Johanna Baxter, a Labour National Executive Committee member and Trade Union official, has been bombarded with abuse in Twitter for her role in deciding who can and cannot vote in the upcoming Leadership election.
The NEC has recently voted to exclude certain “entryists”, people who are joining as affiliated supporters in order to vote in the leadership election, from voting. Such voters disproportionately tipped the previous election in Corbyn’s favour.
Baxter was tweeted ‘”putting members first” eh? first in the gas chambers ?’
Another reply suggested that Labour members felt “like the Jews did in Nazi Germany”. Such a comparison is vastly irresponsible and downplays the extermination of six million European Jews who were murdered for nothing other than being Jewish; on the other hand, people are well within their rights to question the rise of antisemitism and intimidation within a political party without being subject to such hyperbole.
Another replied “your electoral rigging is particularly offensive to Palestinians because they know why”.
She also drew comparisons to Stalin’s purges.
Baxter had previously spoken of being pressured and harassed to support Corbyn’s automatic inclusion on the leadership ballot.
Woke up to this. I have no words. It is deeply, deeply offensive, particularly given my family history. pic.twitter.com/EDJZIsnaCJ
— Johanna Baxter (@JohannaBaxter) August 26, 2016