Labour front benchers show some fire after Greater Manchester mayor shows the way – but why has Starmer been hiding?
Mayor Andy Burnham’s fighting example on behalf of the people of Greater Manchester against the Tories has not only forced Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock into revealing their utter contempt for the north – it has also stung Keir Starmer’s front bench into something approaching actual opposition.
Burnham’s no-holds-barred exposure of the Tories’ disregard for the wellbeing and economy of the people of his area has inspired resistance to the government’s arrogance – and made Starmer’s usual position of avoiding anything but the limpest criticism untenable.
Shadow DWP Secretary Jonathan Reynold’s tone when he appeared on BBC News was almost unrecognisable compared to the usual mealy-mouthed performances of front bench spokespeople – and even Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth managed an outraged word in the Commons:
But apart from a not particularly forceful tweet, Keir Starmer has been invisible on a day when he could have been harnessing a wave of public outrage and frustration with Johnson’s dithering and obvious agendas.
Is he even now too worried about upsetting right-wingers to do more than let his subordinates speak out – or is he simply incapable of the passion the situation requires and merits?
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