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Once again, Labour’s biggest problem is the surrender-monkeys leading it

Keir Starmer (right): he has surrendered to the right-wing politics of Tories like Boris Johnson and may now be an even bigger threat to “the ordinary working people” he claims to represent than the Blond Buffoon was – because he is pretending to be your friend and isn’t.

I’ve found another article from 10 years ago that could have been written about politics in 2023.

This one is about Labour’s then-leadership, who were preparing to throw the 2015 general election by surrendering to the Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition on pretty much every policy issue a person could call to mind at the time.

Here’s what I wrote:

The way things are going, we all need to reconcile ourselves to the possibility that the Labour Party won’t win the [next] election.

This will not be because the Conservative Party has better policies (it doesn’t) or because it has won the ideological argument about austerity (it hasn’t – the state of the economy clearly demonstrates this).

It will be because Labour’s leaders are doing their absolute best to distance themselves from everything that makes the party a distinct political force.

They seem to think turning Labour into a pale copy of the Conservative Party will win over voters from the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives, while retaining the party’s current grass roots.

See what I mean about how this could have been written today? The only difference is that Keir Starmer may be succeeding where Ed Miliband failed – in attracting a few outlying Tories to his Substitute Tory Party (STP) (see my article from July 12, 2023).

The article goes on to discuss a row at the time, over candidate selection in Falkirk. It had been alleged that the UK’s biggest union, Unite, had tried to rig the process in favour of its aim to “shift the balance in the party away from middle-class academics and professionals towards people who have actually represented workers and fought the boss”.

The Blairites didn’t like it and squealed. I wonder whether this incident, and any others from the time before Jeremy Corbyn became leader, gave the Labour far-right the experience to do what it has been doing ever since – hijacking candidate selections in favour of its own people.

Of course the result has been to move Labour even further from its roots among “people who have actually represented workers and fought the boss”. These people have stolen the party out from under the noses of the people it should be representing.

I said something about this at the time which, again, is ultra-relevant to today’s STP under Keir Starmer:

Let’s look at the reason the Labour Party was formed in the first place – to provide a voice in Parliament for the unions’ aim, which has always been to improve conditions for workers and working-class people in the UK.

It has become transparent, over the last few weeks, that the current Labour Party’s shadow cabinet has no interest in that ambition. If it did, it would not have given up the argument over austerity, saying it would continue Coalition economic policies if elected.

Keir Starmer and Rachel Reeves have both said they will continue current Tory economic policies after being elected, until such time as the economy improves. The problem is that current Tory economic policies will not lead to any economic improvement at all.

Instead, it [should] abandon austerity in favour of a programme of investment in employment-generating, economy-boosting programmes that would bring a greater return into the Treasury than it would cost.

It [should] also be announcing policies to change the direction of the Coalition’s murderous – thousands of people have died because of it – attack on people receiving benefits, particularly the long-term sick and disabled. Instead, incredibly, Labour supports this policy.

In return, according to this article from the Welfare News Service, “disabled voters, who have supported Labour in past elections, are abandoning the party in droves”.

Clearly Labour’s leaders will not retain their voter base if they continue in this fashion.

The article went on to quote ordinary people discussing the cack-handed way Labour handled the benefit issue. We don’t see this kind of reporting nowadays, even though there is a huge amount of discontent with Keir Starmer and his cronies. Why is that? Are the mass media hacks avoiding asking such questions, to falsely make the STP look more electable?

This Writer presciently passed comment on the current situation in Labour, from back in 2013:

We must be honest with ourselves; Labour is rotting from the inside, and will continue to rot, as long as right-wingers who do not support the party’s original purpose are sitting around the shadow cabinet table.

Dissent against the Labour leadership’s wrong-headed, potentially-disastrous, and above all, STUPID policies has come from the grass roots; the working classes; the people they are – on the face of it – supposed to be representing.

I wasn’t alone in my opinion. Owen Jones, who is still around today, had this to say:

“Labour’s leaders… fail to challenge myths, and even occasionally feed them. It is utterly self-destructive.

“They think they are buying back credibility, rather than shoring up policies that should be seen as sunk, ruinous, shredded. By failing to offer a coherent message, they risk a sense of ‘at least you know where you are with the Tories’ bedding in.

“But the cost is not only to Labour’s electoral prospects: it will be to the working, disabled and unemployed people whose pockets will continue to be emptied.

“Our futures and those of our children are at risk. That’s not hyperbole. It’s the appalling truth.”

I wonder whether he would stand by those words today but there is no doubt that they are as true now as they were then.

I also quoted someone who can’t have an opinion today because he has subsequently shuffled off this mortal coil. The late Labour MP Michael Meacher wrote:

“I have just attended my party’s monthly General Committee meeting in my constituency and the mood was more despairing than any I can remember. They simply cannot understand how the party leadership can be accepting time after time whatever callous and unjust cuts Osborne throws at us – bedroom tax, withdrawal of benefit for the first seven days of unemployment, and now a welfare cap which even the Tories themselves haven’t yet defined.

Is there no limit to how far this surrender goes, they ask?

“They don’t want to talk of betrayal, but they are bewildered, hurt, disoriented and despairing.

None of them want Labour to out-Tory the Tories over cuts. They want three things: that Labour has a positive vision for the next Labour Government that they can believe in, that Labour has a plausible alternative to endless austerity, and that Labour campaigns across the country with bold policies to build the alliance to throw out the most vicious Tory government in modern times.”

