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Rachel Reeves destroys Liz Truss – as a sideswipe in criticising Jeremy Hunt

This is a thing to see.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves laid into the new Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt and his new austerity programme that will not help the UK in any way at all.

But this was just part of her attack; the main thrust was what should have been a sideswipe, in which she laid bare the fact of Liz Truss’s premiership – she is a prime minister who is in office, but not in power.

See for yourself. This Writer doesn’t like Reeves at all – but you can’t deny her words here:

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Why is it okay for Labour to pledge cheap broadband now, when making it FREE under Corbyn was ‘communism’?

Keir Starmer online: his broadband usage is subsidised by his publicly-funded expenses claim, one expects.

Keir Starmer’s Labour Party is tying itself in knots again:

A Labour government would enforce a cheap broadband tariff for low-income families as well as taking action on mid-contract price hikes, the shadow culture secretary will announce.

Labour will say broadband is an essential utility and that figures from the regulator Ofcom show almost a third of households (8 million) are having problems paying their broadband, phone and streaming bills. That is double the number a year ago.

In a policy launched on Thursday, Labour will say there must be an industry-wide social tariff for low-income families, negotiated by industry players such as Openreach, which runs the UK’s broadband network, with Ofcom and consumer groups.

The party will say that a failure to agree a tariff would mean a Labour government setting one and legislating to enforce it.

Universal credit claimants can already qualify for some heavily discounted broadband deals from some providers but the schemes are not well publicised or understood. There is no requirement for telecoms providers to offer social tariffs for broadband products.

Labour analysis suggests customers who are eligible for a social tariff could save an average of £250.32 a year.

The party has said it will also reverse changes that now allow wholesale broadband prices to rise with the rate of inflation, rather than costs, meaning that providers have had a £1.7bn windfall.

So Jeremy Corbyn was right – again – but Starmer’s cronies, being right-wing profit-grubbers, want to make sure someone can still make a fast buck out of the rest of us.

So they say the poorest of us may have cheap broadband (because that way the providers will at least get something from people who have next to nothing) – and the rest can pay the full whack.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves got short shrift when she tried to big up the policy:

Damo is right.

If broadband is a modern necessity, then it should be provided by the state, in the same way that necessities like water, power, and public transport should be run by the state.

That’s what the Labour Party should stand for but Starmer’s crew doesn’t. That’s why they are such a poor alternative even to the Tories under Liz Truss.

Source: Labour pledges cheap broadband tariff for low-income families | Broadband | The Guardian

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Shadow Chancellor sinks the knife into Kwasi Kwarteng over mini-budget

We’ve had everybody else’s point of view on Kwasi Kwarteng’s “fiscal event”, so let’s have Labour’s.

This Writer isn’t fond of Rachel Reeves but she really doesn’t mince her words here. It’s a bit of a tour de force:

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#Labour is dead; who’s joining #PAL instead?

Rachel Reeves: it has been suggested that she would be more at home in the actual Conservative Party than Labour – but now Keir Starmer has turned the Red party into Tepid Tories it seems she has become comfortable again.

Rachel Reeves really put her foot in it on the morning media round today (Thursday, January 20, 2022).

Challenged over the fact that her political party – Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories (formerly Labour) – has room for a right-wing Conservative, but not for a socialist like Jeremy Corbyn, she not only admitted that she was glad that Starmer had changed Labour into a pale reflection of the Conservatives, but also spluttered that Mr Corbyn should apologise for the fabricated anti-Semitism “crisis” that was foisted on him for political reasons by right-wing organisations outside the party and was then seized by right-wingers within Labour itself.

She lied, saying Mr Corbyn needed to apologise for his response to the “EHCR” [sic – she meant EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission)] report because it had said Labour was “institutionally anti-Semitic”; the EHRC report said no such thing. Here are the facts:

And she lied again, saying that Mr Corbyn damaged relations between the Labour Party and “the Jewish community”. Firstly, there is no single group that identifies as “the Jewish community” or represents all Jews in the UK (although there are some who falsely claim they do); and secondly, Mr Corbyn did nothing to upset any Jews at all – some people on the political right saw an opportunity to bring down a socialist by lying about him and opportunists like Ms Reeves joined them.

