This was a stupid idea by a stupid, easily-led Blue Labour figurehead. Of course it backfired:
🚨 | NEW: Keir Starmer visited a Kellogg’s factory today and told staff his nickname is ‘Special K’
"I've been dubbed Special K since I was born, K for Keir."
— Politics For All (@PoliticsForAlI) October 8, 2021
Why did he do it? To counterbalance the plethora of nicknames that have sprung up to knock him down (I call him Little Keir, in contrast to Big Keir (Hardie) who was Labour’s first leader and a much greater man than the incumbent; others call him Keith Stalin)?
It was the wrong move at the wrong time:
In every sector of the economy the pro market post Thatcherite consensus is disintegrating before us and the leader of the opposition is visiting a Kelloggs factory to announce he’s called Special K
— Matt Zarb-Cousin (@mattzarb) October 10, 2021
Aug: They told us Starmer's national tour would make the public warm to him.
Sep: They told us Starmer's conference speech would inspire a poll boost.
Oct: They didn't tell us Starmer would nervously make up a nickname for himself in a desperate attempt to form an anecdote.
— Matt Thomas (@Trickyjabs) October 10, 2021
And it was another disasterstroke – because neither he nor anybody around him had bothered to check whether there was already a colloquial meaning for the phrase ‘Special K’.
Worst of all was the fact that he found out via the newspaper for which he had defiantly written an article – apparently to assert his superiority over party members who boycott The Sun in solidarity with the people of Liverpool and in anger over its coverage of the Hillsborough tragedy; he was saying he was the leader and he’d do what he liked.
Well, he has found out very quickly that The Sun does what it likes, too:
Starmer's outriders insisted that his column in the S*n was a galaxy-brained strategic move, aimed at winning the S*n and their readers over to his side.
The S*n, a few days later: pic.twitter.com/B2foSwtdQ0
— Another Angry Voice (@Angry_Voice) October 10, 2021
Yes, ‘Special K’ is a nickname for the horse tranquilliser Ketamine, so he has equated himself with a substance that instils a sensation described as the closest possible thing to death.
Now he is backpedalling frantically, in the face of another fiasco:
"Sources close to Sir Keir insisted later that he was not referred to as Special K and had been caught off-guard by the question."
Caught off-guard so he just…lied? And wasn't he asked about Special K earlier, before saying it on camera, making the off-guard excuse also a lie? https://t.co/yBKWQqqjvH
— Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) October 9, 2021
It would be bad enough if he had “just…lied” in the face of the question – but the evidence suggests this is unlikely:
Any journalist going to ask @Keir_Starmer why he flat out lied about being called "Special K" since it turns out he only said it as he was "caught off guard".
Also, it was the 2nd time the journalist asked him, 1st was off camera, so why lie? He should be better than that surely
— Alex Tiffin (@RespectIsVital) October 10, 2021
So Starmer lied either way; if he didn’t lie about being called ‘Special K’, then he lied about being caught off-guard.
It’s no surprise. This Site has previously exposed Starmer as a liar many times over.
There are so many humiliating aspects to this nightmare that it is hard to enumerate them all – and, fortunately, I don’t have to. Cornish Damo has done it for me in the following Rant which has just one fault – it makes Starmer far more entertaining than he really is:
Special K? More like K-O’d.
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It also supposedly gives you nightmares and makes you paranoid. John Lilley, the psychologist who researched dolphins and on whom the film ‘Altered States’ is based on, was on it and became convinced that there was a plot by alien computer civilisations against us. If Sir Keef was really on it, this would explain so much. But then, he’d probably start getting suspicious that all the old ZX-81s and Commodore 64s were part of a Communist plot.