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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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Will a Labour government be controlled by the United States?

Donald Trump and Keir Starmer: they’re supposed to have opposing ideologies but it seems that won’t matter – a UK Labour government will follow the lead of the government in the US, no matter who leads it.

David Lammy, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, has admitted that a government run by his party will remain locked together with the government of the United States – no matter who is running it.

This means even if a right-wing extremist, as some have claimed Donald Trump is, takes over in the White House, a Labour government will be happy to join with it on foreign affairs.

It’s another sign that Keir Starmer’s version of the Labour Party will not stand up for the majority of the people of the United Kingdom but will instead be a puppet of the wealthy vested interests that we are watching ruin the world – not just our country.

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He makes it sound so reasonable, too:


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As London hosts huge pro-Palestine demonstration, war-mongers stir up hate

For Palestine, not for terrorists: an aerial view of the pro-Palestine demonstration in London on October 14, 2023, suggests that many more than just a few thousand people turned up.

Thousands of people have marched in London and other cities across the UK, to show their support for the innocent people of Gaza whose water, food and energy have been cut off by Israel and who are dying under a bombing campaign.

All of these are war crimes under the Geneva Convention but the demonstrations have attracted a wave of hate from right-wing Israel supporters.

Protesters were careful to point out that they were not supporting the Hamas attacks on Israel that took place on October 7 and prompted the massive military response, that may rightly be described as overkill.

Reuters reported:

Asmat Malik, a 29 year-old pharmacist, said people were angry at what they considered the oppression of Palestinians over decades.

“But it doesn’t mean that people condone Hamas in the slightest, because being pro-Palestine doesn’t mean you’re anti-Semitic. I think that’s really important to stress,” she said.

That fairly obvious point seems to have been missed by right-wing Israel supporters who posted chest-beating displays of outrage that anybody would dare to stand up against the genocide of innocent people by the Middle East’s most warlike nation.

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What follows is sickening and the people posting it are to be condemned for their attempts to spread hate. You need to know who they are:

Here’s the editor of the Jewish Chronicle, with just one of the responses to his ridiculous claim:

Zac Goldsmith, who was once a candidate to be Mayor of London, attacked the people who could have been his constituents with an apparent claim that he could read their minds. His words are debunked by Aaron Bastani of Novara Media:

How can anybody suggest that a demonstration calling for a militarised (local) superpower to have mercy on innocent people – including more than a million children – is inciting “the eradication of Jews from Israel”?

It is ridiculous nonsense. As is this from Darren Grimes, a presenter at GB News, whose words were also easily countered:

Other respondents challenged Grimes to point out supporters of Hamas in the crowd – perhaps by identifying Hamas flags. They don’t seem to have received a response…

I include this tweet because it makes reference to the UK’s armed forces who freed Jews from the Nazis in World War II – and the answer needs to be understood as well:

On the TV/media round this morning (October 15), Foreign Secretary James Cleverly and his Shadow, David Lammy, were asked whether they support the latest Israeli war crime against Gaza.

The demand by Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a million Gazans to move from the north to the south of the region is known as “forcible transfer“, which is forbidden under Article 49 of the Geneva Convention and defined as a crime against humanity under Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Here’s James Cleverly’s non-response:

And here’s David Lammy:

The reason they refuse to provide a straight answer is obvious: The UK’s support for Israel is support for war crimes and they know it. They are simply hoping that you won’t realise it.

The only sane response to the demonstrations for Palestine is summed up in the following way by former Labour MP Laura Pidcock:


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George Osborne’s ‘confetti’ incident: what a lot of fuss over such a little thing!

Unbelievable: this innocent sprinkling of confetti at George Osborne’s wedding has been likened by former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls to the murder of Jo Cox.

The furore stoked by politicians and the mass media over a smiling pensioner throwing confetti over George Osborne at his wedding must defy belief.

Confetti-throwing is a well-loved tradition that one may usually expect to see after any wedding ceremony.

Ah, but this confetti was orange, meaning it – and the lady who threw it – were instantly linked with climate protesters Just Stop Oil. And they’ve continued to be linked to that organisation, even after it denied any connection:

It said: “The lady who threw confetti in Bruton yesterday was upholding a tradition that is common across many cultures. We absolutely defend the right for people to throw confetti (of whatever colour) at weddings and other celebrations.

