I don't know what to make of the story that MPs (or one MP in particular) are/is trying to heavy bloggers with links the Labour Party. If it is true, and there seems to be a conviction amongst people that I respect that it is true, then it is not only politically wrong, but also stupid. It would reflect an arrogance in the caucus far in excess of that to which I have alluded here, and a lack of judgement of monumental proportions. Witch-hunts are the stuff of the Inquisition or the Stasi, not of modern Social Democracy. I would hope, if it proved to be the case, to hear that Mr Shearer had spoken out against such behaviour.
We agree wholeheartedly with Robert's sentiment. If a moderate, sensible and considered blogger such as Robert Winter is criticising Labour for this crude attempt at censorship, we would suggest that something is seriously wrong within the party.
Whether this is a single Labour MP trying to make a point, or whether this clumsy attempt at intimidation is supported by a larger group within Labour's caucus and National Council it is totally unacceptable, and Labour's respective leaders (David Shearer and Moira Coatsworth) need to nip it in the bud swiftly and publicly.