If we ever needed more evidence that Keir Starmer thinks his job is to contain the Labour Party, rather than lead it, here it is:
He is trying to recruit people from outside Labour – who may never have considered even voting for it – to become Parliamentary candidates for the 2024 general election.
The insult on top of the injury is that the plan is a direct copy of a Conservative initiative – the so-called ‘A-list’ scheme. Here’s Elen Courea of The Times:
Morgan McSweeney, who was Starmer's chief of staff until June, is in charge of the selection process as well as wider election strategy
The first tranche of applicants has been told to apply by Aug 16 and will have to pass several assessments over the next year before selection
— Eleni Courea (@EleniCourea) August 9, 2021
That's a great idea. Labour can have actual Tories standing as MPs. Genius. Well played again Kieth. pic.twitter.com/OFtnlNlnRD
— 💙Vegard Heggem💙 (@kissmibadeye) August 9, 2021
What incredible contempt for the party members who represent everything Labour should stand for.
He’ll take their membership money (let’s face it, he’s desperate for the funds).
He’ll tell them what to do – and punish them brutally if they don’t comply.
But he’s absolutely determined to exclude them from having anything to do with how the party is to be run. That’s for Tories, like him.
And we all know it, don’t we?
Nothing like telling Labour Party members they're the last people the Labour Party leadership want becoming Labour MP's is there…the idiocy is unparalleled. pic.twitter.com/tBPDXRIHCV
— Damien Willey (@Cornish_Damo) August 9, 2021
Incredible logic in Starmer’s latest scheme. He seems to be blaming Labour’s current poor polling on imaginary candidates who haven’t even been selected yet for a General Election that hasn’t happened yet.
You have to wonder what they’re smoking when they come up with this stuff. https://t.co/Fi8ALZqlXw
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) August 9, 2021
But there’s trouble on the horizon.
Once again, the UK’s biggest union – Unite – has spoken up in protest at Starmer’s plan that is “potentially bypassing the talent in our movement”.
Expel those who donated to the party, campaigned for the party, supported & voted for the party, all because of a hypothetical.
But non-members: “come represent us; don’t worry if you were a Tory, we’ll welcome you with open arms”. https://t.co/5V5wmG5bXS
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) August 9, 2021
The statement says:
“It is depressing that the latest offering from the Labour Party is a plan to imitate the Tories’ candidate selection model.
“Our party is packed with talented people who have dedicated themselves to their party, their union or public service.
“These should be our A-list candidates and we should be proud to nurture them to stand for Labour.
“This is where the trade unions come in, with successful programmes dedicated to supporting Labour members and trade unionists to become MPs.
“The briefing around the ‘calibre’ of the latest intake of Labour MPs is disrespectful snobbery towards people who give their all for Labour.
“Labour should be working with the trade unions – our living and breathing link back to workplaces – to develop a candidates programme that the whole movement can get behind.
“But if the party carries on alienating and offending members, it will be hard to find anyone inspired to stand for office as a Labour MP.”
Well, it will be hard to find anyone willing to be a Labour MP who is’nt a Tory.
And they’ll be second-class Tories, too – because all the top-tier Tories will be on the proper ‘A-list’ scheme.
With every step he takes, Starmer makes it more clear that his job is to bury Labour forever.
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