Irish socialist Poet Kevin Higgins died in January. Now Labour International’s former disabilities officer is being investigated by the party – for telling members about his death – while ‘evidence’ is being fabricated against the CLP’s membership secretary
Those who keep an eye on the behaviour of the right-wing Labour regime of Keir Starmer will find it hard to be surprised at any depths to which the Starmeroids will stoop – but this might manage it.
Labour International CLP (constituency party) – believed to be the party’s biggest – incorporates all party members living outside the UK – and the right has already waged war on the left in the group, expelling sixteen of its elected officers on spurious grounds. But now the CLP’s former disabilities officer has been put under investigation by the party – for telling members about the death of a socialist poet.
Irish poet Kevin Higgins – well-known and hugely respected, and not only for his political integrity but for his massive contribution to the arts in Ireland – died tragically in January after a long fight against illness. He was only fifty-six years old. Higgins had been expelled from the Labour party, like many others, for standing up against the right-wing regime’s factional purge.
And a message in the CLP’s closed Facebook group, which Skwawkbox has obtained, attacks the latest Orwellian twist in the party machine’s unprincipled and cynical conduct – which extends beyond the inhumane attack on the former disabilities officer, including the use of fabricated ‘evidence’:
The factional axe has not only been ground, it is being wielded with unalloyed gusto. Not only have 16 officers of the LI Executive been subject to formal complaints that resulted in their expulsion, it now appears that the former CLP disabilities officer, #########, has been notified an investigation is pending, despite many years of unstinting faithful service to Labour International.
The appalling nature of the complaint begs the question — What does this say about Labour Party standards? Ordinary members have also been removed by the purge.
And now, even more sadly, if that is possible, most of you will know that #### ##########, the CLP vice chair and membership secretary has been a tireless stalwart who has for many years expended an incredible amount of time and effort helping branches and individual members.
The CLP should be delighted that they have someone like #### as a committed officer who should be commended for his continuous enthusiasm for the betterment of the CLP and his members. I hope you will be as saddened and angry as me that even though he is not a member of any faction, he is now being formally investigated.
That defies belief, given his many years of unparalleled hard work for the members of this CLP. Whoever is responsible for initiating the complaint should be willing to stand up publicly and explain not only why #### deserves to be investigated, but explain why it was necessary to provide fabricated “evidence”. Is this what is being done in the name of the Labour Party?
Sadly for what used to be a democratic party, the tactic by the right – of suspending or expelling popular left-wingers when elections or important selections approach – has been common ever since the mass purge to try to influence the outcome of Jeremy Corbyn’s second leadership election against him, a manoeuvre confirmed by the Forde Inquiry’s investigation.
As a fish rots from the head, so with Starmer’s Labour – and we are all hit by the stench.
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