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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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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 opinion polls – with local elections only weeks away

We thought it was bad when we saw Keir Starmer’s Labour Party plummeting 13 points in the polls, but this is worse!

Starmer’s personal popularity has fallen further and faster. Support among Labour voters is less than a third of what it was in June last year – and totals less than one-fifth of Labour voters in general.

He has failed to pick up the Conservative votes that his lurch to the political right was intended to grab. From 14 per cent support in June, his approval rating among Tories is now minus 15 per cent.

One commentator implied that Starmer only has himself to blame, after his despicable treatment of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Since he suspended Corbyn, Starmer’s rating had fallen by 31 per cent among Labour voters, while Tories were said to consider him dishonourable and untrustworthy.

I’ll say this for the Tories: they may be lousy at choosing their own leaders, but their judgement of Labour’s current head honcho is spot-on.

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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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‘Overwhelming majority’ of rapists going free because of collapse in prosecutions

The “overwhelming majority” of rapists are walking free because of a collapse in prosecutions in England and Wales, campaigners have warned.

Only 1.5 per cent of almost 55,300 rapes recorded by police in 2019 saw a suspect charged, down from 7 per cent four years before.

An alliance of women’s groups attempted to launch a legal challenge accusing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of changing its practices,  but were refused permission by the High Court in March.

On Tuesday, they published testimonies from complainants, statistical analysis, a CPS whistleblower’s allegations and other evidence from the case.

Some of these testimonies need to be read to be believed. Try this:

A woman who alleged that a man had raped her at gunpoint was told in a CPS letter that the weapon “was not a serious threat” during the alleged attack, and that the man may have thought she consented.

Who wrote that? They should go into the dock alongside the alleged rapist, as an accessory to the crime.

In a separate case, a gay woman who said she was raped by a man was accused of “engaging with the defendant” before the attack. Charges against a suspect, who was caught on CCTV, were dropped.

So there’s video evidence against this person but they weren’t charged because someone said the victim “engaged” with them. What does that even mean?

The End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAW) has accused the CPS of dropping a “merits-based approach” credited with increasing the number of rape prosecutions, but officials said they had not.

The High Court refused permission for a judicial review of the plummeting prosecutions, saw EVAW has appealed, and has raised more than £80,000 via crowdfunding to back the action.

That seems like an appeal worth supporting.

Here’s the web address.

Source: ‘Overwhelming majority’ of rapists going free because of collapse in prosecutions, campaigners warn | The Independent

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UK plummets from 11th to 156th in global children’s rights rankings. The Tories are responsible

Tories harm children and they harm the rights of children. Your kids aren’t safe under Tory rule.

If you know anyone who voted Tory last month – or who didn’t vote at all, tell them: well done.

Be as sarcastic as you like.

Tell them that, under the Tories, the UK has become one of the worst-performing countries in the entire world in the matter of improving children’s rights.

Tell them that, thanks to their vote – or lack of it, the UK’s government will continue to fail younger generations.

And tell them that discrimination against children on racial or religious grounds has been incorporated into the structure of UK society under the Conservatives.

Ask them whether they consider themselves to be racists and, if not, why they support a racist administration.

And if they say they don’t, remind them that prime minister Boris Johnson is a known racist.

Point them to the anti-Semitism in his novel if they want proof beyond his Islamophobic comments and other recent outbursts.

The UK has been accused of employing “inadequate” provision for children’s rights protection after it fell dramatically in global rankings for child rights within a year, from 11th to 156th.

Serious concerns have been raised about structural discrimination in the UK, including Muslim children facing increased discrimination following recent anti-terrorism measures, and a rise in discrimination against gypsy and refugee children in recent years.

The UK now ranks among the bottom 10 global performers in the arena of improving rights of the child, after it achieved the lowest-possible score across all six available indicators in the domain of Child Rights Environment (CRE), according to the KidsRights Index 2017.

Portugal is this year’s global frontrunner.

Source: UK plummets from 11th to 156th in global children’s rights rankings | The Independent

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Rats leaving the sinking ship: As Theresa May’s ratings plummet, Tories are scuttling to other parties

She’s out: Ann Widdecombe has had enough of Theresa May’s Tory Party and has taken a lurch to the far-right Brexit Party formed by Nigel Farage.

Ann Widdecombe has become the latest person to quit the Conservative Party – this time to stand as a candidate for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the European Parliament elections next month.

She made her announcement on the day Theresa May’s approval ratings among members of her party were found to have sunk to an all-time low.

Writing in the Express, the former Prisons Minister whose chief contribution to UK culture was a comedy appearance on Strictly Come Dancing stabbed her former leader in the back: “Alas, a hopelessly inadequate prime minister, a gloating and determined EU and a parliament ready to dismiss the people as ignorant have combined to thwart our escape from foreign domination.”

Her words seem to reflect the findings of the latest survey of Tory Party members on the ConservativeHome blog site, which puts Mrs May’s rating even lower than that of Transport Secretary Chris “Failing” Grayling:

The commentary states: “The prime minister is bearing particular blame from party members – both, one suspects, for her Brexitfailure in particular and for the more general problems her continued leadership brings with it.

“So far as I can see this is the worst rating awarded to any Conservative ever in this question.”

