After it was discovered at the St Ann's Labour Party selection candidate selection meeting that there were people present and voting who should not have been, I came home from the pub (where I'd heard about it) and wrote this article. It has subsequently been edited by site admins to remove the names of people who were embarrassed or in the final case where a journalist said it was potentially libellous. Well here I will attempt to summarise what we have subsequently found out and hopefully take people's attention away from my original appalling rant.
*An individual has asked that their name be replaced with their function in this post on the grounds that they are not seeking public office. This has been done.
John, I think there's a lesson here about the merits of (IMO the excessively brief) Twitter, versus the ability to develop an argument on a wider canvas, such as on HoL.
Thus, if one were engaged in dirty or corrupt politics, then one might be described as filthy, or at least filthy in that respect. Its best not to personalise matters more than necessary. It shouldn't be confused with bathing frequency. However, if one grapples with another covered in tar, some of it could transfer to oneself.
This is a dirty business.
Unless your tweets were addressed to him in person I don't see how they can say you were harassing him. You have not " imposed unwanted communications and contacts upon him "
If he chose to read them that's his problem.
However, best to play it safe, Well done for everything so far.
I "mentioned" him, he doesn't follow me and I don't follow him. Although the tweets that he has sent @owenjones84 makes him a bit of a hypocrite really.
David Lammy just blocked me. Correction, someone in his office blocked me.
This is an utter scandal. Please let us know what we can do to help.
I am a former Labour party activist - I was election organiser in St Anne's when Bernie was first elected. I can never vote Tory, and after the ConDem alliance would find it very difficult to vote lib-dem. Yet, I now find myself in an impossible position, despite being in Harringay ward I will find it very difficult to vote Labour locally.
I think that other decent Labour councillors and candidates need to publicly distance themselves from the local leadership who are clearly allowing this corruption to take place.
Surely a national/London newspaper will now be interested in this story?
John M and Phil K: Well well. So you two were getting together in a group of more than one. To discuss and protest against a vote-rigged Labour candidate selection!
Worse still, seems you may be secret followers of that well known agitator Ed Miliband. Who's had the insolence to make a fiery speech in the Kings Place itself! - about Citizen Power; Access to Information; giving voice as well as choice; and other dangerous and entirely out-of-date ideas.
I'd say a clear breach of the Combination Acts of 1799, 1800 and 1825. Transportation to the Antipodes for you lads. Botany Bay. Or somewhere even further east.
You can discuss it with Ed when we round-up all three of you.
Transportation to the Antipodes for you lads. Botany Bay. Or somewhere even further east.
(Alan: please note that UK convicts were sent to Australia. It was only pioneers who chose to set out for New Zealand (Aotearoa). I learnt only last week that no convicts were sent to South Australia, I think it was only New South Wales, including Botany Bay).
I thought that it was only the NKVD* that made night visits on quasi-political matters?
There's been a real lack of political leadership. It is clear that months later, this matter has not gone away. As time passes, it won't get easier for someone to get a grip on.
*Narodnyy Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del
(Народный комиссариат внутренних дел)
Clive, Thanks for the detailed corrections and thoughtful and fascinating footnotes added to my political joke.
You see, it's possible to say something in under 140 characters.
Although it doesn't work so well if you always try to squeeze as many words as will fit into the last few lines as you possibly can.
Alan, why do you want to Expa triate them east towards us in Philip Lane to the Botany Bay. That pub is now an independant supermarket that was allowed to destroy a lovely building with its unauthorized plastic signage and ugly metal shutters.
I suppose it is the same thing that's happening shutters, ugly...
You should counter claim against him for harassment in sending the police round to lean on you
I will. I've searched through my tweets and I never referred to him as filth which is the main complaint. They have mixed me up with someone else. The officer is back on duty at 2pm and will call me back.
Although I would like someone with a better understanding of English than me to explain how the word hassling can be synonymous with the word harassing.
People resort to desperate means when you are beginning to touch a raw nerve and the pressure is being felt and they get hot under the collar. Or when defending themself openly in public would confirm facts and condemn them.