The news in tweets: Sunday, July 16, 2023

Clement Attlee innovated. Keir Starmer will privatise

That was one politician’s response to Keir Starmer’s interview in The Observer today (Sunday, July 16, 2023).

In it, Starmer contradicts himself by saying he won’t promise to spend any more money but will prioritise economic growth and wealth creation; these cannot be achieved without investment – and indeed, investment is mentioned later in the article.

He also says he intends to impose “radical reform of public services” – by which we may infer that he means more privatisation, despite the fact that the state of the privatised water and energy firms shows it is a disaster for service provision.

We can see evidence that he supports privatisation in an interview with Starmer’s political idol, Tony Blair, on Sophy Ridge’s Sky News show this morning:

The correct response to that is to point out that public sector innovation should come from the people in charge – who are politicians. Blair was in charge of the public sector between 1997 and 2007; if he didn’t bother to innovate, preferring instead to dick around with PFI and “Third Way” nonsense, that was his mistake.

And it will be what loses Starmer his election, if he follows the same road at a time when we can all understand perfectly well that we are being ripped off by the water and energy firms.

The social media responses have gone directly to the point:

Labour won’t lift the two-child limit on child benefit, says Starmer

After Independent candidate wins council by-election, call goes out to support Independents in this week’s Parliamentary polls

Expect to see more support for Independent candidates as the week progresses.

As the UK braces for more pollution-induced soaring temperatures, here comes a Bill to stop politicians benefiting from oil and gas profits

You can bet this won’t get anywhere, as the suits on both sides of the House of Commons link up and climb aboard the Gravy Train.

And finally: bathing water is pronounced ‘best quality ever’ – but is Therese Coffee lying to you (again)?

And that is why this happens:

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