Starmer’s abstention habit exposed by footballer with a track record of straight talking and putting his money where his mouth is
Ex-footballer Gary Neville has shown himself willing to speak out against wrongdoing and to back his words up with actions, even at his own cost. In March this year, as the first lockdown loomed, he put his hotels at the disposal of the NHS and announced that any staff who weren’t needed at work because of the pandemic would still be paid – before any government furlough schemes were announced.
And a year ago, in the run-up to the general election, he exposed Boris Johnson’s racism during a live Sky Sports broadcast.
So his condemnation during a Sky News interview this morning of Keir Starmer for ‘sitting in the stand’ while Johnson, whose mismanagement of the pandemic response has cost tens of thousands of needless deaths, has a ‘clear run’ to damage working-class communities carries even more weight than the mere facts he highlighted:
It seems Gary Neville is more an opposition leader than ‘we’ll support whatever the government wants to do’ Keir Starmer.
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