Keir Starmer should know that when a politician is walking the campaign trail it is a bad idea for him to shoot himself in the foot.
Still, that is what he has done (metaphorically, at least) in a scene at a pub in Bath.
It seems Starmer had walked – uninvited – into the establishment, despite being unwelcome there.
Rod Humphris, landlord of The Raven, was apparently a former Labour supporter who disagreed with Starmer’s lack of opposition to Boris Johnson’s Covid-19 strategy.
And this is strange, because Mr Humphris was an anti-masker who disagreed with lockdown and with the imposition of masks in schools, and Starmer had supported the policy of opening schools – no matter how many people would die as a result – and sided with the government against the trade unions to oppose masks there.
Still, even if the context is contradictory, there can be no doubt that Starmer was not welcome – but he and his entourage managed to make the situation much, much worse. See for yourself:
That’s right – Starmer insulted Mr Humphris, saying, “I really don’t need lectures from you.” Then he had the cheek to walk into the pub run by the man he had just insulted!
Then one of Starmer’s ‘minders’ blocked the landlord from entering his own establishment, knocking his glasses to the ground in the process, and manhandled him into a stairwell. That seems to be the reason he accused the man of assault.
Starmer finally made his escape, passing Mr Humphris his glasses as he did so.
It is no way to behave in front of the electorate.
The way Starmer stayed put while his muscle mistreated his host indicates an appalling sense of entitlement – that the Labour leader thinks he has a right to go wherever he damn well pleases, without so much as a “by your leave” to the relevant authorities.
Even more despicable is Starmer’s behaviour after the incident. He published a link to his “statement” about it on Twitter:
My statement on being confronted in a pub today:https://t.co/lSmEc4585q
— Keir Starmer (@Keir_Starmer) April 19, 2021
The link takes you to the government’s Register to vote web page. What kind of statement is he making there? Mr Humphris, I’m sure, is already registered – although he is unlikely to vote for Starmer. Nor is anybody else who may be moved to register after seeing what happened, if I’m any judge of character.
This Writer hopes the landlord presses charges. If he is an anti-lockdown, anti-masker, then I disagree strongly with his views but I will still absolutely defend his right to bar from his establishment anybody he does not want there. That is a rule that pub staff exercise on a regular basis and Starmer has no reason to expect to be exempt from it.
At the very least, it leaves us with the knowledge that Starmer is the kind of man who tries to trample over those of us he considers beneath him. How such a creature became the leader of the Party of the Working Class is beyond me.
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