This Writer heard yesterday (October 2) that Labour ‘leader’ Keir Starmer had written an editorial for The Sun but I refrained from commenting in the hope that the negative response elsewhere might encourage him to see sense and withdraw the piece.
Well, that was a forlorn hope!
Of course, he had made no commitment not to write for The Sun. Certainly, while campaigning to be party leader in Liverpool, he had said he would not have anything to do with that rag during the course of his leadership campaign. Some of us questioned that caveat at the time.
‘I certainly won’t be giving any interviews to The Sun during the course of THIS campaign!’ is definitely the funniest dishonest thing Starmer has said – you have to admire the brazenness. ‘Oh you thought I meant generally? No, literally this campaign.’
— Jon Stone (@joncstone) October 2, 2021
Reports that the Labour leader is writing in the S*n tomorrow.
I was there at the Liverpool leadership hustings when he condemned the rag to thunderous applause.
It is deeply offensive to make promises in an election campaign and then do this.#JFT97
— Alan Gibbons (@mygibbo) October 2, 2021
Having anything to do with The Sun has been taboo for Labour since the Hillsborough tragedy, after which that paper colluded with the Conservatives to publish shocking lies about the event that smeared and insulted the people of Liverpool.
A reminder of what the S*n is, for those who seem to have forgotten.
— Ben Sellers (@MrBenSellers) October 3, 2021
Any Labour leader worth their salt wouldn’t even contemplate writing in a tabloid that is known for smearing the victims of Hillsborough and hacking the voicemails of dead children.
This is a deeply shameful new low for Starmer.
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) October 3, 2021
Writing for The S*n is deeply insulting to the people of Liverpool — one of Labour’s strongest bases of support — & the football community as a whole.
Trying to win back voters lost to the Tories by alienating a group of core working-class supporters is a recipe for disaster.
— Zarah Sultana MP (@zarahsultana) October 2, 2021
Liverpudlians have shunned the rag for more than 30 years, and Labour has done the same in solidarity with the city that the Conservatives so badly wronged –
— Becky (@LfcBecky) October 2, 2021
– apart from a handful of arrogant right-wingers who thought they knew better.
And now Starmer has joined their number – fatally torpedoing Labour’s chances of election under his leadership.
The chaos millions of people are experiencing hasn’t come about by chance.
It’s a crisis made in Downing Street.
Boris Johnson is letting Britain down. https://t.co/uSDv0RyOzs
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) October 3, 2021
Possibly the worst insult of all (I haven’t bothered to read the piece; why would anyone?) is that Starmer has apparently repeated his lie that Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to its worst defeat since 1935. In terms of the number of votes cast for the party, that simply isn’t true…
Starmer and others keep repeating the lie that 2019 was 'Labour's worst GE result since 1935'… pic.twitter.com/74WNuNGfKE
— The SKWAWKBOX (@skwawkbox) October 3, 2021
… and it just reinforces the impression we have of a liar who does not deserve our support.
Don’t just take my word about the damage Starmer has done to the Labour Party:
Starmer has found his audience. S*n readers. The fact that Murdoch has open his door to him says everything about Starmer and his vision for Labour.
— Young Georgie Spirit (@GeorgieSpirit) October 3, 2021
Keir Starmer knows full well why The Sun is taboo in the labour movement. He didn't write that editorial to 'reach out to Tory voters'; he wrote it to stick two fingers up to Liverpool.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) October 3, 2021
It’s a heartbreaking dereliction of duty that @Keir_Starmer would entertain even the thought of working with the unmentionable one it’s a sad day for the survivors bereaved families and our city to have to bare witness to such a vile act of utter bettayal #Justice4the97
— Anna Rothery 💙 (@CllrAnnaRothery) October 3, 2021
The premeditated way Keir Starmer has purposefully set out to hurt millions of Labour’s most loyal supporters by writing an editorial for Rupert Murdoch’s Sun “newspaper” is one of the most sadistic things I’ve ever seen.
He clearly derives pleasure from causing pain.
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) October 3, 2021
Surrounding Starmer’s piece in the S*n are editorials by that outfit calling him ‘dull’, a ‘Marxist’, ‘woolly’, and a ‘very long way from looking like a PM in waiting’. Wouldn’t you have a bit more self respect than to go there? That’s even before you insult the #JFT97.
— Liam Young (@liamyoung) October 3, 2021
Writing for The S*n while in the Labour Party should be an automatic expulsion offence
— RD Hale (@RD_HaIe) October 2, 2021
It is particularly telling that Liverpool’s Labour MPs have condemned their ‘leader’ and his silly Tory-wooing antics:
— Kim Johnson MP (@KimJohnsonMP) October 3, 2021
Today the families & survivors of Hillsborough, the people of my city, supporters of our great club & the millions of others smeared by the rag will feel profoundly betrayed by the leader of the party I was elected to represent.
— lan Byrne MP (@IanByrneMP) October 3, 2021
… along with other Labour MPs whose hearts are in the right (rather than the right-wing) place:
I stand with @IanByrneMP, the families & survivors of Hillsbrough, fellow Liverpool supporters & the people of Liverpool, who feel the hurt of this betrayal. The whole football community will understand how Liverpool feels about this & stand in solidarity. #JFT97 @spiritofshankly https://t.co/BuMBN4yvlK
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) October 3, 2021
Last word? Try this:
You all know Arthur Miller is one of my favourite playwrights.
Not only did he write the masterpiece that is 'The Crucible', he also said:
"Betrayal is the only truth that sticks."@Keir_Starmer is a disgrace and he should be given the Nick Clegg treatment.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) October 2, 2021
If you are a supporter of genuine Labour values, then this man and his hangers-on simply aren’t worth your time.
Spurn him as you would spurn a rabid dog. Shun him in the same way Liverpool shuns The Sun.
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