Hide your kids: those dastardly undemocratic reds are coming again! The front page of one Murdoch outlet today carries wild reports of “Moderates forced out by hard left in Labour purge”.
What has actually happened is this: Labour is choosing candidates to stand as councillors in next year’s local elections. In some cases, members have democratically decided that some sitting councillors should face an open contest. This happened automatically until a rule change last year. Calculating that they will lose to a leftwing alternative, some have stood down. Others have lost. This is not a “purge”. This is what is known as “democracy”.
It’s a classic piece of the Trot methods.
Some half a dozen of the committed meet first to decide the agenda for a meeting, decide upon who the candidate is going to be. Only then does the wider interest group get presented with a hoice. In that manner the small group manages to control the process.