Keir the Abstainer strikes again: he’ll ensure new Covid tiers happen despite threatened Tory rebellion

Last Updated: December 1, 2020By Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Johnson and Starmer: sadly, a more appropriate image would have them both facing in the same direction.

Who was it greeted Starmer’s election as Labour leader by saying, “Finally, a real opposition”?

Those words ring hollow now.

Once again, Starmer is supporting the worst Conservative government, possibly in UK history.

And this time, he’s doing it when even Tories are threatening to rebel.

Here’s the Guardian:

The prime minister is to announce new one-off discretionary funding paid to councils for “wet” pubs and bars which cannot open under the strictest new tier restrictions for England, the Guardian understands.

Starmer will tell his MPs he does not believe Labour should directly oppose the measures because of the need to keep control of the virus. But he will say that, by abstaining, the party can signal that the financial support for hospitality businesses is inadequate.

Coronavirus measures … have become deeply unpopular with [Johnson’s] MPs. On Monday, the environment secretary, George Eustice, acknowledged that up to 100 MPs could rebel.

So, by abstaining, Starmer is showing more support for Boris Johnson than that terrible Tory PM’s own MPs. He has even said he wants to support Johnson…

… But he is refraining from doing so because he wants to curry favour among the hospitality sector and with those who support it.

Nonsense. If he wanted to support the hospitality industry, he’d be joining Tory rebels in voting down the new system in favour of one that provides proper relief.

Twitter knows what’s going on:

Starmer’s latest PR campaign states, “Labour is standing up for Britain.”

How? By lying down and letting Johnson walk all over him?

Source: Labour to abstain in vote on Covid tiers as Tories threaten to rebel | World news | The Guardian

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  1. SteveH December 1, 2020 at 1:11 am - Reply

    Given that the SNP and LibDems will also be abstaining there is no realistic possibility of the Tories losing the vote. The brave little Tory CRG rebels can now demonstrate how they are standing up for the whoever confident in the knowledge that the Tories won’t suffer a defeat.
    There will be nowhere to hide, the Tory chaos and splits will be there on display for all to see.

    • SteveH December 3, 2020 at 7:34 am - Reply

      The outcome seems to support what I’ve said above

      • Mike Sivier December 5, 2020 at 11:57 am - Reply

        It supports what I said in the article.

        • stevedavidh December 5, 2020 at 1:17 pm - Reply

          Mike – I’m quite happy for other readers to make their own judgement.

  2. Stu December 1, 2020 at 2:31 am - Reply

    This was the perfect opportunity to stike a blow and also support the UK.
    Starmer the plant and colaborator has turned the Labour Party into a Tory doormat – shameful !

  3. patrick dunlop December 1, 2020 at 9:01 am - Reply

    hello. Could you look into whether the wealthy people who own much of the UK fish industry and whose control might be a blocking issue in UK/EU trade talks are also Conservative Party donors. Here is the, the names are at the bottom. Thank you.

    • Mike Sivier December 5, 2020 at 11:55 am - Reply

      I’ll try when I get some time. Thanks for contacting me with this.

  4. Ray December 1, 2020 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Stammer once a Tory alway`s a Tory,he needs removing ASAP.

  5. Zippi December 1, 2020 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    He’s utterly useless! Come to think of it, none of them instils me with confidence. Individual M.P.s are worthy of praise but the parties are rubbish, all of them!

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