Starmer’s slammed for kowtowing to right-wing press – but at least two women Labour MPs show how it should be done
Keir Starmer’s Labour leadership campaign video has been exposed as a mockery after Labour came out against the protest by Extinction Rebellion that prevented the delivery of millions of newspapers.
Starmer campaigned on his record of defending workers against the predations of Rupert Murdoch in the Wapping dispute, with both tweets and his official campaign video leading with it. Even then, it was exposed as a manoeuvre when he was asked if he would refuse to give interviews to the Murdoch S*n – and responded carefully that he did not intend to give it interviews during the campaign.
The mask slipped further when Starmer was interviewed recently and asked whether he wanted the S*n’s endorsement – and did not say ‘no’, instead answering that he wants “as many people to endorse the Labour Party as possible”.
And after the ‘XR’ protest on Saturday, Labour’s official position, approved by its leadership, was to defend the ‘free press’ – which in post-truth UK is a collection of billionaire-owned rags dedicated to obscuring reality – and condemn Extinction Rebellion:
Starmer was derided for the appalling u-turn:
And the Labour leader was put to shame by Labour MPs Dawn Butler and Zara Sultana:
It appears that Starmer or his representatives may have told Butler to take down her tweet, as it was subsequently deleted.
But even arch-Blairite MP Stella Creasy showed up her leader:
If Starmer wanted to give a demonstration that his leadership campaign promises meant nothing it all, he could hardly have chosen a better way to do it.
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