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The Captain of Capitulation and loyal Tory Trojan horse, Keir Starmer, has done everything he can to facilitate the PM’s shambolic handling of the Covid crisis, placate the Media and totally destroy the Labour Party from within, but he’s not winning any popularity contests! In the Skwawkbox Article entitled, “Starmer falls even further behind the man responsible for over 100,000 needless deaths,” They comment that, “Lethality and dishonesty abound, yet Starmer’s failure to oppose is giving Johnson and the media an easy ride. Boris Johnson has presided over the deaths of more than 100,000 UK citizens and counting, deaths that the example of New Zealand, with only 25 deaths in the whole pandemic and none since September, proves were entirely avoidable, especially in an island nation, and has combined that with the developed world’s worst economic collapse of the pandemic. Over that he has ladled dishonesty, fake news and an array of excuses that would embarrass an addled schoolboy who hadn’t done his homework.”
The Skwawkbox point out that despite all of this, “Keir Starmer and the party under him have fallen further behind Johnson and the Tories in the public’s estimation, in spite of the friendly and even fawning assistance of much of the so-called mainstream media.
Starmer’s ’empty suit’ persona and his failure to take Johnson’s murderous handling of the pandemic head-on have given Johnson an easy ride and have made the ‘msm’s job, of covering Johnson’s backside and passing on his propaganda as news, pathetically easy.” They say, “his ‘try not to upset little England’ approach is failing dismally, according to the latest Opinium polling: Politics For All” in response to the question: “Which of the following people do you think would be the best prime minister?” The result was; “Boris Johnson: 33% (+4)” with “Keir Starmer: 29% (-3)” in the poll taken between the 28/29 Jan reflecting changes from Jan 15. Thy say, “Starmer’s appalling inadequacy does far worse than shame a once-great party. When a government is murderous and the media are corrupt and all too eager to smooth its path, such silence and weakness adds to the already-horrific death toll.”
The Party membership are screaming, “Left, Left, Left,” but our Captain of Capitulation is ordering a brisk goose step to the alt-right! In another critical Skwawkbox Article entitled, “Starmer writes for right-wing rag with pro-fascist history – and apes Tory fantasy-propaganda” reminds us of the tabloid’s ongoing hateful bigotry. They quote a past shameful headline: “’Hurrah for the Blackshirts’, wrote the Mail, and in what twisted universe is modern day UK, with more than 100,000 deaths and its economic collapse, ‘the envy of the world’? Keir Starmer has sunk to new depths with a column for the Mail Online, which before the Second World War published a front page praising Britain’s fascist ‘blackshirts’. The Mail’s history since then has been scarcely less vile, stoking xenophobia and utterly anti-Labour, and only last week attacking Labour MP Ian Byrne for travelling 30 miles to support striking workers while ignoring Boris Johnson’s trip to Scotland.” The Daily Fail spews more racist bile than almost any other tabloid.
The Skwawkbox complain that, “worse still, Starmer has stooped to amplifying Boris Johnson’s sick fantasy-propaganda, calling the UK ‘the envy of the world’ and calling yet again for children to be sent back to school, despite the known, major role classrooms play in fuelling the coronavirus pandemic that is taking more than a thousand UK lives a day. That’s the UK that has seen more than 100,000 utterly avoidable deaths during the pandemic, often with the world’s worst coronavirus death rate and the worst economic collapse in the developed world.” But the Skwawkbox note regarding such pandering, “it’s not even working: Starmer is falling further and further behind the man responsible for those needless deaths. Starmer’s attempt to appeal to the worst instincts and delusions of the right shames the Labour movement and is an insult to the more than one hundred thousand pointlessly dead and to the millions who have lost loved ones and livelihoods to Boris Johnson’s murderous ‘leadership’. He has to go!”
