Businesses before hungry children – Starmer would be proud
Right-wing Scottish Labour activist Duncan Hothersall has launched an attack on the Scottish National Party (SNP). Not so surprising in the run-up to Scotland’s elections in May, you might think.
Except the attack was on the SNP for using funds to feed hungry children:
Footballer Marcus Rashford last year forced the Westminster government into a humiliating u-turn when his campaign for poor kids on free school meals to still receive food when schools were (partially) closed by lockdown embarrassed Boris Johnson into at least temporarily making (grossly inadequate) arrangements to feed them.
Starmer’s Labour shamefully tried to take credit for Rashford’s success. But Mr Hothersall – who runs the ‘Labour Hame’ website – decided to attack the SNP’s Holyrood government for ‘us[ing] pandemic funding to pay for holiday-time school meals’. In Hothersall’s opinion, the money should have gone into business bank accounts.
This position so appalled even a Financial Times journalist that Stephen Smith tweeted it as encapsulating the reasons Labour lost its former stronghold in Scotland:
Tragically, Keir Starmer and new Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, who are desperately trying to sell themselves to business, would probably be proud.
Last weekend Starmer, who deposed Sarwar’s predecessor to appease rich donors and apparently wanted to appease the S*n ‘newspaper’ too, forced a Labour MP to apologise for calling big business ‘the enemy’ of the climate after the Murdoch rag took offence – even though in fact Leeds MP Alex Sobel had said no such thing and the S*n had misrepresented him.
Sobel had in fact said that while he used to think of big business as the enemy on climate, businesses had performed better than the government in terms of responding to the climate crisis.
Such is the state of Labour under Keir Starmer: money to business before feeding hungry children – and grovelling apologies to right-wing gutter press over things that weren’t even said.
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