Can Keir Starmer really win an election after giving Labour activists a hard kicking?

Last Updated: February 19, 2023By Tags: , , , , ,

Orwellian: after doing this to his left-wing activist base, how can Keir Starmer expect any grassroots help to get elected?

The Labour Party and its supporters are still reeling from the blows dealt to them by party leader Keir Starmer last week, it’s fair to say.

Unilaterally declaring that the Islington North Constituency Labour Party would not be allowed to choose Jeremy Corbyn as its candidate in the next general election, Starmer said anybody who doesn’t like the direction in which he has led the party is free to leave (the exact opposite of his promise, when he was seeking to be party leader, to unite Labour’s factions).

But the people he was showing the door are the people who have previously campaigned for the party on the nation’s doorsteps.

How does Starmer expect to win without activists to push his party and its policies?

Here’s one viewpoint:

So, with the activists staying at home, refusing to vote Labour or encourage anybody else to do so, will slick branding, impact social media, good PR, placed media ads/stories from friends in the press and storyline video make any impact on floating/casual voters?

What do you think?

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  1. mohandeer February 20, 2023 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I have met so many traditional Labour voters who absolutely loathe Starmer, they think he is out of touch WTF ring a bell? and a despotic vacuous incompetent. We have all decided to either spoil our votes to send a message or vote for a hung parliament by voting Lib Dems or Greens. They intend to send both the Tories nd Starmer a message.
    We’ll know better nearer the date.

  2. jeffrey l davies February 20, 2023 at 6:16 am - Reply

    My MP has the whip taken away but myself and family will vote for her has a independent if she stands

  3. Julia February 20, 2023 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Thank you both for this interesting thread I feel the likely outcome will indeed be apathy and that people will stay at home. I am hearing ‘They are all the same’ from people who I know would have voted Labour in the past. And let’s not forget the ‘Voter ID’ issue.

    I was prepared to give Starmer a chance, although I thought the writing was on the wall on the very day of his election, but left the Party (or rather it left me) in 2020. Nothing that has happened since has changed my mind, indeed has reinforced my decision, and I cannot support Starmer’s ‘Labour’ in any way. I know there are decent honest socialists still in the party, but I think they are misguided if they think change can be effected with Starmer at the helm.

    From a very angry and sad old woman who first joined the Labour Party in the 60’s and will likely never see a true Labour Party again.

    • Mike Sivier February 20, 2023 at 2:51 pm - Reply

      Yeah – I joined Labour in 2010 and got kicked out in 2018. When I started, I thought the party was stupid but saveable, but now it’s in an even worse position than it was then.

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