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Keir Starmer’s speech: Nazi catchphrases won’t endear him to hecklers

Offensive gesture: when This Writer discussed Starmer’s speech with a non-political friend, the other person said this pose, struck by the Labour leader while mocking a heckler, deeply angered him.

This Writer was away at a (genuine) funeral so I missed the (metaphorical) funeral for Keir Starmer’s political career that some may call his first Labour conference speech as party leader.

I’ve been catching up on it later and my goodness, it was a stinker!

For once, the mainstream media’s vain attempts to whitewash this disaster weren’t the most astonishing part of the fiasco. And there’s a wide choice of other shockers from which to choose.

Top of my list is his referencing of a Nazi slogan – “beauty of work”. He tried to claim he was referring to words by W.H. Auden, but I’ve had a (quick, admittedly) look and can’t find that phrase connected with the great poet anywhere.

Our good friend, the Skwawkbox blog, has found a connection with Nazism, though: “‘Schönheit der Arbeit’ was the slogan of a propaganda department of the Nazi regime from 1934 to 1945… SdA aimed to keep the population in what its rulers considered their place.”

I am curious to see how his allies on the Board of Deputies of British Jews justify their support for a man who directly quotes Nazi propaganda.

Alternatively, we could discuss the part where Starmer said he spent the summer of 2010 helping to put terrorists behind bars while Boris Johnson was writing Telegraph articles defending his right not to wear a cycle helmet.

Maybe, as Director of Public Prosecutions, Starmer did indeed help to keep terrorists behind bars in a supervisory way – the same supervisory way in which he had failed to put Jimmy Savile behind bars the previous year; he had not been directly involved.

After Savile died in 2013 and his offences against children became public knowledge, Starmer commissioned an investigation that criticised prosecutors and the police over their handling of allegations against the late broadcaster. Too little, too late.

The only incident in 2010 in which I can find direct involvement in anti-terrorist activity by Starmer is his ruling on the case of Binyam Mohamed, a terror suspect who had been arrested in Pakistan in 2002 and tortured under the supervision of four FBI officers. According to Novara Media,

Mohamed was kept in a 2m by 2.5m cell, beaten frequently with a leather strap and hung from the ceiling for an entire week. During this period, he was visited by MI5 agents who observed his punishment first-hand, and warned that if he did not answer their questions he would be sent to a country whose laws would permit the use of more extreme interrogation tactics. This is precisely what happened three months later. The CIA transferred him to a secret prison in Morocco, where his captors repeatedly slashed his penis and chest with razor blades, burnt him with hot liquid and forced him to stay awake for 48-hour periods while playing loud repetitive music. MI5 continued to oversee the operation from afar, providing Mohamed’s interrogators with specific questions about his contacts in the UK and discussing the timescale of his detention with them. After he was released without charge, Mohamed produced evidence of British involvement in his torture, and it fell to Starmer to decide whether the lead MI5 officer would be prosecuted. Starmer declared he would not. He later made the same ruling in relation to an MI6 officer accused of sanctioning the torture of detainees in Bagram Air Base.

Perhaps Starmer meant something else in his speech.

No wonder he was heckled to hell and back – despite having employed police to intimidate conference delegates…

… and, indeed, allegedly bussing in ‘day visitors’ to bolster his support in the hall:

(And that hall was still riddled with empty seats, prompting comparisons with Jeremy Corbyn’s speeches – when queues to see him speak stretched around the conference venues and his words had to be broadcast to overflow rooms to meet demand – as Skwawkbox (again) reminds us.)

When Starmer said people turned to the Tories in 2019 “because they didn’t believe that our promises were credible,” someone shouted out: “It was your Brexit policy!” leaving the Labour leader rattled.

After another heckle he tried to save face by saying, “At this time on a Wednesday it’s normally the Tories who are heckling me. It doesn’t bother me then; it won’t bother me now.” But it should; these heckles were from people who would have been shouting in support of him if he had performed well in any way during the conference.

During a section of his speech on the value of work, former Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent shouted at length, starting, “They want to be paid properly!” The remainder of her oration was lost as Starmer responded “Shouting slogans or changing lives, conference!”

The trouble was, she wasn’t shouting slogans, as she explained later: “He had ignored…people who had been standing up and asking for him to guarantee the 15 per cent rise for the NHS; a £15 [per hour] minimum wage.” Fair points.

