The Labour party’s new 2022 rule book has abolished fairness and natural justice from its expulsion processes.
No, that’s not a joke – though perhaps it is a sick one.
The party’s rules now explicitly rule out those concepts from the entitlement of anyone it decides to expel:
Chapter 2, Clause ii.8 tells members they have a right to dignity, respect and fairness:
Members have the right to dignity and respect, and to be treated fairly by the Labour Party. Party officers at every level shall exercise their powers in good faith and use their best endeavours to ensure procedural fairness for members.
Clearly that ‘right’ now only applies – and is therefore not regarded as an actual right by the regime – as long as the party feels like keeping you in as a member. If it decides to kick you out, your right to that ‘right’ doesn’t exist.
i.4.A and C refer to expulsions for ‘proscribed acts’. But as the party now also treats such ‘proscribed’ acts as punishable even if they were done while still allowed, absolutely any member can be targeted retrospectively if the regime feels like it – and absolutely no member’s rights to fair treatment or natural justice mean anything in the eyes of the so-called ‘leadership’.
The regime slipped through this anti-justice horror as part of the ‘take it or leave it’ proscription rule package rammed through at last year’s party conference with the collusion of right-wing union managements.
Keir Starmer wants to run a whole country. In the words of Jesus, ‘He who is unjust in what is least will be unjust in much’. If Starmer and his sidekicks and handlers dare show this much contempt for law and fairness in their treatment of Labour party members, they must never be allowed anywhere near power. They are as bad as the Tories and in many ways worse.
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