Hear it for yourself because here’s the clip:

If that wasn’t bad enough, Reeves seems to have gone on a destructive rampage against Labour’s left-wingers and through her own party’s current policies to ensure that a Labour Party with either her or Starmer as its MPs would never be acceptable to left-wing voters:

She said that the loss of 200,000 members was a “good thing” because it removed anti-Semites from the party, and “people who never shared our values”. She did not say what those values were but let’s take a moment to remind ourselves that this is a person who gave a glowing endorsement to Nancy Astor, who was an infamous anti-Semite, Nazi idealogue and supporter of Adolf Hitler.

She admitted that Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories were in financial difficulty but lied yet again, saying this was Jeremy Corbyn’s fault. In fact, when Mr Corbyn handed over the party leadership to Starmer, Labour had £13.5 million in the bank. Starmer, and his general secretary David Evans, squandered the lot.

Some of these claims were made on the Today show; some in the Financial Times. None of them were corrected by either Today presenter Mishal Husain or any of the newspaper’s editorial staff. On the BBC’s side, this is surprising, because only last week the corporation apologised for not challenging claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn in another interview:

We may await an apology and correction – although I expect we shall be waiting a long time.

Fortunately, those of us who want a better life for more people than just the fabled “one per cent” don’t have to put up with Reeves’s nonsense any longer: there is an alternative:

It seems likely that at least six other groups are likely to announce their own involvement in PAL.

Of course, there will be no publicity from the BBC, Financial Times, or any of the other mainstream media. They’ve spent decades neutering Labour; they won’t want to let some other working-class Lefty upstarts rock the boat, now they think they’ve put us all back in our place.

If it’s a genuine alternative, it will grow in spite of them – and This Writer is looking forward to helping that happen.

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Labour pains: someone tell Rachel Reeves that her party was ALWAYS pro-business

Rachel Reeves: she looks like Morticia Addams and represents the death of hope for working-class people across the UK.

How pathetic can Labour’s shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer be?

She’s being feted by The Times, of all rags, for saying Labour is now a “pro-business party”.

I’ve got news for this dimwit: Labour always was.

The clue is in the name “Labour” – the party of working, and working-class people.

It was intended to represent these people, to make sure that honest workers receive an honest wage for their contribution to – guess what? – business.

And such a political organisation is needed now more than ever. Sadly, that party won’t be the one Rachel Reeves represents.

Labour also recognises the fact that some industries are best run by the state in the national interest – like the rail and water industries. These run on a national infrastructure of rail and sewer systems that remain the same, no matter which (these days) private firm is being paid for the service. When they were sold off, we were promised that part of the profits these firms would make would be invested in improvements to those systems – but that hasn’t happened. The money has gone to those utilities’ new owners – in Europe, mainly – instead.

So yesterday This Writer saw an accurate description of the UK’s rail system on Twitter, that said it consisted of 19th-century tracks, on which run 20th-century trains for which we are charged 21st-century fares.

Any fool can see that is not equitable. The utilities should be brought back into state ownership because the private profit-grubbers have reneged on the deal. We need to improve our aging infrastructure before it falls apart completely – and then we need to keep it public.

But the utilities aren’t anything like a majority of UK businesses. A properly-functioning Labour representation party would legislate to ensure that workers are represented on the boards of all private businesses – indeed, they should all have equal shares in those firms, to ensure that every honest worker receives an honest wage, rather than being ripped off by fat-cat investors, as is, far too often (but not always) the situation today. Also, worker representation would minimise the health risks that put far too many people onto sickness and disability benefits.

Anybody standing for a party that claims to be for labour representation should hold these to be self-evident necessities.

But Rachel Reeves doesn’t even want to talk about nationalisation, and when she says Labour is now “pro-business”, she means it is now wholeheartedly in bed with the fat-cat rip-off merchants.

Her attitude stinks. “Pro-business”? The only business she wants to do is her own – on you (and yes, for the hard-of-thinking, that is a reference to lavatorial functions).

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#LabourConference2021 horrorshow continues with meaningless offer to ditch business rates

Rachel Reeves: she’s probably smiling to hide her resemblance to Morticia Addams, but you’ll notice the rictus ends below the eyes. Terrifying.

Here’s a Labour frontbencher who is actually more Tory than the Tories: Rachel Reeves.

Back in 2013 she vowed to be “tougher than the Tories” … on benefit claimants.