Sadly, the best video clip I could find to demonstrate these interruptions is from The Sun, so I present it with apologies for the lapse of standards. If anyone can find a more wholesome source, please get in touch so I can replace this:

The peroration – the conclusion of the speech and the part intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience – seemed to be a demand for us all to knuckle under and obey our masters:

“This is a big moment that demands leadership. Leadership founded on the principles that have informed my life and with which I honour where I have come from.

“Work. Care. Equality. Security. I think of these values as British values. I think of them as the values that take you right to the heart of the British public. That is where this party must always be.

“And I think of these values as my heirloom. The word loom, from which that idea comes, is another word for tool.”

Funny that he should mention the word “tool” again in his speech. Previously, he had said, “”My dad was a tool maker in a factory. In a sense so was Boris Johnson’s dad.”

Well, it turns out that Starmer’s dad was a tool maker in exactly the same sense, because that’s exactly how Starmer himself came across here.

If these principles have informed Starmer’s life, why was he unable to demonstrate them to delegates at the Labour conference?

Security? He wouldn’t offer low-paid workers the security of a £15-per-hour minimum wage. His shadow minister for Employment Rights quit because of it.

Equality? He pushed through rule changes that enormously increased the power of Labour MPs while reducing that of the wider membership.

Care? He showed he couldn’t care less about the grassroots members who campaign for Labour when he ignored – completely – a campaigner for a Green New Deal.

Work? His leadership doesn’t.

And that Nazi reference is deeply worrying.

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Exposed: treacherous Starmer plan to make the Tories more democratic than Labour

Blairite puppet: Keir Starmer wants to return Labour to a voting system that deprives members of any power, instead giving it to his cronies in the Parliamentary Labour Party in the same way his forerunner Tony Blair rigged the party system in his own favour.

Keir Starmer really is determined to make the Labour Party toxic, isn’t he?

His latest wheeze is to turn away anybody who believes in democracy, by making leadership elections more undemocratic than those of the Conservative Party.

You don’t believe me?

At the moment, the Tories elect their leaders by a system in which two candidates are chosen by MPs (in a series of votes that whittle down the potential choices) and then the wider membership is invited to choose between them on a “one member, one vote” basis.

Labour’s current system is more democratic, in that if a vacancy arises, a candidate may be nominated by five per cent of the Parliamentary Labour Party or at least three affiliate organisations (including two trade unions) representing at least five per cent of the affiliated membership; if an incumbent is challenged, a candidate must be nominated by at least 20 per cent of MPs prior to party conference. Then the wider membership votes by preferential ballot (candidates ranked 1, 2, 3 etc). Eligible party members, affiliates and registered supporters each have one ballot.

Starmer wants to change Labour’s system back to the corrrupt ‘electoral college’ system that gives disproportionate weight to votes by the few hundred party members who happen to be members of Parliament. They would get an entire third of the vote.

The other votes would be split between trade unions, whose block vote would represent another third of the total – and Constituency Labour Parties whose officers would vote for their choice, whether it was supported by the members or not. They would take up the last third.

Rank and file Labour members would not have any say in the election of a future leader at all. Around 200 MP would have more voting power than around 400 thousand rank-and-file members.

Well, we know what that’s all about, don’t we?

It’s about keeping a bitterly unpopular leadership failure – and Tory fellow-traveller – at the top of the Labour Party even if the membership at large is desperate to remove him.

Starmer would find it much easier to keep his job if a third of the votes in a leadership election come from his right-wing (and deeply unpleasant) fellow cuckoos, many of whom were parachuted into seats during the Blair/Brown years and are closer to the Tories than to traditional Labour in terms of their political values; and if CLP executives that have been purged of left-wingers under the nightmare tenure of unelected general secretary David Evans get to impose their will on party members.

Looking into the future, the trend would then continue because genuine democratic socialists would quit in large numbers, in the realisation that Labour is now neither democratic nor socialist.

And Boris Johnson would then have a free ticket back into Downing Street for as long as the situation would last, because Keir Starmer has absolutely no interest in mounting any serious opposition to the hard-right Tory despot.

Starmer’s words on the subject are as ridiculous as you might expect: “I have said I will make the Labour Party the party of working people, I am determined that the Labour party I lead focuses on the country, on the concerns of voters, so we need party reforms that better connect us with working people.” Nonsense!

He’s making it the party of privileged right-wing MPs! This duplicitous piece of treachery would sever the connection between the party leadership and working people and Starmer knows it. He is simply trying to trick the gullible.

