Jonathan Ashworth disgraces himself: ‘Labour more divided under Corbyn’

Yes, Jon Ashworth is the Starmerite fool who couldn’t tell us any Labour policy because “It’s confidential.” Now he’s telling us his leader hasn’t widened divisions in the party – and that claim is just as pathetic.

Here’s another right-wing Labour liar: Jonathan Ashworth.

The shadow Health Secretary sought to ingratiate himself with Little Keir by weighing in – what little weight he has – on the row over Andy McDonald’s resignation.

Mr McDonald had said that after 18 months of Starmer’s (non-) leadership, the Labour movement was “more divided than ever”.

In response, Ashworth spluttered that Labour was more divided under Jeremy Corbyn:

Yeah, of course it was. There were waves of shadow ministerial resignations.

That has nothing to do with what Mr McDonald was saying.

He was talking about the Labour movement, not the membership of the shadow cabinet. Ashworth was trying to shift the goalposts and hoping that nobody would notice, but we did.

And it is clear that the Labour movement is far more divided now than under Jeremy Corbyn, with Little Keir’s non-leadership creating deep rifts over policy on every day of the party conference so far.

He disagrees with the members on nationalisation and on wages.

He disagrees with them on party procedures.

He disagrees with them on proportional representation.

He disagrees with them on taxation.

He disagrees with them about apartheid Israel.

He thinks he can ignore the will of conference on those policies he doesn’t like because, as party leader, he writes the manifesto.

But rank and file party members campaign for it – on a voluntary basis – and if he can’t be bothered to listen to them, then they won’t be bothered to help him get elected.

And if he ignores policies Conference has supported, then there is no reason party members shouldn’t do the same to his rule changes.

One can sympathise with this comment from Twitter:

Keir Starmer is deliberately divisive towards his own party. And Ashworth has made a fool of himself by denying it.

Source: Labour seeks to outflank Tories on crime, with Thomas-Symonds accusing Patel of ‘defunding police’ – conference live | Politics | The Guardian

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