Move looks desperate and as false and stupid as it is – and will probably end Labour in Wales and Scotland
Leaked emails have revealed that Keir Starmer’s latest ploy – following his ‘shock’ realisation that ‘not being Corbyn’ doesn’t make him attractive to voters – is to wrap himself in the union jack in the hope of appealing to more Tory-inclined voters. Or, as one pithy Labour source put it, to become a ‘flag-shagger’.
And it’s not just working-class communities that Starmer can’t fool. Front-benchers have also expressed concerns that the new tactic is going to blow up in their faces, although they were not brave enough to put their name to their view.
Starmer’s desperation to distance himself from his anti-Brexit position has even led to him being caught out in a lie – or ‘Dory’-like lack of memory if you want to be charitable – during today’s PMQs, as Joe.co.uk has pointed out:
He’s masquerading as something he isn’t – and just isn’t able to carry it off.
And apart from looking hopelessly inauthentic to communities who will not forget that he was at the forefront of the push to make Labour betray its commitment to honouring their vote to leave the EU, the sham exposes an abysmal shallowness of thinking on the part of Starmer and those advising him. Many voters in Wales and Scotland will be appalled to see him constantly pictured with the UK flag – and independence sentiment is only going to rise in the coming months and years.
And most working-class people in England will simply see straight through the scam – and be deeply insulted that ‘New-New Labour’ thinks humping the Union Flag and becoming more xenophobic will bring back their votes. Especially when Starmer has simultaneously sacked all Labour’s community organisers, showing he has no interest in trying to win back communities by actually engaging with them and trying to improve their lives.
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