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Rachel Reeves has blown her credibility so now she’s trying a new catchphrase. Who’ll care?

Rachel Reeves: she thinks we’re all idiots. This is the look on her face when she finds out we’re not.

This couldn’t have happened to a better person, could it?

It turns out Rachel Reeves took money from climate sceptics, right before Labour ditched its £28 billion-per-year Green Prosperity Plan:

Corruption?

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She has now gone on to float a new catchphrase: “Securonomics”:

According to the Telegraph,

Labour would aim to secure the highest sustained growth in the G7. To do this, it would adopt a new approach it has coined “securonomics”, or “modern supply side economics”.

This would involve bringing in “tough” fiscal rules with a new “enhanced role” for the OBR and establishing a new Office for Value for Money to ensure taxpayer cash is being well spent.

If it seems like nonsense, that’s because it is.

Reeves is still trying to pretend that money is a limited resource in the UK; it isn’t. A Labour government would be able to create as much as it needed, to fund any projects it wanted – as long as it taxed back enough money (from those who could afford it) as would be necessary to prevent large-scale inflation.

The problem there is that – as she has shown by taking a donation and then ditching a policy that would have been extremely useful – Rachel Reeves is in the pocket of the rich.

Still, the idea of an Office for Value for Money is a good one, even if it won’t work in practice because governments will find a way to ignore it if it says they shouldn’t do something they want to.

Ultimately, we can only have one comment on all of this:

Rachel Reeves: what a phoney.


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After he dropped his Green Prosperity Plan, activists try to deliver, to Keir Starmer, a spine

‘My arbitrary fiscal rules are at fault’: Green New Deal Rising’s infographic attacking Keir Starmer’s decision to abandon policies that might save the environment in favour of profit-friendly opportunism.

Fair play to the activists from Green New Deal Rising for getting onto this as quickly as they did.

On the day the Labour Party dropped its pledge to spend £28 billion a year on green projects to boost the UK’s economy, they went straight up to Parliament to do this:

And who can blame them?

In trying to make his party as “vanilla” as possible, Starmer has ditched every single policy that marked it out as being different from what we already have, while adopting anything that could make Labour look like the Conservatives.

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The message to voters is: “Vote Labour for absolutely no change!”

I wonder who he hopes to impress with that.

Certainly not the members of Green New Deal Rising, who have had bad experiences with Starmer in the past:

Just looking at the clips above, if This Writer had to choose between Starmer and his Labour cronies, and the Green New Deal Rising campaigners, I’d put the youngsters in Parliament every time.

Putting them next to each other simply emphasizes the lack of trustworthiness that oozes from the man in the suit.

I hope they – and everyone else who has a conscience – hammers the pledgebreaker with this until he is out of politics altogether.


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Tories caused worst-ever living standards drop but BBC won’t call it out

Child poverty: this figure is from 2016 so it’s probably a lot worse now. But the official figures are based on average incomes – which have fallen – so the number of kids who are actually struggling to survive may be enormous.

Isn’t it incredible that the Levelling-Up minister, Michael Gove, can’t admit what his Tory governments have done over the last 13 years.

They have caused the worst fall in living standards since records began, pitched 14 million people into poverty – including four million children, forced millions into dependency on food banks, and they haven’t got a scrap of shame about it.

And the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg didn’t even have the guts to counter him about it.

Here’s Peter Stefanovic with what she should have said:


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Keir Starmer’s claims about Labour’s falling membership are balderdash

The excuses man: it seems Keir Starmer has gone back to his Big Book of Excuses to explain why so many former members have turned away from the Labour Party under his leadership. But his words don’t ring true.

Membership of the Labour party plummeted by nearly one-fifth in the year after Keir Starmer became leader, it has been revealed.

The party had 432,213 members at the end of 2021, down from 523,332 in 2020.

Starmer has claimed that this vertiginous drop in membership is an expected part of the political/electoral cycle – but this is not true. Either he has been fed false information or he is deliberately lying.

According to the BBC, he said

that the fall reflected a “very familiar pattern”.

He said the party’s membership figure “goes up dramatically” ahead of elections or leadership contests, then “flattens back down again”.

“I’ve looked at the patterns – they are exactly as we would have expected,” he added.

But this is belied by the figures for his immediate forerunner, Jeremy Corbyn’s, leadership.

On the day before the 2015 general election, when Ed Miliband was still leader, Labour’s membership stood at just 201,293.

Then Mr Corbyn was elected leader – and by January 10 the following year, membership had nearly doubled to 388,407.