“If it was a form of protest – which is yet to be established – we applaud it and thank the person concerned. It was peaceful and not especially disruptive, but got massive media attention for Just Stop Oil’s demand.”

But it continued: “However, as much as we applaud the use of orange confetti at this wedding, we were not responsible.”

That seems as straightforward as it gets.

So why is the incident still being linked to the protest group, and why are politicians from the Labour Party getting on the bandwagon to support George Osborne who, together with David Cameron, is the most directly responsible for the austerity policies that have been destroying the British way of life since 2010?

Here’s Rachel Reeves – who, as Shadow Chancellor, should be intimately familiar with Osborne’s economic recklessness – ignoring the fact that if it weren’t for demonstrations of protest at highly-publicised events, she might not have the right to vote today, let alone the right to be a member of Parliament who’s eyeing the second-highest office in the land:

What are the “better ways” that Labour is using to tackle the climate emergency, after party leader Keir Starmer cancelled its environmental policy and told us all that he hates “tree-huggers”? It doesn’t have any – that are visible to This Writer.

How about former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls who, as a co-presenter of ITV’s Good Morning Britainshouted down guest Owen Jones for daring to point out that Osborne’s austerity policies led to the deaths of many, many people:

Did you notice how Daily Mail columnist and GB News presenter Andrew Pierce tried to stop Jones being heard when he realised what the subject would be? “You’re losing the room, Owen” – he was saying the other people in the TV studio would not be interested in the mass deaths of many people who could have been watching their show today if not for the Tory policy that he (Pierce) supported then and probably supports now.

And then Balls opened his big mouth so Jones could not get a word in edgeways. And Jones – controversial though he may be – was the one in the right. Balls defeated his own aim by overtalking him; clearly the former Shadow Chancellor wanted to defend his former political enemy (leading us to question whether Osborne was ever really Ed Balls’s political enemy) and didn’t want the opposing view to be heard.

And wasn’t Ed Balls invited to George Osborne’s wedding?

Not satisfied with what he had already done, Balls made himself even more ridiculous by equating the practice of throwing confetti at a wedding with the murder of the late Labour MP Jo Cox. “Cremant Communarde”‘s comment is pertinent:

Again, Owen Jones was in the right: “It belittles [the death of Jo Cox at the hands of a far-right-wing extremist] to conflate the two.”

You have to question why Balls tried.

Was it because, as Aaron Bastani of Novara Media tweeted, “We have a political and media elite with no sense of proportion or common sense”?

He continued: “How can you start talking about Jo Cox in the same breath as someone throwing confetti? You can think both are wrong, fine, but this is obscene.”

Valid point.

Over on LBC, Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy – in his actual day job (clearly representing his constituents is only for spare change) – bemoaned the fact that some confetti may have fallen on Osborne’s (latest) bride, Thea Rogers.

He considered it “unacceptable” that Ms Rogers (Mrs Osborne?) was subjected to this wedding-day tradition. Go figure.

And Pamela Fitzpatrick makes a much more valid point: Lammy was defending somebody who introduced measures that killed tens of thousands of people – hundreds of thousands, if you go with Owen Jones’s figures.

Those people can’t have weddings, or confetti; they no longer have lives. That is what’s unacceptable, in any matter concerning George Osborne and his ilk.

Why have we been subjected to this display of outrage by some of right-wing Labour’s most prominent flapping mouths? Is it because not only Ed Balls but also his wife, current Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, was at the wedding?

Knowing this, isn’t the real issue whether any of these right-wing Labour luminaries were ever really opposed to Osborne and his austerity policies?

To This Writer, what’s unacceptable in this situation is a current or former Opposition MP socialising with a person who is responsible for such mass death. As a protest symbol, orange confetti isn’t nearly strong enough.

And there are other controversies that the above has masked. How about this one?

So this One-Rule-For-Us Tory was happy to inflict poverty on millions, while gracing his then-paramour with an enormous pay rise.

And then there’s the so-called “poison pen” email that landed the night before the wedding. I won’t quote it here – look it up yourself – but it suggests that not only was Osborne romancing Ms Rogers while he was still married to someone else but also that he is a serial love cheat who had physical relationship with other women while he was with her.

If it’s true, then coupled with everything else we are presented with the history of a creature who deserves nothing but revulsion and rejection from any right-minded person. One questions the judgement of a Labour Party whose leaders defend him.


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