It’s Probably Not Trevor

The Standard Lynn Prentice’s hate blog are airing some dirty laundry from within the Labour Party.  This is popcorn time.  Irish Bill lets loose in the Civil War.

Word is that a senior Labour MP (who will go unnamed) has been lobbying National Council to put rules in place for party members who participate in the blogosphere. It appears they don’t like the idea that members might voice their concerns about the way their party is run. I can only assume that there would have to be some kind of a process whereby members who broke these rules would face a loss of membership or some other form of censure.

Then the follow-up

But rather than be that cynical, I’ll just stick to pointing out the fact that the Labour Party membership is the lowest it has been in the history of the party and that to try to introduce such a proscriptive and draconian policy would only encourage that number to sink even lower.

It’s also antithetical to every theory of organising in the modern age that I can think of. Almost without exception member and volunteer based organisations are opening up their discourse and flattening their hierarchy as they realise that in the age of social media people need to feel connected and that they have a voice if you want them to join your organisation and help build your cause. In this light, telling people that joining the party means shutting the f*ck up on the internet isn’t really a winner.

Let us have a guess here who the unnamed MP is.


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  • Pete George

    A couple of commenters have had a guess, possible, Clare has exercised censorship at Red Alert in her quest for open governance.

    It’s hugely ironic, last night lprent banned another Shearer supporter, for seven weeks which happens to be until just before the leadership vote in February.

    This will only escalate the war between activists at The Standard and Labour ‘leader’ship who show no sign of learning from repeated mistakes.

    Labour Caucus versus The Standard escalates.

  • nelson muntz

    Ha ha what a pack of retards.

  • Pissedoffyouth

    Is it CIndy?

    • Same gender, but I’d put my money on one of the Dunedin MP’s…

  • Pete George

    mikey77 has just commented:

    So what they are saying is “let’s be like the Standard and ban anyone who has a different opinion to us?”

    I wonder if they ban him for that.

    • Pissedoffyouth

      We don’t ban just for disagreeing, we ban if you break one of our rules “Rule #1 Communism is the only ism”

  • Gazzaw

    Is it Josef Stalin?

  • Their problem continues to be pretending that a party like labour only has one opinion on anything while at the same time constantly proving the opposite in messy spats that spill into the public.

    They need to stop being such a bunch of control freaks.

    Oh, right. What was I thinking?

  • This comment from Weka was interesting,

    “The other issue is would the new rules apply only to blogging? What about other media? No letters to the editor? No commenting in discussions online? No talking out loud at public meetings?”

    It reminded me of the ‘secret ballot’ in union meetings – no room for dissent.

  • unitedtribes

    The return of the Stasi

  • Pete George

    There could be something quite sinister going on within Labour. There are suggestions that bloggers are being identified and muzzled by Labour henchpeople – two (one very prominent) commenters at The Standard are bidding farewell in language that hints of some serious crap going on behind the scenes.

  • cows4me

    Liarbore, winning hearts and minds since 1916, ha ha ha ha fucking near fell off the seat. These idiots remind me of a cartoon of a guy cutting down a tree while perched on one of its branches and sawing away at the branch. Sounds like it’s just about time to send in the guys with the white coats.

  • Membership at an all time low.
    Activist side of the party hijacked by screaming nutters.
    Head office controlled by the poofs.
    Caucus dominated by aging has-beens determined to hang onto their perks.
    Unions have stolen control from poofs
    And the muzzling begins.

    Good times….

    • Gazzaw

      What are the chances of a really major rift in the party prior to the election Bill?

      • axeman

        When you have the Colonic Arsewiper activist nutjob involved then it is bound to happen.

  • Lion_ess

    A Party scared of the thoughts of its own members – how droll. Brings to mind a picture of rats and sinking ships

  • Whafe

    The Liabour Party is like a oil rig in the North Sea burning up, with no escape route….
    As always, NZ suffers because NZ needs a strong opposition, what we have is a pack of weak as piss polly’s who are about as flacid as a jellyfish…

    • blokeintakapuna

      jellyfish are useful though…