Fortunately, there remain a few people in the Labour movement who are prepared to oppose the Blue Abstainer.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, according to the BBC: “This proposal to reduce the membership to one third of the vote, while inflating the vote of Labour MPs is unfair, undemocratic and a backwards step.

“People will remember that at their conference, Labour talked about rules not issues.

“That’s a huge error for them. We are almost trying to save them (the Labour leadership) from themselves.

“This is not the path to go down.”

And Momentum vice chair Callum Bell warned: “These rule changes would mark the start of a civil war in the party. Starmer holds the membership in contempt.”

On Twitter, Labour MP Jon Trickett led the fightback – and it wasn’t long before fellow members made the obvious point:

Fellow MP Ian Lavery has also spoken up in support of democracy:

And there are others – all from the Left of the party:

Perhaps predictably, we are yet to see opposition to this insult from the likes of Yvette Cooper, Angela Rayner, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Ruth Smeeth, Wes Streeting, and the rest of the Usual Suspects infesting the Labour side of the Green Benches.

The good news is that, unless Starmer gets support for the idea from at least two out of three major trade unions at a meeting this week (September 22), it won’t go forward.

So it’s over to you, GMB, Usdaw and Unison. Do you support worker (and member) empowerment, or are you all for the bosses dictating and the rest of us slaving? Your choice.

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Latest opinion poll puts Labour in the doldrums – because it doesn’t have a LEADER

Labour’s shame: Starmer cannot offer us leadership away from the incompetence of Boris Johnson and his Tories. All he can offer us are excuses.

Yes, you read the headline right. The Labour Party remains unpopular because it doesn’t have a leader.

It is currently 12 points behind the Conservatives, according to the latest opinion poll:

Party officials can’t even point to backstabbing amongst themselves – which caused much of Labour’s unpopularity in the run-up to the 2019 general election.

MPs and right-wing party officials – all of whom should have been working for the Conservative Party but had set themselves up in Labour to deprive political left-wingers of a home – spent months and years after the 2017 election undermining then-leader Jeremy Corbyn with false accusations of anti-Semitism and incompetence against him and his supporters.

Keir Starmer has no such betrayals holding him back. His failure is entirely his fault.

And it is because he is not a leader.

He’s definitely a follower. He followed the demands of the Tory-led Board of Deputies of British Jews in his crusade against left-wingers anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Has it won him more support? No. The BoD was attacking Labour, not because they are Jews defending themselves against racism but because they are Tories. They will never support that party.

He also followed Boris Johnson in his determination to kill off as many Covid-19 sufferers as possible. It seems entirely likely to This Writer that Johnson realised most of the deaths were of pensioners and this meant he could cut the pension bill considerably. Why Starmer supported mistake after incompetent Johnson mistake is anybody’s guess.

Under Keir Starmer, Labour has stalled.

He is not the party’s leader because Labour isn’t going anywhere.

He won’t even take the hint and leave.

He is incapable.

He is paralysed.

That is exactly what Boris Johnson wants, and everybody knows it. And that is why Labour won’t be winning any general elections under Starmer.

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Budget response by the Leader of the Opposition to the Tory Government

Here it is.

It is particularly enlightening where it refers to the Member for Hayes & Harlington:

You didn’t really expect this to be a video of Keir Starmer, did you?

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Hysteria as ONE poll puts Starmer Labour level with Tories. Why isn’t he 20 points ahead?

No answers: Starmer’s Labour is level in the polls because of Tory incompetence, not because of anything he has done. His own decisions could force his ejection from the party leadership within a few short months.

Apparently The Guardian reckons Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has gained 26 points in the opinion polls to draw level with the Conservatives on 40 each. This is nonsense. In fact, I think it’s a flat-out lie.

My reasoning is obvious: Labour has not fallen to 14 points on the opinion polls this year. When Starmer took over as leader, I am reliably informed the party stood on 32 points.

So, if The Guardian was right, Labour should now be 18 points ahead. And that’s still not the 20 points ahead that Labour right-wing cuckoos said Jeremy Corbyn should have been, when he was Labour leader!

Who wrote that nonsense for the Graun and how do they justify their paycheques?

And consider this: while Labour as a party is said to be level with the Tories in this outlier poll by Opinium…

… Starmer himself has fallen behind Johnson. It is a matter of days since Starmer’s adherents were claiming his critics should shut up because a poll had put Starmer above Johnson as preferred PM while Labour was several points behind the Tories.

