Corbyn’s policy set still popular with public despite Starmer’s eagerness to get away from it
The poll (Opinium, 1-3 July) found that those in favour of a wealth tax as a means of funding public spending (56%) outnumber those against it (13%) by more than four to one.
In spite of such ‘no-brainer’ status – and the fact that retaining such policies would fulfil Starmer’s leadership election campaign promise – Labour is frantically rowing away from a wealth tax. So dire, so ‘un-Labour’ was this reaction that Unite leadership favourite Howard Beckett was forced to publicly warn Starmer and Johnson together that the movement will not sit back and allow them to dump the burden of the pandemic onto the backs of the working class.
And it’s not just the wealth tax. During an interview yesterday a Labour front-bencher was unwilling to commit to a single policy (video).
It seems Starmer and his so-called ‘moderates’ are so desperate to distance themselves from the Corbyn era they sabotaged that they are prepared to throw out policies that would improve their status with the public – and are trying to un-win an argument Labour already won in the public mind long ago.
As the Johnson government continues to try to fake its way out of its disastrous handling of the coronavirus crisis, it’s unforgivable to dive back into the beige blancmange that has sickened the public instead of actually standing for something and standing up for something.
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