Gaza ceasefire call: even when he does something right, Starmer does it wrong

Keir Starmer: yet another own goal.

Keir Starmer and the Labour Party have – at last! – broken away from Rishi Sunak’s Tory government and called for a ceasefire in Gaza. But it seems they have done it for the wrong reasons.

It could be said that Starmer, and his Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy, made their call after an increasing number of Labour groups called for them to do so.

This would represent an acknowledgement of the democratic will of party members and the wider population of the UK.

But events have overtaken them and it seems more likely that the move will be seen as a panic reaction to the selection of Andrew Feinstein as a left-wing challenger for Starmer’s Holborn & St Pancras Parliamentary seat.

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This seems especially likely, given the fact that Starmer’s and Lammy’s statements are nearly identical, indicating that they were likely to have been copied from a template written by somebody else.

As Skwawkbox states,

[Starmer] and Lammy duly issued statements – or, to be more precise, one statement with hardly any modification and with most of the relevant portions identical, word for word, including the final sentence:

Shoddiness, incompetence, panic, or just the basic inability in that essential Establishment skill of faking sincerity – whatever the mix, Starmer and his acolytes are just not very good.

It just shows how scared Labour is of a challenge by someone of substance, even in seats where they held a big majority last time round.

Looking at the dates, it seems likely that Starmer, panicking, groped around for anything he could use, found Lammy’s tweet of two days previously and rewrote the first few sentences – poorly – in an attempt to get anything out quickly.

That’s simply not good enough.

It is especially poor in the face of opposition from a candidate of Andrew Feinstein’s obvious quality. If the OCISA candidate can keep Starmer this badly rattled, Labour could find itself leaderless the day after the general election, no matter how the party fares otherwise.

Source: Panicked by Feinstein, Starmer and Lammy issue near-IDENTICAL Gaza statements – SKWAWKBOX


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