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Keir Starmer ‘preparing successors’ Streeting, Nandy and Cooper for Labour leadership if he has to quit

Keir Starmer: he has bored most of us away from Labour and now he wants his boring friends to finish the job if he can’t.

It seems Keir Starmer is determined to steer Labour into disaster – from behind the scenes, if he has to.

After handing in his questionnaire about possible breaches of Covid-19 lockdown rules at an online campaigning event last year, it seems he has contacted the people he sees as potential successors, instructing them to prepare for a leadership contest.

These include Lisa Nandy, Yvette Cooper, and even Wes Streeting. God help the Labour Party if any of them get the top spot!

Apparently he has told friends, “I will not let our hard-won gains be squandered so we will need to be ready in the unlikely event that the worst comes to worst.”

What “hard-won gains”?

Under Starmer, Labour has haemorrhaged party members and, if it hasn’t lost seats, it has certainly failed to gain them. He has struggled to gain even a polling parity with the most overtly corrupt Tory prime minister of our lifetimes.

Starmer’s time as Labour leader has been an abject failure. Any leadership by his anointed successors will certainly continue the trend.

Source: Keir Starmer ‘preparing successors’ for Labour leadership if he’s forced to quit

#Starmer’s golden girl shows her feet of clay: #YvetteCooper humbled by #CliveMyrie

Labour’s controversial shadow cabinet reshuffle brought one particular MP back to the frontline of politics after several years on the backbenches: Yvette Cooper.

Centrists have made a huge fuss about this, saying that Cooper’s appointment as shadow Home Secretary is hugely important in making Labour electable again…

… only to have all their work rubbished in a few seconds by BBC newscaster Clive Myrie, while presenting Have I Got News For You:

The look on Hislop’s face can hardly be worse than the look on the faces of all those hard-right (Centrist! Ha!) goons when their golden girl proves she still has feet of clay.

Starmtrooper Cooper may have marched onto Labour’s front bench but she all she’ll do there is fail again.

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#Starmtrooper #Cooper: new shadow Home Sec will compete with #PritiPatel in race to the right

The rivals: but Yvette Cooper (left) and Priti Patel (right) will be vying to see which of them can come up with the most right-wing – if not downright fascist – policies.

Cornish Damo got this right in his latest Rant: “Refugees and disabled people beware!”

Yes, Yvette Cooper is back as Shadow Home Secretary, a position she filled in Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet from 2011-2015.

The Labour far right – they call themselves Centrists or Moderates – are overjoyed because they think she’ll give Priti Patel a hard run.

In what? A race to full-fat Nazism?

I don’t even have to write about this because her record is all over Twitter.

As Shadow Home Secretary:

As Work and Pensions Secretary:

Even as a so-called Blair Babe:

And as for her conduct in general as a member of Parliament…

All in all, a mild summation of Starmer’s reshuffle would be as follows:

More accurately…

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#Starmer’s #reshuffle #DISASTER

Not communicating: Angela Rayner (left) and Keir Starmer (right… far right) aren’t looking at each other in the image, and it seems there’s not much communication going on elsewhere either.

Keir Starmer has shot himself in the foot – yet again – with a surprise reshuffle timed to upset his deputy, and that gave his critics a chance to pillory him in public.

Angela Rayner was giving a speech at the Institute for Government think tank on lobbying, following up on the Owen Paterson second jobs scandal, when it became clear that Starmer had started reshuffling his top team.

She had known a reshuffle was coming but had not been given any details, meaning she had no details when asked about it.

Instead, she said: “I do know that what we have to do is show that we are a government in waiting and that we have to be the next government because we can’t carry on like this,” she said.  We need some consistency in how we’re approaching things as an opposition.”

That could be interpreted as criticism of Starmer’s behaviour.

Of course, as Deputy Leader, elected by the party membership, Rayner is the only senior Labour representative Starmer can’t sack. He should be ensuring that she is always fully-informed but instead he appears to be playing silly games.

At the other end of the spectrum, Starmer did have the power to sack Cat Smith – but she didn’t give him the chance. Instead, she turned down his request for her to remain Shadow Minister for Young People and Democracy, in protest at his mistreatment of Jeremy Corbyn.

“It’s been an honour to serve on the Labour front bench since 2015 but I’m looking forward to spending even more time at home here in Lancashire and standing up for my constituents,” she wrote. “Even more time at home”? Was this a veiled claim to have been excluded?

On Mr Corbyn, she said Starmer’s position was “utterly unsustainable” and told him: “It is important that you truly understand how much damage this is causing in Constituency Labour Parties and amongst ordinary members, a number of whom are no longer campaigning.”

Mr Corbyn isn’t the only reason people are deserting Starmer. A recent appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show was featured on Channel 4’s Gogglebox – and you can see support for the Labour leader draining away as the segment progressed:

His reshuffle decisions won’t win back any doubters either. Headline appointment was Yvette Cooper, replacing Nick Thomas-Symonds as Shadow Home Secretary.

David Lammy replaced Lisa Nandy as Shadow Foreign Secretary, and Wes Streeting replaced Jonathan Ashworth as Shadow Health Secretary.

Is that about right?

Still, what could we expect from the Labour leader who, we were reminded over the weekend, has put homophobia up with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism in general and sexism as his most clearly-supported policies?

Flailing, Starmer tried to regain some credibility by swearing on Tory supporter Nick Robinson’s show, Political Thinking.

Trouble is, he was talking about honesty – and we all know that he is thoroughly dishonest. Below please find just one (mild) example of Starmer’s fibbing.

What a mess.

Starmer can’t even properly shaft political opponents in his own party. He’ll never get the better of the Tories.

What a missed opportunity that he didn’t reshuffle himself out of the Shadow Cabinet.

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