By December 2017, the membership had surged to a high of 564,443 – possibly in response to Labour’s much-better-than-expected result in that year’s general election. That’s nearly three times as many members as when Ed Miliband had lost the election two and a half years previously.

It is now slightly more than two and a half years since Mr Corbyn lost the 2019 election to Boris Johnson. It would be wrong to compare his 363,250 surge in membership between 2015-17 with Starmer’s loss of 91,119 because there hasn’t been an election this year, but the numbers are still damning.

By December 2018, Mr Corbyn’s Labour had indeed lost members – but not as many as Starmer’s party. Membership stood at 518,659 – a fall of 45,784.

Membership started climbing again in advance of the 2019 general election. By the time of the leadership election in which Starmer was elected to run the party, membership was back up to 552,835.

Then it started haemorrhaging.

By November 2020 it stood at 495,961 – the first time it had dipped below half a million since Mr Corbyn had taken it to that height.

So whereas Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership saw party membership rise by more than 300,000 members – and stay there, Keir Starmer has overseen a continuous exodus of 120,622 people during his time as leader.

That’s not a familiar pattern – certainly not when compared with the meteoric rises seen under Mr Corbyn.

If Labour can’t even be honest about its own membership, how can we ever trust Starmer when (if?) he ever announces any policies?

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Spring Statement signals huge fall in UK living standards – especially if you’re on benefits

Despair: the indifference of the Conservative government that UK voters put into office by a landslide means that – unless you’re a millionaire like them – you are going to struggle to survive over the next few years. Does voting Tory still seem a good idea?

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has let voters down badly.

His failure to do anything meaningful to tackle the cost of living crisis, coupled with inflation and high taxation, mean people are facing the biggest fall in living standards since records began in 1956. Worst-hit will be people on benefits, for whom Sunak offered absolutely nothing at all.

Watch Paul Johnson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as he lays out the bad news:

I’m not going to suggest that any Vox Political reader was stupid enough to vote Tory. But somebody is bound to find this article and consider responding along the lines that the alternative was Jeremy Corbyn “and we’d all be in a terrible state with him in charge!”

But this is quite clearly nonsense. Corbyn was never allowed to be in charge and so any such claims are just childish speculation.

We know why he wasn’t allowed to be in charge:

You were told he was an anti-Semite, and that was a lie.

You were told he wanted to dismantle the UK’s armed forces, and that was a lie too.

You were told he was a friend of Vladimir Putin, and that was also a lie. The friends of Vladimir Putin are currently sitting in Downing Street pretending to be his enemies.

In broader terms, the Tories won because you were told that Brexit would be good for you and voting Tory was the only way to “Get Brexit Done”. That was the biggest lie of all; Brexit has been an unmitigated disaster for the people – and the economy – of the United Kingdom.

As your Tory friends struggle to make ends meet over the coming years and months, please don’t hesitate to remind them of the facts that they ignored because they preferred the convenient lies.

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Spring Statement analysis: UK is facing biggest drop in disposable income since records began

Rishi Sunak: he’s squeezing you until your pips squeak. How do you like it?

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spring statement – and the pitifully few measures he announced in it to counter the cost of living crisis that he helped create – means citizens are facing the largest fall in disposable income since comparable records began in the 1950s.

That was the verdict of the independent Office of Budget Responsibility, as reeled off on the BBC’s Politics Live.

See for yourself:

Unless you are a millionaire, you’re probably going to face money trouble.

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Starmer falls in the polls AGAIN as his blunders mount up against him

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Keir Starmer’s recent past is catching up with him, if the latest approval ratings are any indicator.

And there is worse to come, judging by early responses to his latest moves.

The figures put Starmer’s approval rating at -39. It is a sad indictment against him that his most favourable rating comes not from Labour voters, but from supporters of the Liberal Democrats. Perhaps they believe he’ll open up electoral chances for them…

In contract with current prime minister Boris Johnson, Starmer also comes off poorly. Remember, this is Starmer’s rating against a known, habitual liar whose Brexit has caused a national food shortage, whose response to Covid-19 has killed around 200,000 people while corruptly funnelling cash to Tory donors and whose retreat from Afghanistan was so poorly-planned it may be likened more accurately to a rout.

