Left Labour MPs and Unite general secretary candidate combine to denounce hostile briefing by Starmer’s crew – who are now further right than most Tories on tax
Labour MP Jon Trickett and Unite assistant general secretary Howard Beckett have united in solidarity with Ian Lavery and Richard Burgon, after both MPs were the target of hostile briefings to the press by ‘senior party sources’ – for the ‘crime’ of supporting an increase in taxes paid by the businesses and wealthy individuals who have made a fortune during the pandemic while ordinary people struggle.
Lavery tweeted his own response to the sly and slimy message farmed out to Paul Waugh, a favourite of the Labour right:
Starmer and his front bench, disgracefully, are now well to the right of Tory chancellor Rishi Sunak and his boss on tax – despite an overwhelming preference among voters for immediate increases in corporation tax. So, having blundered yet again and – presumably feeling it’s too soon since Starmer’s last panicked u-turn on his dire ‘Recovery Bonds’ idea that was touted by his supporters as a game-changer – they are desperately trying to shore up the last vapours of their credibility by briefing against MPs who, rightly, oppose them.
Jon Trickett – in his second blast at the party’s purple hierarchy in three days and his third in a week – stood by Lavery on the issue:
And Unite’s Howard Beckett namechecked both men as he took aim at the ‘disgraceful’ right-wingers:
Starmer’s idiot pursuit of Tory voters has blown up in his face yet again: more than two thirds of voters want corporation tax to increase – including very nearly two thirds of Tory voters.
Yet again, leading figures from the left of the movement are right – and yet again the dreary Labour right is desperately trying to distract from the egg on its collective faces.
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