Street interviews show people barely aware of Johnson’s murderous pandemic performance – or of who Labour leader is, let alone what he’d do
A ‘Vox Pop’ filmed on the streets of Bolton and shown yesterday on the BBC’s Politics North West programme is worse than deeply embarrassing for Labour leader Keir Starmer. It shows how his ‘no opposition’ approach is betraying the people of this country – and giving Boris Johnson a free ride on Johnson’s disastrous and even murderous handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Working-class people were not only far more willing to give Johnson a benefit of the doubt he simply doesn’t deserve, they also had no clue what Labour would do differently – or even, in a traditionally Labour stronghold, who Starmer is:
Boris Johnson’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis hasn’t protected the people of this country – nor has it protected the UK’s economy. Instead it has led the UK to one of the highest death rates from the virus in the entire world – and the most severe economic damage of any developed nation – and is now letting the virus run rampant again, while Johnson uses lockdowns selectively to damage working-class areas.
Not only that, but he has refused even to express regret for the tens of thousands of deaths he has caused, while lying constantly about how well he and his cronies are doing.
Yet it seems many people on the street have no clue about either – and a large part of the guilt for this ignorance must be laid at Starmer’s door.
His refusal to oppose, his terror of upsetting Johnson’s supporters and his determination not to say anything ‘too critical’ are allowing Johnson a easy ride and making the Tories’ and their media allies’ job of pulling the wool over the public’s eyes an absolute walk in the park.
Starmer’s approach is not just ineffective, it is a betrayal of Labour values and of the working-class people who rely on Labour to stand up for their interests and it is allowing a frankly murderous government to continue to deceive.
It has to change.
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