Starmer will put the cap on right-wing’s use of Brexit to topple Corbyn – by whipping Labour MPs to support Brexit bill that sentences UK people and industries to continued withering
On Christmas Eve, Keir Starmer announced that Labour would support the Tories’ trade deal with the EU – before he could have seen it or know what it contained. He couched his announcement in language of building a better Britain:
Labour accepts this deal and we will vote for it. We must now build a better future for our country and make Britain the best place to grow up in and the best place to grow old in.
If he had read it, he would have known that it contains provisions to lock in the worst of the right’s privatisation obsession – which involves enriching their mate at the cost of the rest of us, even when those mates have no competence to do what they’re receiving the cash for, whether that’s running ferries, providing ‘PPE’ or running other crucial crucial services in a national emergency.
And just as it locks those in, it locks out the possibility of reversing those appalling deals, let alone of a future Labour government restructuring the UK so it works for its people and does so efficiently – reforms that would have been implemented by a Corbyn government after either of the last two general elections:
The new treaty sets in stone the mis-named ‘competition law’ that prevents the UK government giving contracts to the intrinsically most competitive publicly-run services – intrinsically because they don’t take profit out and can pay the best wages that boost national and local economies to the best effect. And it renders illegal attempts to re-nationalise services by giving preference to public providers.
The right used the pipe-dream of another referendum and impossible promises of preventing Brexit to end Corbyn’s leadership – after years of internal sabotage that cost Labour the 2017 election – even though they were warned, by SKWAWKBOX and an array of other working-class voices, that their manoeuvres were going to lead to a hard Tory Brexit.
And now Keir Starmer has promised to support a deal that would make real changes to the system illegal – without even having seen it.
If there was ever any doubt that the Labour right’s push for a so-called ‘people’s vote’ was anything but an ‘end Corbyn’ tactic, that doubt has evaporated – right along with Starmer’s always-illusory claim to be ‘forensic’.
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