In a heart rending story, left-leaning blog the Skwawkbox reported how Labour have shamefully expelled a 70 year old member with a confirmed diagnosis of bi-polar disorder for a single tweet during a manic episode. A barrister, Duncan Shipley-Dalton has confirmed that this is likely unlawful under the EA 2010 and I agree. As it happens I have a knowledge of political party disciplinary case law and consider that there is also likely a claim in contract law. In this article, I have been sufficiently moved to expand on the barrister’s opinion and offer to help for free.
Some angry judges. What might happen if this went to court.
Firstly, I agree with the barrister that the conduct is indirect discrimination and in any event as he says the current rule book confers no such power. However, I would add that if it did, it would likely fall foul of –
Where expulsions from political parties are litigated, there is also case law requiring clubs and other such organisations to follow their own rules, for example, Lee v Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain  2 QB 329. I also observe that it is particularly disturbing if Labour are using a bot on either Twitter or Facebook to expel people.
The recent elections to the Labour Party National Executive Committee mark a decisive and critical turning point in UK Labour’s destiny. If (or as is looking likely, when) the NEC falls under the sway of the Jeremy Corbyn supporting left all of the last bulwarks of Blairite and centrist resistance will suddenly begin to dissolve. This will leave one of the UK’s two largest parties further under the control of its leader, who has bitterly attacked US President Trump for “pandering to racism”.
The sun is going down for the Right of Labour and it is time for them to go.
The British Labour Party, once led by Tony Blair, has long had a byzantine structure. At the bottom are the members, divided into “branches” along the lines of County Council seats. Each Branch has a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer and sends delegates to their “Constituency Labout Party” (CLP), which has an executive committee, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and a plethora of other roles.
Together, these institutions select the Labour candidates for Parliament, Mayoral elections and city councils. This is the UK equivalent of a primary election. Much like Ace Ventura’s medallion of spiritual enlightenment or a voluntary Wikipedia role, the tiny amounts of power handed out are almost worthless. In reality selections, especially for Parliamentary seats, are closely supervised by regional and national officials. Real power is carefully concentrated above whilst activists below are given only its illusion. Continue reading
Just a brief note. I have seen some people, even some people I like stretch too far in the direction of hate speech. I have a much stricter definition of hate speech than the left, who now include essentially anything they disagree with. However, it is one thing to be pessimistic about the future and another to sound like you want a new holocaust.
When the term alt-Right was first used, it was for scepticism towards speech controls, extreme political correctness and reckless immigration policies. It has drifted to the extreme right effectively including Nazism and I repudiate it completely. Their remains a new right that represents a modern Conservative thought without the extremism and that is where I stand.
The same applies to publications. As put, alt-Hero is a brilliant satire intended to rile up the far left. It was sold on a promise of apolitical, “storylines not social justice”. I will read it with an open mind – other Castalia House books have been good. However, if it were to go too far I would simply not buy the followup or merchandise.
In the latest epic Twitter fail, the ailing social network disabled the US President’s account for 11 minutes. It was restored later and the network claimed the outage was due to an employee on their last day. The lack of professionalism speaks for itself.
Twitter – Like Someone Crashed a Clown Car Into a Gold Mine!
The negative experiences of Trump and other Right-wingers on Twitter mirror my own. In 2016 I was temporarily suspended from Twitter. After legal correspondence, they unsuspended me but after various further Twitter fails I deleted my accounts. Subsequently, trolls impersonated me using my old names and I had to make further legal threats to get them banned.
Twitter also did not even act in a timely fashion to ban an account claiming to represent the ‘Child Porn Captial[sic] of the Internet’ until I and others put in media inquiries (including my threat to have Jack Dorsey personally served with legal documents and to invite Breitbart to photograph said delivery).
Twitter is not the only option – there are new games in town including social media network Gab, which has repeatedly and unfairly been accused of being a platform for white supremacists but which in fact hosts a growing and diverse community. Gab still has a way to go of course, like any social media network. I would like to see Andrew Torba and Vox Day reconcile.
If Trump were to move to Gab, praising the social network for its diverse voices, he would cause a massive influx of users to Gab and a crash in Twitter stock prices.
Why not let him know? Gab users who would like the President to join them can drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the form here (ideally, both).