What a mess Keir Starmer is! Even when he gets the message, he refuses to act on it properly.
We’re told he is about to launch on a “policy blitz”, announcing what a future Labour government will do, after being roundly ridiculed over a briefing advising him to wear smart suits and rely on patriotism (“the last refuge of a scoundrel”).
Potentially, it is a good idea. Under his leadership, Labour has abandoned policy after policy until, today, it no longer stands for anything. People are sick of seeing Starmer either supporting the government or abstaining on major votes.
So he’ll be announcing Labour’s future direction of travel – the philosophy that fuels his politics and the practical ways he intends to bring it into effect in government. Right?
If the measures outlined in The Guardian‘s article are any yardstick, he’ll do nothing more than say what he’d do different from the Tories, now. Look:
An immediate focus will be financial support for business – particularly the hospitality sector – which Starmer will highlight has taken on unfeasibly high debts during the Covid-19 crisis.
Labour won’t have any power to help businesses until December 2024 at the earliest – by which time they may not need any support. Those that are under threat now will either have died or recovered!
It would be much better to provide an analysis of how Tory political dogma has failed the UK’s businesses – taking in not only the Covid crisis but also Brexit – and to put forward a positive plan to support existing industry and emerging commercial opportunities.
How will a Labour government support working people to get a better share of the profits from successful business enterprises? How will they stop the cash being bled out to tax havens by stockholders? How will they ensure working people can regain the rights they have lost since the 1970s?
It seems Starmer has nothing to say about these issues.
So the “source” who said the vaccine programme is relieving the immediate public health crisis, and
“That means we can start to focus on the bigger picture stuff and talk about systemic change,”
is not telling the truth.
But it is the “bigger picture stuff” that will win hearts and minds across the country – or alienate them.
All Starmer has offered so far is more of the same – support for Tory policies and for Tory incompetence. If he couldn’t tell that the Tories were wrong to reopen schools, then he doesn’t deserve the confidence of the public.
The Tories have failed – not just under Boris Johnson’s government of corruption but under Theresa May and David Cameron before him. They failed because their ideas were wrong.
If Starmer can’t prove that he has better ideas – or even different ones – then he won’t even get the chance to show us how wrong he is.
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