Against this failure of a prime minister, Keir Starmer is 18 points behind…

And nearly a year and a half after becoming Labour leader to shouts of joy from right-wing tubthumpers who swore that anybody but Jeremy Corbyn would put Labour 20 points ahead of the Tories, Starmer has put his party eight points behind…

… and questions are being asked about whether even this position is being artificially aided by right-wing media coverage after a period in charge that would have seen multiple challenges to his immediate forerunner:

Latest developments in the Starmer debacle include a decision to refuse New Labour stalwart and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham an opportunity to make a speech at the party conference later this month:

Then there are these developments – some of which This Site has already covered:

He stands accused of hypocrisy as he prepares to betray one of his own leadership election pledges in order to exclude Ian Hodson, BFAWU president, from membership on fabricated, trumped-up charges:

He is silent about current Tory plans to increase the privatisation of the National Health Service (because he supports them? I’ll be publishing an article on this shortly):

Meanwhile Starmer’s crusade against socialists in a democratic socialist party continues. Is it because the Labour Left is the only wing of the party that is actually pushing him to do his job?

As James Meadway points out, below, this is elementary politics. Starmer should know that it is an opportunity to claim thousands of votes from Boris Johnson’s Tories at the next election, but seems uninterested. Perhaps the rumours are accurate and he really is trying to undermine his own party?

Underpinning everything is the false pretext for the removal of left-wingers: Starmer’s fake crusade against anti-Semitism.

Among the latest victims of this is Graham Bash. His crime? Signing an open letter from a proscribed organisation – 18 months before it was proscribed.

Mr Bash is, of course, Jewish – and this fact alone makes a mockery of Starmer’s crusade. Think about it – he is expelling Jewish people as anti-Semites.

Doesn’t work, does it?

There is a possible reason for this illogical behaviour, though.

Starmer is widely believed to be acting under orders from the Board of Deputies of British Jews – a Tory-dominated organisation that campaigned hard (but failed) to depose Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour leadership.

It has now been revealed that the BoD works closely with the Israeli Embassy and has strong links with the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs (which campaigned against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to pressure Israel into ending its persecution of Palestine) and the Israel Defence Force (the Israeli military who seem to spend much of their time murdering defenceless Palestinians).

In other words, this organisation appears to be an arm of the Israeli government dedicated to influencing UK political advantages to carry out policies supporting that foreign power, rather than helping the people of the UK.

And Starmer is their puppet.

People are, understandably, angry that Starmer is fighting an undeclared war on the left of his own party…

… and that he is targeting Jewish people (who don’t kowtow to the demands of the Board of Deputies and Israeli Zionism.

There are clear implications for Labour’s future electoral chances:

For some, it is already too late:

That goes for This Writer, too.

That is how matters stand at the time of writing – although as I have been typing, This Writer has no doubt that Starmer and his cronies will have found another way to sabotage their own party.

At a time when the UK has the worst Government in its history, it also has the worst Opposition in its history. What a disaster.

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Schadenfreude (Boris Johnson plummets in the opinion polls)

Boris Johnson: it seems we all think it’s time for him to go. He won’t accept that, of course.

He won’t be panicking.

Boris Johnson will be doing what every other Tory leader does when they take a pummelling in the polls – he’ll be telling himself there’s plenty of time to bounce back.

With a new lie, perhaps?

According to several mainstream papers (I’m taking the information from iNews), Johnson’s person rating among readers of Tory blog ConservativeHome has fallen by a massive 36 points – from 39 to just three.

Apparently the reason for this is his reluctance to self-isolate after being in close contact with somebody found to have Covid-19 (his own Health Secretary Sajid Javid, as it happened).

So it seems people really do care if ministers behave as though there’s one rule for the mob and a different rule for elites like them – and these people were Conservatives, which means their opinions actually mean something to Johnson and his grasping rabble.

Worse still, this dissatisfaction with a prime minister who ignores his own rules for personal gain seems to be translating into electoral abandonment, with an Ipsos MORI poll showing public satisfaction with Johnson’s government has fallen to its lowest in nine months.

And a YouGov poll added that the Tories could struggle to hold up to 16 seats in their traditional heartlands. That’s not the recently-aquired Red Wall, where people might be expected to ‘float’ back to Labour; it’s what have previously been Tory strongholds.

One wonders where these people would go. Not to Keir Starmer’s Fake Labour, that’s for sure. He’s even less trustworthy than Johnson (as the current controversy over one of his MPs writing for The Sun demonstrates).

And that’s what This Writer thinks the Tories are failing to grasp: that, after two years of his dishonest antics, people have realised that Johnson is an out-and-out liar who has only stayed where he is because Parliament’s rules have protected him.

But that can’t stop people seeing the facts – either via Peter Stefanovic’s viral video (which may need updating after all of the lies Johnson has uttered since it was originally edited together)…

… and after Dawn Butler was ejected from Parliament by an acting deputy Speaker, for the heinous crime of listing the facts about Johnson’s lies.

