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Another Keir Starmer lie? Election candidates to be chosen centrally?

Keir Starmer: they lie, and they lie, and they lie… (allegedly).

Here’s the claim:

Didn’t Keir Starmer say something about constituency Labour parties selecting their own MPs, before he became leader?

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Yes:

The comments are searing:

So, if this claim is true, not only will Keir Starmer have reneged on yet another promise, but he’ll be foisting candidates of highly suspicious character on UK Parliamentary constituencies.

Worth your vote? Really?


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Ceasefire motion fiasco triggers calls for Commons Speaker to be removed

Blood on his hands: if Keir Starmer really interfered in Parliamentary procedure to water down the SNP’s Gaza ceasefire motion, then people may justifiably be concerned that he has prolonged Israel’s genocide.

If Lyndsay Hoyle really did think he was safeguarding his job as Commons Speaker by allowing Labour’s amendment to the SNP’s ceasefire motion to be debated, he’s thinking twice now.

After he allowed the amendment onto the agenda, in defiance of convention and against the advice of his clerk…

… it was suggested that he had been blackmailed into taking it by Keir Starmer (possibly via his chief of staff, Sue Gray), with a threat that he would not be re-elected as Speaker after the general election if he didn’t toe the line:

Hoyle denied being pressured by anybody from the Labour Party.

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Instead, after holding meetings with representatives from all sides of the House of Commons, Hoyle came up with a fantastical story that he had been presented with “frightening” threats to MPs’ safety.

He said he

“never, ever wanted to go through a situation where I pick up a phone to find a friend of whatever side has been murdered by a terrorist”.

He added: “I also don’t want another attack on this House. I was in the chair on that day. I have seen, I have witnessed.

“I won’t share the details but the details of the things that have been brought to me are absolutely frightening on all members of this House, on all sides. I have a duty of care and I say that and if my mistake is looking after members, I am guilty. I am guilty because… I have a duty of care that I will carry out to protect people. It is the protection that led me to make a wrong decision.”

Do you believe that? Tom Smith, who runs Another Angry Voice, doesn’t.

He wrote:

Here’s just some of the stuff that’s wrong with this absurd Starmerite narrative that Hoyle had to bin parliamentary procedure and side with Starmer in order to protect MPs from potential harm.

Labour MPs bragged to their mates in the media that they made Hoyle do what he did by threatening his position as speaker.

Hoyle himself stated that he was doing it for ‘procedural reasons’, rather than for the safety of MPs.

The implication that MPs lives would be in danger were they to have debated a motion that referenced Israeli “collective punishment” of Palestinian civilians rather than one that didn’t is downright absurd.

It’s beyond depraved to invoke the horrific killings of MPs by a far-right extremist (Jo Cox) and an Islamist terrorist (David Amess) to portray overwhelmingly peaceful Palestinian solidarity campaigners as a threat to the safety of politicians.

Citing potential terrorist violence in order to rip up established procedures sets an extremely dangerous precedent that clearly incentivises violent threats against MPs from people who expect they can influence political processes through threats and intimidation.

MPs have a long proven track record of fabricating threats and abuse.

MPs centring themselves as the primary victims in all of this is utterly obscene.

I agree with him.

At the time of writing, 67 MPs – mostly from the Conservative Party and the SNP – have signed a motion of ‘no confidence’ in the Speaker.

He should resign; he made a terrible mistake – possibly under pressure from the Labour leadership – and now he has tried to justify himself in a way that is not credible.

And then there is Keir Starmer’s role in this.

If he did pressurise the Speaker – in any way – then he has disgraced his position, the Labour Party, Parliament and the UK (because this was a debate about this country’s role in international affairs).

In such circumstances, he certainly would not deserve to become a prime minister of the UK. Until the questions about this fiasco are answered in full, he should not be allowed the opportunity.


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Is Labour sabotaging Gaza ceasefire motion to appease Israel

Keir Starmer: see that flag behind him? Is it the emblem of his real bosses?

Today’s the day! But will it be the day Labour sabotages the Gaza ceasefire motion in a bid to appease Israel?

As This Writer types, MPs in Westminster are set to vote on whether to demand a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in what is left of the Gaza Strip.

