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Gaza ceasefire call: even when he does something right, Starmer does it wrong

Keir Starmer: yet another own goal.

Keir Starmer and the Labour Party have – at last! – broken away from Rishi Sunak’s Tory government and called for a ceasefire in Gaza. But it seems they have done it for the wrong reasons.

It could be said that Starmer, and his Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy, made their call after an increasing number of Labour groups called for them to do so.

This would represent an acknowledgement of the democratic will of party members and the wider population of the UK.

But events have overtaken them and it seems more likely that the move will be seen as a panic reaction to the selection of Andrew Feinstein as a left-wing challenger for Starmer’s Holborn & St Pancras Parliamentary seat.

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This seems especially likely, given the fact that Starmer’s and Lammy’s statements are nearly identical, indicating that they were likely to have been copied from a template written by somebody else.

As Skwawkbox states,

[Starmer] and Lammy duly issued statements – or, to be more precise, one statement with hardly any modification and with most of the relevant portions identical, word for word, including the final sentence:

Shoddiness, incompetence, panic, or just the basic inability in that essential Establishment skill of faking sincerity – whatever the mix, Starmer and his acolytes are just not very good.

It just shows how scared Labour is of a challenge by someone of substance, even in seats where they held a big majority last time round.

Looking at the dates, it seems likely that Starmer, panicking, groped around for anything he could use, found Lammy’s tweet of two days previously and rewrote the first few sentences – poorly – in an attempt to get anything out quickly.

That’s simply not good enough.

It is especially poor in the face of opposition from a candidate of Andrew Feinstein’s obvious quality. If the OCISA candidate can keep Starmer this badly rattled, Labour could find itself leaderless the day after the general election, no matter how the party fares otherwise.

Source: Panicked by Feinstein, Starmer and Lammy issue near-IDENTICAL Gaza statements – SKWAWKBOX


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Andrew Feinstein announced as left-wing candidate to unseat Keir Starmer at general election

Selected: Andrew Feinstein.

You’ve probably read or heard it elsewhere already, but This Site is delighted to support the announcement that Andrew Feinstein is to stand as a left-wing candidate in Holborn & St Pancras at this year’s general election – in order to unseat Keir Starmer.

Mr Feinstein was chosen by OCISA (Organise Corbyn-Inspired Socialist Alliance), the group that was created solely to remove Labour leader Keir Starmer from his Parliamentary seat after he was found to have betrayed – pretty much – everything that Labour was founded to represent.

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For a quick summary of what’s wrong with Starmer, you can’t go wrong with Damien Willey’s comment about six minutes into the video clip below, in which he describes the policy-betraying Labour leader as “a pro-Israel, economically-incompetent, stuff-Palestine weaponiser of anti-Semitism whose policies appear to be dictated by whoever is opening their chequebook”.

The rest of Damo’s video, recorded before Mr Feinstein won the candidacy, describes Mr Feinstein’s career and character and explains why we should all support him:

Mr Feinstein’s adoption as the OCISA candidate was announced on the Not The Andrew Marr Show today (Sunday, February 11, 2024). There’s no video clip of that segment available at the moment, otherwise I would include it here.

But I can say that he will be the only left-wing candidate opposing Starmer. In the last year, OCISA has networked effectively with all other left groups and parties to agree that its candidate will not be opposed by other left candidates in Holborn & St Pancras.

Mr Feinstein has also been endorsed by the local For the Many Project group members and will be working together with them.

His political skill and eloquence in discussing difficult subjects can be seen in the following clip, in which he discusses the International Court of Justice’s recent imposition of interim measures to prevent Israel committing genocide in Gaza – which Israel ignored:

His candidacy has won widespread support across the social media already:

Finally it should be noted that Mr Feinstein is one of what This Writer hopes will be many independent candidates springing up to challenge the Establishment parties – Labour, the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, amongst others – in elections.

Here are those who have already been named:

I intend to use Vox Political to help give these alternatives a platform. While I may support them, I should repeat that it is the responsibility of all individual voters to examine the policy platforms of every candidate in your own constituency and support the individual whose offer is most likely to improve your own life (and those of your family members if you have children who can’t vote).

The choice is entirely yours so make it a good one. It seems clear that, in Holborn & St Pancras, Andrew Feinstein is a good choice.


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Former DPP Keir Starmer is no pacifist – but he won’t support air strikes in Syria

Keir Starmer.

Keir Starmer.

Here’s former Director of Public Prosecutions, now Labour MP for Holborn and St Pancras.

I am not a pacifist and I would back a lawful, coherent and compelling case for the use of military force by the UK against Isis. But, having deliberated carefully on the issue, I am driven to the conclusion that the strategy outlined by the prime minister is flawed.

In my view, airstrikes without an effective ground force are unlikely to make any meaningful contribution to defeating Isis. And there is no effective ground force. If, through international collaboration, a ground force can be agreed, the situation would be different. But the prime minister’s reliance on what he calls “around 70,000 Syrian opposition fighters on the ground who do not belong to extremist groups” to retake the ground from Isis is wholly unrealistic. These fighters are from a disparate number of groups with varying motivations and capabilities. They are also, by definition, opposition fighters and it is difficult to see how the UK and its allies could protect them in retaking ground from Isis without getting drawn into conflict with Russia.

When pushed on this issue in the House of Commons last week, the prime minister retreated to a suggestion that “the best troops” would be the Syrian army after a political transition in Syria. But that only underscores the central weakness in the prime minister’s case and reinforces my view that the defeat of Isis and the ending of the civil war in Syria are inextricably linked.

In the circumstances, I do not intend to vote in support of the prime minister’s current strategy. I accept that Isis must be defeated and I would be happy to consider a revised strategy. But the current plan is flawed.

Source: Airstrikes in Syria are lawful, but I’ll be voting against them

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