They want to have it both ways, and it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Labour’s current – only average – showing is due to the incompetence and greed of Boris Johnson and his Tory cronies, who are clearly to be seen cashing in on the Covid-19 crisis when they should be doing everything they can to help the citizens of the UK.

And it’s not going to last – because Starmer’s decisions are catching up with him.

So we see in Labour Heartlands that genuine left-winger and film director Ken Loach wants to know Starmer’s involvement in the Julian Assange case:

As DPP, Sir Keir Starmer tempered his supposed love of liberty by fast-tracking the extradition of Julian Assange (a process now making its way through the courts). He flouted legal precedents by advising Swedish lawyers not to question Assange in Britain: a decision that prolonged the latter’s legal purgatory, denied closure to his accusers in Sweden, and sealed his fate before a US show trial. Leaked emails from August 2012 show that, when the Swedish legal team expressed hesitancy about keeping Assange’s case open, Sir Keir’s office replied: ‘Don’t you dare get cold feet’.

Documents released under Freedom of Information requests to Italian magazine La Repubblica confirm the very close relationship between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Sweden in the Julian Assange case. The files contain hundreds of mostly redacted emails sent over a five-year period. But according to one authoritative source, the number of CPS documents relating to the case may be much greater than has so far been disclosed.

In May 2017, the Swedish authorities announced they had ceased all remaining investigations into alleged sexual assault by WikiLeaks founder Assange. But the Metropolitan Police arrest warrant for skipping bail would remain in force. Subsequently, Assange’s legal team sought a ruling that the Met warrant should be rescinded, but the court ruled otherwise.

This case is one of the great political cases of the century, as John McDonnell recently said. It’s a defining case for the left, and Sir Keir Starmer has taken the most conservative position imaginable.

This is what Labour Party members can expect from a Starmer leadership: unquestioning loyalty to the establishment on both sides of the Atlantic.

And then we have the matter of the Labour Payout – the £600,000 that Starmer handed over to a group of right-wing factionalists who are no longer working for Labour but who made extravagant claims about anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn, while apparently doing all they could to sabotage the party’s chances at election (according to a now-infamous leaked Labour report).

One part of those allegations involved the diversion of 2017 election funds away from target seats to safe seats in a move that was hidden from Corbyn. Former elections director Patrick Heneghan was said to be responsible for this and he has now published his attempts at self-justification in response to the inquiry into that leaked report.

His response has been picked apart in a 14-tweet thread by Steve Howell, who also worked on Labour’s General Election Campaign Committee (GECC). I make no apology for including those tweets here, so we all have access to them:

(Oh yeah, let’s have the rest of that previous thread as well:)

It is clear that Heneghan did siphon off Labour campaign money that could have been used to win the seats needed to form a government in 2017 – without the knowledge of the party leader – and it is entirely possible that this action prevented Labour from winning that year’s election.

So why did Starmer give a huge amount of money to the people who threatened to take Labour to court over it? It seems clear they did not have a case.

Put these matters together – along with any others that you care to mention – and one thing seems clear:

Keir Starmer’s position as Labour leader is on borrowed time. He may not last long after the Forde report is published.

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Ed Davey elected leader of the Party of Mischief

Irrelevant: Ed Davey (right) with former Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, who led the party to a crashing defeat including the loss of her own Parliamentary seat in the 2019 general election.

It doesn’t really matter who the new leader of the Liberal Democrats is; as an electoral force, that party is over.

Nowadays it has proved more useful to the Conservatives, as a way of ensuring Labour cannot get the seats the main Opposition party needs to win an election.

No doubt you’ve seen the literature that spews forth from the Lib Dems at every election saying “Labour can’t win here!” illustrated with the infamous Liberal Democrat block graph that has been doctored to make Labour’s share of the most recent vote look less than it actually was.

Most recently, both newly-elected party leader Sir Ed Davey and his rival Layla Moran outflanked Keir Starmer’s newly-centrist Labour Party by advocating left-wing policies including higher taxes for the rich and a Universal Basic Income – Corbynite policies that Starmer dropped like hot coals.

Davey will never be in government to enact those policies – but his party’s support of them shows up Starmer’s Labour as having abandoned its core support base.

The result is likely to be a drain of support from Labour to the Liberal Democrats, ensuring further victories for the Conservatives.

And that’s despite the fact that the current Conservative government under Boris Johnson gives incompetence a bad name.

