‘Tougher than the Tories’ Reeves is not only even less human than Keir Starmer, but her appointment is a massive ‘f*** you’ to poor and vulnerable people, ethnic minorities and Scots – and potentially part of Mandelson’s planned war on trade unions
Keir Starmer’s ‘reshuffle’ appears to be an attempt to improve his public perception by promoting MPs with even less personality, empathy, charm or recognisability than himself – and has been condemned as a massive ‘f*** you’ to the poor, vulnerable and disabled.
Starmer has promoted the likes of Alan Campbell (who? exactly!) to the position of chief whip – but his decision to replace the bland Anneliese Dodds with Rachel Reeves as Shadow Chancellor has outraged many Labour supporters.
Reeves, a particularly wooden media performer, infamously promised in 2014 under Ed Miliband that Labour would be ‘tougher than the Tories’ on benefits claimants – signalling Labour’s complete surrender to the Tories ‘strivers vs scroungers’ demonisation of the poor, vulnerable, disabled and unemployed and their children.
The news of her appointment brought justified howls of outrage from those who suffer under Tory policies and those who stand with them. Socialist Telly’s ‘Cornish’ Damo Willey, who is an unpaid carer for disabled family members, tweeted that Starmer had effectively told millions of struggling people to go and f*** themselves:
He was not alone in being appalled. Here are just a few of the many nauseated responses:
Promoting Reeves also sends an awful signal to people from ethnic minorities, given her comments in 2016 about immigration causing riots, which many people of colour – and even the centrist New Statesman – felt was a dog-whistle to bigots:
Starmer’s appointment of Reeves also looks like a move in his handler Peter Mandelson’s open declaration of war on unions.
Mandelson said that Starmer’s priority in responding to the New-New Labour electoral disaster by attacking left union leadership – and Reeves told ITV’s Robert Peston that she would be happy to see unions’ influence in the Labour party – unions founded the party and democratically represent millions of members – subjected to the same proposed lobbying laws intended for unaccountable corporations and billionaires.
Reeves’s promotion is also a slap in the face to Scottish people, including Labour members. She was recently one of several Blairites in Westminster who tried to lever out then-Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard – shortly before Keir Starmer removed him to please anonymous wealthy potential donors.
When Keir Starmer was asked last week what changes he wanted to make in response to Labour’s catastrophic elections, he was unable or unwilling to name even one, in an excruciatingly embarrassing television interview. Small wonder – it seems that he views ‘change’ as meaning diverting from his own lack of leadership ability by promoting MPs with even fewer appealing qualities than he possesses himself.
In the process, he has insulted, alienated and appalled the millions persecuted for more than a decade by the Tories – and signalled that he doesn’t give a flying f*** about their feelings, suffering and future.
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