The motion has been tabled by the Scottish National Party and enjoys widespread support among the people of the United Kingdom. A petition demanding that MPs also support it has been signed by more than 50,000 people:

But Labour leader Keir Starmer has apparently told his MPs to reject it – because it correctly states that Israel is inflicting collective punishment, which is a war crime, on the non-combatant civilians of Gaza:

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Instead, Labour and the Conservatives have tried to muddy the issue by tabling motions of their own. Here’s Lisa Nandy – is she still the chair of Labour Friends of Palestine? That would be hypocritical now, wouldn’t it? – talking a lot of nonsense about her party’s motion:

The Labour amendment sets conditions for a ceasefire that make it less likely to happen; the claim that the SNP doesn’t stipulate that the ceasefire should be by both Israel and Hamas is nonsense – a ceasefire must involve both sides, and the other conditions are mainly to offer Israel excuses to continue its genocide (or so it seems to This Writer).

Here’s commentary by the ever-brilliant Jess Barnard:

There will be consequences for this – but it seems Starmer is gambling that too few voters will impose those consequences on him:

This Writer abandoned the tactical vote campaign some time ago. I advocate voters actually carrying out their civic duty, which is to read the manifestos and election literature of all candidates in your constituency and vote for whichever of them offers the best package for youNothing else should matter to you – certainly not which of the mainstream Establishment parties (Labour, the Tories, possibly the Liberal Democrats) should form a government.

This is the only way to achieve the change the UK needs and it is ironic that it requires us to do nothing more than what we should always have been doing anyway.

It certainly seems that some Labour MPs will face stern repercussions – such as those in the left-wing Socialist Campaign Group – if they oppose a motion that may help end the murder of innocent people, including children:

The three-line whip claim has been confirmed by ITV political editor Robert Peston. Commentators are asking an obvious question about it:

He’s no kind of leader if he can’t inspire his people to follow him; it strongly suggests that his entire approach is wrong.

And that suggests that we would be wrong to vote for him or his party in an election.

Commentators have already chosen their sides. You can tell from the tone of this article where This Writer stands, and here’s John Smith, son of the late and much-loved Harry Leslie Smith:

If the ceasefire motion is voted down, it will be a clear indication that our MPs are indeed in Parliament for the welfare of the few – the few in question being the Israeli government, its supporters, lobbyists and mouthpieces.

We know from events leading up to the start of World War II that appeasement does not work. If our MPs offer Israel an inch, it will try to take every square mile of Gaza. We must therefore judge our MPs on what they choose today – and respond harshly if their choice is wrong.


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Starmer’s dilemma: he’s not an alternative to the Tories and he isn’t even interesting

Stiff as a board: Keir Starmer simply isn’t interesting – and he doesn’t have any policies worth supporting.

The opinion polls suggest a landslide general election victory for the Labour Party – not because Keir Starmer’s policies are any good but because people are so sick of the Tories that any old rubbish will seem better.

It is likely to have the lowest turnout, as a percentage of the electorate, of any election since universal suffrage was introduced, meaning there will be strong arguments that whichever party forms the next government will not have a mandate and proportional representation should be introduced to restore power to the people.

The problem is that any government formed by Starmer will be as right-wing as Rishi Sunak’s, with policies that are indistinguishable from those of Sunak’s administration. In other words, none of Starmer’s policies will work either.

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And the UK’s electorate doesn’t turn out to elect right-wing governments. We don’t like them.

Consider the following:

So election expert Professor John Curtice reckons, “None of [the party leaders] enthuse the electorate, none of them are popular, all of them are regarded as dull as dishwater… So what’s the point of turning out to vote? If we give people a reason to vote, they’ll turn out.”

But people don’t have a reason to vote.

And Ruth Wodak said: “If there is a good opposition, if there’s an alternative programme, you might have a chance [to defeat far-right populism]… One has to provide alternatives, provide more participation so that citizens feel that they are acknowledged and that their worries are being taken seriously.”

There isn’t a good opposition. There isn’t an alternative programme. Keir Starmer has removed all his alternatives and cut back on participation – because, at heart, he is a Conservative cuckoo in the Labour nest.

Oh, he keeps pretending to offer more participation – here’s his current pledge:

But you can be sure it will be withdrawn long before anybody expects it to be put into practice, just like all Labour’s other pledges under Starmer’s leadership.

The UK needs alternatives – and we won’t get them from Labour or any of the other mainstream parties.

That’s why I am advising everyone to actually find out what the candidates in your constituency are planning to do, if they are lucky enough to be elected.

That is what party manifestos are for. Independent candidates also have policy documents and they will all be online for you to find and read.

You need to find and read these policy documents, and then you need to make a dispassionate choice, based on what you have read.