We still want those things. Under Jeremy Corbyn we had them – but the Labour right-wingers put a stop to them, in alliance with the Tory media and other political organisations including the Tories themselves.

So these words are, again, devastatingly pertinent to today:

DO want to talk of betrayal – because that is precisely what we are all facing: Betrayal by party leaders who claim to be on the side of the workers and the working-class, but whose leaders have cheerfully joined the Westminster Gravy Train and are lapping it up as though this nightmare ‘austerity Britain’ is a party that will last forever.

Here in the country, Mr Meacher is quite correct: We ARE crying out for policies we can support. Labour’s leaders aren’t simply failing to give us those – they are actively REFUSING to mount any meaningful opposition, in the face of the overwhelming wealth of weaponry they could use.

The fact is, the vast majority of Labour members do not support the policies being foisted on us by the leaders. They are a shambles; they will be a disaster for the country, whether Labour is returned to office at the next election or not… While the leaders persist, stubbornly, in forcing these policies on us, we have a classic case of “the tail wagging the dog”, and we cannot allow this to continue.

I went on to say that I had no confidence in 2013 Labour winning the 2015 election and I was right, wasn’t I?

Today, I am more inclined to believe that Keir Starmer’s STP can win the election at the end of 2025 or beginning of 2026. But I think it would be as much of a disaster for the UK as it would be if the Tories got back in – and for the same reasons I put forward in 2013:

I have no confidence that they will pursue any policies that will benefit the UK as a whole. We will be swapping one gang of self-interested gangsters for another.

There must be better choices out there. If you don’t see any in your constituency, then for crying out loud, do the decent thing!

Put a better choice out there.


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‘Pathway to a possible deal’? Johnson gave in to the EU, same as Davis and May

Quitters: Both Theresa May and now Boris Johnson seem to have given up and let the EU have its way.

Apparently Boris Johnson and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar have found a “pathway to a possible deal” after wandering the grounds of Thornton Manor in Cheshire.

After weeks with no movement, it’s an interesting change. But it has sparked speculation of a certain form.

My question is, how fast did Johnson cave in?

David Davis folded like a cocktail umbrella.

Theresa May, who said the naughtiest thing she ever did was run through a wheat field, crumbled like the chaff on a summer threshing-floor.

How long did it take the latest chump to throw in the towel?

Not long, I reckon.

And he came back to unrest among his own camp followers, if the rumours are to be believed.

We’re told Dominic Cummings has been working hard for a “no deal” Brexit, in which case he may well believe Mr Johnson has betrayed him.

As the Skwawkbox suggested, Mr Cummings may be finding out that “Johnson’s inability to follow a plan or a script applies just as much to him as to anyone”.

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Boris Johnson used the language of death threats – deliberately. He is a danger to lives

Boris Johnson: Look at the body language – on a day when he should have been showing abject contrition, he came out with language that poses a violent threat to people who oppose him. He is as much a danger to the people as he is to democracy.

If anybody in Parliament is a “traitor” – to the law, to Parliament, to the people of the United Kingdom – he is Boris Johnson.

As I write this, I’m listening to Jess Phillips asking an urgent question about the language our excuse for a prime minister used in yesterday’s (September 25) “toxic” debate – she says his words were “workshopped”; devised to create a divisive reaction and to cause as much offence as possible.

In his attempt to defend himself after the Supreme Court ruled his attempt to prorogue Parliament was unlawful – meaning he wasted 10 days of Parliamentary debating time – Mr Johnson used what many consider to be shocking language.

He seems to have made it clear, following words by Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox, that the attempted prorogation was about Brexit, as the debate seems to have revolved entirely around it.

He poured scorn on the legislation Parliament passed to prevent him from pushing a “no deal” Brexit on a nation that does not want it – describing it as a “surrender” act, a “capitulation” act, or a “humiliation” act.

Labour MP Paula Sheriff pointed out that Mr Johnson had chosen language that is used by people who send death threats to MPs.

She said: “We should not resort to using offensive, dangerous or inflammatory language for legislation that we do not like, and we stand here under the shield of our departed friend with many of us in this place subject to death threats and abuse every single day.

“They often quote his words ‘Surrender Act’, ‘betrayal’, ‘traitor’ and I for one am sick of it.

“We must moderate our language, and it has to come from the prime minister first.”

And how did Boris Johnson respond to that? “I’ve never heard such humbug in all my life.”

Sickening.

And he tried to co-opt the memory of murdered MP Jo Cox, killed by a far-right activist during the EU referendum campaign, by saying the best way to honour her memory was to “get Brexit done”.

Ms Cox was a Remainer!

Her husband Brendan, asked to comment, said the debate had descended into a “bear pit of polarisation” and MPs had fallen into a “vicious cycle where language gets more extreme, the response gets more extreme and it all gets hyped up.

“It has real-world consequences… It creates an atmosphere where I think violence and attacks are more likely than they would have been.”

In short: It seems clear that Boris Johnson is encouraging violence against MPs who disagree with him; that he wants them to fear for their lives.

That’s what Ms Sheriff believes – as evidenced by an interview with Victoria Derbyshire:

You can bet that people in the country have received that message.

If this leads to tragic results, we should all know where to lay the blame.

Source: Commons ‘bear pit’ condemned by Jo Cox’s husband – BBC News

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