The far right has been making despicable attacks on the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) – the voluntary service that mounts rescues of people in distress at sea in even the most horrendous weather – since former UKIP leader Nigel Farage criticised its role in the rescue of drowning asylum seekers. Farage was responding to Home Secretary Priti Patel’s claim that the asylum system is ‘broken’ to defend her racist legislation that could criminalise RNLI volunteers for rescuing asylum seekers in danger of death at sea.
So far, even right-wingers such as Julia Hartley-Brewer and Sajid Javid have spoken up on Twitter for the RNLI against attacks on its by racists and ‘little Englanders’ – but at the time of writing, ‘Labour leader’ Keir Starmer has said nothing on his social media.
His silence has not gone unremarked, with many comments attacking his lack of principle and his fence-sitting:
The RNLI, meanwhile, is rightly defiant that it will continue to do its job and obey international law and the law of the sea:
Labour is a hollowed-out husk of the great party it once was, now afraid of upsetting racists and riddled with racism itself – and it has taken Starmer and his cronies not even a year and a half to do it.
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