“He’s saying we should be closing zoos and not closing schools – what on earth are we talking about?!”
Ian Lavery tore into Labour party leader Keir Starmer during tonight’s dynamite Socialist Telly panel with fellow No Holding Back figures Laura Smith and Jon Trickett, with host Damien Willey.
A discussion of Keir Starmer’s promises in the party’s leadership election – and in particular his seventh pledge, to strengthen unions – was just too much for the straight-talking north-eastern MP.
Exasperated at Starmer’s lack of leadership and abject failure, yet again, to back teaching unions trying to keep members and children safe, Lavery exploded that he struggled to know whether Starmer or Tory Boris Johnson would win a hide-and-seek championship – and was almost beside himself at Starmer’s apparent suggestion that zoos should be closed while schools remain open:
During a Sky News interview earlier in the day, Starmer had again opposed teaching unions – saying that he didn’t want the ‘chaos’ of more schools closing. The chaos of more needless deaths and of children deprived of parents and grandparents was apparently not the main problem. The SKWAWKBOX’s reaction at the time was along similar lines to that of Ian Lavery:
The responses to the tweet suggested Lavery and SKWAWKBOX had plenty of company:
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