To go into the full details would take far more time and energy than we have today. You can read The Standard's perspective here, and Dunedin-based blogger Pete George names a suspect here. And in The Standard thread, Colonial Viper (with whom we have clashed on occasion) said this:
If this allegation is correct, and if it is Clare Curran who is cyber-bullying Labour Party members who express their opinions online it is crass stupidity on her behalf. Ms Curran is a self-claimed communications expert. However attempts to censor dissenting opinion are anything but expert, and suggest an ever-widening gap between factions within the Labour Party's membership and elements of the Labour Party caucus.
We are often critical of The Standard. On this occasion however we stand alongside those who have felt the need to withdraw from online comment due to intimidation. This is not a Left/Right issue; it is something on which the blogosphere should be united.
We agree with Pete George. Clare Curran needs to answer these allegations against her made not by right-wing bloggers but from the very people she purports to represent; Labour Party members and activists. The right to free speech is fundamental to our democracy, and attempts by politicians to restrict it need to be brought out into the open.
FOOTNOTE: We must disclose a conflict on interest here. Clare Curran banned us from Red Alert in September 2011 for what we thought was an innocuous and opportunistic dig at Phil Goff's record on asset sales. When the ban was challenged by other commenters at Red Alert, she responded thus:
Jem and others: Inventory2 was banned for several reasons. He was personally offensive and he lied. A number of others who comment regularly in a similar vein are running close to the line and are on notice.
We reject those assertions totally. But let's just say that whilst we do not have a lot of time for Ms Curran, we believe that she has totally overstepped the mark if the allegations against her are correct.