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Labour has hit a new low in the polls and Keir Starmer can’t blame anybody but himself

Keir Starmer: both the cause and the symptom of Labour’s electoral problems.

More than a year after Jeremy Corbyn handed over the Labour leadership to Keir Starmer, the party has fallen to a new low in the opinion polls, 18 points behind the Conservatives.

The situation is almost the exact opposite of what so-called ‘centrists’ said would happen with “Anybody But Corbyn” as leader; they promised a 20-point lead.

So, what went wrong?

The new poll, conducted by YouGov and released on Saturday, had Labour on just 28 per cent – down four points on Jeremy Corbyn’s disastrous 2019 general election result, and down 12 points on his 2017 result.

The opposition leader was publicly accused by one of his MPs [Ian Lavery] of lacking substance and being “invisible” as Labour continued to reel from a series of disappointing elections.

The new front bench team has so far failed to break the narrative that the party does not have distinctive policies or have fixed principles.

If this is the start of a leadership bid by Lavery, This Writer reckons it will be welcomed by the party membership and by voters.

Of course, the poll is be Tory-run YouGov and is therefore suspect. We’ll have to see what Survation has to say before we can be sure.

As far as comments are concerned, strangely I can’t find it at the moment but someone put a satirical remark on Twitter to the effect that, if leftists had only refrained from calling him “Keith”, Labour might be only 16 points behind.

… oh, and among working class voters, that’s a whopping thirty-six points behind:

It doesn’t matter whether we call him Keir or Keith; his name is Mud.

Get rid of him, Labour. We all deserve better. And it won’t come from the centre or the right.

Source: Labour falls to new poll low 18 points behind the Tories | The Independent

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It’s as if the UK is deliberately sabotaging Brexit negotiations, isn’t it?

A lorry passes an anti-Brexit placard at the Ireland-Northern Ireland border crossing in Killeen [Image: AFP/Getty].

Remember all those jokes in which Irish people were portrayed as harmless idiots? Well, the shoe’s on the other foot now!

This Writer cannot imagine what will be in the EU position paper on the Irish border question – but I doubt there will be any “magical” solutions in it.

Nor are there likely to be any premature trade negotiations.

I wonder what David Davis and his ill-prepared cronies think they are doing.

Are they deliberately trying to provoke their EU counterparts?

The European Union has accused the UK of “magical thinking” over plans to create an invisible border in Ireland after Brexit, amid fading hopes of an early divorce deal this autumn.

The response came as both sides prepared for the next round of negotiations in Brussels next week, with the EU issuing a stern rebuke against using the peace process as a bargaining chip.

Last week the UK outlined ideas for “as frictionless and seamless a border as possible”, with waivers for people and goods crossing the 310-mile long boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic. Both sides want to avoid a hard border that risks reigniting attacks on checkpoints, which were a feature of the Troubles.

But EU diplomats think the British are trying to push responsibility for solving the Irish issue back on to them.

The UK paper on Ireland outlined two options to virtually eliminate checks on goods crossing the border: the first would rely on technology to eliminate physical border checks; the second would see the UK take responsibility for monitoring the border and even collecting customs duties for the EU.

Talk of technical fixes is seen as premature in Brussels. But it is the second proposal that has most alarmed EU diplomats, who think the UK already has problems in preventing customs fraudsters.

One EU diplomat told the Guardian that allowing the UK to manage the EU’s external frontier would be very difficult to accept. The British paper on the Irish border calls for “flexible and imaginative solutions” eight times, a repeated phrase that has left EU diplomats rolling their eyes.

Source: UK accused of ‘magical thinking’ over Brexit plan for Irish border | UK news | The Guardian