Starmer’s shadow cabinet team wins approval from a raving Tory anti-Semite

Champagne socialist: Keir Starmer got himself elected on a raft of socialist promises, but they seem to be false pretences as he has promoted only Blairites and hard-right-wingers to his shadow cabinet.

Oh dear. Keir Starmer hasn’t put a foot right since he was elected Labour leader.

His latest move has been to finish appointing the members of his shadow cabinet – and it is almost entirely formed of Blairite right-wingers.

Labour socialists have been scandalised at the appointment of Wes Streeting, Jess Phillips and Stephen Kinnock to shadow ministerial roles.

More damning for Starmer, perhaps, is the support he has received at a time when he is trying to claim some credibility for fighting anti-Semitism. Consider this:

The comment itself is nonsense. Osborne knows that if Boris Johnson can weather the coronavirus crisis that he created for himself, the remainder of his five-year term will be plain sailing with a compliant right-winger pretending to lead the opposition.

Worse is the fact that Osborne commissioned, published and promoted one of the most grossly blatant pieces of anti-Semitism any of us have seen in recent years – referring to Ed Miliband’s return to the shadow cabinet:

People of good conscience have been repelled by Starmer’s choices, pointing to Osborne’s endorsement:

It seems many are cancelling their membership of Labour, adding to those who walked out after Starmer won his election last weekend:

On the subject of “no opposition” from Jeremy Corbyn, I find this most illuminating:

Some have advocated remaining in the Labour Party – because no new party could gain enough support to topple the Tories and it is better to stay and try to mitigate the damage being caused by Starmer.

This Writer can’t argue with that; I joined Labour in 2010 to help bring it back to genuine Labour values. I didn’t do too badly – until I got pushed out on a false claim of – guess what? – anti-Semitism, of course.

But it is clear that, until Starmer quits as leader – or is defeated in a leadership challenge – the Labour Party, as it should be, is dead.

Source: Starmer boosts Labour’s right with shadow ministerial jobs – LabourList

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  1. Mark Cunliffe April 10, 2020 at 1:17 am - Reply

    I’m so close to leaving, but I genuinely don’t know if I should. I cannot bear what he’s done in just one week. I’m sick of the ‘just give him a chance’ retorts on line because when you recruit Blairite after Blairite, you’re out of chances. And yet, this is not their party, it is mine. Surely walking away is what they want? Didn’t the leaked memo actually gloat about the likely exodus of socialists? If I do leave, I’d still vote Labour because even a Red Tory is better than a 100% True Blue Tory (just about) but as to being a card carrying member…it’s a quandry. Thoughts anyone?

    • Richard I. Crawford April 10, 2020 at 5:24 am - Reply

      I have left, but then, I am old enough to see this happen last time around, with Kinnochıo. My own view is that the Labour Party is institutionally corrupt. MPs are paid so much that they have they have no motivation to bring in other than token reforms. Blairite identity politics has killed the party, too. So we here that Jess Phillips “ran women’s refuges”, like she is some latter day Erin Pizzey, but, in fact she comes from a business family.

      I can be a rich millionaire, and, as long as I am not white, I can expect a warm welcome. That said, Corbyn has a fortune at three million, Starmer at four. If you look at Obama, the story is the same. What the owners want is a safe pair of hands who will let the capitalists and the militarists do their thing, if the official executive committee completely screws up, like the Tories in the 90s or Bush over the war.

      Just out of curiosity, go on Wikipedia and look up a handful of Labour MPs. Most will have family in the political business. It’s all cronyism ad epotism. Few will have done a proper job or remotely be considered working class. All that disappeared in the 1980s.

      Well, I must be off. I am taking tea with Sir Kier at Margaret Hodge’s place. Mark Regev is supposed to bring some babka.

      • Mike Sivier April 10, 2020 at 11:52 am - Reply

        When you say Corbyn has £3 million, is that not his earnings over around 30 years as an MP? What about his outgoings during that time?

    • kateuk April 10, 2020 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t left, and the more left wingers actually stay in the party the more influence we will have on policy.

      • Red Star April 10, 2020 at 12:30 pm - Reply

        @kateuk – but all the left wingers AND a left wing leadership didn’t get us anywhere, did it ? Because basically unless you remove the corrupt parts of the PLP and the party machine, you dont stand a chance.

        Add to that the probability that there will be a purge of left wing members in the near future (disguised as “rooting out anti-semitism”).

    • Julia April 10, 2020 at 11:43 am - Reply

      That is exactly how I am feeling. A real quandary.

      It has been so heartbreaking over the past few years to watch the most honourable man (and I mean the proper use of the word honourable) being smeared and sabotaged by the Tories and Media, but even worse by those in his own party.

      How am I now supposed to support a Party whose Leader on the very the day of his election, wrote an obviously pre-prepared grovelling apology to an organisation prominent amongst those smearing Corbyn. Let alone what has happened in the week since…….

  2. Aelfy April 10, 2020 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I left, can’t stand any more disappointments to be honest, and am in two minds as to whether I should just stop voting. Yeah I am that depressed.

  3. Red Star April 10, 2020 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    “Open Letter to Keir Starmer from a newly resigned member of the Labour Party” – letter from Bronagh Wilson, posted on Tony Greenstein’s Blog – articulates what I’m sure many of us are feeling wonderfully.

    (You’ll need to scroll down quite a way to get to the actual letter, due to Greenstein’s rather long preamble – although it is interesting stuff…0

  4. John Hadwin April 11, 2020 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    This is crazy! There must have been a dozen times over the past fifty years when I’ve been horrified by some Labour policies, comments and appointments. But we won’t change the party by leaving it! Tony Benn carried on to tight his corner; that’s what Jeremy is going to do, to try to keep the party socialist. Are you deserters salving your consciences at the expense of the very people you were trying to help? Many of my friends left after Iraq. That means they weren’t members when Jeremy stood Were they right???

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