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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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Starmer plummets in the polls

It isn’t just because the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is going well.

Starmer is not experienced enough to be the leader of the Labour Party.

He has been an MP only since 2015 and doesn’t know what he stands for.

That might explain why he has betrayed every promise he made in order to get elected.

A poll showed 41 per cent of people now think Starmer is failing as Labour leader, with 35 per cent saying he’s doing well.

He displays a lack of vision that is not distinct from the Tories. He is beige.

If local elections go poorly on May 6, he might be out by the end of the year.

But if he does go, who will replace him? Another beige wet-wipe?

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Dutch Rutte government resigns over child welfare fraud scandal – Vox Political Scrapbook

I brought this to your attention yesterday, remarking on the similarity between this and the wrong done to UK child benefit claimants by the Conservatives, with their so-called ‘rape clause’.

Now this has happened:

Mark Rutte’s government has stepped down after thousands of families were wrongly accused of child welfare fraud and told to pay money back.

Families suffered an “unparalleled wrong”, Dutch MPs decided, with tax officials, politicians, judges and civil servants leaving them powerless.

An “unparalleled wrong”.

The Dutch can recognise when their government mistreats their benefit claimants abominably.

Why can’t we show the same perception, here in the UK?

Source: Dutch Rutte government resigns over child welfare fraud scandal – BBC News

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This former Commons speaker can still put a prime minister firmly in his place

This clip speaks for itself.

Former Commons Speaker Lady (Betty Boothroyd), speaking in today’s (October 19) Lords debate on how badly Boris Johnson has cocked up the UK’s departure from the European Union, said the following:

“Never in my Parliamentary experience have I witnessed such a collapse in the people’s trust.”

That is a warning.

Johnson will be too stupid – or too selfish – to take it.

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Hancock lied yet again: if anything, suicides have INCREASED during the Covid-19 pandemic

Smug little liar: when Matt Hancock opens his mouth to make a claim, it will probably be wrong.

There was a time when lying to Parliament meant immediate expulsion but don’t expect to see deceitful health secretary Matt Hancock thrown out on his ear.

When the whole government is corrupt, he is merely one liar among many.

His latest attempt to mislead us is in the number of people committing suicide.

He told the Commons that figures for England showed a decrease but this is not true.

Here’s Full Fact:

“Some cautiously positive news announced today ​by the Office for National Statistics shows that the number of suicides during the peak of the pandemic was down from 10.3 per 100,000 to 6.9 per 100,000”. – Matt Hancock MP, 1 September 2020

While the figures quoted by Mr Hancock are the latest reported by the ONS, it has clearly said that this data “cannot be used to show the number of suicides with a date of death in 2020, including those that occurred during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic”.

The provisional data, released on 1 September, shows the rate and number of suicide deaths registered up to June 2020. This data reported 10.3 suicides per 100,000 people between January and March (equivalent to 1,262 registered deaths), and 6.9 suicide deaths per 100,000 people between April and June, equivalent to 845 registered deaths.

It is important to note that these figures show when these deaths were registered, not when they happened.

The 845 suicides registered in the second quarter of 2020 is the lowest number of any quarter since the figures began in 2001, and the ONS said it is “unlikely that the reduction in registered deaths reflects a genuine reduction in the number of suicides”.

Mr Hancock was wrong to say that suicide deaths fell during the peak of the pandemic, as it is too early for the evidence to show what happened.

Hancock’s lie was all the more blatant when we remember that the ONS – the same organisation whose figures he quoted so wrongly – has reported that suicides in England and Wales last year were at their highest in nearly two decades:

Men accounted for around three-quarters of suicide deaths registered in 2019 – 4,303 compared with 1,388 women.
The male suicide rate of 16.9 deaths per 100,000 people was the highest since 2000, but is in line with 2018’s figures.

For women, the rate was 5.3 deaths per 100,000 – the highest since 2004, but again consistent with the previous year.

Source: There’s no evidence the number of people taking their own life fell during the Covid-19 pandemic – Full Fact

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More than 600,000 jobs lost – so 45 fat cats can increase their wealth by £25 billion?

Loadsamoney: and Boris Johnson has been spaffing it up the wall on furlough schemes so his big business pals can make a killing from Covid-19, it seems.

Covid-19 has had remarkably divergent effects on people, depending on their status in our society.

At the bottom, more than 600,000 people have lost their jobs:

The number of paid employees in the UK fell by 449,000 between March and April 2020 and early estimates suggest that a further 163,000 people lost their jobs in April.

It is believed that this number would have been much higher if not for the Government’s furlough scheme, and other support measures introduced to help businesses.

But with this scheme due to be wound down from August, it is feared that the UK could yet see a second spike in job losses and a subsequent rise in unemployment.

The data also shows a significant drop in median pay and recent wage growth has been reversed. Early estimates for May suggest that median monthly pay fell by 1.8% to £1,778 and the rate of growth in median pay became negative in April, falling to minus 0.75%.

So more people are unemployed and those who have kept their jobs have endured a drop in pay.

Meanwhile, at the top:

Britain’s billionaires have seen their fortunes soar by £25bn during the coronavirus lockdown – while some are criticised for using millions of pounds of taxpayers’ cash to pay wages of the staff in their companies.

New analysis shows 45 of the richest in the UK have seen their Covid-19 pandemic wealth snowballing by 20%.

Analysis shows the collective wealth of Britain’s richest since five days before the coronavirus lockdown at the end of March has risen from £121.57bn to £146.61bn.

It comes as Britain’s economy shrank by a record 20.4% in April as the first full month of the coronavirus lockdown triggered an economic crash three times greater than the 2008 financial crisis.

It seems the secret of their success is to have multiple business interests – and to take advantage of the government’s furlough scheme to get taxpayers to subsidise their payrolls.

The biggest winner, according to a study of Forbes data tracking billionaire wealth, is James Ratcliffe. He’s founder, chairman and majority owner of chemical giant Ineos, with wide North Sea energy interests.

Mr Ratcliffe’s net worth has risen from £8.75bn to £13.83bn. He has taken advantage of the government scheme to furlough almost 800 members of staff from his luxury hotel groups Home Grown and Lime Wood.

Under the scheme the State covers up to 80 per cent of the salaries of staff if companies keep them on the payroll. The payments are capped at £2,500 a month for each employee.

So he continues coining it from his energy firm, with lower outgoings because public money is funding his hotel staff.

Was this the intention?

It’s a valid question.

We were told the furlough scheme was to protect businesses and jobs, and that they would go to the wall without it.

But we see that the people behind the biggest businesses – who are therefore taking the most advantage of the furlough scheme – are raking in astronomical amounts of money.

Meanwhile the rest of us go without, and the national Treasury is emptied, meaning the poorest of us (again) will be told to pay more for the services the richest of us have received.

It’s wrong.

Nobody should be profiting from a pandemic that has killed nearly 70,000 people.

Perhaps Marcus Rashford should start campaigning for a windfall tax on the UK’s super-rich?

Source: Over 600,000 jobs lost to COVID-19 as Labour calls for an urgent ‘Back To Work’ budget – Welfare Weekly

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Priti Patel takes herself too seriously and that’s why this blunder is so satisfying

Gone is the trademark smirk: perhaps Ms Patel doesn’t think it’s funny when she makes a stupid mistake.

This is so funny I can’t let it pass by.

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, announced over the weekend…

Without the slightest hint of self-consciousness, This Writer should add…

That shoplifting in the UK has fallen, when compared with the same time last year.

It seems she had forgotten a small detail:

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