But the Labour Left are becoming more vocal in their resistance and bolder in their criticism of Keir Starmer. In another Skwawkbox Article entitled, “Breaking: Trickett follows up with new attack on Starmer’s weak opposition, mistreatment of members and ’embrace’ of ‘austerity-lite’,” they offer a glimpse of that fight back. They report on a, “New statement from Trickett blasts Starmer’s small thinking, weakness toward Tories and injustice toward members. Senior left MP Jon Trickett has Keir Starmer’s tepid failure to oppose Boris Johnson’s horrific regime and his abuse of party members firmly in his sights this evening, just 24 hours after the working-class Hemsworth MP called ‘Enough!’ on the dire leadership and drone politics of Jeremy Corbyn’s successor. Trickett has put out a further statement, this time blasting Starmer’s small thinking, ‘abstentionist’ inadequate opposition and embrace of ‘austerity-lite’ – and the Stalinism of his treatment of Labour members.” Trickett’s demands are as follows:
• “We shouldn’t be dividing our party with people in the leadership lapsing into authoritarian attacks on our members, the very people who we need to campaign in every part of the country to put our communities back together again after the crisis.
• Arbitrary expulsions, suspensions, bans on free speech, they should have no part in a movement which is facing massive crisis in our country. Remember, the old phrase, a house divided against itself will not stand.
• The idea that the job of the opposition at the moment is to focus exclusively on Tory mismanagement and incompetence. It’s a mistake. It’s not a big enough issue. The times we live in do not require a kind of bloodless value free opposition, nor institutional timidity, nor organised abstentionism.
• Nor do we need to have a front bench which embraces austerity-lite – the old idea that, well the Tories doing austerity, Labour would do it but not quite so far, not so fast.
• Labour became an anti-austerity Party and we should not abandon that.”
To further remind the Labour Party of it’s core values, the Skwawkbox post what John Trickett MP Tweeted:
• “21st century parties don’t need old fashioned distant leadership techniques
• Leadership in this new world needs to inspire hope, vision & strong values & to build consensus
• Not aloof management & policing of members but ideals, vision & partnership with the wider movement! pic.twitter.com/NHWwdMaPyw — Jon Trickett MP (@jon_trickett) January 28, 2021”
The Skwawkbox add that, “Unite’s Howard Beckett, the only prospective candidate for the leadership of the union who has vocally taken on Starmer’s dreary politics, today backed Trickett’s ‘superb’ commentary of last night, opening a new front on Starmer, with the Labour right already preparing their own coup and lining up Yvette Cooper as their candidate to replace him. Trickett’s new blast establishes him firmly as a voice for the large majority of Labour members already deeply disenchanted with Starmer’s contempt for them.” Is there a better way forward offered by the Labour Left? In a second proactive Skwawkbox Article entitled, “Left MPs demand new COVID strategy to save lives,” they suggest that there is. The Skwawkbox remind us of what is a stake saying, “The UK has now officially passed the horrific milestone of 100,000 Covid deaths, one of the highest death rates of any country in the world, though in reality that number was passed a considerable time ago.”
The Skwawkbox justifiably claim that, “This huge loss of life is not solely te result of Government incompetence, which is as far as the so-called ‘mainstream’ media will go, if they address it at all. It is the direct result of the Tory Government refusing to try to eliminate the virus, as New Zealand and other nations have so successfully done, instead, trying to ‘live with the virus’ and ‘balance’ the loss of lives and the economy and failing disastrously on both. Unless the Government urgently corrects its approach then many tens of thousands more Covid deaths are inevitable. This crisis has deepened pre-existing inequalities in our society with those in lower-paid work and unable to work from home, Black and Asian communities and those in poorer housing amongst the hardest hit.” But sadly, “The UK coronavirus death toll was absolutely avoidable.”
The Skwawkbox contrast how, “Had the government followed the ‘Zero Covid’ strategy adopted by numerous countries in East Asia and the Pacific then many thousands of lives would have been saved. In New Zealand, Vietnam and across all the countries following a Zero Covid plan, the death rate is hundreds of times lower than in the UK, New Zealand has seen only 25 deaths in the whole pandemic and is enjoying an almost entirely normal societal life and minimal economic impact, thanks to its government’s competence and diligence. Other societies are reopening safely and their economies are recovering. Members of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs (SCG) called for a ‘Zero Covid’ strategy in a statement on 9 September. It is needed now more than ever. While the vaccines offer real hope, it will be many months until the whole country has been properly vaccinated and the government’s changes of strategy are threatening even that.”
