The cybernats were a major feature of both the Scottish independence referendum and the general election. I am speaking here of SNP supporters who would take to all forms of social media, once there denouncing anyone who didn’t feel and think exactly the same way they did as a “traitor” or worse, a “Tory”. Not surprisingly I suppose, Corbyn supporters have gathered on the Internet to do much the same to those who dare to question the supremacy of St. Jeremy. By the way, I desperately wanted to come up with something catchy to call these people but sadly, inspiration has eluded me. We’ll just have to call them the Corbyn cyber trolls for the being, until someone at the Indy or the Telegraph hits on something better.
Anyhow, what to say about the CCTs? Their vitriol is fairly humorous when contrasted with their leader’s serene public persona. They are notably scatological, even by the standards of social media. But none of that interests me enough to want to write about them. No, what I’d like to talk about is how the CCTs – and here is where we begin to find sharp contrast with the cybernats, which I’ll come onto next – are in the main only helping to destroy the party whose values they claim to champion, and by extension, the leader they love so much.
Whatever else you can say about cybernats, their targeting and messaging made sense in context – paint Labourites as “red Tories” and the SNP as the only politically viable option for Scotland. Of course, they were also trying to get people to buy into independence, which didn’t work in the end, but let’s put aside victories and defeats for a moment. The point is, the political targetting made genuine sense.
Looking at Corbyn’s cyber trolls, they tend to attack the same people and messaging as cybernats – people on the centre and right of the Labour Party, or anyone critical of their goals from the centre-left. They spend no time, really, going after Tories – particularly as most Tories are broadly supportive of Jeremy becoming the leader of the Labour Party. So unlike the cybernats, who attacked the SNP’s political enemies, the CCTs are actually attacking their own base – their own party. Perhaps this is just a feature of the leadership contest, you may retort, but I don’t think so. The whole Corbynmania thing has let too much pent up anger out of the bottle. In fact, I think attacks on Labour people and centre-leftists in general who don’t fall into line once Corbyn is installed will probably get worse post-contest.
What’s particularly bad is the messaging itself. Everyone who does not support Corbyn is a Tory by their logic. So if you think nationalisation is bad? – Tory. Any pursuit of fiscal responsibility? – Tory. Think re-opening the coal mines would be foolhardy nostalgia, not to mention bad for the environment? – Tory. The people who will be most glad to hear all of this will be, of course, the Tories, who would love nothing more than to have the far-left yelling day and night about how anyone who isn’t a Corbynista is in actually fact a Tory.
You know things are bad when one is forced to using cybernats as a positive example. But here we are, folks.