In my view over the past few years we have seen the development of a sort of a melding of right-wing outrage culture and political correctness as a weapon to be wielded against those who are not initiated into the latest form of what is considered to be acceptable dispassionate discourse. In many cases right-wing politicians are not even using ill considered words by frustrated and desperate people against them, they are simply arguing that because they in X group are being criticised or slighted in some way then the criticism is about X group rather than, for example, policy. I think that what we are seeing, or at least the extent of it, is something new. It reminds me a lot of the identity politics of student union politicians who by and large have made pretty effective use of it albeit within a very limited and increasingly irrelevant subculture of a subculture. Here are some examples of what I mean: Tory minister Esther McVey calls on Ed Miliband to condemn 'sexist' campaign against her after she was branded a 'murderer' who is 'going to hell' by rivals As Jeremy Corbyn was anointed leader, not one female voice was heard Victimhood also seems to be a strong component of this. Take for example this public airing of victimhood on twitter In that twitter thread a number of Progress MPs are complaining about a letter that was sent to them for abstaining on the financial pledge which has been posted up to imply that somehow Jeremy Corbyn is guilty by association, the implication being that the worst example they can find by a Corbyn supporter can be extrapolated as being representative of his supporters generally. It is clearly part of a joint communication strategy to undermine Corbyn through a series of right-wing MPs publicly parading victim status. I noticed that this tactic seemed to begin to be used on a widespread basis in the run up to the Scottish referendum but it is now being used against supporters of the Labour leader.