Who is the real cyberbully?
Bryce Edwards has written a piece on the latest spat in the Labour Party civil war.
Labour has so many factions now that it is hard to keep up. But the gist of the latest spat are allegations that Clare Curran has made complaints and is cyberbullying some bloke from within the party who comments online anonymously.
Overshadowing this is another allegation Red Alert and Labour MP's are attempting to flush out anonymous commenters through information harvested off Red Alert.
I am losing interest at that point in the same way you do when two sparrows are outside your bedroom in a bird bath at 6am picking feathers off each other. You just wish a useful cat would come to the rescue of your ears and kill off both of them.
So who here is the real cyberbully?
Curran (or others) allegedly making this complaint?
Or deliberately anonymous commenters and bloggers at The Standard making hundreds of completely unaccountable comments and posts a week aimed at MP's on their own side?
Freedom of speech in my view must be balanced at least with the natural justice of knowing who is accusing or potentially defaming you. Surely?
Labour MP's have been subject online this past few months to a kicking from their own that has been a joy to watch. From the right. Most of these people would not have the guts to say it to the MP's faces.
If The Standard contributors are hell bent on exercising freedom of speech, is it any wonder Labour are not now taking some action and a) finding out who these people are, and b) staring them down?
Bring on the cat.
Cathy Odgers is a Hong Kong lawyer. She blogs as Cactus Kate.