Source: Sir Ed Davey wins Liberal Democrat leadership race – BBC News

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Starmer’s failure on migrants shows he is breaking his leader election pledges as fast as he can

Keir Starmer: he’s no revolutionary. In fact, he’s abandoning his stated principles one by one.

Do you think Keir Starmer ever bothers to think about the 10 pledges he made to Labour members when he was campaigning to be elected party leader?

He certainly can’t have been thinking about Pledge #6 this week. It states:

Defend migrants’ rights

Full voting rights for EU nationals. Defend free movement as we leave the EU. An immigration system based on compassion and dignity. End indefinite detention and call for the closure of centres such as Yarl’s Wood.”

I mention this because his current shadow shadow immigration minister, responding to the Tory government’s homicidal determination to get rid of asylum-seekers – no matter what harm it causes them – hasn’t.

According to LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers, shadow immigration minister Holly Lynch said:

Today they have announced a new “comprehensive action plan” but have failed to reveal what that involves or when it will be enacted. We’re calling on the government to urgently provide the detail, and reveal why it has taken them this long to make any progress on a solution.

I don’t even see an attempt to “defend migrants’ rights” there. Mention of “a solution” suggests that the Starmer leadership considers migrants/asylum-seekers/refugees as a problem, rather than as people.

Contrast that with the comment of previous party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow immigration minister, Bell Ribeiro-Addy [bolding mine]:

We have a legal & moral responsibility to refugees fleeing famine, war and violence. They are not the problem. The problem is the dangerous routes they must take.

We should be looking at safe and legal routes, not intimidating them with Navy ships.

Compare the comments for yourself – Bat020 has tweeted them both side-by-side:

We should not be surprised by Starmer’s about-turn over migrant rights, though.

He ditched the very first of his 10 pledges as soon as he could. That was the one that promised Economic justice, saying that he would

Increase income tax for the top 5% of earners, reverse the Tories’ cuts in corporation tax and clamp down on tax avoidance, particularly of large corporations. No stepping back from our core principles.

He did step back from it, though.

Also unlikely to see the light of day in a Starmer government is Pledge #3: Climate justice:

Put the Green New Deal at the heart of everything we do. There is no issue more important to our future than the climate emergency. A Clean Air Act to tackle pollution locally. Demand international action on climate rights.

Back in June, a Starmer spokesperson said he was considering dropping climate change targets written into the Green New Deal, in order to win elections.

A spokesperson for Keir Starmer said that he had supported the plans included in Labour’s last manifesto, but that the party had lost the election.

It seems migrants are just the next group set for betrayal by Starmer.

His pledges mean nothing.

It seems he doesn’t stand for anything other than himself.

Source: 10 Pledges | Keir Starmer

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The Scottish Tories have a new leader – but he seems to be both confused … and prejudiced

New Scottish Conservatives’ leader Douglas Ross – in what seems to be the role he prefers.

The Scottish Conservatives have a new leader – Douglas Ross, who was elected unopposed by party members.

This seems a very odd thing for them to do.

Consider the evidence in the video below – which I know was created by a supporter of the SNP. Try to ignore the party political message and concentrate on what this says about the person:

The ‘dark money’ claim seems accurate, as the Scottish Unionist Association Trust did support Ross, and did not declare donations and contributions to political campaigns properly to the Electoral Commission. As a result, SUAT was fined £1,300.

His voting record speaks for itself and seems extremely, traditionally, Tory – supporting central government, hammering the NHS and minorities.

But he seems confused: his discussion of rural broadband, ATM closures and unfair postal charges challenged his own party directly, and his votes against equal marriage and equal gay rights ran against party policy.

Also, his claim that refereeing football matches would not interfere with his Parliamentary responsibilities – and his subsequent trip to Barcelona instead of voting on a Welfare Bill – is well-documented.

Let’s look a little closer at his attitude to travellers:

Tom London’s point is a good one. He doesn’t want tougher enforcement against a particular aspect of travellers’ behaviour that the public may find objectionable; he just wants enforcement against them because they are travellers.

So it is right to ask how people would have felt if Ross had been speaking about Jews, Blacks, Muslims, gay people or any other minority group.

And this is the Scottish Tory choice as leader of their party…

A man who opposes his party as much as he supports it, with a reputation for prejudice against a minority group for no reason other than that it exists, and who prefers to run off and referee football matches rather than representing his electorate.

