Good for Good Morning Britain for hammering StarmerLabour’s latest two-faced u-turn!
To recap: After giving a solemn commitment (a pledge) to abolish tuition fees in 2020, Keir Starmer has u-turned, saying the financial situation has changed and Labour now has to prioritise its plans:
Keir Starmer in 2020: I will abolish tuition fees.
Keir Starmer in 2023: I will not abolish tuition fees. pic.twitter.com/ZCPY6YWScZ
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) May 2, 2023
GMB‘s Susanna Reid, interviewing Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves, made the point that “circumstances may change, but principles should not” – adding (alongside co-presenter Martin Lewis) that Starmer has dropped many more of the original 10 pledges he used to get himself elected as Labour leader (This Writer is fairly sure he’s dropped them all by now):
Susanna Reid completely skewered Labour for their pathological obsession with lying this morning.
The stuttering reply from Reeves compounded matters. pic.twitter.com/nJUgEaDiGs
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) May 3, 2023
So StarmerLabour is also LyingLabour. I used to correct people who accused his party by calling it “Liebour” but he has made them right.
He paid for it in Prime Minister’s Questions on May 3, when the Westminster leader of the SNP (!), Stephen Flynn, put the boot in – much to Tory prime minister Rishi Sunak’s joy:
Contrast that with the politics of Jeremy Corbyn, who was ousted as leader after a concentrated, years-long, campaign against him by members of his own party who support Starmer now:
As I said yesterday, it's the short-sightedness. France has some of the best scientists, innovators and artists in the world because their education is free. https://t.co/fWq6OoGJI3
— CrémantCommunarde🧡🌤 (@0Calamity) May 3, 2023
One more point: Changing circumstances don’t need to affect government policy. The Covid crisis and the war in Ukraine have happened, sure – but they are temporary; short-term. Government policy should be long-term.
Political plans should be made in ways that accommodate unexpected developments; they need to represent a coherent political position for which each party stands.
Changing policy on a whim, as Starmer does, puts the electorate on shifting sands. What does Starmer really want to do? Who does he represent?
I don’t know the answer to either of those questions but I know two things:
He doesn’t want to do anything for me. And he certainly doesn’t represent me.
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