I've just signed this open letter to the Labour leadership candidates. I don't want Labour's policy on reproductive rights dictated by the Vatican, thanks. https://t.co/DCqEoa9Bgg— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) 17 January 2020
Long-Bailey has since committed herself to the open letter signed by Mason, but the row was already unleashed and Mason was vilified by many who would have previously been comrades. Our Twitter account was blocked by Mason a long time ago, but now he's begun blocking those from his own side, including Aaron 'Boring' Bastani.
I’ve been blocked by @paulmasonnews - he’s confirming today what many have been saying for 18 months. Politically he’s completely lost the plot. He’s not on the left and has spent the last year undermining and discrediting the Labour leadership. A prat and, today, a bigot.— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) January 17, 2020
Dear @UKLabour Roman Catholics in Britain will not forget the vile bigoted attack launched by Paul Mason on #RLB4Leader and by extension all Catholic voters. Nor that you did nothing about it. #LabourLeadershipElection pic.twitter.com/RlXJkDj1lu— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) January 17, 2020
Paul Mason's attempt to paint Rebecca Long-Bailey as a stooge of the Vatican exposes all contenders in the Labour leadership race. His portrayal of all Catholics as taking orders from the Pope is identical to the conspiracy theory all Jews back Israel. Time to expel Paul Mason?— Tom Delargy #StopKeirStarmer (@derekrootboy) January 17, 2020
Big thanks to Paul Mason for defending progressive values, pluralism and women's rights by...lashing out and accusing the Catholic Rebecca Long-Bailey of dual loyalty to the Vatican after your favourite candidate, the misogynist Clive Lewis, was eliminated— Jacqueline Wohl (@guessweredone) January 17, 2020
I’ve reported you for Religious Bigotry Mason and I can guarantee you that you have broken Twitter rules. You’ve got an appropriate surname by the way and #Labour must expel you too. https://t.co/LNd8HwaxdH— Tim O'Seery (@seery_o) January 18, 2020
Labour's new leader won't be announced until April 4, so we have almost two and a half months of fun and games like this as Labour tears itself apart. Glorious!