Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson let down his city and the entire Labour movement on Saturday by his friendly welcome to Theresa May when she imposed herself on the city for Armed Forces Day.
Anderson was photographed laughing and joking with a Prime Minister who gives lame ducks a bad name – while Liverpool’s residents made their feelings clear by booing the Tory ‘leader’ and shouting ‘shame on you’:
Anderson’s friendliness was a legitimisation of a PM who has no legitimacy, is ready to be toppled – and is far from certain to survive the next week, with crucial votes on her ridiculously sparse Queen’s Speech due on Wednesday and Thursday.
He would have been far better advised to have bounced her straight out of the hugely pro-Corbyn city – or at the very least to have distanced himself from her and ignored her attempts to ingratiate herself for the cameras, as his party leader did during last week’s ceremony for the opening of Parliament:
and indeed as ‘Metro Mayor’ Steve Rotheram did during the Armed Forces Day ceremonies:
Anderson let down everyone – in his city and nationwide – who is eager to see the end of malignant Tory government. Every other Labour figure needs to learn the lesson and ostracise the zombie-PM until she is removed to make room for a leader and a party with an actual vision for the good of the country.
This is not the time to offer any kind straw to grasp to a drowning and humiliated PM who bears personal responsibility for many of this country’s ills, while her party carries the rest of the blame.
Anderson himself needs to ‘consider his position’ and make room for a city mayor who is more attuned to the vast numbers of people who are solidly behind Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership and vision.
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