Small wonder Labour doesn’t want to be filmed discussing what little it has said it supports
Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy has followed in her health colleague Jon Ashworth’s footsteps – by again declining to name a single policy Labour stands for, despite being pressed by an ITV interviewer.
Although the question was repeated during the interview, Nandy refused to be diverted from talking about not opposing the Tories during the pandemic except where Labour felt it absolutely couldn’t be avoided:
Of course, many people would consider Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock’s role in the needless deaths of more than 150,000 people constituted a ‘must oppose’ situation, but Nandy left this out.
But since Labour won’t say what it’s policies are – they’re ‘confidential’, according to Ashworth – here’s a list of what little Keir Starmer and his underlings have supported:
• a paltry 2.1% pay rise for NHS staff, which amounts to a real-terms pay cut after tax and inflation, after a decade of real pay going backwards
• 10-year prison sentences for defacing monuments to slavers
• a contributory principle for welfare
• opposing a corporation tax rise (note, IMPRESS decided that Starmer opposing wealth taxes wasn’t enough evidence to say he opposed wealth taxes)
• the low 15% global corporation tax proposed by US president Joe Biden (Germany and France want at least 21% – Labour simply says it would ‘push for’ a higher rate)
• Boris Johnson’s blighted version of Brexit (after opposing Jeremy Corbyn’s commitment to a Labour Brexit)
• the Tories’ opposition to face masks in classroom
• calling BLM protests ‘completely wrong’ for toppling a slaver statue
• a £20 uplift in Universal Credit (even a stopped clock etc)
One decent policy and a lot of dross. It’s not hard to see why Labour’s current front-bench drones don’t want to be drawn out and have to admit this is what they’re selling.
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