It should have been a cakewalk.
Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have screwed up the United Kingdom in the worst possible ways since before the December 2019 election. The leader of the main Opposition party should have had hearts and minds of the public, there for the taking.
But the leader in question was Keir Starmer, currently in charge of the Other Conservative Party, currently masquerading under the misnomer ‘Labour Party’.
When he gave his interview to Andrew Marr, the representative example of the public on Channel 4’s Gogglebox took a look – and the verdict was damning:
You're a laughing stock, @Keir_Starmer. Get a grip or get out!
— The Agitator (@UKDemockery) September 25, 2020
One doesn’t have to imagine how Starmer responded to this; in fact, one imagines this parody account has come close to the truth:
I've just spoken to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and we have agreed to class Gogglebox as a terrorist organisation. Anyone who supports Gogglebox will be thrown out of the Labour Party and reported to the police for practising socialism.
— Sir Keir Starmer MP ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@TheBeigeSirKeir) September 26, 2020
Result: well, party membership was haemorrhaging already but that flood hasn’t abated!
As a result, it seems Starmer’s cash is running out. How ironic that, now the party has been re-taken by the wing that reckons it’s better with money than the Left, it has spaffed all the extra cash accrued by the Left-wing leader up the wall.
So, in order to get money, it appears Starmer has copied the Tories again:
Exc: Labour under Keir Starmer is offering wealthy donors "invite-only strategy updates"
It comes as he seeks to woo those alienated by Corbyn
Per brochure those who "give at the highest level" go on a "journey" including a welcome party hosted by Angela Rayner at conference pic.twitter.com/CTafclI1jv
— Gabriel Pogrund (@Gabriel_Pogrund) September 26, 2020
Think of the Conservative Party’s annual Black and White Ball fundraiser.
Of course, this information comes from Gabriel Pogrund*, who I wouldn’t normally trust to tell me what the weather’s like, but as there appears to be documentary evidence of this, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Starmer has also sent personalised letters to lapsed party donors:
— duncanpoundcake (@duncanpoundcake) September 26, 2020
This Writer hopes Starmer fails to attract the cash.
Firstly, if he does get it, he’ll finish Labour:
1. Labour haemorrhages members by swinging right to win over press barons.
2. Labour goes to rich donors with begging bowl.
3. Rich donors expect payback.
4. Any future Labour govt is wholly reliant on rich donors & right-wing press barons to remain in power.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈🏴 (@TheMendozaWoman) September 26, 2020
Moreover: His version of New Labour is nowhere near as investible as Tony Blair’s; he has made too many public relations blunders (again, he’s like the Tories in that respect). The Andrew Marr/Gogglebox incident is only the latest.
And if the rich donors don’t come back, they won’t be able to give Starmer any more excuses to steer Labour even further into Toryism.
Then who will Starmer ask for help?
That’s why, while This Writer can’t go back there (at least, not at the moment), I tend to agree with the following:
Jeremy Corbyn ensured the Labour Party was ‘For The Many’.
Keir Starmer wants it to be influenced by ‘the few’.
Jeremy was right. Keir is wrong.
It’s OUR party- not the party of a privileged rich few- stay and fight for it and cause them every headache possible.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) September 26, 2020
Monitor this situation closely. There may yet be a chance to bring democracy back to the UK.
*Pogrund wrote a story about This Writer in The Sunday Times that was riddled with falsehoods, for which that newspaper was forced to publish a lengthy “correction and clarification” almost a year later (it took me that long to go through the IPSO complaints process).
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