This was at a time when people with long-term illnesses and disabilities were dying because of persecution by the Tory-run Department for Work and Pensions.

Now she’s shadow Chancellor and – lo and behold! – she’s trying to out Tory the Tories again.

Her new wheeze is abolishing business rates – helping bosses, not workers.

She reckons the tax is unfair on business bosses, so she says Labour would freeze it until 2023 and make rate relief for smaller firms more generous.

Then it would scrap rates completely, to be replaced with a new, “modern” business tax which it has yet to define. Is that because business bosses haven’t yet told her what to do?

Apparently this plan would be funded by increasing digital services tax, which is paid by search engines and social media firms – from two per cent to 12 per cent next year.

Then this tax, too, would be replaced by a higher global corporation tax rate, agreed as part of an international scheme.

There’s a serious problem with all of this: Labour is not in government and cannot do any of it.

It is just another fairy story to make Keir Starmer’s rabble look more attractive to businesses.

Reeves herself is quoted by the BBC as saying her pie-in-the-sky ideas would allow businesses to “lead the pack, not watch opportunities go elsewhere” – a clear indication that Starmer’s Labour prioritises bosses over workers.

She will also promise that the party’s new business tax will allow “more frequent revaluations” and “instant reductions in bills” where property values fall – making it easier for bosses to save money. She has no plans to induce firms to distribute saved cash among the workers, though.

She will say Labour would end hundreds of tax reliefs, including the break given to privately-run schools by their charitable status – but Labour would not end the privileged status of those schools or bring them into the national system, which would end the artificial gap between private and state education. Perhaps Ms Reeves is hoping to privately-educate her own two children?

She is also planning to set up an “Office of Value for Money” – which even sounds like a daft Tory idea; “Department of Levelling-Up”, anyone? –  which aides describe as a “hit squad” to scrutinise government spending and ensure tax is used wisely.

Who defines “wise”, in this context? It seem to me that this is also pandering to business bosses.

Indeed, the Federation of Small Businesses has welcomed the proposals. Small businesses are, on average, the lowest-paying employers. While Reeves is offering to ease their tax burden, she would do nothing to improve employee pay.

And it seems the Tories are happy to go along with this pose by Starmer’s neo-Conservative party.

All that Conservative co-chair Oliver Dowden could say was that Labour had threatened businesses in the past, and that only the Tories could be trusted to support them. Then he mouthed that meaningless “Build Back Better” slogan and called it a day.

By treating Reeves seriously, he validated her daft promises.

But we don’t have to.

Remember: none of the promises of StarmerLabour can be trusted. Keir Starmer has broken every promise he has made to party members and he won’t blink before breaking any promise to the wider electorate.

Labour is rejecting its electoral base by siding with bosses against workers, so Hell will freeze over before Rachel Reeves becomes Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Her speech means absolutely nothing.

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More Tory than the Tories: that’s Labour’s new shadow chancellor

Keir Starmer must be really desperate to divert blame for Labour’s diabolical performance in the English local elections off himself.

He has launched a shadow cabinet reshuffle that has already been dubbed a right-turn so hard it would give you whiplash.

Nowhere is this clearer than in his appointment of Rachel (more Tory than the Tories) Reeves as shadow chancellor.

Ms Reeves is the Labour politician (never forget) who, as shadow Work and Pensions Secretary back in 2013, vowed to be “tougher than the Tories” on benefit claimants.

The former banker said a Labour government with her as Work and Pensions Secretary would be tougher than the Tories on benefit claimants, in order to reduce the national benefits bill – a bill which, by the way, has always been entirely affordable.

Two years later, in 2015, she unilaterally cut millions of UK citizens and voters from Labour’s target electorate by saying the party did not want to represent people who don’t have a job.

“We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work,” she said.

“Labour are a party of working people, formed for and by working people.”

So, according to Ms Reeves, nobody currently claiming Universal Credit because of the Covid-19 crisis should expect help from Labour. Have I got that right?

I’ll admit, that’s an extreme conclusion to draw, but it is clear that, as Labour MPs go, Reeves is an extreme right-winger.

Don’t forget that the Tories have modelled themselves as “the party of the workers” in recent years. They love working people because working people generate the profits their donors send to their offshore bank accounts.

