is engaged in an ugly, last-minute rush to suspend as many left delegates as possible before its annual conference begins this weekend – a continuation of a desperate tactic it began last week to protect Keir Starmer’s acting general secretary David Evans, as one union after another said it was going to vote against Evans’s confirmation in the role.
The Labour right has also finally come clean about its plan – which Skwawkbox warned about in January last year – to rob members of a meaningful say in the party’s leadership elections – a vote it is not sure it can win, leading to even greater eagerness to stack the deck by preventing left delegates attending conference and casting their vote.
Left national executive member Mish Rahman flagged up the acceleration in Labour’s war on democracy in a tweet in which he also pointed out the direct financial cost to members who have already spent money on travel and bookings, as well as the impact on mental health:
But such is the right-wing Labour machine’s desperation to protect Evans and kill off internal democracy that it is failing to perform even the most basic tasks properly.
One delegate showed Skwawkbox a suspension letter on Tuesday (only four days before conference starts) which, while addressed to him, called him Mr Smith – not even close to his name – while informing him of his ban:
Another victim of the raft of suspensions received a letter on the same day in which Labour’s general secretary – Labour doesn’t have a general secretary of course, but Evans is acting up – as a woman:
Clearly Evans’s drones are in such a hurry to get out as many suspensions as possible that they are cutting-and-pasting from one letter to the next – but not even managing to check the names have been properly edited, or even spotting that a letter from the time of Jennie Formby’s tenure as general secretary still says ‘her’.
Not just an appalling and Stalinist attack on democracy, but a shoddy and ridiculous appalling and Stalinist attack on democracy.
The Labour right has also recently embarrassed itself by sending abusive ‘notices of investigation’ to Labour MP Kate Osborne and Young Labour chair Jess Barnard that it almost immediately ‘rescinded’ when their lawyers threated the party with legal action for such nonsense.
Labour under Starmer and Evans is not only a sham – it’s a shambles. And of course, it almost goes without saying that the so-called ‘mainstream’ media are studiously ignoring the huge scandal.
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