With an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Conservative Party on the way, at which a vote of “no confidence” in Mrs May is likely to be voted through, it seems the worst prime minister in UK history is finally about to be tweezered out of 10 Downing Street.

Be assured her Tory replacement will be even worse.

Pro-Labour poll boost leads to Tory panic – and propaganda backlash?

Tom Watson: The Tories’ secret weapon?

Labour’s poll lead over the Conservatives is widening – just as This Writer said it would – and it seems part of the phenomenon is due to the splitter group Change UK (as it now wishes to be known) taking traditional Tory votes.

A version of the poll that allows voters to support the new party, Change UK, provides a hint as to the reason for the Conservatives’ fall:

A Twitter user delighting in the handle “You’re terrible, Luriel”, stated: “It *is* funny that the Tinge have done more damage to the Tories than Labour though, isn’t it? Big shoutout to , , , et al. Who knew that the greatest service you could do the Labour Party was not be in it?”

I think it tells us something we knew all along – that TINGe/Change UK/CHUK or whatever you want to call it is just another brand of Toryism. It has attracted traditional – non-neoliberal – Tories away from the Conservative Party, thereby weakening Theresa May’s increasingly feral pack of animals.

The poll ratings appear to have induced panic in the Tories’ high command, which seems to be splitting over Theresa May’s alleged offer of a general election in the event of further deadlock over her Brexit plan.

According to The Observer, MPs from all sides of the Conservative Party are saying they would block any move by Mrs May to lead them into a general election, fearing a worse wipeout than in 2017 – and who can blame them?

Meanwhile, Amber Rudd is said to have formed a party-within-the-party to stop what’s seen as a disturbing rightward drift, perhaps spearheaded by the European Research Group (ERG) of right-wing MPs; pro-Brexit ministers are threatening to resign if Mrs May agrees a permanent customs union with the EU; and other Conservatives are preparing to support a referendum on any deal eventually passed by Parliament.

In other words, the Conservatives are a mess and the only reasons they are likely to stay in government are selfish. No wonder they are plummeting in the polls.

After all, when even the Mail‘s principal ugly, Dan Hodges, is saying this –

– they know they’re deep in the doo-doo.

But all may not be lost for them!

Their secret weapon – Labour deputy leader Tom Watson – was set to appear on the BBC’s flagship politics discussion programme, The Andrew Marr Show, on Sunday morning. It is entirely possible he’ll find some piece of anti-Labour dribble that he’s been saving for a rainy day, that the pro-Tory Corporation can overhype until somebody believes it.

Watson has already said he would work with the Conservatives in a “government of national unity”, whatever that is, so we know he can’t be trusted to support a Labour government. By rights he should be drummed out of the Labour Party for suggesting the answer could be anything other than a Labour government – but of course he is a senior party representative and a member of Parliament to boot, so he remains impervious to any attempts to put him through the party’s grotesquely biased and one-sided disciplinary procedure.

The trouble is, the clocks have gone forward and most people are likely to oversleep and miss it. I’m writing this at 2.20am, so I know I will!

Who knows what else the Tories will try, if Tom doesn’t turn the tables for them?

We may find out in unintentionally (for the Tories) hilarious ways.

In a nutshell: The Conservatives are unsafe whatever they do – and it’s all their own fault.


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Tories have frittered away half a trillion pounds. Is this good financial management?

This looks like another result of Brexit.

It is balance of payments data – the difference between the amount we pay to foreign countries for goods and services and the amount we receive – that shows the loss.

Also, direct investment in the UK by foreign firms has nose-dived.

It is exactly as This Writer warned, only a few days ago.

The really galling aspect of this is that the minority Conservative government will still claim to be the party of sensible financial management, even though it is its own division over Brexit that has created the uncertainty in which the money has disappeared.

Remember: Brexit is happening because David Cameron thought a referendum on EU membership would unify the Tories. It didn’t.

Remember: The vote to leave the European Union was based very strongly on lies and wild speculation by people who knew better but were trying to trick the public. There was never any chance of the NHS seeing £350 million of investment per week, for example.

Remember: The Conservatives have botched negotiations on the terms of our departure so badly that businesses are fleeing the UK. They can’t get away fast enough.

The longer this farce continues, the worse it will be for the UK as a whole.

And it will be the poor who bear the brunt of the harm.

Global banks and international bond strategists have been left stunned by revised ONS figures showing that Britain is £490bn poorer than had been ­assumed and no longer has any reserve of net foreign assets, depriving the country of its safety margin as Brexit talks reach a crucial juncture.

A massive write-down in the UK balance of payments data shows that Britain’s stock of wealth – the net international investment position – has collapsed from a surplus of £469bn to a net deficit of £22bn. This transforms the outlook for sterling and the gilts markets.

“Half a trillion pounds has gone missing. This is equivalent to 25pc of GDP,” said Mark Capleton, UK rates strategist at Bank of America.

Making matters worse, foreign ­direct investment (FDI) by companies is plummeting. It fell from a £120bn surplus in the first half 2016 to a £25bn deficit over the same period of this year.

Source: Britain’s missing billions: Revised figures reveal UK is £490bn poorer than previously thought


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