You could not make it up. Labour has instituted a ban on aggressive speech by its members. Transgressors will be banned from participating in the impending leadership election.
But the Left see this as grossly unfair.
According to the News Statesman website:
“NEC guidelines leaked to the Morning Star on Thursday seem to show that supporter applications to the Labour party could be blocked if the applicant has publicly used the words “traitor”, “scum”, or “scab” to describe “any candidate, any Labour representative, or any other member”. This could, in theory, include any public social media post. “
The site goes on to say:
“Left-wing sites have responded furiously to the move, arguing that the choice of these words unfairly targets the Left of the party.”
So left-wingers are complaining that Labour are restricting their ‘right’ to be abusive and intimidating to other party members.
The implication is that abuse of the kind described is actually a normal standard of civilised political discourse.
But, hey, that’s socialism for you. Millions of its victims across the world can’t be wrong.