In promoting Reeves, Starmer has sent a very clear message to the electorate – that we can all go to hell as far as he cares. He’s in politics for himself and nobody else.

Why do I say this? Simple.

Commentators are going to be so horrified that Reeves is now in one of Labour’s top jobs that they’ll forget about Starmer’s abysmal election. Or at least that’s what he’s hoping, I reckon.

It mustn’t work. Labour’s election campaign was run from Starmer’s office and as leader he is ultimately responsible for it. The buck stops with him and he should not be trying to pass it onto those he has sacked already or will sack in the immediate future.

And Reeves will be a terrible shadow chancellor. Critics may have attacked former shadow chancellor Annaliese Dodds for failing to challenge the Tories adequately – but, again, it is likely that she was hamstrung by Starmer.

Reeves is likely to agree with every single penny-pinching policy the Tories produce for the purposes of garotting us.

Finally, let’s not forget that by promoting Reeves, Starmer is contradicting his own policy on anti-Semitism because – as we all know – Reeves is a supporter of anti-Semites.

She infamously praised Nancy Astor who, besides being the first female MP, was a notorious anti-Semite, Nazi idealogue and supporter of Hitler.

That’s the extent of Rachel Reeves’s right-wing tendencies. Starmer should be expelling, not promoting her.

Source: Labour reshuffle: Anneliese Dodds out in Starmer’s post-election reshuffle – BBC News

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Coward Starmer sends nonentity Reeves to apologise for his visit to homophobic church because he’s not big enough to say sorry

Keir Starmer fails again: This Site uses this image to signify failure by the Labour Party’s right-wing leader. It’s getting so I don’t need any other images of him at all.

If anything demonstrates that Keir Starmer should not be the United Kingdom’s prime minister, it is this.

We’ve already got a PM who won’t take personal responsibility for his mistakes, stupidities and stated policies of oppression; we don’t need another.

Starmer recently not only visited a church whose priest expresses anti-LGBT+ views – he made a video about it. Here it is:

If he didn’t know about the views held by the congregation at this church, he should have done some research (or his researchers should have). That in itself would be bad enough.

Worse was the fact that he didn’t have the guts to come back and admit he was wrong in person. He’s a coward – or he’s so arrogant that he can’t own up to his mistakes personally. Neither is a good look for a prospective national leader.

Instead, we were offered this, and told to take it or leave it:

The response has been a universal chorus in favour of leaving it – and him – for glaringly obvious reasons, like the fact that he spent the length of his own video endorsing Jesus House. This means Reeves lied:

Oh yes – Starmer tweeted about it, but he absolutely wasn’t going to face the grilling he knew he would get if he actually faced the press.

And all this happened just weeks before the nation goes to the polls for the long-delayed local elections.

Starmer can congratulate himself on briefly securing – then throwing away – the homophobic vote.

Anyone who isn’t a bigot will now stay at home anyway, rather than vote for a party he leads.

 

Source: Keir Starmer apologises for visiting church where pastor opposed gay rights | The Independent

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Better late than never? Labour demand end to Tory ‘crony contracts’ SEVEN MONTHS after they were reported

Should we be applauding Labour’s demand for the Conservative government to stop handing contracts to firms with links to the Conservative Party?

If so, it should be the slow, mocking handclap that denotes disapproval. This move comes no less than seven months after the so-called Tory ‘chumocracy’ was revealed to the nation.

Did Rachel Reeves have to wait for a focus group to say it was okay to talk about this?

I think so.

And her words ring hollow.

She has said that a Labour government would overturn government outsourcing, bringing contracts back into the public sector, reform Freedom of Information rules to include companies who are awarded government contracts, create an ‘Anti-Corruption and anti-cronyism commissioner’ as a check on government contracts.

But we don’t have a Labour government. And the earliest we can now expect to get one is December 2024.

By then, knowing that Labour is now ruled by focus groups and by politicians who might as well be Tories themselves, we must expect all the policies to be different; Starmer Labour changes to reflect whatever it thinks will get it into power.

If Labour really cared about £2 billion of public money going into the hands of amateurs who did nothing with it, Reeves (or whoever) would have spoken out about it last July, when I did.

Doing it now only lays bare the cynicism at the hollow heart of Starmer Labour.

Source: Labour call for clean up of ‘crony contracts’ as £2bn in deals handed to Tory pals – Mirror Online

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