Fake Labour: Starmer should know obsequious flag-waving and a haircut won’t fool voters

Fake: Jeremy Corbyn had authentic Labour policies; Keir Starmer has a flag, a haircut, and a face that looks more like Frank Spencer than Gavin Williamson’s.

A leaked internal strategy presentation suggests Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is hoping to win back voters with exaggerated patriotism, smart suits (and haircuts), and the exploitation of veterans.

There seems to be no suggestion that Starmer should try to present his hollowed-out sub-Tory party as actually standing for anything. “Labour” seems to be be nothing more than an old title that no longer has any significance at all.

The presentation itself is based on the findings of focus groups, showing that the general public no longer has any idea what – or who – Labour is supposed to represent and thinks that Starmer’s position on any subject is to sit on the fence.

And he’s considered to be the party’s “biggest positive driver”!

It seems Starmer is trying to find a way to present himself and his fake Labour as “authentic”. In short: it’s a blueprint for lying to the nation.

Obsequious flag-waving nationalism isn’t going to cut any mustard with Labour’s core voters, though – for reasons that Clive Lewis, an MP who served with the armed forces in Afghanistan, has made clear:

“It’s not patriotism; it’s Fatherland-ism. There’s a better way to build social cohesion than moving down the track of the nativist right.

“The Tory party has absorbed Ukip and now Labour appears to be absorbing the language and symbols of the Tory party.”

His critique is mild. Here are a few more:

And here’s an answer to the whole sorry mess:

Source: Leak reveals Labour plan to focus on flag and patriotism to win back voters | Labour | The Guardian

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4 thoughts on “Fake Labour: Starmer should know obsequious flag-waving and a haircut won’t fool voters

  1. Tony

    Progressive voters exist in every constituency.

    Labour alienates them at its peril. It would not take many of them to switch to other parties to stop Labour gaining a seat. It may even lose seats that it already holds.

    The problem that the Labour Party has is that, when in office, it spent money on the wrong things such as wars and maintaining a ridiculously high level of military spending, one of the highest in the world.

    And so many people did not see the benefits of supporting Labour. This helped to create the housing shortage. This means that Labour became vulnerable to the idea that it spent too much or that it spent the money ineffectively. As a result, confidence in Labour to run the economy well is undermined.

    That is why Labour is doing badly.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      So you’re saying Centrist Labour now is doing badly because of Centrist Labour in the Blair/Brown years?

      Poetic justice, I’d say.

      The problem is that we had a chance to have Socialist Labour in the Corbyn years, but that was torpedoed by people’s recollection of those Centrist (by which I mean right-wing, let’s not forget) Labour mistakes while in government, and also by centrists in the party machinery who backstabbed Jeremy Corbyn for years.

  2. Martyn Meacham

    Starmer should drape himself in the flag of Israel,after all he puts the interests of that fascist apartheid Israeli regime’s interests over and above that of Britain and the British people.

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