But now we come to the other side of this coin; if people are deserting Johnson and the Tories, where will they go?

And the answer is clear: they won’t go to Keir Starmer’s poisonous Fake Labour.

Even after the self-isolation/dishonesty revelations about Boris Johnson, the voting intention polls look like this, and Damo is right to draw the conclusion he does:

Starmer’s personal rating is much worse, after a year in which he has relentlessly pursued and persecuted socialists who used to form the backbone of the party with false accusations of anti-Semitism, has pandered to the Tory narrative about Covid-19 even when it has caused more infections and deaths, and has lied about his own policies – rejecting those on which he was elected Labour leader and offering nothing to replace them because he knows if we discover his real plans, his party will end up consisting of himself and Wes Streeting:

There’s an obvious answer – for both parties: ditch the leader.

History shows that voters forgive parties with unpopular leaders if they get new ones – even if this does not result in a policy change.

It seems the British people are extremely shallow in this respect.

The first party to grasp this fact will be the one that gains most in the post-Covid political landscape that we are all soon to inhabit.

But Starmer – and Johnson – are both stubborn political survivalists.

Will they accept the inevitable? Or will they try to put it off at any cost, thereby causing huge harm to their party’s electability?

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Was Sadiq Khan’s narrower-than-expected London Mayoral win due to Keir Starmer’s right turn?

Sadiq Khan said unflattering things about then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after his 2016 London mayoral victory. But at least Corbyn provided Labour policies for the public to support in the poll. Starmer put him in a vacuum and it is a miracle he received as many votes as he did.

Belated congratulations to Sadiq Khan on his re-election to the London Mayoralty.

But isn’t it disturbing that he won by a narrower margin than against Zac Goldsmith in 2016, against an equally inept candidate?

In the years preceding the election, Bailey had been criticised for racism (calling Khan “the Mad Mullah of Londonistan”, criticising celebration of Muslim and Hindu festivals and claiming that British people were being indoctrinated in the cultures of those religions).

He also proposed forcing larger London businesses to drug-test their employees – but with Parliament, dubbed the “corridors of powder” because of the huge “trace” amounts of cocaine that have been found there, exempt.

And he was accused of sexism as well as racism when it emerged that he had stated in 2006 that single girls in inner cities “deliberately become pregnant” in order to secure homes and benefits from the government.

Against such a man, Sadiq Khan gained more than 100,000 fewer votes than against Goldsmith.

I don’t think the drop-off was anything to do with Khan himself – or with his opponent, though.

I think it was about the leadership of Khan’s political party – Labour.

When he was elected in 2016, the people of London were riding high on the election of Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn to the leadership with a set of genuinely socialist policies that had the potential to transform the UK into a vibrant example for the world.

By 2021, Corbyn’s right-wing opponents in the Labour Party bureaucracy had stabbed him in the back and had him replaced with suit-haircut-and-flag man Keir Starmer, who had promptly ditched all of those transformative policies in favour of an “any way the wind blows” approach.

In the absence of any policy support from his party leadership, it is a miracle Khan received as many votes as he did.

Source: Sadiq Khan wins second term as London mayor despite tighter-than-expected race | The Independent

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Will Starmer really sack Annaliese Dodds because he won’t take responsibility for his own record?

Fake: Keir Starmer seems keen to pretend that Annaliese Dodds is responsible for the poor position Labour has taken in the polls since HE became the party’s figurehead. Or is he faking it, and will deny any truth to it if the suggestion backfires?

It’s being mooted that Keir Starmer is set to sack Annaliese Dodds as Shadow Chancellor because Labour has plummeted in the polls. Isn’t that his fault?

Apparently it will be claimed that Dodds – who has been nigh-on invisible for the last year or so, unlike Starmer – has failed to effectively communicate Labour’s “vision”.

That would be a fair comment if Labour currently had a “vision” to communicate – but Starmer has stamped on all attempts to signpost where Labour is going, instead pursuing a policy of jumping on every bandwagon he can find.

It is Starmer’s Labour that has dropped in the polls; and Starmer himself has also plummeted.

So it is Starmer who should accept the roasting that has been dealt out to him on the social media since the alleged sacking-to-be seeped into public knowledge yesterday (March 28). Here’s a sample:

What’s the betting that this doesn’t happen now, and that Starmer had leaked it just to see whether it would take some of the heat off of him?

It wouldn’t be the first time he has adopted a Tory tactic!

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