The Skwawkbox report that, “The SCG has today repeated its call in a statement just released: We cannot continue with months more of this failing strategy. If the virus is once again allowed to spiral out of control, millions more will be infected, putting further strain on the NHS, and risking further dangerous mutations of the virus. We believe that this Tory Government has shown itself to be completely unwilling to implement the policies needed to save lives and livelihoods. It will only change direction under huge pressure. The role of Labour in this crisis is not primarily to support the government, it is to support the lives and livelihoods of the population. The priority for the Labour Party must now be to step up the opposition to the government’s failed strategy and force it to change direction. We believe that means stepping up the campaigning for a new public health strategy that will drive virus levels down and for the economic support that can help people get through this crisis.” The SCG list their demands, “We call for
• A proper lockdown that lasts as long as needed to drive the number of cases to the very low levels of last summer so that we can get the virus under control, begin to reopen society safely and finally break the cycle of lockdowns.
• An emergency package of financial support that ensures that every single person in our society has a minimum income that guarantees them a decent standard of living so that they can afford to “stay at home” and aren’t pushed into poverty or greater debt as many have been during this crisis.
• Statutory Sick Pay to be increased to Real Living Wage levels and available to all workers to ensure everyone can afford to self-isolate.
• A program of emergency measures to help people self-isolate, for example, making available free hotel spaces for those living in cramped accommodation.
• A comprehensive testing and supported hotel quarantine system for all arrivals to the UK, in line with WHO recommendations. The lockdown period to be used to fix “Test and Trace” so that when society reopens cases can be targeted and isolated. That means ending the role of the profiteers such as Serco and investing in the NHS so it can deliver this key service.
• Schools to reopen only once it is safe to do. The immediate priority must be urgent government action so that all pupils have guaranteed access to a laptop and internet access within days. The Government must be investing now in the measures advocated by the education unions to make schools safe for whenever they reopen
• Trade unions to be centrally involved in ensuring that all workplaces are safe for workers to return to once the virus is under control.”
The Skwawkbox ask, “How many more people will die before the Tories listen to workers and those who represent them? Will it ever happen?” This is a really tough call when the main Socialist opposition Party is being torn apart from within, “Under new management” from a Tory/Zionist Trojan horse intent on gagging and gutting the membership to achieve right wing aims. Starmer made promises to that membership in order to win the Leadership election, but he has betrayed virtually every single one of those pledges and ‘he needs to go.” This is not a fringe element of the Labour Party; resentment is mainstream and growing at pace. Constituency Labour Party members from CLPs all over the country are lolding ‘No Confidence’ votes targeting Keir Starmer over his ‘Stalinist’ authoritarian, undemocratic style of incompetent leadership. If a similar massive groundswell of resentment had featured during Jeremy Corbyn’s time in the role it would be broadcast daily on the BBC and dominating the tabloid headlines.
The Alt-right Media are eerily silent, happy to support keeping the Starmer wrecking ball in full swing! In the Canary Article entitled, “A trade union is considering disaffiliating from Keir Starmer’s Labour” they say that, “A trade union is about to start debating its affiliation with the Labour Party. Why? Because it feels ‘further away from having a political voice’ in the party ‘than ever’. The BFAWU: everybody off? On Saturday 9 January, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) tweeted: The background to BFAWU’s announcement makes it clear where the problem lies. ‘Cause for concern’ In November, its national president Ian Hodson wrote a blog piece titled Who Exactly Are Labour Representing? It announced the start of a consultation on the BFAWU’s affiliation with the party. In it, Hodson said: ‘The political direction of the Labour Party in recent months, along with the promotion of MPs who worked tirelessly to ensure that the Party lost both the 2017 and 2019 elections, has given members cause for concern’.”
