Starmer is now to the right of Sunak and Johnson on tax – and is acting as their enforcer on local government cuts and caps
Keir Starmer and his front bench have horrified Labour members this week on the issue of higher corporation tax.
After months of habitual abstentionism, Starmer finally decided to do some opposition – by rallying against Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak’s proposal to increase tax on companies making huge profits and higher taxes for the wealthy. In doing so, he has sided with the hard right of the Tory party.
The move prompted outrage on the left – if companies and the wealthy are not taxed more, the burden will inevitably be placed even more on the shoulders of those least able to bear it – and a large measure of exasperated derision:
But apparently unsatisfied by siding with the Tory hard right on tax, Starmer has also taken on the mantle of the Tories’ robocop on local government spending. Councillors in London and elsewhere are being warned by their regional offices on behalf of CCHQ2 that any councillors who dare to vote against budgets set in line with the Tory cuts that have blighted the lives of the poor and vulnerable for more than a decade will face ‘very significant’ disciplinary sanctions and likely deselection.
Keir Starmer: soft on Tories (except when he wants to outdo them on Tory manoeuvres), tough on socialism and standing up for the vulnerable.
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