Which of the candidates offers the most policies that fit what you need? And, by that, I mean: who will improve your own life the most?

Do not consider how other people will vote, either in your constituency or the other 649 around the UK. That is not your concern.

It is not for you to worry about which party will get enough votes to actually enact its policies. This will lead you down the usual garden path to voting in a government that won’t do anything at all for the good of the country, like the one we’ve had since 2010.

BE SELFISH. Bizarrely, it might be the only way to get the kind of government that all of us need.


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Never mind the spin – here’s #TelAvivKeith

#TelAvivKeith: Keir Starmer’s slavish support for Israel has earned him a new derogatory nickname. But if the cap fits…?

It’s the perfect put-down for a Labour leader who sold out to a foreign power before winning any power for himself.

Keir Starmer’s unquestioning support for Israel has been just a little too conspicuous since October 7 last year – and today (February 17, 2024), somebody found the perfect way to sum it up:

He can try to pretend he’s been taking legal advice into consideration but everybody has already concluded that the only advice he’s accepting is coming from Tel Aviv.

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The nickname caught on quickly:

And then it started trending:

It’s because right-thinking people think it’s accurate, of course:

Even now, when he has changed his tune in response to public demand, #TelAvivKeith can’t avoid the public spotlight that highlights all his little evasions and caveats:

This Writer has said it before and will undoubtedly do so again: Do you really want this man running your country when he is so clearly influenced by another one?


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Starmer finally gives up on Rochdale candidate – but is the damage already done?

Azhar Ali and Keir Starmer: the political damage to Labour’s leader of one of his supporters being accused of anti-Semitism, coupled with his own reluctance to suspend that person’s party membership, could be worse than any result in the Rochdale by-election.

Labour has finally suspended the party membership of Rochdale by-election candidate Azhar Ali, after the Daily Mail contacted the party with more allegations about him.

Mr Ali was already in trouble for claiming (correctly) that Egypt had said it had warned Israel of the October 7, 2023, Hamas attack well in advance, and (without evidence) that Israel had allowed it to happen in order to have an excuse for its current genocide in Gaza.

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Mail story published on Monday (February 12) added that

Ali said “people in the media from certain Jewish quarters” were “giving crap” about Andy McDonald, who was suspended by Labour after he used the controversial phrase “between the river and the sea” in a speech during a rally.

The paper also said the now-former Labour candidate claimed that Israel planned to “get rid of [Palestinians] from Gaza” and “grab” some of the land. It is thought he made the comments at the same meeting as the original story.

There was nothing wrong with Mr McDonald’s use of the words “between the river and the sea”, as has been discussed on This Site previously, and the idea that Israel wants to clear Gaza of Palestinians and grab the land is now widely-held, in the light of the genocide there.

It’s probably that the offending words were “certain Jewish quarters” which, coupled with his other remarks, may give some people cause to believe his comments were anti-Semitic.

The controversy has turned the Rochdale by-election into yet another discussion of anti-Semitism in UK politics – much to the disgust of some commentators:

This Writer can only conclude that the use of the hashtag at the end of the post above is sarcastic – a comment on the issue of possible anti-Semitism by one candidate taking precedence over any discussion of the real needs of Rochdale and/or the UK as a whole.

We can check this against the words of those who have been asked to comment on it. Does Lord Mann discuss the political issues facing Rochdale and the UK?

No.

Louise Ellman? No. And look – someone has followed her interview clip with one of Keir Starmer protesting that he would have a “zero tolerance” approach to anti-Semitism, with a laugh track added to his words. You may ask yourself why…

It’s because Azhar Ali is a Starmerite – a member of the current Labour leader’s loyalists within the party. Considering the allegations against him, this would be enough to make anybody in Starmer’s position a laughing-stock, from certain viewpoints.

Here’s one of them: Ash Sarkar, on LBC, telling Nick Ferrari that the process Starmer was describing (to laughter, above) is not fit for purpose because he used it for petty factional vendettas rather than fair investigations of facts, and claiming that it took him considerably longer to be forced to give Mr Ali up, simply because he was a member of Starmer’s faction within Labour.

But the buck won’t stop with Mr Ali – or it shouldn’t:

Good question!

Even Ed Balls can’t help but admit that Ali is a Starmerite – although he does still manage to get a dig in at Jeremy Corbyn in this short clip:

Factual background information now: the following quotes the New York Times which claimed Israel had been given a whole year’s foreknowledge of the October 7 attack:

So: commenting on this claim can’t be anti-Semitic in itself as there is evidence to support it.