The Canary note that Hodson added, “There is also a clear agenda to alienate any MP considered to be supportive of socialism and move them to the backbenches. For example, Lisa Nandy MP was part of the so-called 2016 ‘coup’ against the then-leader Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer promoted her to shadow foreign secretary. And of course, he also kept the removal of the whip from Corbyn. This resulted in a swathe of motions from Constituency Labour Parties in support of the latter. Hodson also highlighted other problems with Starmer’s leadership: from the party’s ‘backing all the way’ of the Tory government’s ‘disastrous’ coronavirus response, its propping-up of landlords, not tenants, and the leaked report into what Hodson called the ‘deliberate sabotage’ of Corbyn and Labour’s election bids. This is aside from the Labour Party’s current “purge” of dissenting CLPs.”
No political voice? The Canary report that, “Overall, Hodson said: Sir Keir Starmer was supposedly elected as a unity candidate, yet his idea of ‘bringing people together’ seems to have amounted to nothing more than deliberate, vindictive and divisive attacks on those regarded as being on the ‘socialist’ side of the Party. Ironic, given the fact that Labour is supposed to be at heart, a socialist endeavour.” They say, “He concluded that: As a Union, we have been involved with representatives of the Labour Party across three centuries. Indeed, the first recorded meeting was with Keir Hardie in 1893, following a demonstration of journeymen bakers in London… However, despite the importance of Trade Unions and the inevitable current and post-Covid economic plight heading towards working people, today, we feel further away from having a political voice than ever. So, on Tuesday 12 January, the consultation process looks set to begin.”
According to the Canary, Starmer is fomenting discontent, they say that, “If the BFAWU’s membership does decide to disaffiliate, it won’t be the first union to voice its displeasure at Starmer. Unite the Union has already reduced the money it pays Labour.” They add that, “In November 2020, the Mirror reported that the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Communication Workers Union (CWU) were thinking of doing similar. Both the FBU and CWU have previously disaffiliated or cut funding from the party under Tony Blair’s leadership. The BFAWU regularly gives thousands of pounds to Labour. So a disaffiliation would be a financial loss for the party. But moreover, the union has been at the heart of notable, grassroots campaigns for workers’ rights, such as the ‘McStrike’ campaign for fair pay and conditions at McDonalds. If it abandons Labour, it’s a sign of the growing disconnect between the party hierarchy and the real world for working class people.”
Sir Keir Starmer demonstrates all the classic hallmarks of weak leadership: narcissistic, deeply insecure, inflexible, uncollaborative and dictatorial, his stubborn, arrogant, obsession with absolute control is decimating the Labour ranks in an undemocratic power grab that has fringe support. I don’t believe Starmer will succeed in defiling and obliterating the Corbyn legacy or stuffing the goal of equality, anti-austerity Socialism back in the bottle. After a decade of preaching that there was no ‘magic money tree’ the Tories suddenly found a fertile funding forest to defoliate with their kleptocratic cash squandering on benefactors and chums. For an entire decade the Labour Party spectacularly failed to challenge the necessity for austerity’s cruel ideological persecution of the poor in the face of soaring bonuses paid to those who gambled and lost in the financial crash. A public sector pay freeze has already been announced and there will be more punitive measures imposed by the Tories if we allow them to stomp their boot on our necks again.
In many countries throughout the world, where the population are under lockdown restrictions, massive crowds of people are taking to the streets to participate in mass demonstrations; the British people must have the courage to do the same or we will be trapped in perpetual exploitation under the Tory Sovereign Dictatorship. Powerful regimes like this with a confected claim to legitimacy cling to power for multiple decades of increasing oppression before they are finally removed. We already have strong evidence of corruption in the illegal use of public funds to pay for defamatory propaganda targeting Corbyn and the Labour Party; suspicions regarding the incredulous result of the Covert 2019 Rigged Election will persist until there is a thorough Investigation into the Postal Ballot Anomalies, but the corruption in ongoing uncontrolled abuse of public funds is being challenged in Court. Those who cheat, abuse and exploit public trust must be tried, prosecuted and jailed not rewarded with public office: Get The Tories Out ASAP! DO NOT MOVE ON!