The paranoia and the hatred coming from some of Bernie Sanders's more unhinged supporters may bear some resemblance, but it is as nothing compared to the vitriol that has been washing round the left of British politics over the past year. That is largely for two reasons: a) Bernie Sanders, for all his faults, is nothing like as hard-left as Jeremy Corbyn; b) many of the most vocal of Corbyn's supporters are graduates of other left-wing political cults like the Socialist Workers Party.
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I also live part of the year in the UK. Corbyn is no saint in this matter. He may have been threatened but, unlike the politicians mentioned here, he is the leader of his party, and this is something that happens to all party leaders. And unlike Corbyn, those MPs do not get police protection unless they are threatened. It is, however, very noticeable that the climate of public debate has got much worse since Jeremy Corbyn has become leader and the great bulk of the intimidation and threats are coming from his supporters, not his detractors - after all, this kind of behavior is pretty run of the mill on the far left where many of his supporters come from. It's only noticed now because this is the first time Britain has had a major party leader from the far left.
Were he not Jeremy Corbyn, but a decent leader and manager of people, he would feel that he had some sort of responsibility toward those under him. Instead, as we saw with Ruth Smeeth MP and the Wallasey Labour Party, he has gone out of his way to encourage their abusers. It is notable that Conservative, Liberal Democrat and SNP MPs do not get anything like the abuse that non-far-left Labour MPs get - this is a problem that stems from the far-left against its worst enemy: social democrats. And tweets of homophobic (directed at e.g. Angela Eagle MP) and antisemitic (directed at e.g. Luciana Berger MP) abuse and threats of rape (directed at e.g. Jess Phillips MP) are there in public for all to see without the MPs having to go to journalists who watch MPs' Twitter accounts.
As for making members pay for their votes to be counted, that is the general rule in political parties. As for "kicking members out," again, most political parties require you to have been a member for several months before you are allowed to do things like vote for who should be leader. Offices have been shut down where the party has decided that its rules have been broken. A political party is, after all, a private organization and entitled to do that. I note you have no complaint about the party's main office in Wales, where, workers have been told to stay away from work for fear of intimidation by Corbyn supporters.
I am old enough to remember when Michael Foot, who was also well to the left of most of the PLP, was endlessly criticized for his clothes, his hobbies and his behavior at ceremonies - I missed Corbyn's tears, but there again, I only saw the live streaming and the photographs from the "Zionist MSM" which showed him to be dry-eyed. But somehow Michael Foot remained capable of acting as a leader to his colleagues who gave him their confidence until the general election. (Corbyn, meanwhile, continues to demand his "mandate be respected" despite having a) demanded annual elections for leaders in the past and b) lost the confidence of 80% of his colleagues. Indeed, there is no reason to suppose that should Labour go down to the expected heavy defeat at the next general election - Labour is currently 11 points behind the Tories in the polls, which usually underestimate Tory support - and the PLP numbers be drastically reduced, that Corbyn would feel that such a result would be any cause for his resignation. Anyway, at least Corbyn's supporters will be able to comfort themselves that the PLP will be somewhat smaller than it is now.) Complaints about the "crucifixion of JC" - and it's not if so Cameron, Farage, Ed Milliband and many other leaders have not faced the same - indicates a failure to understand a vital truth of democratic politics the world over: if you want the press to be a "safe space," then it's not going to happen when you're the leader of a major party. And if you're unhappy with that, then what you want is Erdogan's politics, not that associated with parliamentary democracy.
The Telegraph is a Tory newspaper but it is still perhaps the most thorough newspaper for coverage of domestic British politics. It was the Telegraph that broke the expenses scandal and brought Lutfur Rahman to national attention. Besides, if you read the Twitter accounts of its political reporters and columnists, you will find that many of them are not Conservatives.
I'm not sure where you get the idea that anti-Corbyn sections of the PLP view CLPs "as thugs to a man." There have been no closures in my constituency or any of the adjoining ones, where there are both pro- and anti-Corbyn Labour MPs, all of whom get on well with their constituency parties.
As for criticizing Tories for their associations with Saudi Arabia, glass houses and stones come to mind, but it's nice to see a "raging communist" who thinks it's actually worth having a go at someone who isn't supposedly on their side for once.
Two people have been jailed for racist and murderous abuse of Luciana Berger MP - one, last year, was a neo-Nazi; the other, last week, was a Corbyn-supporter. It's indicative of the state of British politics right now.