Bizarre ‘no ifs no buts’ school tweet shows it’s strange weather on planet Starmer
Labour leader Keir Starmer has decided to break with months of his collaborative approach with the Tories and talk tough – by demanding they send children back to school, no matter what.
And he decided to do it in one of the worst right-wing rags.
Just in case anyone had forgotten his slap in the face to the Black Lives Matter movement, or his failure to protect left-wing Jews, Starmer went to the Daily Mail to issue his ‘ultimatum’, a rag that has ceaselessly attacked the left, whipped up anti-immigrant sentiment and was forced to issue an apology for smears against left-wing group Jewish Voice for Labour.
And in case anyone missed it, he tweeted to underline it – a tweet that has so far received more than 4,500 almost uniformly negative responses.
Starmer chose to talk tough on an issue of massive importance to parents and unions – and, not for the first time, to do it against their interests.
And he chose to do it just as the emergence of a second coronavirus wave becomes clear – and yet more studies confirm the ease and speed with which the virus can spread within and from schools and create new waves of infection.
Starmer dressed up his demand as concern for the students who last week were robbed of their A-level grades in a plainly discriminatory move to advantage the children of the wealthy over poor and ethnic minority students. But it is perfectly possible to demand action to reverse the theft without demanding kids who haven’t even taken their exams yet go back to school regardless of safety.
Especially when the kids and families from poor or ethnic minority backgrounds who have been robbed of their grades are the same ones most at risk from a new virus spike.
By next month and with the Tories pressing ahead with lifting lockdown in spite of the clear signs of a new peak in the pandemic, forcing kids and teachers back to school might be insanely dangerous – but ‘no ifs, no buts’, Starmer doesn’t just ‘want’ them back in the classroom. He ‘expects’ it.
Starmer has failed for months to stand up and shout as the Tories have caused the needless loss of tens of thousands of lives through their delays, incompetence, arrogance and sheer intent. And now he decides to speak out just in case the Tories chicken out as their recklessness continues to wreck the country and inevitably take lives.
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