Ayesha Hazarika makes some very good points.
https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comm ... 1563975044
Of the two new leaders announced this week, it wasn’t Boris Johnson who ignited the wrath of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters. It turns out that being a young, moderate woman with a political past and a potentially bigger future is far worse.
Corbyn’s influential social media cheerleaders and army of Twitter supporters exploded into action with a rage normally reserved for complaints about anti-Semitism or when Rory Stewart goes rambling. I made the schoolgirl error of congratulating Jo Swinson and making a few factual observations, and ended up in what’s known as a “pile on”: where people gang up on you on Twitter to call you useless, mean, heartless, stupid, fat, ugly and, worse… a Blairite.
If I wanted that kind of thing, I would go home to visit my parents — in Glasgow not India, obvs. I was even told to “decolonise” my timeline by a posh young white woke woman, which is ironic given that her ancestors probably lorded it over mine back in the day.
Labour politics is such blast. It’s clear that the leadership and their propogandists were lashing out because they are rattled. And they’re right to be. Yes, the Lib Dems joined forces with the Tories during the coalition years and they paid a price for that at the 2015 general election. But if you look at how people voted in the European and local elections and the latest polls, it appears that the British public may have now forgiven them and rewarded them for their early, clear stance against Brexit.
The Labour Party must do more than attack the past, especially when Brexit is the issue of the day. And how aggressively negative are we going to get? Someone tweeted me “why don’t you just F off and join the Lib Dems?” The problem is, comrade, many former Labour members and voters are doing just that. I feel like I’m the last one standing! And as we’ve seen from Donald Trump’s playbook, over-the-top personal attacks on popular young female politicians don’t always go so well.
Don't give me the Star Trek crap. it's too early in the morning.
Dave Lister, philosopher.