Keir Starmer has launched a campaign full of let-downs: diluted Tory policies and mistreatment of party members.

Keir Starmer has launched a campaign full of let-downs

Oh dear. Keir Starmer has launched a campaign full of let-downs as we approach the Independents’ Day election.

He started as, presumably, he means to go on, with a campaign slogan that is even weaker than his watered-down Tory polices:

Can anyone argue with that?

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This morning (May 24, 2024), he appeared on the BBC’s Breakfast News, where he was asked about his immediate forerunner as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn – minutes after Mr Corbyn announced that he will run for election as an Independent candidate in Islington North.

The interviewer’s belief that Mr Corbyn will split the left-wing vote, allowing the Liberal Democrats to get in, is unfounded in reality as the incumbent’s popularity is huge. Islington North will return Jeremy Corbyn for an 11th consecutive term, whether as a Labour MP or not.

Starmer was just as weak on policy. Consider this:

People are fed up with being promised the Earth and then seeing politicians row back on those promises when elected. But Starmer is already guilty of doing this, with one policy pledge after another being broken in the years since his April 2020 election to lead the Labour Party.

Why has he done this? Was he trying to gradually erode our expectations until we reached the point we’re at today, when we doubt Starmer will change a single thing?

On policy, Starmer seems clearly closer to Toryism than to anything approaching traditional Labour ideas:

And Starmer was asked about the fate of Diane Abbott, the former Corbyn lieutenant whose membership of the Parliamentary Labour Party has been suspended for more than a year. She will also want to seek re-election, so what it the party machine doing about it? Here’s his answer:

Saul Staniforth, who posted the clip, is right: Labour is supposed to have put in place an independent system to scrutinise cases like Ms Abbott’s. This seems to have been a lie. If we can’t trust Labour politicians to run their own party properly, how are we supposed to trust them to run the country?

Starmer is pushing a tepid, substitute-Tory policy platform because he has systematically ditched everything that made Labour unique.

He needs to worry less about Jeremy Corbyn’s Parliamentary seat and more about his own, where former South African Parliamentarian Andrew Feinstein is campaigning to unseat him. And it couldn’t come too soon.

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  1. Tony May 25, 2024 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Starmer’s campaign slogan is ‘change’.

    I thought there was a mistake:

    It should read ‘No change’. That would be a much more accurate slogan.

    • Mike Sivier May 27, 2024 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      If Labour wins, then within months the satirists will be changing it to “Short-Changed”!

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