As I explained a few hours ago, Harriet Harman knows she cannot get away with stealing £3 from those she encouraged to vote in the Labour leadership contest only to tell them after they did so that she invented rules to disqualify them without telling anyone. Lawyers must have told her what she threatened to do in her interview with Shaun Ley on BBC Radio4 this afternoon is totally illegal. Her intimidation is a calculated threat to stop people even asking for their money back. If the Shadow Cabinet don’t force her to resign immediately, the entire leadership of the party is a joke. But there’s even more to her omnishambles than that.
On the World at One, Labour’s acting leader said she is paying people to work 23 hours a day, four days a week going through records kept by local party activists to weed out tens of thousands who have paid £3, passing information between the national leadership and local parties. Is it not obvious that everyone involved in this massive undertaking will need to be questioned about exactly how rigorous their record-keeping is?
How does Harriet Harman or her spies in the locality know when a member of one party has quit to become available to join another party? Is it possible that Harriet Harman is working hand-in-glove with Home Secretary Theresa May who pays MI5, Special Branch and GCHQ to spy on Jeremy Corbyn MP, Diane Abbot MP, Doreen Lawrence and god know how many of the rest of us? Is that how Harriet Harman is so confident she can determine when every individual has left their party? And if that’s not how Labour is vetting the right of individuals to vote, then when will they spill the beans as to the precise nature of their intrusion into the lives of tens of thousands who were conned into paying £3 on one basis only to have their private lives investigated by Harriet Harman, votes stolen, and their money also stolen?
Harriet Harman managed to reduce her entire Shadow Cabinet to an unfunny joke when they all sat on their hands while the Scottish National Party’s 56 MP, and others, showed the heart, brains and spine to vote against David Cameron’s 24% mandate, an illegitimate ‘mandate’ to impose a Welfare Bill that humiliates rape victims, drives the poor – disproportionately ethnic minorities – into the kind of poverty that creates prostitution, drug addition, petty crime and jail (inevitably), suicide and severe mental illness. How dare the Shadow Cabinet stab their own voters in the back like this. And now Harriet Harman is adding insult to injury with her ballot-rigging, large-scale theft and breaching of the Data Protection Act (presumably) and contempt for basic civil liberties. When will she do the decent thing and resign?