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…
BREAKING: Starmer's approval has fallen to -39
Poll: "Do you think Keir Starmer is doing well or badly as leader of the Labour party?"
✅ Well: 20% (-2)
❌ Badly: 59% (-)
[Net rating: -39]
— Stats for Lefties (@LeftieStats) August 31, 2021
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…
At this moment, which of the following individuals do you think would be the better Prime Minister for the United Kingdom? (29 Aug):
Boris Johnson: 45% (+4)
Keir Starmer: 27% (-3)
— Redfield & Wilton Strategies (@RedfieldWilton) August 30, 2021
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…
Westminster voting intention:
CON: 41% (-2)
LAB: 33% (-)
LDEM: 9% (-1)
GRN: 5% (-1)
REFUK: 4% (+1)
via @RedfieldWilton, 29 Aug
Chgs. w/ 23 Aug
— Britain Elects (@BritainElects) August 30, 2021
… 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:
That Starmer polls so badly and so consistently for over a year and yet the media is silent about a need for a leadership review is troubling to say the least and it leads to question about their impartiality.
— John Smith (son of Harry Leslie Smith) (@Harryslaststand) August 30, 2021
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:
The decision to block Burnham’s Labour conference speech shows how precarious Starmer’s position has become. https://t.co/0TjgP0uyv7
— Kevin Pascoe #PoliticsOfFairness (@KevinPascoe) August 30, 2021
Then there are these developments – some of which This Site has already covered:
This week in Labour:
• Labour staff vote for strike action
• Young Labour reveal they’ve been silenced from participating at conference
• Man who made Labour Party Political Broadcasts expelled
• Oldest Trade Union affiliate expelled
Scorched earth destruction of Labour
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) August 31, 2021
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:
As @Keir_Starmer prepares to exclude Bakers Union boss, Ian Hodson let us remind ourselves of his Pledge number 7 of 10, which he was elected as party leader:
'To strengthen workers’ rights and trade unions” — working “shoulder to shoulder with trade unions.” '
— duncanpoundcake (@duncanpoundcake) August 30, 2021
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):
— Rose Shillito 🟨🟥 #FreeAssange (@rozzleberry) August 30, 2021
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?
Labour left pushes Keir Starmer to oppose cut to triple lock after '40 years of state pension squeeze' https://t.co/XDaf4wpB0e
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) August 31, 2021
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?
Of course Labour should defend the triple lock. Aside from the merits of the case, Tories breaking a manifesto promise to hit their own base is a free gift electorally. https://t.co/AY17Dx7VK6
— James Meadway (@meadwaj) August 31, 2021
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.
Those who know him, know that Graham Bash is a decent, thoughtful, principled & empathetic socialist (he would hate me saying this, but he’s not on any social media, so…) Now he’s auto-excluded from @UKLabour, along with scores of other left-wing Jews 🤬https://t.co/m1il69sXlE
— Ben Sellers (@MrBenSellers) August 31, 2021
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?
It cannot be just that Graham Bash, a Jewish socialist, a campaigner for over 50 years for Labour Party & trade union movement is now threatened with expulsion on these derisory charges. I support Graham & call for this disgraceful action to be dropped. https://t.co/wSe4ldUB8q
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) September 1, 2021
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.
So, the Board of Deputies, an org that worked tirelessly to remove Corbyn, has said for the first time in it's 2020 Trustees' Report, that it has a "close working relationship with the Embassy of Israel in the UK" and "links to the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs & IDF." pic.twitter.com/aJ2PUoshjX
— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) July 28, 2021
People are, understandably, angry that Starmer is fighting an undeclared war on the left of his own party…
I’m sorry but how are we meant to unite with the Labour right “to get rid of the Tories” when the Labour right are going to war with us – the left – instead of the Tories?
— Jess🌹 #BLM (@Jessthelefty) August 30, 2021
… and that he is targeting Jewish people (who don’t kowtow to the demands of the Board of Deputies and Israeli Zionism.
If you would vote Labour now, you would be voting for a far more antisemitic Labour party than it was under Jeremy Corbyn.
— Matt Scott 💙 ❄ (@MattScottMusic) August 28, 2021
There are clear implications for Labour’s future electoral chances:
Any party wanting support of the Corbynite/socialist left is going to have to make it clear they denounce the fabricated 'Labour antisemitism crisis' created by HQ staffers to discredit Corbyn & the left, by weaponising & overstating antisemitism in Labour, because #ItWasAScam
— Mrs Gee (@earthygirl011) August 28, 2021
For some, it is already too late:
I feel so proud to no longer be part of the cesspit that Labour now is. It is totally liberating not to have to abide by their rules or their ridiculous racist hierarchies. Free the people. Long live socialism.
— Peter Shearer (@shearernorthern) August 29, 2021
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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