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Boris Johnson: don’t let the media make a messiah out of this racist, sexist, cowardly liar

You may have seen some news reports suggesting that contingency plans were made for Boris Johnson’s death of coronavirus – suggesting that his recovery may have been miraculous in some way.

In other words, the Tories and their supine media were trying to cook up a “back from the dead” story for Johnson, painting him as a Messiah-figure who has returned from the brink of the grave to bring strong leadership to a country desperately in need of it.

In other words, they’re trying to feed us another load of old pigswill.

Boris Johnson isn’t a messiah – he’s a sexist, racist, homophobic, cowardly liar.

Remember his Brexit campaign, when he lied that the NHS would be given £350 million a week? That investment might have done us all some good, prior to the coronavirus crisis but it was never going to happen because the Tories have been running the NHS down to make it ripe for privatisation – which would have made the UK even less capable of handling Covid-19.

Remember when he tried to make a joke of the massive loss of lives in the Libyan city of Sirte during that nation’s civil war? Or when he had to be stopped from inappropriately quoting a colonial poem by Kipling in Myanmar?

Remember when Eddie Mair, on BBC Radio 4, read out a litany of Johnson’s racist behaviour, to the dismay of Amber Rudd?

When Johnson refused to condemn widespread police violence against civilians in Catalonia?

When he spoke nonsense about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in Parliament, and the Iranian government used it to threaten her with an extra five years in prison, beyond the five she was already serving on a trumped-up charge?

When he was reprimanded by then-Commons Speaker John Bercow for referring to Emily Thornberry in “frankly sexist” terms?

When he praised Viktor Orban on his election win in Hungary after an anti-Semitic campaign?

His sexist and Islamophobic comments about women who wear the burqa?

The £53 million he spaffed on a ‘Garden Bridge’ that was never built?

His cowardice during the Tory leadership campaign when he was the absentee candidate?

The racist poem he published, saying that Scottish people were a “verminous” race that should be placed in ghettos and exterminated?

His racist assessment of the French as “turds“?

The allegation that Downing Street sought to restrict Johnson’s access to sensitive intelligence when he became Foreign Secretary?

The evidence that he met a Russian ex-KGB agent without being accompanied by his personal security detail, which strongly suggested that he was harming the UK’s security in relation to Russia? What happened about the so-called ‘Russia report’, discussing such security issues, that Johnson has been suppressing since before the general election last year?

His reference to gay men as “tank top-wearing bumboys“?

His question about Irish PM Leo Varadkar: “Why isn’t he called Murphy like the rest of them?”

His clueless claim that hard work can cure mental illness?

His relaxed attitude to his MPs abusing women?

His lie that the NHS would get 20 hospital upgrades, starting in his first week as prime minister – that he then edited out of a video?

His illegal attempt to prorogue Parliament?

His obscene description of then-Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn?

The corruption scandal in which he allegedly gave public money to his friend Jennifer Arcuri? What happened about that, by the way?

The allegation that Boris had taken money for his Tory leadership campaign from a group of hedge fund bosses who planned to make a fortune by getting him to force a “no deal” Brexit? What happened about that, by the way?

His decision to run away when the UK was flooded and needed strong leadership?

His failure to follow his own social distancing rules and subsequent illness with coronavirus? If he had died, it would have been of stupidity.

But he was never in any danger of death – and the people of the UK are registering their disgust at this latest attempt to make fools of us:

The only sane choice is to agree with the sentiment immediately above.

Or are you content to be brainwashed by the BBC?

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New Labour leader is Keir Starmer: the party is doomed

Poser: this image of Keir Starmer suggests that he supports the right-wing idea that it is better to present the appearance of a leader than to actually be one.

This is a disaster for socialism: Keir Starmer has been elected leader of the Labour Party.

Make no mistake about this – he will never be the UK’s prime minister.

His job will be to ensure that no socialist ever gets to be the UK’s prime minister.

Expect moves back to the arid centre ground of politics; expect more capitulation to the pro-Israel lobby (that masquerades as crusaders against anti-Semitism) and less support for oppressed peoples across the world like Palestinians.

Expect the ejection of socialist policies like renationalisation of our national utiities in favour of more privatisation.

Expect a purge of Labour members who joined in support of Jeremy Corbyn and socialism. Labour is likely to haemorrhage members in any case, becoming another minority-interest group like the Tories.

So expect weakness in the face of Boris Johnson and his Conservatives.

What a tragedy.

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