Apparently it is the criticism of the Israeli government that failed to act that is anti-Semitic. But there’s a problem with that, which is that commentators have been eager to conflate it with wider attacks:

Why would the pundits on Newsnight claim any criticism of the Israeli government is anti-Semitic? This Writer can only conclude that it is to whitewash the genocide that Benjamin Netanyahu is carrying out in Gaza; if any criticism of the Israeli government is anti-Semitic, then it is anti-Semitic to condemn the genocide.

I don’t think that will wash.

Others have been desperate to whitewash Starmer. Robert Peston’s ‘X’ post defies belief – and I urge you to click on it in order to read it in full before moving on to the response:

Add it all up and it is clear that Starmer and his own regime will have serious questions to answer and the repercussions may continue, right up until the general election.

So the question below – whether Labour is distancing itself from a probable defeat – is probably academic. The real issue is where Labour voters will go. Is Ken Burch (below) correct?

Certainly The Guardian has said

a local Labour insider said that some activists would seriously consider throwing their support behind Simon Danczuk, the disgraced former Labour MP for Rochdale who was suspended from the party after sending inappropriate messages to a teenager.

But supporting someone with such a record would create a stink of its own – and the paper also admits that

[George] Galloway, who is concentrating on Rochdale’s sizeable Pakistani and Kashmiri Muslim community for votes, is expected to benefit from the row, with some local activists saying that Ali’s suspension makes him favourite to win on 29 February.

If Galloway is the front-runner now, then the wisest thing he can do is concentrate on policy issues.

He could win thousands of votes by talking about what he thinks Rochdale needs, while his competitors are still wittering about anti-Semitism.


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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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Andrew Feinstein announced as left-wing candidate to unseat Keir Starmer at general election

Selected: Andrew Feinstein.

You’ve probably read or heard it elsewhere already, but This Site is delighted to support the announcement that Andrew Feinstein is to stand as a left-wing candidate in Holborn & St Pancras at this year’s general election – in order to unseat Keir Starmer.

Mr Feinstein was chosen by OCISA (Organise Corbyn-Inspired Socialist Alliance), the group that was created solely to remove Labour leader Keir Starmer from his Parliamentary seat after he was found to have betrayed – pretty much – everything that Labour was founded to represent.

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For a quick summary of what’s wrong with Starmer, you can’t go wrong with Damien Willey’s comment about six minutes into the video clip below, in which he describes the policy-betraying Labour leader as “a pro-Israel, economically-incompetent, stuff-Palestine weaponiser of anti-Semitism whose policies appear to be dictated by whoever is opening their chequebook”.

The rest of Damo’s video, recorded before Mr Feinstein won the candidacy, describes Mr Feinstein’s career and character and explains why we should all support him:

Mr Feinstein’s adoption as the OCISA candidate was announced on the Not The Andrew Marr Show today (Sunday, February 11, 2024). There’s no video clip of that segment available at the moment, otherwise I would include it here.

But I can say that he will be the only left-wing candidate opposing Starmer. In the last year, OCISA has networked effectively with all other left groups and parties to agree that its candidate will not be opposed by other left candidates in Holborn & St Pancras.

Mr Feinstein has also been endorsed by the local For the Many Project group members and will be working together with them.

His political skill and eloquence in discussing difficult subjects can be seen in the following clip, in which he discusses the International Court of Justice’s recent imposition of interim measures to prevent Israel committing genocide in Gaza – which Israel ignored:

His candidacy has won widespread support across the social media already:

Finally it should be noted that Mr Feinstein is one of what This Writer hopes will be many independent candidates springing up to challenge the Establishment parties – Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, amongst others – in elections.

Here are those who have already been named:

I intend to use Vox Political to help give these alternatives a platform. While I may support them, I should repeat that it is the responsibility of all individual voters to examine the policy platforms of every candidate in your own constituency and support the individual whose offer is most likely to improve your own life (and those of your family members if you have children who can’t vote).

The choice is entirely yours so make it a good one. It seems clear that, in Holborn & St Pancras, Andrew Feinstein is a good choice.


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There is NO ‘national debt’. Politicians like Keir Starmer are SCAREMONGERING

Keir Starmer and money: he doesn’t understand how it works but he wants us to put him in charge of the UK’s economy. How insane would we have to be to do that? Oh, and Rishi Sunak doesn’t know how it works either.

