This is a shocking indictment of the man who pretends to be the Labour Party’s leader.
Keir Starmer had to be told to oppose the Conservative plan to increase National Insurance that poor people pay – increasing poverty – under the pretext that it is to fund social care.
National Insurance rates are 12% on weekly earnings of between £162 and £892, and 2% on weekly earnings above £892. And only paid if you are an employee. It's a tax on poor people with a job that rich people don't pay, which is why the Tories want to increase it by 2%.
— Ian Harris (@biscuitsgod) September 3, 2021
It’s worse than that – it is class warfare, and a class war in which Starmer seems firmly on the side of the rich few against the masses who made him Labour leader.
Firstly, let’s address the elephant in the room: nobody has to be taxed to pay for social care. The government owns the magic money tree and can simply create the cash.
The principal reason we talk about people being taxed to pay for such measures is because taxation is needed to control inflation – but inflation hasn’t been a problem whenever the Tory government has created money for itself and its friends over the last 11 years, so it doesn’t seem a problem.
If we accept that improving social care may cause inflation, then there are better ways to tax that problem away. For a start, there is a very rich part of society that isn’t taxed nearly enough – and won’t be forced into starvation or onto the streets if they are asked to pay a little more:
Social care should be modelled on the NHS: Free at the point of use, accessible to everyone who needs it.
That should be funded by tax rises on the super-rich and big businesses, not by raising taxes on the working class.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) September 3, 2021
The issue with Starmer that this has revealed is the fact that he had to be told – in fact, it seems he is resisting calls for him to support this commonsense policy. And people are calling him out on it:
“Pressure grows on Starmer to back tax on rich to pay for social care”.
Really!! If @Keir_Starmer needs pressure to make him see this, then he is definitely in the wrong job! Not representing the working class! And has the establishment’s interest over ours!
Time to go Keith!! pic.twitter.com/yObq9BnbqY
— Emz The Socialist #OrdinaryLeft ✊❤️ (@EmzTheSocialist) September 4, 2021
Even Tory ministers are coming out against the government plan – before Starmer:
When I read the quote in this picture I was like oh great Labour are finally getting their shit together and giving proper attack lines.
— Grace Blakeley (@graceblakeley) September 5, 2021
(Sorry but I don’t know who @philbc3 is or what that person may have said about it. Blame Grace, not me.)
The worst part of this is that previous Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had a perfectly good policy for funding social care – and Starmer hasn’t even had the wit to mention it. Fortunately Corbyn’s shadow chancellor is on hand to remind us all:
Just a gentle reminder of what was in our document “Funding Real Change” explaining the funding of Labour’s Manifesto, which included funds for social care. “Labour will tax capital gains at the same level as income tax.” Looks like the idea is catching on https://t.co/jmLfZclgVQ
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) September 5, 2021
This last comment is perhaps the most incisive – and the most damning against Starmer:
Can we have a war against poverty instead of a war against those suffering it please?
— 🇵🇸Sir Norman of Darcy Lever, KBE 💚🏴☠️ (@Normanjam671) September 5, 2021
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