Let’s try to put this ridiculous nonsense about us having to pay back a mythical “national debt” to rest, if we can.

This Writer has been trying to work out a better way to describe it for a long time – practically since it became a political football during the run-up to the 2010 election, in fact – and I have learned a lot about the way the UK’s money system works in that time.

Here’s how it works:

All UK money is created as demanded by the government. It asks the Bank of England, which it owns, to create the sums it needs in order to fund its political projects and policies and puts that money into the economy.

(And in order to prevent inflation, as more and more money is pumped into the system – and also to validate Sterling (the Pound) as a currency – the government takes money back out of the system in taxes.)

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Without the money the government creates, the economy would not work – unless we all went back to bartering one set of goods for another, but this is not as good a system as using a currency.

So we could say that money is the lifeblood of the economy – it invigorates the system and keeps it alive.

Taking that comparison further: we don’t say we owe our heart a debt of blood because it pumps eight pints of it around our bodies, without which we couldn’t survive, do we?

And if we give blood, for medical purposes, we don’t expect to have to pay our heart back in some extraordinary way; our bodies just make more of it.

So it seems strange to consider all the money the Bank is told to create for the economy as being debt; it is something else, for which I have yet to find a good pithy name.

As such, it seems to This Writer that governments should work out how much they need to have in the economy at any given time, in order to achieve their aims, and remove that from any notion of debt. This would then give them a better idea of how much to tax out of the system at any time. There are other indicators available to show who it should be taxed from.

It seems to me that this (possibly naive) model is endorsed by the economist Richard Murphy in his new – long – ‘X’ thread about why Keir Starmer’s twaddle about the “national credit card” is ridiculous.

Read:

Here’s the bit that corroborates what I was thinking:

So the national debt is actually the money that makes the economy work. That’s not a debt – it’s an assset!

He continues:

Now he’s getting into why the “maxed-out credit card” story is daft.

Here comes the punchline: why are Labour and the Tories making such a fuss about a so-called debt that doesn’t actually exist? Read on:

So there you have it.

There is no national debt.

The money created by the government, through the Bank of England, is what energises the economy (we can see that demonstrated by the fact that there has been practically no growth in the years since David Cameron and George Osborne imposed austerity on us).

Political parties talk about a fictional national debt and a fictional national credit card to make us believe that, as a nation, we cannot afford the public services and assets that we need. This is a lie.

The conclusion?

Political parties that tell this lie do not deserve our vote and there should be no Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat or SNP MPs in the House of Commons after the next general election – unless they change their tune radically.


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Keir Starmer’s reason for killing Green Prosperity Plan: economic illiteracy

It was bad enough that Keir Starmer decided to ditch his party’s last policy that divided it from the Tories; now we learn that he’s justifying it with the worst piece of economic illiteracy of the last few decades.

Here’s Another Angry Voice:

Apparently Labour can’t now afford to invest for the future because the Tory government has said it is going to “max out the national credit card”.

If this sounds wearisomely familiar, it’s because it is. The “maxed out national credit card” trope was one of David Cameron and George Osborne’s favourite propaganda lines when they were trying to convince the country that “let’s cut our way to prosperity” austerity ruination was a wise economic strategy, rather than the macroeconomically illiterate road to ruin it’s proven to be.

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Anyone with a shred of economic knowledge understands that comparisons between national economies and household family budgets are profoundly misleading, and that they’re especially egregious when public borrowing is portrayed as akin to a reckless credit card splurge.

Unless you have a money printing press in your house, your household budget is almost entirely unlike a national economy, and public borrowing (the cheapest possible form of borrowing) is extremely unlike credit card borrowing (the most expensive aside from payday loan exploitation).

Thus anyone making such comparisons is either an economic illiterate who doesn’t have the faintest idea how national economies actually work, or they’re wilfully spreading economically illiterate tropes in order dupe people they believe to be gullible.

Apparently Starmer and the right-wing ghouls he’s surrounded himself with believe we can solve Britain’s economic malaise with the same ruinous “cut our way to prosperity” policies and by spreading exactly the same asinine economic illiteracy as the people who actually caused it!

You’d have to fit Einstein’s definition of insanity to believe that we’ll end up with different results by trying the same thing again, down to the exact same propaganda lines used to justify it.

Once again we learn that the way forward for the UK is neither a Conservative nor a Labour government.

Source: Why is Keir Starmer spreading economic illiteracy?


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